Do the words “time to read” bring this look on a child you know? As teachers and parents we have encountered children who don’t like to read. Motivating reluctant readers can be a challenge. How do we get them engaged so they continue to grow and be successful readers. The key is finding passages that are interesting to them and help them be active in their own learning.
Imagine asking an intriguing question such as, “Did you know people eat stink bugs?” or “Do you know the history of Pokémon?”. Now that you have piqued their curiosity you have a hook to grab their attention as well as a purpose for reading. Perhaps I have you wondering as well. Read on to find answers to these and many more engaging topics.
* How Were the First Potato Chips Invented?
* What’s a Perfect Game in Baseball?
* Who Invented Legos?
* What’s the Hottest Planet?
* Do People Eat Stink Bugs?
* Who Invented the Trampoline?
* What’s the Difference Between a Fruit and a Vegetable?
* Where Does the President Sleep?
* How Long Does It Take to Grow a Fingernail?
* Who Invented Corn Flakes?
“You’ve got to prove-it prove-it.”
Use that fun jingle to start your lesson and your kids will have it stuck in their heads too! The students will need to have crayons handy so they can underline where in the passage they found the answer. Finally, the student will write their answer on the lines beside the questions. Your reluctant readers will be asking you for the next story.
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Featured Teacher Author: Dave Robb of Top Teaching Tasks
Now, what if you have older readers? Say 4th and 5th graders who have other things on their minds besides reading. Well, my teacher friend Dave Robb of Top Teaching Tasks has an amazing resource for them!! His texts are on, “What is Pokémon Go?” and “The History of Pokémon.”
Dave is providing this resource as a gift to one lucky reader. You can enter the contest using the Rafflecopter form below. Or if you can’t wait and want it now, click on any of the pictures below!
This pack includes two Grade Four and Grade Five informational texts (based on the Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease Readability Formula) with six engaging text dependent higher order thinking tasks. These link directly to many of the Common Core State Standards.
The purpose of this resource is to provide ready-to-go informational texts and engaging higher order thinking questions.
This resource is jam-packed with exciting, thought-provoking activities to grab your students’ attention AND hold it.
An added bonus of these activities is that they also incorporate writing skills. Research shows that reading and writing skills improve when they are integrated.
These activities are aligned to the majority of the Grade Four and Five Common Core State Standards (see the Activity Information pages for more details on the exact CCSS in each activity).
1. Two texts – both with an extended and scaffold version:
– What is Pokémon Go?
– The History of Pokémon.
2. SIX corresponding NO PREP Higher Order Thinking Activities based on Blooms Taxonomy and aligned with the Common Core State Standards
3. One Graphic Organizer Example
– Information Web4. Teacher Answer Key for applicable questions5. Two ‘Tips For Use’ pages with ways to use this resource in your classroom with links to the Common Core Language Arts Standards.