Today I’m sharing a free reading comprehension passage – in a book!
Today I’m sharing the second book in my new series of reading comprehension readers.
These books come in two levels: one for grades 2/3 and one for grades 3/4.
Free reading comprehension activity for grades 2-4
Our last book was about Kenya. This one is about the Philippines.
When you print the book front to back (flipping on the short side), you can fold it and staple to make a book. Directions are in the download.
Before we began, I asked my Six (an advanced first grade reader) to read the headings.
- Daily Life
I explained what each word meant if he was unsure.
Next, he read the book out loud.
When he first began, he was reading in a mumbly, monotone voice, which he tends to do when he’s reading to me. Right away I reminded him to “read like a mountain,” which is something I’ve been teaching him to do when he does his after school reading.
When I tell him to “read like a mountain,” I mean to put ups and downs in his voice instead of reading in a single, boring tone.
This little reminder really helps him. It makes his reading sound much interesting and helps with comprehension, too!
Reading this book was a little more challenging than our last book, probably because it has many more foreign words. Reading a pronunciation guide is a great way to reinforce that phonics knowledge!
I reminded him to use the glossary when he wasn’t sure what a bold print word meant.
Finally, it was time to answer the questions.
He started to mark that an archipelago is a volcano, so I reminded him to find that word in the book to double check his answer.
I noticed that he’s learning to use the headings to quickly locate information. Love those text features!
He did well on all the questions, until he got to the last one.
Question 5: What are two ways your life would be different if you lived in the Philippines?
He wrote, “You only have 5 desserts.”
Oops! I stopped him and helped him see why this answer was incorrect. This last question was hard because it wasn’t a “right there” question. My Six couldn’t just find the answer in the text; he had to combine what he knows about his own life with information from the text.
I prompted him by saying, “What would be different about your life if you lived in the Philippines? Let’s look again.” With some help from me, he wrote some good answers.
After we finished the activity he asked to do read and complete two other books that I’ve prepared but haven’t shared online yet. (They were about Jamaica and the Netherlands.)
He read each book and answered the questions correctly, all on his own – yay!
Then … he wanted to write his own book – “If You Lived in Wisconsin.” He started that on my computer while I was fixing dinner. 🙂
Considering that my Six would rather make a toy gun than sit down and read a book – I definitely call this a win!
Questions you might have
- What reading level is the book?
The easier book is at a mid to late 2nd grade reading level. It roughly corresponds to a level L or M in Fountas & Pinnell.
The harder book is at a mid to late 3rd grade reading level. It roughly corresponds to a level O or P in Fountas & Pinnell.
- Why is it printing funny? The backs are upside down.
You have to make sure that you choose “flip on the short edge when you choose front to back” or “short edge binding” after you choose “print front to back.” The wording will vary, depending on your printer.
We hope you enjoy our newest reading comprehension reader!
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