Making Connections – RI.2.3 & RI.3.3
⭐️Students learn 2nd and 3rd grade making connections skills with these 15 printable and digital Lexile® certified reading comprehension passages and question sets. They are perfect for teaching, developing, or reinforcing making connections skills for RI.2.3 and RI.3.3 or TEKS 3.13C. Students learn to connect historical events through cause & effect relationships, scientific ideas through compare & contrast, and procedural text through the sequence.
⭐️If you do not use Common Core, this packet is still perfect for teaching these skills. Aligns with state-specific standards like TEKS and VA SOL.
⭐️Includes standard based questions, interactive anchor charts, and three skills-focused test passages. The Digital version allows students to highlight text evidence using an integrated color-coding strategy. Certified Lexile measured close reading comprehension texts are varied within the second and third grade bands.
⭐️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 – Each passage contains a certified Lexile measure to make differentiation easy. Passages vary across the 2nd grade & 3rd grade Common Core Text Complexity Band (the range for second and third grade is 420L-820L).
✏️Integrated Color Coding – 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.
★ Sandy said, “A favorite go-to resource that my students love. It is engaging and reinforces strategies that have been taught in the classroom.”
★ Danielle T. said, “I like how this resource has a range of various reading levels. This is helpful for students who progress in their reading level throughout the school year to still be able to practice those skills as they improve. Additionally, it also helps to get students practice with the skills even if they are in need of a lower Lexile level. The articles included are high interest as well!”
★ Samantha R. said, “I love all your stuff. This is a great resource to help differentiate learning and reading strategies in the classroom. Explains step by step how to guide students towards making connections in reading.”
1. Connecting Historical Events through Cause & Effect Anchor Chart / Journal Page
2. Practice Passages & Question Sets
♦ The American Civil War- 680L
♦ The History of Memphis Tennessee- 520L
♦ Amelia Earhart- 660L
♦ The Salem Witch Trials- 790L
3. Connecting Scientific Ideas – Compare & Contrast Anchor Chart / Journal Page
4. Practice Passages & Question Sets
♦ States of Water- 470L
♦ Bees vs. Ants- 540L
♦ Woolly Mammoths- 690L
♦ Ocean and Wetland Habitats- 790L
5. Connecting Procedural Text – Sequential Order Anchor Chart / Journal Page
6. Practice Passages & Question Sets
♦ How to Bathe a Dog- 580L
♦ How to Build a Bird Feeder- 740L
♦ How to Make a Grilled Cheese- 760L
♦ How to Plant a Seed- 790L
7. Test Passages & Question Sets
♦ Historical: Anne Frank- 670L
♦ Scientific Ideas: Spring and Autumn- 750L
♦ Procedural Text: Witch Hat Cookies- 640L
⭐️See more about why certified Lexile measures matter by clicking on the product preview and navigating to the About Lexile Levels page.
This resource is available in a Skill Pack Bundle that contains six different resources focused on this specific reading skill – including lesson plans, digital mini-lessons, guided readers, task cards, and Boom Cards.
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