These are the close reading comprehension passages and activities that every 4th grade teacher is looking for! This BESTSELLING bundle has 100 original 4th 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 almost 5,000 classrooms worldwide and has almost 1,500 five-star reviews! ★★★★★
THE STANDARDS-BASED READING COMPREHENSION TARGETS INCLUDED ARE:
→ TEXT EVIDENCE (CCSS RI.4.1)
→ MAIN IDEA (CCSS RI.4.2)
→ CONNECTIONS (CCSS RI.4.3)
→ VOCABULARY (CCSS RI.4.4)
→ TEXT STRUCTURE (CCSS RI.4.5)
→ POINT OF VIEW (CCSS RI.4.6)
→ IMAGES AND DIAGRAMS (CCSS RI.4.7)
→ REASONS AND EVIDENCE (CCSS RI.4.8)
→ INTEGRATE INFORMATION (CCSS RI.4.9)
→ TEXT EVIDENCE (CCSS RL.4.1)
→ THEME (CCSS RL.4.2)
→ CHARACTERS & SETTING (CCSSRL.4.3)
→ VOCABULARY (CCSS RL.4.4)
→ POETRY AND DRAMAS (CCSS RL.4.5)
→ POINT OF VIEW (CCSS RL.4.6)
→ ILLUSTRATIONS ADD MEANING (CCSS RL.4.7)
→ COMPARE AND CONTRAST (CCSS RL.4.9)
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 close reading comprehension passage falls within the Lexile level of 770-980, which is the standard expectation for 4th-5th grade. There are a variety of literature types including narratives, biographies, and letters. The informational text passages range between STEM topics, science, history, and opinion pieces. The formats include stories told from multiple points of view, magazine articles, and texts with multiple diagrams. In terms of interest level, EVERY reading passage is written with a 4th 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 4th 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…
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “This is the fourth grade-level Close Reading bundle I’ve purchased from Alyssha Swanson: Teaching and Tapas. I’ve also purchased her add-on extension packs to go along with each of the grade levels. All are fantastic! My students and I use this resource for classwork and homework. I appreciate that the passages are aligned with the CCSS and they’re referenced as “learning targets”. We love the variety of engaging topics and that the passage headers include the Lexile Level and word count. This helps all of us, including their parents, understand what reading levels they are able to successfully read and comprehend. It also helps us recognize reading growth throughout the school year. Plus, the Respond and Review questions give students opportunities to practice writing constructed responses. The use of specific crayon colors for some of the questions help to quickly identify students who need additional help. Thank you for providing useful resources for us!” – Gracelyn M.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “I used this when I was teaching third grade. When I moved to fourth I knew I needed this. It was the first thing I bought. I like these for so many reasons. It is great to cover all standards and prep students for state tests. It is rigours but is an amazing resource.” – Bailey A.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “I love this resource!! I have the 5th grade bundle from when I taught 5th and knew I had to get it for 4th when I made the switch. I love that there are several passages aligned to each standard and the questions that accompany each passage are great! I use these passages all the time in whole group instruction, guided reading, and even for assessments!” – Lauren K.
The Common Core standards consider 4th and 5th grade level texts within the same Lexile level band of L770-980. That means I use many (about 70%) of the same passages in both the 4th and 5th grade products. I only modify the passages slightly for text complexity and to better match the specific grade level standards. However, you will see that the questions and activities for each of these grade level products are completely different and aligned to that grade level’s standards. If a 5th grade teacher is considering the 4th grade pack for something to differentiate for lower level readers, I suggest my 3rd grade pack – 3rd Grade Close Reading Passages and Activities – BUNDLE
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* NOTE: The 1st grade close reading packs do NOT include differentiated passages.
– Alyssha Swanson