July Reading Passages - American Symbols, Monuments, and National Parks

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Imagine a simple worksheet with non-fiction reading passages where students practice goal setting, reading fluency, reading comprehension, inferencing, graphing (math) and interpreting data. Now imagine those reading passages including interesting facts and/or scientific facts for students to learn about. What?! That’s right!


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These reading passages are one of a kind because they have a simple, clean format yet are jam-packed with learning! Students practice six skills in one worksheet! Skills include (as mentioned above) goal setting, reading fluency, reading comprehension, inferencing, graphing (math) and interpreting data. These non-fiction reading passages include interesting and scientific or historical facts. The July set has passages that are all about American symbols, monuments, and national parks. See below for full list of topics. 


There are 20 worksheets included along with 20 answer keys. Each reading passage is between 52-70 words long.

1. Liberty Bell
2. Statue of Liberty
3. American Flag
4. Bald Eagle
5. Washington Monument
6. Lincoln Memorial
7. The White House
8. The Gateway Arch
9. Mt. Rushmore
10. The Grand Canyon
11. Yellowstone National Park
12. Yosemite National Park
13. Acadia National Park
14. Jefferson Memorial
15. Air Force One
16. Uncle Sam
17. 4th of July
18. Declaration of Independence
19. Glacier National Park
20. Zion National Park

    How to Use

    Students begin by setting a words per minute (WPM) goal. Next, they are timed reading the passage three times and calculate their WPM scores (formulas are included to make it easy…teachers can either teach students how to use a calculator or do this part for them. If too difficult or time consuming, simply have the student record the number of seconds it took to read and do not convert them to a WPM score). Then comes the fun part where students get to place dot stickers (or use a crayon to color dots) on the target to show where their score landed (close = within 10 WPM, very close = within 5 WPM, bullseye = reached or exceeded goal).

    Once students finish reading the passage three times they graph 5 sight words based on the number of times they were used in the passage. Have students highlight each word in a different color in the passage. Then students read and answer 5 questions about the passage (reading comprehension) and about the graph (interpreting data).

    These worksheets would make great morning work activities to get the brain moving first thing in the morning! They are also engaging because they are interdisciplinary, incorporating reading, math and science! Some teachers like to use them for progress monitoring and keep them in a student portfolio to show parents at conferences.

    Use them for morning work, homework, literature centers, Response to Intervention (RTI), Daily 5, early finishers, one-on-one tutoring, independent work, partner work (students time each other), or even small group or whole class review (minus the fluency part).


    Grade Levels: 1-3          File Type: PDF (Acrobat) Document File

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