Reading Comprehensions - Mysteries of the World

Reading Comprehensions - Mysteries of the World

BIGFOOT. LOCH NESS. LORD LUCAN. MARY CELESTE. ROSWELL. TURIN SHROUD. Does an ape-like biped roam the forests of North America? Is there a monster lurking in the depths of a Scottish lake? Is the face of Jesus miraculously printed in a piece of linen? Did Lord Lucan really kill the nanny? Do aliens exist? Where were the crew of the Mary Celeste? Answer these questions and more in this exciting Guided Reading resource looking at some of the greatest mysteries of the world. This collection of six guided reading activities, aimed at 10 and 11 year olds, tests children’s comprehension, retrieval, inference and deduction skills. It will also promote lively and engaging classroom discussion as children try to solve these mysteries for themselves. Each activity has questions and answers, with an indication of how many marks are on offer at the end of each question. This is particularly helpful for children preparing for reading tests and exams, encouraging them to give fuller answers where required.
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FAKE NEWS: APRIL FOOL! Reading comprehensions on the best pranks in history.

FAKE NEWS: APRIL FOOL! Reading comprehensions on the best pranks in history.

AMUSING, ENTERTAINING AND EDUCATIONAL! These reading comprehensions will test your students’ reading skills as they explore the four greatest April Fools of all time, as ranked by the Museum of Hoaxes. Using research skills and their reporter’s notebooks, the young journalists will find out about: Spaghetti growing on trees in Switzerland A fake volcanic eruption in Alaska Instant Colour TV in Sweden An iceberg in Sydney Harbour Each story comes with questions and answers, and will require students to check dictionaries; summarise stories; think critically; retrieve facts; and prioritise statements. They will also generate lively and fun classroom discussion. Would your students fall for these pranks? Can they come up with anything better? A template for a news story is also provided so children can write them up for themselves. A scaffold is included to show them how to fill in the boxes. Finally, posters are enclosed if you want to make the students’ work into a simple, effective display. As a journalist and teacher, it’s my passion that children should have an awareness of what is going on in the world through engaging reading material. Contents: 3: SWISS SPAGHETTI HARVEST 4: INSTANT COLOUR TV 5: ERUPTION OF MOUNT EDGECUMBE 6: THE SYDNEY ICEBERG 7-10: Questions 11-14: Answers 15: How to write a newspaper article 16: Newspaper template 17-20: Posters for display
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Biographies of leaders and presidents: Comprehension activity pack

Biographies of leaders and presidents: Comprehension activity pack

How does Donald Trump compare to Kim Jong-Un? Should we be worried about North Korea? Or how about Queen Victoria and JFK? Who exactly are Rex Tillerson and Mike Pence? This versatile set of 32 biography cards can be used in numerous ways. Firstly, they will test your students in their Common Core reading skills. Secondly, they will enable them to structure and write biographies of their own. Thirdly, they provide a platform for you as a teacher to critically evaluate your students’ writing with feedback which they will find engaging; encouraging them to write to their very best ability. Fourthly, they provide an insight into Donald Trump’s top team; US presidents of the past; prominent world leaders of today; and influential leaders through history. Fifthly, as a game, this will be a tremendous amount of fun! This is perfect all year round but is especially good as a Presidents Day activity. +++++ THE BIOGRAPHY CARDS ARE SPLIT INTO FOUR SECTIONS: Trump’s Team Trump, Preibus, Spicer, Devos, Conway, Tillerson, Pence, Mattis. US Presidents Obama, Bush, Clinton, Reagan, Kennedy, Nixon, Lincoln, Roosevelt. World Leaders 2017 May, Nieto, Netanyahu, Putin, Trudeau, Merkel, Jong-un, Rouhani World Leaders 2017 Mandela, Malala, Mother Teresa, Luther King Jr., Ghandi, Queen Victoria, Princess Diana, Peron. +++++ HERE ARE SOME IDEAS FOR HOW THE BIOGRAPHY CARDS CAN BE USED: Reading skills Each biography comes with three questions. RETRIEVE: Students will find this answer in the text. REVIEW: They will need to use summarising skills to answer the questions. Answers can be quoted from the text. The question will make this clear. RESEARCH: Students can use the internet to answer a question. The information cannot be found within the text. Compare and contrast Students can take any two cards. Their task is to find three differences and three similarities about the characters they have chosen. Highlight the text Referring to the scores under each image, students can color code the text that applies to each category with a highlighter or colored crayon.
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Reading comprehension activities: Easter Story - CHARACTERS OF THE CROSS

