I am currently a 2nd grade teacher at a public school in Arkansas, with 7 years of teaching experience. I hold a Master's Degree in Elementary Education, and am certified for P-8. I also hold a P-12 certification in ESL. I have taught 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grade. My teaching specialties are reading, science, and technology, although I love every subject. I am a computer programmer, and absolutely LOVE using the flipped classroom technique and new technology in my classroom.

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Jack is working for his father, setting up an asteroid for mining in this fictional outer space close read sure to grab the attention of boys (and girls!) and reluctant readers!

The Sky's The Limit-at least, that's what this astronaut's mother always told him! This close read is only one page long, perfect for shorter class periods or lots of class discussion or modeling. Written on a 5th grade level, the passage is written so that the questions and reading instructions have students focusing on word choice, repeated phrases, and author's meaning.

"Jack's Asteroid Adventure" and "The Sky's the Limit" are close reading passage and questions designed to teach students reading comprehension and text analysis strategies. Designed for students to first read independently and then again with a partner, these activities encourage students to reread text, while teaching them strategies for close reading. The nature of close reading, as well as the passage and questions lend this activity to Standardized Test Practice. The reading passages are written on a middle-of-the-year 4th grade Reading Level. This makes the passage ideal for 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students, as 3rd grade students can focus on reading closely with harder texts, and 5th grade students can focus on making sure to read simple texts closely.

Close reading is a strategy that is encouraged through Common Core, best completed with short passages such as the one provided here. The seven questions in each activity range from basic knowledge to inference.

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Fictional Close Reading Activities Bundle

This Fiction Close Reading Activities Bundle contains ALL of the fiction close reading activities from my store. As new fictional close reading activities are added to my store, they will be added to this bundle. When new items are added, the price of this bundle will increase as well, although it will always be a discount over purchasing each close read individually. If you purchase this bundle now, all new updates with new close reads will be available to you, free, with a re-download from your My Resources page. The sooner you purchase the bundle, the better the price! Currently, the discount is at 17%. 9 close reading activities are currently included in this download, ready to print and go! These close reading activities have students focus first on reading the passage multiple times while searching for unknown words, new concepts, and key points. Then, the students answer questions ranging from Knowledge to Synthesis on Bloom's Taxonomy. The nature of close reading, as well as the passage and questions lend this activity to Standardized Test Practice as well. The questions and activities are designed to help students practice analyzing a difficult, technical nonfiction text and respond to a variety of questions in preparation for similar techniques used in ACT Aspire and PARCC testing, as well as on the SATs. Close reading is a strategy that is encouraged through Common Core and most state standards, and is best completed with short passages such as the ones provided here. Files currently included (Some are in sets of 2): \* A Face for a Pumpkin \* Back To School - How I Spent My Summer Vacation & Back to School \* The Lighthouse & The Camping Trip *Pardon Me! A Turkey's Story *The Perfect Christmas Tree *Space: Jack's Asteroid Adventure & The Sky's the Limit



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