3rd Grade Informational Reading Comprehension Passages

3rd Grade Informational Reading Comprehension Passages


Engage your students with high-interest reading comprehension passages designed for every 3rd Grade INFORMATIONAL STANDARD. Each lengthy passage is written with 3 differentiated reading levels with or without a dyslexic font to meet the needs of all your students. They are perfect for CLOSE READING. The full-page passage provides students with a complete informational text to answer the questions effectively. The levels of differentiation range from 400-950 for Grade 3. It is aligned to 3rd Grade Common Core Standards and there are lower and higher levels for differentiation.

The questions were formulated in a STEP-BY-STEP process. There are 10 multiple choice questions in the form of TASK CARDS or a worksheet. These questions were designed for students to get familiar with the text with some deeper-level questions mixed in. Then there are 10 rigorous open-ended questions specifically designed for text-dependent analysis so students can think critically and question their assumptions. #10 is in the form of a writing prompt and the lines provided can be for a paragraph or for organizing ideas for an essay on a separate piece of paper.

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What is included?

Reading Comprehension Passages: There are 24 full-page passages with 3 Levels of Differentiation- Total of 72 Passages. There are 2 passages per Common Core Standard with the standard written on the page. (Some standards have paired text.)

Dyslexia Version: All of the passages have a dyslexia-friendly font. This is ideal for differentiating for your Dyslexic learners. The font is called Open Dyslexic. Although there is no research behind it as far as fluency or comprehension, I include it for a preference. Some kids will automatically choose it and say they can read it better. My thought is this, if it can help one child, then it is a win! There are actual books written in the font, like the Hank series by Henry Winkler. Interesting!

Step 1 Questions- Multiple Choice: For each passage, there are multiple choice questions in the form of a worksheet or task cards. They are perfect for centers, group work or homework to get familiar with the text prior to the more challenging questions.

Step 2 Questions- Open-Ended: There are 10 questions per passage that work for all 3 reading levels. The last question is a text-dependent analysis prompt. There are 2 Formats of Open-Ended Questions. There is a 2-page version with lines and a 1-page version without lines (These are great for writing answers on a separate piece of paper or in a notebook.)

Teacher Version: This version includes all 3 student versions, teacher notes, and answer keys. (249 pages)

3 Student Versions: There are 3 levels of passages. For each level, there is a student PDF file that can be sent to the students. The questions are included, but not the answer key.

Answer Keys: PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU ARE IN THE TEACHER EDITION! ANSWER KEYS AREN’T INCLUDED IN THE STUDENT LEVELED FILES. For each open-ended answer key, teachers will know which questions are directly related to the standard. The answers that are bold-faced are related to the standard.

What focus skills are covered?

CCSS 1: Ask and Answer Question Use Text Evidence

CCSS 2: Determine the Main Idea and Supporting Details

CCSS 3: Describe Relationships in Informational Text

CCSS 4: Academic and Domain-Specific Words and Phrases

CCSS 5: Use Text Features to Locate Information

CCSS 6: Distinguish Point of View

CCSS 7: Interpret Information from Illustrations

CCSS 8: Logical Connection, Comparison, Sequence, Cause and Effect

CCSS 9: Compare and Contrast Within a Text and Between Two Texts

CCSS 10: Comprehend Information

Other skills that are covered in the questions:

✓ Provide Text Dependent Analysis

✓ Chronology

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