Text Evidence Using Informational Text is a 68 page packet filled with 8 doubled sided practice passages with historical, scientific, technical and biographical passages and comprehension questions, 2 color coding passages, 32 task cards, graphic organizers, and more! This reading unit will give your students focused practice in an engaging format!
Specifically it contains:
8 Double Sided Passages and Comprehension Questions Including:
The Wright Brothers
The Gold Rush
Make Your Own Fossil Cast
How to Make a Periscope
Maya Lin (designed the Vietnam Veteran's memorial)
2 Color Coding Passages:
32 Task Cards (a student record sheet and a key)
5 Graphic Organizers
Worksheet for Author's Purpose (using text evidence to determine this)
2 Evidence Based Terms Handouts/Anchor Charts
The 32 task cards are filled with short, original informational text passages including topics like animals, countries around the world, weather, space, and more. Each one has a question asking kids to find reasons and evidence from the text. I love using task cards in my classroom and feel that they provide so much variety in how you can use them. You can have them on hand during a transition time where you have a few extra minutes and you can do a few of these together as a whole class. You can use them for small group instruction, for homework (copy 2 sheets back to back) or my favorite way, to play "Scoot". Simply place them on desks or tables around the room and kids do a card for a couple of minutes until you say "Scoot" and then they move to another card and continue. Or without a time limit, simply put the kids in pairs and allow them to rotate cards as they finish. Kids do need movement and to have things "changed up" in the day and they do love it when we do these types of activities. Plus they're learning so much…bonus!
I think the graphic organizers are a great way to extend this lesson to any book or passage the kids are reading. This makes them a really versatile tool that will help to strengthen reading comprehension. Some of the cards focus on main idea, others on author's purpose and some are broad enough to include any question in which you'd like to have the kids find reasons and evidence.
The heart of this unit can be found in the eight double sided informational text passages and comprehension questions. I have hand-selected topics that kids will enjoy and will (hopefully) want to read to form the basis for these comprehension activities. The topics are appealing (okay, maybe not the tarantulas one) and intriguing and will draw your kids into the subject. The back side of each passage asks the kids to specifically identify examples from the text to support their reasoning. Other reading strategies such as inference and cause and effect are also included as they tie into reasons and evidence beautifully.
Can you tell I'm excited about this unit? I have really enjoyed using it in my classroom and have seen my students grow in their ability to find reasons and evidence, citing specific parts of the text. I love, love, love it and hope you feel the same!
If you're looking for more Text Evidence practice, I have created a reading game which may be used for centers, whole class, or for one on one:
Text Evidence Game
The Text Evidence Game is part of a 10 Game Nonfiction Bundle, as well as a 20 Game Reading Bundle with Nonfiction and Fiction:
10 Nonfiction Reading Games
20 Reading Games Bundle
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