We know it’s tough creating and searching for reading comprehension content– then figuring out how to make it work for each of your students. Give yourself a break! There’s everything you need here in this bundle.
What makes these Kindergarten Reading Passages so unique?
This product includes four reading passage topics per month (June and July are combined into one summer set). Each topic in this set includes two leveled passages (one harder and one easier), and multiple choice and free response answer options for each passage. That’s a total of 176 options in this set! The passages have been carefully leveled, and the levels are subtly marked with a small icon in the corner (a heart icon labels the easier version, and the star the harder version). No child will feel left out since the mark is only a small symbol. Because both of the leveled options have the same questions, you can assign each child the page that is most appropriate for their level while still discussing the same topics and questions with the full class. Differentiation made simple! Alternatively, you can always assign the full class the passage option.
Every passage includes three comprehension questions. Instead of the questions focusing solely on the “what,” Special attention has been given to include other types of questions (example: who, when, where, why, how). This prepares children for longer paragraph-driven text they will approach in 1st grade. These questions also invite students to cite textual evidence for their answers using colored writing utensils (printable version) or movable clipart pieces (digital version), a skill that increases readers’ confidence. Additionally, free-response and multiple-choice options are given for each topic. This gives you versatility. Assign the multiple-choice option, if you’re crunched for time, assign free-response to focus on handwriting, typing, etc.
Relevant content sparks students’ interest and increases engagement. Not only do these passages include a variety of nonfiction and fiction stories, but your students will also be excited to study topics like holidays and seasons that are part of their present environment. Kindergarteners are at the adorable age where every holiday and season is monumental. Use that to help them develop key reading comprehension skills.
Yes, the differentiation provides versatility, but more options are included, as well. Print and digital options are in this bundle (and it’s so handy to have both during these academic times when many schools are shifting here and there to accommodate for COVID). You can switch between free-response and multiple choice, and you’ll also find versatility in the passages themselves. Some passages are fiction, others nonfiction. You’ll find everything from science fiction themes to simple biographies. If you want to expose your students to a world of versatile writing and reading, these monthly differentiated reading comprehension passages are your ticket!
Full Contents of the Kindergarten Grade Monthly Differentiated Reading Comprehension Passages Growing Bundle:
Each monthly set includes the following:
- A Note To Teacher – Instructions so you’ll know just how to get the most out of these passages
- Passage Differentiation Information – A guide so you can easily differentiate with this resource
- Reading Comprehension Information – A key that identifies how icons on the question sheet connect to reading skills, so you can monitor students’ progress on activating background knowledge, comprehending key details, and meeting grade-level standards.
- Answer Keys – To make grading and discussions a breeze
Note– each of the following passages listed will be available in PDF and Google Slides!
January Differentiated Reading Passages:
- Icy Animals Passages & Questions – A nonfiction passage about how a few unique animals embrace the cold. Theme: Winter
- Martin Passages & Questions – A fictional story with historical roots about a boy named after Martin Luther King Jr. Theme: MLK Day
- Ice Roads Passages & Questions – Learn about the functions of Canadian ice roads. Theme: Winter
- Robot New Year Passages & Questions – A science fiction story about a robot and her friend. Theme: New Year’s Eve/Day
February Differentiated Reading Passages:
- Leap Day Fun Facts Passages & Questions – A nonfiction trivia list about Feb. 29. Theme: Leap Day (February 29)
- Gordon’s Shadow Passages & Questions – A comical story about a scared groundhog. Theme: Groundhog Day (February 2)
- Dr. Williams Passages & Questions – A short biography of Dr. Daniel Hale Williams. Theme: Black History Month
- Valentine Letter Passages & Questions– A love letter. Can you guess who the recipient is? Theme: Valentine’s Day (February 14)
March Differentiated Reading Passages:
- Clean Up Passages & Questions – An expository article detailing a simple way to clean up. Theme: spring cleaning
- Pi Day Passages & Questions – A narrative story about a young girl who wins a math contest. Theme: Pi Day (March 14)
- Green Parade Passages & Questions – A dialogue-driven story of a parade planner. Theme: St Patrick’s Day (March 17)
- Vic’s Diary Passages & Questions – A simplified historical fiction journal account of a farmworker’s plight and interaction with Cesar Chavez. Theme: Cesar Chavez Day (March 31)
April Differentiated Reading Passages:
- The Prank Passages & Questions – Two brothers. Two holidays. One prank. Themes: April Fools Day (April 1), Easter
