Each of the 40 PODs consists of a short, engaging passage with two text-dependent questions to reinforce reading skills, and a bonus writing activity.
Plus, there is audio support for your students that need it!
- 40 Passages (Prints 2 to a page)
- Optional writing paper
- Answer Keys
There are two passages on each page. The pages are meant to be cut in half, with one half used each day. Alternatively, you could use the whole page if you want students to complete two passages in one day.
- Google Slides (with audio support)
- Digital or Print
- Audio Support
Great for 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade!
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This resource uses American English and is editable.
Each POD is numbered in the upper right. All of the odd-numbered PODs are informational text (nonfiction) while the even ones are all fictional texts. Just for fun, the two PODs on each page are related in some way. Sometimes the connection is obvious, but often it is more subtle. As an extra activity, you could have your students tell how the passages are connected.
There are two questions for each POD. The questions are a mix of short answer and multiple choice. One question (usually the first one) is a vocabulary or comprehension question while the other question focuses on some aspects of close reading such as inference, POV, main idea, summarizing, author’s purpose, text structure, fact and opinion, genre, analysis, etc.
Each passage also includes a writing prompt for students to complete on the back of the page. The prompt is always related to the passage, designed to hook even the most reluctant writers, and will help your students to think critically and creatively while making personal connections with the text. Use it as an activity for early finishers, extra credit, homework, or as a required part of the assignment. There is also an optional lined back page for two-sided printing.
Full page answer keys are also included.
Suggestions for use:
- Use as bell work at the start of the day or for warm-up before your reading block.
- Use at literacy centers.
- Create packets or notebooks and allow students to complete at their own pace.
- Use as exit slips.
- Send home as homework.
- Use as test prep or extra practice.
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About the Author
Rachel Lynette is a published author of over 120 nonfiction books for children on a variety of subjects, as well as several teacher resource books. She has written for publishers such as Harcourt, Thompson-Gale, Rosen, Children’s Press, Evan-Moor, Kagan, and several others. This resource reflects more than a decade of professional writing experience.
This resource was created by Rachel Lynette and Cassi Noack for Minds in Bloom INC., all rights reserved. It may be used by the original purchaser for single class use only. Teachers may distribute this product in email, through google classroom or over the Internet to their students (and parents) as long as the site is password protected. In other words, you may distribute it to your own students, but may not put it on the Internet where it could be publicly found and downloaded.
This product is happily brought to you by Rachel Lynette and Cassi Noack of Minds in Bloom