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Non-fiction Comprehension Pack Checkbox Challenge for Struggling Readers
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I created this non-fiction reading comprehension pack 'Checkbox Challenge' to encourage struggling readers from second to fourth grades to practice their comprehension skills, using non-fiction text with age-appropriate content.

The texts vary in length, but I have tried to keep the sentence structure and vocabulary simple. The passages are mostly written within the third to fifth grade Lexile bands. A word of caution however - the levels should only be used as a guideline - some of the more challenging topic vocabulary increases the Lexile level. (This type of vocabulary is topic specific and students would not be expected to know it).

The pack contains 2 pages per topic, which can be printed back to back. The first page introduces the text and questions. On the second page, students can highlight the piece of text which contains the answer. Some questions may require the students to look beyond the text to infer the answer.

I have used this pack with my advanced first graders, although the basic premise is for intervention with older grades.

•The texts help students develop skills in retrieving information from text.
•The check boxes allow those students, who struggle with handwriting and writing skills, to demonstrate their understanding and achieve success.
•These texts are suitable for independent work and ideal for shared and guided reading. They are also suitable for small group work where reading skills can be modelled, practiced and developed. 

Please check the free preview – you will find a freebie text to download to help you decide if this pack is right for you and your students.


25 x Non-fiction Texts


• Frogs
• Penguins
• Polar Bears
• Bats
• Owls
• Spiders
• Ants
• The King of the Jungle
• Jellyfish
• Dinosaurs
• Hibernation
• Pirates
• Ancient Egyptians
• Pilgrims
• Community Helpers
• Dentists
• Neil Armstrong
• Abraham Lincoln
• Planet Facts
• Earth Day
• The Water Cycle
• The Four Seasons
• Weather Forecasting
• The Journey of the Banana
• Teddy Bears


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You had mentioned a freebie download, but I could not locate it. Is it still available? I teach RTI TEIR !V and was interested to see if this product would work in my classroom.

Thanks! :)
Asked on June 5th, 2016

Hi there! I am so sorry - when I uploaded this product Educents did not have the capability of previews - which is where the free download is! This has since changed and of course, I forgot to upload it - huge apologies! I will rectify immediately! Many thanks for your question - I hope the product works for your students!
UPDATE: The free sample is now located in PREVIEW - just download and try it out! :)

Answered by Teacher's Toolkit on June 6th, 2016 (Edited)

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  • Great for intervention!
    Mar 07, 2016

    These checkbox passages are fantastic for intervention, and very easy to use! They're also great to send home for extra practice - easy for parents to implement and understand!

    Sarah P - Seller on Educents - Member Since February 2015

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I have been an elementary school teacher for 28 years, having taught the full gambit from K to 5th.  The last 10 years have been spent in first grade.   Just this year I changed to second.  I have a passion for Special Education and enjoy Graphic Design as a hobby.  The loves of my life are my furbabies!

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