Reading instruction in a classroom with students at various reading levels can definitely be challenging. If you follow a basal program, the text levels for each week may be too hard for your low readers and much too easy for your higher readers. This is why I love doing small groups during my reading block. I want to make sure that my students are reading text at their instructional reading levels.
These Monthly Differentiated Reading passages are my go-to during small group instruction or during our intervention/enrichment time. I love that almost all of my students can read about the same topic and work on the same comprehension skill, but at their own reading level.
Each month includes 4 nonfiction and 4 fiction stories at three different reading levels. Each passage includes “Power Words” to increase their vocabulary skills. The higher level passages include more Power Words than the lower reading level passages. Every story also includes a corresponding comprehension skill, comprehension graphic organizer, and a writing component.
How do I use these Differentiated Reading Passages in my classroom?
I typically use these during small group instruction for one of our weekly lessons during that time. This allows me to differentiate easily for each reading group. I also love that I can be consistent with keeping the same comprehension skill and vocabulary words for the entire class. This year, I have actually been using these with my enrichment group during our I/E (Intervention/Enrichment) time. I am able to really dig deep into each of these stories as we practice our reading fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension practice.
I love that these Differentiated Reading Passages allow me to integrate reading with science and social studies.
One of my favorite things about these passages is that I can integrate reading with other subject areas by using the nonfiction passages. It is often difficult to get everything in during the school day, so integrating subjects with each other is so important.
What are teachers saying about these Differentiated Reading Passages?
“This is one of the best purchases I’ve made on TPT! It allows you to use the same “Power Words” or vocabulary with your class, but the passages using the vocabulary are written at 3 different reading levels allowing all students to access the content! It also contains a written option and reading response for each reading. Wow! This has saved me so much time! Thank you!” -Sharon
“This is an AMAZING resource for guided reading. I love the prediction pages with a picture that really help the students stay focused on the topic. Also, I love telling them their writing goal for the week which is included.” -Nicole
“These passages are wonderful for comprehension in terms of teaching to look back in the text. I also love the vocabulary piece. The graphic organizers are great too. The passages are just the right length and the topics keep my guided reading group engaged! Thanks!” -June
“One of the BEST resources I have ever bought from TPT (and trust me I have bought A LOT)!! This has everything you can hope for! Absolutely no prep needed for your daily guided reading FOR THE ENTIRE YEAR! Having three different passages for each story at three different levels is amazing! This allows all the students in the class to practice the same reading skill, and learn about the same topic, but at a level that is good for them. LOVE LOVE LOVE this and use this almost everyday throughout the year!”