More than Just Reading Comprehension – Make it Count by Combining Subjects

Published:
August 4, 2020

Carrie Fernandez

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Carrie

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A few years ago I realized we needed to beef up my daughter’s reading comprehension skills. I found a book that had short passages of text followed by a few questions…and it did help.

But the text she read was irrelevant. She thought it was old-fashioned and found it boring.


I decided that it would be in our best interest if she had reading comprehension passages that expanded on what we were already studying in science, history, and geography.

More than Just Reading Comprehension text with image of a boy using a pencil
So we spent over a year creating Nonfiction Reading Comprehension, Written Narration & Researchsuitable for grades 4-8, but flexible.

MORE THAN JUST READING COMPREHENSION

Short nonfiction lessons in science, history, and geography

Includes Q&A, prompts for additional research, and notebooking pages

Our full-year of nonfiction reading comprehension lessons cover many different topics such as:

  • United States Geography – learn about the different regions of the United States.
  • Natural Disasters – volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes & more
  • Weather – meteorology, clouds, precipitation, floods, lightning, thunder & more
  • Human Body Systems – learn about each system in the human body.
  • Seven Wonders of the Natural World – Aurora Borealis, Mount Everest, Victoria Falls, Grand Canyon, Great Barrier Reef & more
  • Seven Wonders of the Ancient World – Lighthouse of Alexandria, Colossus at Rhodes, Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Pyramids of Egypt at Giza & more
  • Seven Wonders of the Medieval World – Stonehenge, Colosseum, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Great Wall of China & more
  • Seven Wonders of the Age of Steam – Transcontinental Railroad, London Sewers, Brooklyn Bridge, Eiffel Tower & more
  • Seven Wonders of the Modern World – Panama Canal, Empire State Building, Golden Gate Bridge & more
  • Solar System – learn about the wonders of the solar system.

Nonfiction Reading Comprehension workbook cover

In addition to reading comprehension questions, each lesson is followed by prompts for additional research and a notebooking page to record what is found. Each unit concludes with a diagramming or labeling activity related to the unit.

You can view a sample here.

 

Answer keys for all reading comprehension questions are included at the end of the book.

There are 75 reading comprehension lessons in 10 units that explore science, history, and geography. Each unit is completely self-contained and you can skip around and do whichever ones interest your student or align with what you are studying at the time.

See what’s covered in the units here.

 

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You can use Nonfiction Reading Comprehension, Written Narration & Research over the course of a full year doing two lessons per week, or as a supplement to your studies over a longer period of time.
 

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