5 Free Close Reading Ideas and Activities!

August 20, 2015

I just wanted to stop by and share some free close reading ideas and activities that I just love!


I wrote a blog post way back when that explains how I introduce my first graders to close reading and how happy I become every year when it finally *clicks*! My young students learn to go back in the text, highlight important information, circle vocabulary terms, infer meaning from the text, and go back into the text to provide evidence to comprehension questions!


To read how we do that click the image below:


Now onto some free passages, activities, and ideas to help your young learners with close reading:
{1} Close Reading Passage:
Here is a passage from my Close Reading Unit. Students will read this fiction passage, define key vocabulary terms and infer the answers to some comprehension questions!


{2} Close reading with poetry:
This awesome freebie is from Jennifer over at First Grade, Blue Skies. You can snag her sheet and some great poems to use it with by clicking on the image above!


{3} Close Reading Bookmarks
These close read bookmarks are a great resource from Fantastic First Grade Froggies and let students practice marking up their text independently. Just click the image above to grab your copy.


{4} Close reading companion:
This great close reading companion goes with the class favorite, Miss Nelson is Missing! Tessa Maguire of Tales From Outside the Classroom, has thought of everything for you to get started close reading with this picture book. She has stopping points, questions, and graphic organizers ready for you to use! Just click the image above to download your own copy.


{5} Penguin Close Read
 Tara West over at Little Minds at Work, has quite a few close read units in her shop, but this penguin one is perfect for your little learners. Click on the image above to check it out!
I hope these 5 freebies have been useful to you and your students as they continue to grow as learners.Pin it:


Happy teaching 🙂

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  • I have used some of your passages with my student in speech language therapy. They like them and I like the way they are presented for their age level.