These are the close reading comprehension passages and activities that every 1st grade teacher is looking for! This BESTSELLING bundle has 100 original 1st grade close reading passages and activities that will get to the heart of improving reading comprehension by teaching your students to become close reading experts!
There are seventeen standards-based reading comprehension target skills in this product. Each reading comprehension target skill has a set of 5 reading passages and activities specifically dedicated to it (…except for all of the compare and contrast target skills because they all have a total of 10 reading passages so that your students can compare away!)
Each one of the 100 reading passages have 2 pages of carefully written close reading tasks and reading comprehension activities. The first page of reading comprehension tasks is specifically aligned to the learning target identified at the top of the page. The second page of reading comprehension tasks is a SPIRAL REVIEW of all the reading comprehension learning targets for the grade level. This is perfect for holding those kids accountable for all of the reading comprehension skills they have already learned! No skill slipping on your watch!
★★★★★ This set of close reading passages and activities has been used in thousands of classrooms worldwide and has over 1,000 five-star reviews! ★★★★★
THE STANDARDS-BASED READING COMPREHENSION TARGETS INCLUDED ARE:
→ ASK AND ANSWER QUESTIONS (RI.1.1)
→ MAIN TOPIC AND KEY DETAILS (RI.1.2)
→ CONNECTIONS (RI.1.3)
→ WORD MEANINGS (RI.1.4)
→ TEXT FEATURES (RI.1.5)
→ UNDERSTANDING IMAGES (RI.1.6)
→ KEY IDEAS (RI.1.7)
→ AUTHOR’S REASONS (RI.1.8)
→ COMPARE AND CONTRAST (RI.1.9)
→ ASK AND ANSWER QUESTIONS (RL.1.1)
→ RETELL STORIES (RL.1.2)
→ CHARACTERS AND SETTINGS (RL.1.3)
→ SENSORY LANGUAGE (RL.1.4)
→ FICTION VS. NONFICTION (RL.1.5)
→ THE STORYTELLER (RL.1.6)
→ USE THE ILLUSTRATIONS (RL.1.7)
→ COMPARE AND CONTRAST (RL.1.9)
THIS BUNDLE OF READING COMPREHENSION PASSAGES AND ACTIVITIES INCLUDES:
DIGITAL DISTANCE LEARNING OPTION INCLUDED FOR ALL READING PASSAGES AND ACTIVITIES
In addition to the traditional printable pack, the close reading passages and activities in this download can also be assigned via Google slides or Google Classroom, which makes everything very versatile for digital distance learning.
To see a video overview of the digital version as well as instructions for assigning these close reading passages and activities using Google Docs or Google Classroom, check out these videos:
CAREFULLY CRAFTED CLOSE READING COMPREHENSION PASSAGES AND ACTIVITIES
Each reading passage falls within the Lexile level of 250-580 which is a good match for your 1st grade readers who are already confident on decoding and ready for deeper reading comprehension activities. There are a variety of literature types including narratives, biographies, and letters. The informational text types range between STEM topics, science, history, and opinion pieces. The formats include website simulations, magazine articles, and texts with multiple diagrams. In terms of interest level, EVERY passage is written with a 1st grader in mind.
WHAT STANDARDS ARE THESE CLOSE READING COMPREHENSION ACTIVITIES ALIGNED TO?
This product is most closely aligned to the Common Core standards. However, everything is referenced as “learning targets” so that it is applicable within any 1st grade classroom. There are two options in this download. You can choose to either use a version where the passages and activities make references to Common Core or a version that does NOT make references to Common Core. The content is the same in both sets of passages and activities, but this option gives Common Core schools a specific reference to the corresponding standard, which may be helpful.
WHAT CAN THESE CLOSE READING COMPREHENSION PASSAGES BE USED FOR?
These close reading comprehension passages and activities are perfect for teaching reading comprehension skills, reading assessments, guided reading groups, or reading comprehension homework. Your students must refer to the text and provide textual evidence of their understanding and comprehension of the passages.
TEACHERS LIKE YOU SAID…
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “I must say I am highly impressed with this bundle! The passages are so well written and cover a wide variety of topics. This packet will prove to be a valuable tool in your classroom! Love the activities attached with each passage, too. Just some other features I love: The lexile level and word count are provided which makes grabbing an on-level passage for your students quick and easy. I love that the passages include real photographs to help with understanding (this especially helps ELL students). There are varying questions that cover a variety of common core standards. I cannot rave about this bundle of close read passages enough! It is one of the most comprehensive bundles I have found to date!” Melinda H.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “I used this for my comprehension groups, and wow! The articles and stories are engaging for the students while pushing them to really understand what they are ready and using good reading skills.” – Primary Curls
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “Hands down the best thing I have ever purchased on TPT. This is a must buy. It has the rigor that I have been looking for. I love it.” – Bre T.
If you have purchased my 2nd Grade Common Core Close Reading Passages and Activities, please note that nearly 70% of passages are the same. They have only been modified for less text complexity and to better match the 1st grade standards. However, you will see that the questions and tasks on each of these products are completely different and completely aligned to the grade level standards.
NOTE ABOUT DIFFERENTIATION:
Please note that unlike the other grade levels in this product line, this set of 1st grade reading passages and activities DOES NOT INCLUDE DIFFERENTIATED PASSAGES. As this product is meant for 1st graders who have already mastered decoding in accordance to the Science of Reading, and are ready for close reading and deeper comprehension tasks, simplifying the texts would not appropriate for this grade level.
MORE CLOSE READING ACTIVITIES AND PASSAGES
* NOTE: The 1st grade close reading packs do NOT include differentiated passages.