Reading comprehension activities: Easter Story - CHARACTERS OF THE CROSS

This reading activity pack tells the story of the Jesus’ death and resurrection from Palm Sunday through to Easter Sunday. It is ideal all year round for reading or Religious Studies, but is particularly useful in the run up to Easter, as they follow the last week in Jesus’ life. They can also be used as Sunday School activities or as readings in church. Based on the gospel accounts in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, I have written five reports from key people in the Easter story about what happened with comprehension based questions and answers for each. These will bring the well-known story of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection to your students in a fresh, engaging and enlightening way. The characters featured are: Peter Pontius Pilate A Roman soldier Mary Magdalen Cleopas The comprehension questions tackle the following skills: Literal and retrieval Word meaning Inference and deduction There is also an activity at the end to summarise each of the characters stories. All activities are aligned to the common core. As an added extra, there are a number of posters with key bible verses for your displays, including posters to colour in. These can be found at the end of the reading pack. A bit about me: Before teaching, I was a journalist. I still work as a freelance writer, and like nothing more than writing engaging texts to challenge and inspire children and young people. I choose subjects that may not be on the curriculum but are still of great importance for students to know about. Everything I write has been comprehensively researched from a number of sources and been written by myself. No plagiarism here! This is all original material. My questions are pitched at a high level, but with a bit of patience and persistence (and some adult help if necessary) most students will have great fun as they learn, especially as the penny drops. I am aware of the impact of printed resources on our environment so try to condense my reading activities into as compact a space as possible. Hopefully this will help you save time in printing, and keep the bills down! Check out my store if you enjoy this – you’re sure to find more. Thanks! While you are here… You may also be interested in a similar pack of reading comprehensions I have written about the birth of Jesus. Follow the link for more: Stories from the Stable
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Reading comprehension package - Rio Olympics 2016

Reading comprehension package - Rio Olympics 2016

Find out all about the Olympic Games with this set of four reading comprehensions with differentiated questions and answers to suit all learners. The comprehensions focus on: Rio 2016 The history of the Olympics Ancient Greece and Usain Bolt! There are a variety of questions styles, testing skills in retrieval, inference and deduction. Answers are provided, and children are given an indication of marks on offer so this is good preparation for reading tests and assessments. As with all of my work, I try to make the subject matter interesting and exciting for the children to engage with - I'm sure they'll love this. The simpler questions are bordered with a dashed line rather than a full line, so this should be accessible to all with challenge for everyone.
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WINTER OLYMPICS 2018 - Reading comprehension and activity pack

WINTER OLYMPICS 2018 - Reading comprehension and activity pack

This package on the 2018 Winter Olympics is full of interesting facts, stories and statistics which will inspire and challenge your students through a range of Common Core-aligned reading activities. CONTENTS South Korea Comprehension questions based on South Korea, with a focus on its relationship with North Korea and some interesting facts about sweat and Gangnam Style! Sports of the Winter Olympics A guide to four prominent winter sports with some interesting questions based on photographs that refer to the text. American Medal Hopes A brief biography of four American medal prospects. As an activity, students have to match comments with the athletes, based on what they have learned from the text. History of Winter Olympics Tables and infographics containing statistics on where past games have been held and which nations and individuals have won the most medals. A series of number-based questions follow. Unlikely Olympic Heroes The wonderful stories of the Jamaican Bobsled team and Eddie the Eagle, who lit up the 1988 games in Calgary. Questions compare the stories, request students to identify the obstacles, and relate the stories to personal experience. A BIT ABOUT ME Before teaching, I was a journalist. I still work as a freelance writer, and like nothing more than writing engaging texts to challenge and inspire children and young people. I choose subjects that may not be on the curriculum but are still of great importance for students to know about. Everything I write has been comprehensively researched from a number of sources and been written by myself. No plagiarism here! This is all original material. My questions are pitched at a high level, but with a bit of patience and persistence (and some adult help if necessary) most students will have great fun as they learn, especially as the penny drops I am aware of the impact of printed resources on our environment so try to condense my reading activities into as compact a space as possible. Hopefully this will help you save time in printing, and keep the bills down! Check out my store if you enjoy this – you’re sure to find more. Thanks!
Richardtownend1978
World War One Reading: HOW THE WAR WAS WON. Comprehension Package.

