This Spring Paired Text unit targets reading comprehension using two different texts, (one fiction and one nonfiction) on the same spring themed topic. The 82 page packet is loaded with 8 reading passages (4 sets of paired texts) including 2 historical, 2 scientific, 2 biographical, and 2 technical pieces.
Each passage has comprehension questions for each text which target a variety of reading strategies including main idea, context clues, cause and effect, and more. There is also a vocabulary practice page for each set which includes Latin/Greek roots, synonym - antonym, matching, and more. There is a double sided paired text worksheet that asks question requiring the student to refer to both texts, to analyze, and combine information to formulate answers. Plus three writing prompts (narrative, expository and persuasive) are included for each set. This resource is definitely academic, but contains lots of engaging, thematic topics your kids will enjoy!
Specifically, this set includes:
8 Double Sided Passages with a total of 4 paired texts
Mercury 3 and The Freedom 7
15 Minutes in Space (Alan Shepard’s Story)
Honey Bees and Africanized Bees (Killer Bees)
Diary of a Beekeeper
John James Audubon (famous bird painter)
How Wool is Made
My Grandma’s Sheep Farm
Vocabulary page for each set (total of 4)
Double Sided Paired Text Questions for each set (total of 4 = 8 pages)
Narrative, Expository and Persuasive Writing Prompts for each set (total of 12 pages)
Venn Diagram Template
Paired texts can be hard to find! I love that this set is such a huge time saver for teachers, since it not only has paired passages but all of the other supplemental resources in one place. Plus, these resources are an effective tool to help your students grow as readers!
***Please note, this unit is also included in a deeply discounted bundle called Paired Texts by the Season, which also includes paired texts for fall, winter, and spring (this unit). Click here to take a look:
Paired Texts by the Season Bundle for 4th – 6th Grades
Here are two of the other sets in the bundle:
Fall Paired Texts: Fiction to Nonfiction for 4th - 6th Grades
Winter Paired Texts: Nonfiction to Fiction for 4th - 6th Grades
If you’re looking for more paired texts, here are two that you can use at any time of the school year:
Paired Texts: Fiction to Nonfiction for 4th – 6th Grades
Paired Texts: Fiction to Fiction for 3rd - 5th Grades
I also like this Compare and Contrast Unit. It has short paired texts with lots of myths, folktales, and fables for 3rd - 5th grades:
Compare, Contrast and More for 3rd - 5th Graders
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