This product includes 20 passages with a “winter” theme. Some of the stories are realistic fiction, in which school age children participate in winter activities &/or experience dilemmas that are familiar to elementary age students.(a boy afraid he’ll be embarrassed ice skating in front of his friends, a girl who becomes jealous when her best friend may give attention to another girl) . Some of the stories are fantasies, also featuring familiar experiences. but with make believe characters and humorous details (a polar bear cub who is afraid to play outdoors, an overly organized squirrel who stashes gourmet dinners with recipes from Gourmetsquirrelfood.com).
The story content is appropriate for(approximately) grades 2-5, but the reading level may be too difficult for 2nd or even 3rd graders. My intent in designing these materials was to provide text with which students could begin listening for or looking for text evidence to support answers to true/ false statements; therefore, reading the text aloud or in any supported fashion is okay, and provides a great oral reading model, as well as a “think aloud” for using comprehension strategies. As a matter of fact, even if your students read the passage and answer the true/false statements independently, whole group discussion of the resulting answers and reasons why they were chosen would be extremely beneficial.
After each story there are 6 statements that are to be labeled “true” , “false” ,or “don’t know”. Then the students are to underline phrases or sentences in the text that can be used to prove their answer directly with green pen, and the statements that require using context, making inferences, or drawing conclusions are to be underlined with blue pen. An answer sheet is provided for each story, BUT every answer is ‘debatable”, so please use teacher discretion and student input as you discuss the answers. It was particularly tricky for me to decide how “literal” a statement should be in order to underline it in green-you can decide for your own class based on their maturity and experience.
Please take a look at the preview to see a couple of samples.
If you enjoy using these stories as instructional material for teaching comprehension, you may like to take a look in my store at the other text evidence stories I have written:
Also, please take a look at the favorable comments given by classroom teachers who have used these products- I have been thrilled to read about the success teachers have had using these materials.
Thank you for taking an interest in this product, and don’t hesitate to contact me if you have questions.
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by Amy Bratsos
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