World War One Reading: HOW THE WAR WAS WON. Comprehension Package.

2018 marks the centenary of the end of World War One. This collection of four reading comprehensions, aimed at 10-14 year olds, tests children’s comprehension, retrieval, inference and deduction skills through a range of informative and enlightening texts. It will also promote reflective and engaging classroom discussion as children discover more about this important chapter in the world’s history. For this reason, it is ideal for research projects. Each activity has questions and answers, with an indication of how many marks are on offer at the end of each question. This is particularly helpful for children preparing for reading tests and exams, encouraging them to give fuller answers where required. ____________________________ CONTENTS The Soldier who helped to end the war: The heroic story of a British officer who went behind enemy lines to secure the masterplan for the fearsome Hindenburg defences – a mission that many believe helped to end the war more quickly. America declares war: How America moved from neutrality to war; and how their actions were crucial in securing an Allied victory. The Armistice: The world celebrates as the peace treaty is signed in a railway carriage – but the war rumbles on right until the bitter end. We Will Remember Them: A look at the Flanders Fields poem, followed by information about Remembrance and Veteran’s Day; and the significance of the poppy.
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Maths Mastery Times Tables Activities.

Maths Mastery Times Tables Activities.

Engaging activities for multiplication facts. These multiplication fact sheets have been a great hit with my students, and I'm sure they will be with yours too. They will help students understand the concept of multiplication, as well as memorize their multiplication facts. They can be used as morning work, bell work, extra activities for early finishers, or even homework. Every page is aligned to the Common Core Standards. Students will learn to: - identify numbers in times tables - work out spellings of numbers in cryptic puzzles. - sequence numbers forwards and backwards - explore the relationship between multiplication and division - compare calculations - process information in word problems The activities not only test a child’s math skills, they also encourage them to use logic, reasoning and comprehension skills. Each worksheet is double sided and space is maximised to challenge your children with TEN different times table related activities linked to the table you are studying. Answers are provided. Your children will become familiar with the format as they work their way through the exercises table by table. Your children will certainly enjoy this different approach to learning their times tables! CONTENTS 3x table activity sheet 3x table answers 4x table activity sheet 4x table answers 5x table activity sheet 5x table answers 6x table activity sheet 6x table answers 7x table activity sheet 7x table answers 8x table activity sheet 8x table answers 9x table activity sheet 9x table answers 11x table activity sheet 11x table answers 12x table activity sheet 12x table answers
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Stories from the Stable - Christmas Nativity reading comprehensions

Stories from the Stable - Christmas Nativity reading comprehensions

Have you ever wondered how far Mary and Joseph travelled on the donkey? Or why Bethlehem was so busy at the time of Jesus birth? Or what myrrh actually is? Your students will find out these and more through these fascinating stories from the Nativity. From Mary and Joseph to the shepherds and wise men, these accounts paint the picture of what life must have been like in Nazareth and Bethlehem at this time. Each passage comes with a series of questions that will test students' comprehension skills through fact retrieval, word meaning and inference and deduction.
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Christmas Maths Activities for 3x to 12x: Rudolf's Times Tables.

Christmas Maths Activities for 3x to 12x: Rudolf's Times Tables.

NEW FOR DECEMBER 2017 Here is a maths activity which is guaranteed to help your students progress in their learning as they get into the festive spirit. Join Rudolf and friends in these multiplication tables activities, which are designed to help your students learn their tables in a variety of ways. They are linked to the Mastery approach being used in mnay UK schools. CONCEPTS EXPLORED: Greater than/less than Inverse operations Multiples Factors Number sequences Word problems Number sentences Related division facts There are also puzzles such as word searches and calculation crosswords. The activities not only test a child’s math skills, they also encourage them to use logic, reasoning and comprehension skills. Each times table can be printed on a double-sided sheet, cutting out the need for endless trips to the printer and ensuring a quiet and busy classroom! Your children will certainly enjoy this different approach to learning their times tables! CONTENTS 3x table activity worksheet and answers 4x table activity worksheet and answers 8x table activity worksheet and answers 5x table activity worksheet and answers 6x table activity worksheet and answers 7x table activity worksheet and answers 9x table activity worksheet and answers 11x table activity worksheet and answers 12x table activity worksheet and answers
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Reading Comprehension - Prince Harry and Meghan Markle - Royal Wedding

