Winter Reading Test Prep Challenge

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These are perfect for the remaining time left in our period. Kids can work silently on skills we've already discussed.
The school copiers all broke at the same time. I was able to add this resource to Easel for my students to use on their computers.
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  1. Monthly engaging and rigorous challenges for students to practice their reading and writing skills. Students practice theme, main idea and detail, compare and contrast, context clues, inferencing, point of view, text structure, text features, character traits, and literal/nonliteral meanings. Why wi
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The students will practice text dependent questions, theme, text structure, comparing and contrasting, text features, writing an informational paragraph, context clues, nonliteral statements, test taking terms, and character traits in this ENGAGING Winter Challenge challenge.

The students will go through a series of ten challenges. They will answer the questions to all of these challenges on scrap paper. Each challenge will earn them a recycled material. Then, at the end they will use their materials to build a snow fort for a paper snow person. They will use the scrap paper from their answers as snowballs and have a snowball fight! This is a great integration of STEM, reading, and engagement!

Why will these challenges help your students grow?

Engagement- Students will be engaged from the beginning to the end of the challenges. They won't even realize how hard they are working and how much they are learning about hard skills!

Rigor- These challenges are HIGH LEVEL and make students really think about the text. They also work on many reading skills.

Low Prep- You can just print and do the challenge or you can go all out and transform your room! It truly is up to you! This challenge is also done all on SCRAP paper! So, no copying for you!

What’s Included?

A Google Drive and Paper Version of the Following:

1. Students read a passage about penguins, answer two questions, and then create two questions for a friend to answer.

2.The students will read two different stories and draw a picture of the setting. They will color in the differences. Then, they will compare and contrast the theme and characters.

3. The students will read facts about polar bears and then write an informational paragraph.

4. The students will read a story about the Iditarod and answer inferencing's questions.

5.The students will read a story about Alaska and analyze the text features.

6. The students will look at two different points of view and then write a story in a new point of view.

7.The students will read book reviews and identify different types of nonliteral language. Then, they will use context clues to define two words.

8. The students will find the text structure of three different newspaper articles.

9.The students will read answers from animals to the question, “what do you do on a snowy day?”. Then, they will identify a character trait for each animal.

10. The students will create a poster showing you they understand 8 different test taking terms.

What are others saying?!

Jannelle- "I love that these have an element of fun built in since they are working towards material to build a snow fort. My students loved it. It also helped me to see which concepts we need more work on."

Kristie- "The challenges are a great review resource. My class has done several and the students have already learned how to use them and what is expected of their work. Love!"


I loved doing mini-transformations each month that would engage my kiddos, but I wanted it to be easy to prep. I also wanted the challenge to be very rigorous, so that my students were working very hard during a time that they were also engaged. Lastly, I wanted to make sure we were reviewing and assessing skills monthly. That is where these challenges came into play. Now each month we practice skills, I get a small assessment in, we are SO engaged, we make memories, and we challenges ourselves! I hope you can too!

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.
Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from nonliteral language.
Distinguish their own point of view from that of the narrator or those of the characters.


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