Go wild with reading and writing! You can use these simple, nonfiction reading passages with non-readers and fluent readers. You can use them during whole group or guided reading groups. Here are some ideas...
*Provide fluent readers with their own copies of a passage. Students can highlight phrases and then record the information on the corresponding category charts.
*Read aloud the passage to nonreaders. Create a class chart based on the facts. Or read the passage and have students trace the facts on the cut-and-paste fact sheets.
*Ask beginning readers to highlight key words or sight words.
*Identify verbs and nouns and make lists. (For example, for snakes, hiss, slither and shed could go on the verbs list. The nouns list could include scales and fangs.)
*Project the passages or have them printed onto poster-sized paper for use with shared reading.
*Put all of the passages in a center to create an independent research area.
Go wild with reading and writing!
"Amazing! These are perfect for students to develop research skills on their own while being able to transfer their knowledge into thinking maps."
* These passages were created to complement the charts and writing frames in the unit
Thinking about Zoo Animals: Smart Charts and Writing Frames."
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