These are the close reading comprehension passages and activities that every 3rd grade teacher is looking for! This BESTSELLING bundle has 95 original 3rd 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 95 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 over 10,000 classrooms worldwide and has almost 3,000 five-star reviews! ★★★★★
THE STANDARDS-BASED READING COMPREHENSION TARGETS INCLUDED ARE:
→ ASK AND ANSWER QUESTIONS (CCSS RI.3.1)
→ MAIN IDEA (CCSS RI.3.2)
→ CONNECTIONS (CCSS RI.3.3)
→ WORD MEANINGS (CCSS RI.3.4)
→ TEXT FEATURES (CCSS RI.3.5)
→ AUTHOR’S POINT OF VIEW (CCSS RI.3.6)
→ IMAGES AND DIAGRAMS (CCSS RI.3.7)
→ TEXT STRUCTURE (CCSS RI.3.8)
→ COMPARE AND CONTRAST (CCSS RI.3.9)
→ ASK AND ANSWER QUESTIONS (Common Core Standard RL.3.1)
→ MESSAGE, LESSON, OR MORAL (Common Core Standard RL.3.2)
→ CHARACTERS (Common Core Standard RL.3.3)
→ LITERAL VS. NONLITERAL (Common Core Standard RL.3.4)
→ TEXT STRUCTURE (Common Core Standard RL.3.5)
→ POINT OF VIEW (Common Core Standard RL.3.6)
→ ILLUSTRATIONS ADD TO STORY(Common Core Standard RL.3.7)
→ COMPARE AND CONTRAST (Common Core Standard RL.3.9)
THIS BUNDLE OF READING COMPREHENSION PASSAGES AND ACTIVITIES INCLUDES:
3rd Grade Close Reading Passages and Activities – Nonfiction
3rd Grade Close Reading Passages and Activities – Fiction
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 close reading comprehension passage falls within the Lexile level of 450-790, which is the standard expectation for 2nd-3rd grade. The Lexile level is marked at the top of each passage. There are a variety of literature text types including poetry, narratives, and plays. 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 3rd 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 3rd 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…
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “If you are on the fence about buying this product or the bundle of Literature + Informational close reading passages, DO IT! The informational reading passages by Teaching and Tapas was the most used product in my classroom last year by far, and I am ecstatic that I can use the literature reading passages as well this year. It’s like Christmas came early. Every reading comprehension product I have bought from Teaching and Tapas is always top quality and can be used over and over again in the classroom. Thank you for such AWESOME products!”-Lindsay M.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “A 3rd grade teacher’s dream come true – literally. Amazing text, LOVE the step by step piece by piece directions (for example, go back in the text and color this answer green, this one purple, etc) Perfect for my kids who need that extra push to follow directions and absolutely aligns with CC in terms of having students PROVE their answers with evidence directly from the text! Thank you, thank you, thank you!” – MsP 3B Busy Bees
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “These reading comprehension passages and activities are AMAZING! Talk about interesting and engaging! WOW! This will make my year soooo much easier, and the kids will love the interaction with highlighters! SUCH a great deal for the price!” -Amanda M.
The Common Core standards consider 2nd and 3rd grade level texts within the same Lexile level band of 450-790. That means I use many (about 85%) of the same texts in both the 2nd and 3rd grade reading passages. I only modify the reading passages slightly for text complexity and to better match the specific grade level standards. However, you will see that the questions and activities on each of these grade level products are completely different and aligned to that grade level’s standards. If a 3rd grade teacher is looking for something to differentiate for lower level readers, I suggest my 3rd Grade extension packs – Informational DIFFERENTIATION PACK, Literature DIFFERENTIATION PACK.
MORE CLOSE READING ACTIVITIES AND PASSAGES
1st Grade Close Reading Passages and Activities – BUNDLE *
1st Grade Close Reading Passages and Activities – Nonfiction *
1st Grade Close Reading Passages and Activities – Fiction *
2nd Grade Differentiated Reading Passages and Activities – BUNDLE
2nd Grade Differentiated Reading Passages and Activities – Nonfiction
2nd Grade Differentiated Reading Passages and Activities – Fiction
3rd Grade Differentiated Reading Passages and Activities – BUNDLE
3rd Grade Differentiated Reading Passages and Activities – Nonfiction
3rd Grade Differentiated Reading Passages and Activities – Fiction
4th Grade Differentiated Reading Passages and Activities – BUNDLE
4th Grade Differentiated Reading Passages and Activities – Nonfiction
4th Grade Differentiated Reading Passages and Activities – Fiction
5th Grade Differentiated Reading Passages and Activities – BUNDLE
5th Grade Differentiated Reading Passages and Activities – Nonfiction
5th Grade Differentiated Reading Passages and Activities – Fiction
FREEBIE – Compare and Contrast Two Passages (2nd/3rd Grade)
FREEBIE – Compare and Contrast Two Passages (4th/5th Grade)
* NOTE: The 1st grade close reading packs do NOT include differentiated passages.
– Alyssha Swanson
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