Understanding Peanut Allergies Close Reading Comprehension Passages Print and Google


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Talking to our students about peanut allergies is so important! These close reading comprehension passages and activities help students understand the danger of eating peanut products around other people who are allergic. Students will learn why peanut allergies occur, the effects they have on people who are allergic, and why many schools don’t allow peanuts or nuts in their classrooms and cafeterias. You could also add these activities to any health unit that teaches about food allergies. This week-long lesson on Peanut Allergies: A Dangerous Food or Yummy Treat? follows a close reading model and includes a teacher guide and notes to make teaching the lesson easy! Students will be required to use close reading skills to practice making logical inferences, citing textual evidence, and drawing conclusions from the text.

These differentiated informational text passages about understanding peanut allergies will engage students and spark interest! Through reading comprehension and close reading skills, students will also learn about the common signs and symptoms of peanut allergies and what they can do to keep others who are allergic to peanuts safe.

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

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

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Close Reading Lesson:

Peanut Allergies: A Dangerous Food or Yummy Treat?

This high-interest and engaging topic will captivate the interest of students!

Step-by-Step instructions (for teacher and students) are included that follows a close reading model.

Step 1: First Reading: Determine what the text says.

Step 2: Second Reading: Determine how the text says it.

Step 3: Third Reading: Determine what the text means.

Step 4: Written Comprehension: Write and Respond


  • Implementation Guide (Steps to Close Reading)
  • Teacher Guide and Notes
  • Classroom Posters
  • Mark It Up! Annotation Cards
  • 2 Differentiated Reading Passages
  • Text-Dependent Questions
  • Vocabulary Practice
  • Written Response
  • Close Reading Graphic Organizers

Easily Differentiate Instruction!

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

All answer keys are included!

⭐Note: Each reading passage is leveled with special symbols at the bottom left corner to denote difficulty levels.


This resource is aligned to 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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