Power Passage {Birdie} Comprehension, Fluency, Smart Art, Writing, Quiz

katieknight

TeacheR tO the CORE


1. Highlight the nouns

4. Add eggs to the book

2. Cut and stack in order

5. Glue on bird’s tail

6. Glue book to nest, add eyes & beak

3. Staple

7. Staple again to reinforce © K. Knight -Freebie Teacher to the Core


Name:_________________

Circle or highlight the nouns.

How “Tweet” it is!

Nouns Search

Birds are amazing creatures.

They build nests in tall trees. 1

Birds can fly up to their nest

and rest every night. 2

Birds make their nests out of

twigs, leaves, and even paper. 3

Birds will lay eggs in their nests. The

mother bird keeps them warm. 4

Each egg has a baby chick

inside. The baby chick will hatch. 5

After it hatches, the baby will stay

in the nest until it learns to fly. 6

Have you ever seen a nest? You

can find them in trees. 7

You can also find nests in the eves

of your house or in tall bushes. 8

Copyright K.Knight 2013 Teacher to the Core


I can identify or find the nouns in sentences. I can identify or find the nouns in sentences.

I can identify or find the nouns in sentences.

I can identify or find the nouns in sentences.

I can identify or find the nouns in sentences.

I can identify or find the nouns in sentences.

I can identify or find the nouns in sentences.

I can identify or find the nouns in sentences.

I can identify or find the nouns in sentences.

Copyright K.Knight 2013 Teacher to the Core


Rich Text and Multiple Readings

Second grade teachers, you might be using this passage to test reading comprehension.

This text is perfect for that!

Reading

First grade teachers, you are probably using this passage for fluency/

multiple readings. If that is the case, you will notice that the reading level/

Lexile is high. This is on purpose. For fluency purposes, students are not reading

this in one sitting, one time. They are not reading this alone. They have

you helping and guiding them through it. I hope they have upper grade

reading buddies in school and homework helpers at home. This content is

not phonics based, rather it is Social Studies and Science based. This is so

that children are spending their time reading text that will enrich their lives,

spark their imaginations, and cultivate curiosity. This also meets the Common

Core demand for upping informational reading on a daily basis.

You will also notice a mix of Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary located at the

top of the passage. I call these power words. The tier 3 vocabulary is essential

for understanding the particular content in this passage. Tier 2 vocabulary will

continuously show up in text that students come across in grades1-12. Research

shows that spending time on Tier 2 words will help students acquire essential vocabulary

and become better readers with deeper, lasting comprehension.

Reading games, like Crazy Professor, and strategies, like

Punctuation Poppers, are essential to building fluency and making

it fun! I have written a “Comprehension and Fluency 101” guide to help. It

has 10 game-changer strategies, tools, posters, and whole-group reading

games, to help your fluency program fly. There are 9 posters that come with

the pack. They come in 2 sizes (8.5x11 and 11x17). They also come in full color

and black and white. This Comprehension and Fluency 101 pack comes with

full explanations and pictures of how to use every tool, implement each strategy, play

each whole-class game, and have the time of your life teaching reading comprehension!

© Katie Knight 2014 Teacher to the Core email: katieknight@sbcglobal.net


Daily Drill in My Classroom

1st thing while I check homework:

2- 3 Minutes- Independent read of fluency passage

2-3 Min.– Shoulder Buddies read together at desks

2 Minutes- Choral Read or Echo Read (this supports low readers and language learners)

10-15 min of my Language Arts Block

Fluency Instruction & Games

Afternoon with Upper grade buddies

2 minutes to buddy up and settle in

1 Minute: Review power words

1-1 ½ minutes 1st grader reads to 6th grade buddy

1 minute record / graph / encourage

Weekly Plan

All elements listed in bold are resources that are included in the 101 unit.

Read the passage as often as you can fit it into your day

Day 1: Raw read the passage with Buddies (This gives you a baseline #)

Day 2: Find and highlight and discuss the power words during Lang Arts Block (ELA 10-15 min).

This is the day I usually do the ART associated with the passage. (30 min.) Read with buddies during

scheduled time

Day 3: Read with VOICE STICKS and Punctuation Poppers. Make up motions for the passage for

CRAZY PROFESSOR (ELA 10-15 minutes) Read with buddies during scheduled time.

Day 4: OMIT A WORD Strategy. Teacher reads and omits key vocabulary words. (ELA 5 min) &

play CRAZY PROFESSOR (5 min) and read with buddies

Day 5: READERS CHALLENGE (ELA 20 min for 2 rounds) I give the QUIZ that comes with passages

(10 min) Buddy Read at our scheduled time. Award kids for growth with a Skittle.

© Katie Knight 2014 Teacher to the Core email: katieknight@sbcglobal.net


Homework Example Mon. Tues. Wed. Thurs.

Words read 40

- Errors - 2

CWPM 38

Let’s read for 1 minute. My fluency skills get better each time I read this passage. I can read informational text and also remember what I read. CCSS RI

Homework helper. The best way to read this passage is to have the child read for1 min. Then, you read it to them. Last have them read it one more time.

Power

Words

nest safe predator harm gather babies

incubation hatch remain fly themselves

Birds are amazing creatures. Most

birds can fly. Most birds build their

nests in high safe spots. A bird

wants to find a safe place for their

home. They do this so they do not

get eaten by a predator. A bird will build its nest with

whatever it can find. Some common materials you will find

in a bird’s nest are twigs, fabric, mud, and even paper.

