Reading Standard Worksheets for Every Grade
Updated: Mar 17, 2020
Every individual has unique abilities and strengths as they learn. Differentiated instruction is the instruction that is adapted to fit the learning needs of many different individuals. Changing the way one learner does an activity, the environment or the content are all ways to differentiate. My resource provides activities on the same concept that can be differentiated for EVERY GRADE and can be used with ANY TEXT.
The Common Core state standards break reading comprehension into 10 anchor standards that build on each other year after year. My resource includes lesson objectives for every grade preschool through high school, an activity that teaches the objective for every grade and can be completed with any book or piece of literature and a note page with guiding questions and vocabulary words for the standard.
Learning is an individual matter. As educators (both parents and teachers) it is important to help our students improve in their understanding within a range that they are engaged, but not frustrated with the task. The idea behind this resource is to allow educators to help each student they work with at their level, without spending hours making individual resources for each child.
The resource includes worksheets for Fictional Texts as well as Non-fiction Texts. There are activities to increase reading comprehension using skills that include the following:
Ask and Answer Questions
Main Idea and Theme
Fictional Elements and Text Structure
Word Choice and Vocabulary
Point of View
Compare and Contrast
These activities can be partnered with any text and each concept has a worksheet for every grade level. For example, his means that all students can be learning about the Main Idea, but one student can be working on the main idea at a 2nd-grade level and another student can be working on the Main Idea on a 6th-grade level. No matter what book or text the student is reading.
Read on to learn the many ways the Reading Standard Worksheets for Every Grade can be helpful to you!
In the classroom, these worksheets can be used during whole group time, centers, partner work, homework or during interventions. They are created to help classrooms with students at a variety of levels. This way the teacher can differentiate classroom work while teaching comprehension standards with minimal extra work.
These worksheets could be used during centers or intervention groups. Students could be grouped by reading or writing level. Students in advanced groups could be given a reading worksheet above grade level, while students who are at a lower level could be given assignments at grade level, or even below grade level. All the students would be given equal opportunity to learn the concept (finding the main idea for example) but could practice at their reading and writing level.
This resource could also be used in a whole group or individual work time. Students could be working simultaneously on the comprehension topic and could be working with the same text, but working on different level worksheets.
These worksheets work really well with homeschool families. Parents or tutors will likely find themselves teaching students at different grade levels. With this curriculum, all the students can be learning the same concept (example: fictional elements, main idea, word choice...ect.), but they will be practicing on a worksheet that is on their grade level.
The curriculum can also be used to help parents and tutors who are trying to catch their students up because it allows them to fill gaps. For example, maybe you have a 3rd grader who is behind in reading comprehension so you are planning on homeschooling them just until they are back on grade level. Maybe as you are working with them you need to start them on 1st-grade comprehension worksheets, but after three months of one on one practice, they are ready for 2nd-grade work, and then toward the end of the school year, 3rd-grade work. Instead of buying a new workbook every time they are ready to move up, you will have every grade and can really cater to their needs.
How the Reading Comprehension Worksheets for Every Grade fits with the rest of the ELA Curriculum
These worksheets can be used with any ELA curriculum or any text. They fit really well with my Science and Social Studies thematic units. The units have daily narrative writing prompts, persuasive writing activities, informational step-by-step writing practice (all at three different writing levels). It also comes with book lists, website lists and video lists with books that span from kindergarten levels all the way to Highschool. This way students at different grade levels can all be learning the same science or social studies concept, but reading a text at their level.
Then they can use that level text to fill in their comprehension worksheet (example: text features) that is the same concept for everyone, but the worksheet itself is different slightly for each grade level. That way kids at many different grade levels can be learning similar concepts but practicing at differentiated levels.
What is the role of a teacher in differentiated instruction?
Teachers who are interested in creating a differentiated classroom; your role is to first determine what level your students are in the content area using assessment and then teach students at their individual level. You can differentiate instruction to meet the needs of your students by making the content of a task easier or harder (example: interventions), making the process of the task easier or harder (example: providing extra teacher help or a partner for kids who need extra help), or by changing the difficulty of the task (Example: giving kids different level worksheets on the same topic or concept).
Why is thematic instruction important?
Thematic instruction is a method where you use a topic to teach multiple content areas. This is so important because it is more authentic in the way we use skills in the real world. Employers frequently need many skills to complete a project or task. Requiring students to use reading skills to complete a science or social studies concept or practice a math concept to complete a science project the students are building connections in their brain that will help them more easily apply and remember what they are learning. It is also a great way to fit in all the very important content areas in the limited time for teaching.
What are units in education?
Units are used in education as a way to organize major topics being taught throughout a year. Typically units are taught over the span of two to six weeks. Focusing on the learning outcomes and assessments and then using backward planning to create lessons within a unit is an effective way to focus in one's instruction. Multiple units are put together to form a year outline or curriculum map.