Reading Comprehension - Prince Harry and Meghan Markle - Royal Wedding

In November 2017, the announcement was made that Prince Harry of England is to marry American actress, Meghan Markle. This reading comprehension package celebrates this exciting news, which is sure to capture the imagination of millions on both sides of the Atlantic. The comprehensions cover: Biographies of Harry and Meghan Information about Harry's parents, Prince Charles and Princess Diana Details of the wedding As with all of my reading products, it contains a range of questions with an indication of marks on offer to help students as they prepare for tests. Answers are also provided.
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Character Description Keywords

Character Description Keywords

Make your children's creative writing stand out with these writing prompts to help them write fantastic character descriptions. Inspired by some of the world’s most famous authors, these words will add wonderful detail to their work. There are seven sections in total, including eyes, hair, skin, facial features, bodily features and physique. The prompts also include 'super sentences' in each section to help your children craft their words into masterful sentences. These can be used as a display or as a learning aid available to children on their tables as a printed copy or on tablet devices. I hope you find them as useful as my 10 and 11 year-olds have - their descriptive writing has shown great improvement with the aid of this resource.
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Conjunction Junctions

Conjunction Junctions

This collection of eight activity sheets will take your child on an exciting journey of conjunction discovery. Using the idea of conjunctions joining words and sentences, each activity is themed around highways and road junctions. Your children have to join them correctly in order to move on to the next activity. The first activity explores what is and what isn’t an independent clause. From here, children have to put co-ordinating conjunctions between independent clauses before coming up with their own ideas. After this, the children take a jumbled set of words and have to re-arrange them into compound sentences. They also have to plot a route through a word grid. To finish the activities, the children take part in a test of what they’ve learned. By getting the answers correct, they reach their final destination. Our children loved this and it has really helped them develop their understanding of how to use FANBOYS. There is enough material for three or even four lessons, and flashcards and answers are also provided. The activities themselves contain tips (on road signs) to help the children develop their knowledge along the way. The activities can be displayed on a screen to be worked through as a class.
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THE FAWKES FILES - Reading activities on the Gunpowder Plot

THE FAWKES FILES - Reading activities on the Gunpowder Plot

In this reading pack, your students will develop their reading skills through a range of specially created documents about Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot. These include: Fawkes’ birth certificate His school report Minutes of the meeting of conspirators A letter to his mother A testimony of the King’s Guard Fawkes’ confession His death certificate Ideal as a booklet for the week running up to November 5th, these activities, aimed at children aged 8-11 years old, test skills in retrieval; inference and deduction; and summarising. It will also promote lively and engaging classroom discussion as children explore the tale of Guy Fawkes in greater depth than ever before. Each activity has questions and answers, with an indication of how many marks are on offer at the end of each question. This is particularly helpful for children preparing for reading tests and exams, encouraging them to give fuller answers where required.
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Reading comprehension package: The Queen and the Royal Family

Reading comprehension package: The Queen and the Royal Family

In 2016, Her Majesty The Queen celebrates her 90th birthday. This collection of three reading comprehensions celebrates this occasion, providing biographical information about The Queen and her family. Your children will find out about: A day in the life of The Queen The Queen's two birthdays The Royal Family Tree The wedding of Prince William and Kate Each comprehension task come complete with answers and suggests how many marks are available for each question - perfect preparation for reading assessments.
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Reading Comprehensions - Stories of Survival

Reading Comprehensions - Stories of Survival

Apollo 13 Plane crash in the Andes Mine rescue in Chile Castaway This collection of four guided reading activities, aimed at children aged 10-13 years old, tests children’s inference and deduction skills. It will also promote lively and engaging classroom discussion as children explore these remarkable stories for themselves. Each activity has questions and answers, with an indication of how many marks are on offer at the end of each question. This is particularly helpful for children preparing for reading tests and exams, encouraging them to give fuller answers where required.
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Guided Reading - World War One

