With an emphasis on balanced literacy in reading instruction, teachers will want to check out the ReadWorks.org website for quality, research-based reading comprehension resources. The curriculum is varied and there are many ways for teachers to access and share lessons, passages, and activities. The lessons are divided into four sections:
- Skill and Strategy Units: CCSS based lesson plans with texts, lessons, and independent practice.
- Comprehension Units: Grade-level lessons revolve around a read-aloud or paired text.
- Novel Study Units: 5th and 6th grade resources include pacing guides, lessons, and assessments.
- Reading Passages: Leveled passages with corresponding question sets to support comprehension.
These reading resources are free, but teachers must register on the website to access them. You can find out more by taking an introductory video tour of the resources they offer.
If you are specifically looking for social studies or science articles to increase student reading of informational text, ReadWorks has passages searchable by domain, grade, and reading level.
Still not sure? Check out Common Sense Graphite’s website review.
Unfortunately, there is not an app with which to access these fabulous resources, but you can make your own iPad home screen bookmark by tapping the share icon to the left of the browser window and “Add to Home Screen.” Touch your new “mini app” on your iPad and the website will open directly in Safari.