- Alien Visit Passages & Questions -An alien visits earth expecting to find it dirty and littered. He’s surprised to find Earthlings love and care for their planet. Theme: Earth Day
- Birds Sing Passages & Questions – A nonfiction intro to birdsong. Theme: Spring
- Flower Fable Passages & Questions – Flowers take on personalities in this prose with a moral. Theme: Spring
May Differentiated Reading Passages:
- Reptile Passages & Questions – A fictional encounter with a large reptile explains the factual differences between crocodiles and alligators. Themes: National Alligator Day (May 29)
- All Aboard! Passages & Questions – A real-life travel guide to Golden Spike National Historical Park. Themes: National Train Day (2nd Saturday in May), National Transportation Week (The week that includes the third Friday in May), anniversary of the completion of the first transcontinental railroad (May 10)
- Dap’s Quest Passages & Questions – A fantasy tale about a lad’s venture to find the ideal Mother’s Day gift. Themes: Mother’s Day
- Philo’s TV Passages & Questions – Learn a bit about Philo Farnsworth who came up with the idea for the TV when he was still a kid. Themes: National Inventors Month
Summer Differentiated Reading Passages (June/July):
- Space Doll Passages & Questions – The first astronaut in space took a doll with him! Learn about their journey in this nonfiction passage. Themes: Space Exploration Day (July 20)
- Flag Day Passages & Questions – Historical fiction narrative meets poetry in this account written through the perspective of a fictional student in Bernard Cigrand’s 1885 school class. Cigrand is known widely as “The Father of Flag Day.” Themes: Flag Day (June 14)
- Summer Party Passages & Questions – The narrator shares a birthday with the summer solstice! Read about her party in this passage. Themes: Summer Solstice (June 20-22)
- The Salad Passages & Questions – There’s an interesting dish at the July 4th picnic. Is it edible? Themes: Fourth of July
August Differentiated Reading Passages:
- Paper & Pens Passages & Questions – Learn facts about paper and pen usage in this non-fiction article. Themes: Back to school
- Making Bread Passages & Questions – A play that follows a Medieval family as they prepare for Loaf Mass Day. Themes: Loaf Mass Day (August 1)
- Waffles Passages & Questions – A waffle recipe.Themes: National Waffle Day (August 24)
- The Mystery Passages & Questions – Eli is on the case to solve the mystery of his distorted vision! Themes: National Eye Exam Month
September Differentiated Reading Passages:
- Craft Fair Passages & Questions – A boy explores a craft fair and meets a deaf seller. Themes: International Week of the Deaf (The last full week of September)
- Stress Passages & Questions– This self-help article explains positive coping strategies for dealing with stress and challenges. Themes: Suicide Prevention Month/Week
- Dolly’s Book Passages & Questions – Most people know Dolly Parton for her music, but this passage explores her love of books. Her dad couldn’t read, so she read to him. Themes: National Literacy Week (Last week of September)
- Video Games Passages & Questions – Learn about the very first video games in this brief history. Themes: National Video Games Day (September 12)
October Differentiated Reading Passages:
- Uh-Oh! Passages & Questions – A girl dresses as an astronaut for Halloween and must fix her costume when she loses a button. Themes: Halloween
- Hot Air Balloon Passages & Questions– Is the hot air balloon broken? No! It just needs hot air to fly. Themes: Hot air balloon festivals, specifically Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta (early October)
- Bones Passages & Questions – This nonfiction passages explores how we can take care of our bones. Themes: World Osteoporosis Day (October 20), and if you get creative you could tie the skeleton in with Halloween
- October Passages & Questions – Learn about four October holidays. Themes: Halloween, National Cake Decorating Day (October 10), Dictionary Day (October 16), World Pasta Day (October 26)
November Differentiated Reading Passages:
- Sand Art Passages & Questions – In this story based on Florida’s autumn-time sand sculpture competitions, a man makes a cat out of sand. Themes: Autumn sand-sculpting competitions
- Dinner Mix-up Passages & Questions – One family’s Thanksgiving dinner goes awry in this comedic tale. Themes: Thanksgiving
- Land Art Passages & Questions – This simple non-fiction report details the artwork of an ancient civilization: the Hopewell Culture. Themes: Native American Heritage Month
- Plane Toy Passages & Questions – The fiction origin story of how the Wright Brothers became fascinated with planes. Themes: Aviation History Month.
December Differentiated Reading Passages:
- Christmas Trees Passages & Questions – The more difficult version of this passage tells the history of Christmas trees. Both versions are a tribute to this favorited wintertime decoration. Themes: Christmas
- Holidays Passages & Questions – Four friends compare their holiday traditions in this dialogue-driven passage. Themes: Christmas, Winter Solstice, Hannukah, Kwanzaa
- Abbie & Mr. R Passages & Questions – The similarities and differences of two friends are noted in this text. Themes: International Day of Persons With Disabilities (December 3)
- Camp Passages & Questions – This persuasive letter calls for a friend to change his mind about skipping the winter campout. Themes: Winter, Play Outside Day (The first Saturday of every month)
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