Guided Reading - World War One

It is over 103 years since the start of World War One. This remarkable set of TEN guided reading activities uncovers the horror, humanity and humour of life in the Great War. Each activity focuses on a different part of the war, such as life in the trenches; the Christmas Truce and the assasination of Franz Ferdinand. Also, find out about the fascinating story of the British soldier who spared the life of a young Adolf Hitler. These guided reading activities, aimed at children aged 10-13 years old, test children’s retrieval, inference and deduction skills. They will also promote lively and engaging classroom discussion as children explore these stories for themselves. Each activity has questions and answers, with an indication of how many marks are on offer at the end of each question. This is particularly helpful for children preparing for reading tests and exams, encouraging them to give fuller answers where required.
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Reading Comprehensions - World War Two Diaries

Reading Comprehensions - World War Two Diaries

Explore World War Two through these fascinating fictional diaries of servicemen, nurses, civilians and Jews. The diaries focus on the Blitz, the Holocaust, D-Day, Pearl Harbour and Hiroshima Each activity has questions and answers, with an indication of how many marks are on offer at the end of each question. This is particularly helpful for children preparing for reading tests and exams, encouraging them to give fuller answers where required.
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Christmas reading comprehensions

Christmas reading comprehensions

This collection of four guided reading activities, aimed at 9, 10 and 11 year olds, tests children’s comprehension, retrieval, inference and deduction skills. It will also promote engaging classroom discussion as children get excited about Christmas! This will help to boost your child's reading skills in the manic build up to the festive season! __________________________________ CONTENTS Santa Claus Did you know that the origins of Santa go back to the 4th Century? Delve into the history of this character, and see how his modern image has come into being. The Christmas Tree Explore this tradition and discover how this has evolved through the ages. Find out about famous trees, and discover some amazing facts and figures. The Christmas Truce The remarkable story of how British and German soldiers celebrated Christmas together in 1914. Christmas at the Movies A look at festive films through the years, with a look ahead to the films hitting the big screen this winter. _________________________________________ Each activity has questions and answers, with an indication of how many marks are on offer at the end of each question. This is particularly helpful for children preparing for reading tests and exams, encouraging them to give fuller answers where required. Students will enjoy the range of questions styles from matching years to events to drawing pictures using given facts. As with all of my reading comprehension projects, my aim is to create stimulating text that will actually get children into reading. I started writing my own material in 2014 after feeling bored by a lot of the comprehensions on offer. Using this approach, I have introduced my students to many stories that may not be on the curriculum, but are important for young people to know.
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Reading comprehension package - The Queen and the Royal Family

Reading comprehension package - The Queen and the Royal Family

In 2016, Her Majesty The Queen celebrates her 90th birthday. This collection of three reading comprehensions celebrates this occasion, providing biographical information about The Queen and her family. Your children will find out about: A day in the life of The Queen The Queen's two birthdays The Royal Family Tree The wedding of Prince William and Kate Each comprehension task come complete with answers and suggests how many marks are available for each question - perfect preparation for reading assessments.
Richardtownend1978
WInter Olympics 2018 Reading comprehension

WInter Olympics 2018 Reading comprehension

This reading comprehension is aimed at 8-13 year olds, and focuses on the 2018 Winter Olympics in Korea. Your students will find out about this exciting sporting festival. They will learn through a range of retrieval and literal questions, using skills to skim and scan the text. The text includes information about: The 2018 games PyeongChang The Olympic torch The mascot for the 2018 games Thanks for your interest!
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Reading comprehension package - The Rio Olympics 2016

Reading comprehension package - The Rio Olympics 2016

Find out all about the Olympic Games with this set of four reading comprehensions with differentiated questions and answers to suit all learners. The comprehensions focus on: Rio 2016 The history of the Olympics Ancient Greece and Usain Bolt! There are a variety of questions styles, testing skills in retrieval, inference and deduction. Answers are provided, and children are given an indication of marks on offer so this is good preparation for reading tests and assessments. As with all of my work, I try to make the subject matter interesting and exciting for the children to engage with - I'm sure they'll love this. The simpler questions are bordered with a dashed line rather than a full line, so this should be accessible to all with challenge for everyone.
Richardtownend1978
Guided Reading: WW1 The Christmas Truce

Guided Reading: WW1 The Christmas Truce

On the back of the hugely successful (and potentially controversial) Sainsbury's ad, here is a guided reading activity on the Christmas Truce with questions aimed at Year 6 readers preparing for SATS. It would be worth showing the film of the advert from YouTube and having a class debate about the arguments for and against this advert.
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