A mother bird will lay her eggs in her nest. She will sit on

the eggs to keep them warm. This is called incubation.

The babies inside the eggs need to stay warm so they can

grow. Baby birds hatch out of their eggs when the time

is right. The babies will remain with their mother until they

can fly and find food for themselves. Then they will go

out into the world and build their own nests.

© and created by Katie Knight 2014 Teacher to the Core

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Name: ______________________________

How TWEET it is to be a bird !

I can read informational text. I can also understand it and retell what I learned. CCSS RI The best way to read and remember is to concentrate,

imagine what you are reading, and to read this lots of times. It’s even more fun to read with a friend or a family member.

Power

Words

nest safe predator harm gather babies

incubation hatch remain fly themselves

Birds are amazing creatures. Most

birds can fly. Most birds build their

nests in high safe spots. A bird

wants to find a safe place for their

home. They do this so they do not

get eaten by a predator. A bird will build its nest with

whatever it can find. Some common materials you will find

in a bird’s nest are twigs, fabric, mud, and even paper.

A mother bird will lay her eggs in her nest. She will sit on

the eggs to keep them warm. This is called incubation.

The babies inside the eggs need to stay warm so they can

grow. Baby birds hatch out of their eggs when the time

is right. The babies will remain with their mother until they

can fly and find food for themselves. Then they will go

out into the world and build their own nests.

© and created by Katie Knight 2014 Teacher to the Core

5

12

19

27

35

47

57

68

82

92

104

115

126

137

146


Name: ______________________________

How TWEET it is to be a bird !

I can read informational text. I can also understand it and retell what I learned. CCSS RI The best way to read and remember is to concentrate,

imagine what you are reading, and to read this lots of times. It’s even more fun to read with a friend or a family member.

Power

Words

nest safe predator harm gather babies

incubation hatch remain fly themselves

Birds are amazing creatures. Most

birds can fly. Most birds build their

nests in high safe spots. A bird

wants to find a safe place for their

home. They do this so they do not

get eaten by a predator. A bird will build its nest with

whatever it can find. Some common materials you will find

in a bird’s nest are twigs, fabric, mud, and even paper.

A mother bird will lay her eggs in her nest. She will sit on

the eggs to keep them warm. This is called incubation.

The babies inside the eggs need to stay warm so they can

grow. Baby birds hatch out of their eggs when the time

is right. The babies will remain with their mother until they

can fly and find food for themselves. Then they will go

out into the world and build their own nests.

© and created by Katie Knight 2014 Teacher to the Core


My Name_______________________

I can read informational text. I can also remember

what I read. This is called comprehension CCSS RI 1-7

Common Core State Standards for Reading Informational Text

How Tweet

it is to be a bird !

10

%

1. All birds can fly. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . True / False

2-3 What might you find in a bird’s nest?

_________________

__________________

4-5. Can you think of 2 safe places for a bird to build

their nest? ________________ __________________

6. Why does a bird need to find a safe place to build a

nest? ___________________________________________

________________________________________________.

7. Baby birds hatch from _________________.

8-10 Label the egg, bird, and nest.

© Katie Knight 2014 Teacher to the Core


My Name_______________________

I can read informational text. I can also remember what

I read. This is called comprehension. CCSS RI 1-7

Common Core State Standards for Reading Informational Text

How Tweet

it is to be a bird !

1. All birds can fly. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . True / False

2-3 What might you find in a bird’s nest?

_________________

__________________

4-5. Can you think of 2 safe places for a bird to build

their nest? ________________ __________________

6. Why does a bird need to find a safe place to build a

nest? ___________________________________________

________________________________________________.

7. Baby birds hatch from _________________.

8-10 Label the egg, bird, and nest.

© Katie Knight 2014 Teacher to the Core


Read 1

Read 2

Read 3

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Read 5

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My Comprehension and my

Fluency

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get better every day !

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Read 5: How much do you understand about the topic? Circle: A little I know some stuff I know a ton about the topic.

Read 1: How much do you understand about the topic? Circle: A little I know some stuff I know a ton about the topic.

Name

© Katie Knight 2014 Teacher to the Core.


Read 1

Read 2

Read 3

Read 4

Read 5

10 +

correct

20 +

correct

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correct

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correct

My Comprehension and my

Fluency

50 +

correct

get better every day !

60 +

correct

70 +

correct

80 +

correct

90 +

correct

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correct

110+

correct

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Read 5: How much do you understand about the topic? Circle: A little I know some stuff I know a ton about the topic.

Read 1: How much do you understand about the topic? Circle: A little I know some stuff I know a ton about the topic.

Name

© Katie Knight 2014 Teacher to the Core.


Read 1

Read 2

Read 3

Read 4

Read 5

10 +

correct

20 +

correct

Name:

30 +

correct

40 +

correct

My Comprehension and my

Fluency

50 +

correct

get better every day !

60 +

correct

70 +

correct

80 +

correct

90 +

correct

100+

correct

110+

correct

120+

correct

130+

correct

140+

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© Katie Knight 2014 Teacher to the Core.


Read 1

Read 2

Read 3

Read 4

Read 5

10 +

correct

20 +

correct

Name:

30 +

correct

40 +

correct

My Comprehension and my

Fluency

50 +

correct

get better every day !

60 +

correct

70 +

correct

80 +

correct

90 +

correct

100+

correct

110+

correct

120+

correct

130+

correct

140+

correct

© Katie Knight 2014 Teacher to the Core.


Birds build

nests.


Birds build

nests.

Why?

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Where?

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What do they use

to make it?

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Birds build

nests.


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