Earth Day Reading Comprehension Passages


These differentiated Earth Day Reading Comprehension Passages will engage students in a close reading model while teaching them to care for planet Earth. Celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day with your students with this PRINT or DIGITAL activity for the month of April!

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Need a fun and engaging way to celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day with your students? Thankfully, these differentiated Earth Day Reading Comprehension Passages and activities are the perfect tools to help students practice close reading skills during April! This week-long lesson on Caring for Planet Earth: Celebrating Earth Day and Arbor Day follows a close reading model and includes a teacher guide and notes to make teaching the lesson easy! Students will use their close reading skills to practice making logical inferences, citing textual evidence, and drawing conclusions from the text.

These differentiated informational text passages about Earth Day and Arbor Day will engage students and spark interest! Through reading comprehension and close reading skills, students will learn the importance of setting aside time to care for our planet Earth.

Easily differentiate instruction with the leveled reading passages for grades 3-5. Includes everything you need to teach a week-long close reading lesson PRINT or DIGITAL.


What’s Included in the
Earth Day Reading Comprehension Passages:

  • Teacher Close Reading Guide
  • Teacher Guide and Notes
  • Classroom Posters
  • Mark it Up! Annotation Cards
  • 2 Differentiated Passages
  • Text Dependent Questions
  • Vocabulary Practice
  • Written Response
  • Close Reading Graphic Organizers
  • Teacher Answer Keys

⭐A digital Google Classroom option is included! (Google Slides™)


Close Reading Topic:

Caring for Planet Earth: Celebrating Earth Day and Arbor Day

These high-interest and engaging Earth Day reading comprehension topics will captivate students’ interest!


Step-by-Step Instructions:

Follow the close reading model with instructions for teachers and students:

  1. First Reading: Determine what the text says.
  2.  Second Reading: Determine how the text says it.
  3.  Third Reading: Determine what the text means.
  4. Written Comprehension: Write and Respond


Easily Differentiate Instruction with Earth Day Reading Comprehension Passages!

These Earth Day reading comprehension passages are written at 2 different levels to allow for differentiation during instruction. Specifically, the content of the 2 passages is the same, but the reading levels are different. Questions about the content are the same. Luckily, this makes it easy for you to provide students with the same questions and activity sheets while allowing students to practice close reading skills on their reading level.

⭐Each reading passage has special symbols at the bottom left corner to denote difficulty levels.



This resource aligns with the anchor standard that refers to reading text closely:

ELA Reading Standard 1: “Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it, cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.”


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