Historical Scientific Technical Text RI.4.3 RI.5.3 Reading Passages RI4.3 RI5.3



⭐️These 17 printable and digital Lexile® certified passages and question sets are perfect for teaching, developing, or reinforcing RI.4.3 & RI.5.3. Students learn to explain relationships and connections in events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text. If you do not use Common Core, this packet is still perfect for teaching these skills.


⭐️Includes standard based questions, anchor charts, and three historical, scientific and technical text skills-focused test passages. Certified Lexile measured close reading comprehension texts are varied within the fourth and fifth-grade bands and aligned to Common Core standards.


⭐️The printable PDF and digital versions are both included with this product for classroom and distance learning needs. The digital version is compatible with Google Drive and Google Slides and can be downloaded from Google Slides into PowerPoint.



✏️Lexile Levels – All 17 passages include a certified Lexile measure to make differentiation easy. Passages vary across the 4th grade & 5th grade Common Core Text Complexity Band (the range for fourth and fifth grade is 740L-1010L).


✏️Integrated Color Coding – The color-coding strategy encourages students to learn how to find and use text evidence in their answers.


✏️Comprehensive – Passages are perfect for comprehensive standard-based test prep. Included anchor charts and questions make this resource great for lesson modeling. Works perfectly for small groups and guided reading.


✏️Scaffolding – Utilizes the Lexile Framework® for Reading and a mix of standard-based essay and multiple-choice questions to allow educators to scaffold independent work and homework. Also great for centers and interventions.


✏️Highly Engaging – Contains original passages with high-quality photographs designed to engage students of all levels and interests.


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❤ Denise F. said, “This resource is excellent! I have been struggling to find resources to support RI5.3 and I really didn’t feel as though the READY curriculum we use had enough support. This product has it all! The student note pages are clear and easy to understand. The topics are interesting and the questions really take the standard to an appropriate depth. I love the topics the texts covered and my students really seem to enjoy them. The topics blend perfectly with 5th grade science and social studies. This is by far one of the best products I have ever bought for 5th grade reading. I have recommended it to several others. Thank you!


What’s Included:

1. Historical Text Anchor Chart & Journal Page

2. Historical Text Practice Passages & Question Sets

  • Plimoth Colony- 790L
  • The Irish Potato Famine- 870L
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart- 970L
  • Orphan Trains- 930L

3. Scientific Text Anchor Chart & Journal Page

4. Scientific Text Practice Passages & Question Sets

  • Tsunamis- 800L
  • Plant Adaptations- 840L
  • The Process of Digestion- 830L
  • Global Warming- 960L

5. Technical Text Anchor Chart & Journal Page

6. Technical Text Practice Passages & Question Sets

  • Potato Head Planter- 760L
  • How to Build a Lung Model- 890L
  • Building a Parallel Circuit- 870L
  • How to Write a Thank You Note- 870L

7. Test Passages & Question Sets

  • A Cool Summer Treat- 930L
  • The 1960s- 880L
  • Food Chains- 740L


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Historical, Scientific, Technical Texts Skill Pack Bundle – RI.4.3 & RI.5.3

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