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Penguins Reading Comprehension Activities for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Grade

If you’re looking for printable penguins reading comprehension activities for your 2nd, 3rd, or 4th grade students, you’ve found the right place! These resources are popular for teaching about penguins in the cold winter months in the classroom, but you can use them any time of the school year. Learn more about this penguins reading comprehension resource below!

Five literacy worksheets about cold and warm climate penguins

What is this Penguins Reading Comprehension Resource?

This Penguin Reading Comprehension Unit is about cold and warm climate penguins. It includes tons of printable resources like leveled reading comprehension passages, discussion questions, writing prompts, vocabulary cards and activities, assessments, worksheets, and much more. You’ll have what you need to teach a comprehensive unit or series of lessons on this non-fiction topic.

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What Does This Penguin Resource Include?

This penguin reading comprehension resource includes the following:

Teaching Guide

The teaching guide walks you through the different resources and suggests how to implement them in your classroom. You’ll have what you need to confidently implement the penguins reading comprehension worksheets and activities.

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Vocabulary Cards

The vocabulary cards each have the vocabulary term, an image that represents the word, and a kid-friendly definition.

Vocabulary Activities

The vocabulary activities help students develop an understanding of each of the vocabulary terms and be able to confidently use them in conversation.

3 Leveled Reading Passages

The three penguin leveled reading comprehension passages help you differentiate and meet the needs of all your students, and help them feel confident in their reading abilities. Each penguins reading passage was carefully crafted to look similar and have the same key vocabulary, but be scaled to meet the needs of a typical class with varied reading abilities.

Two literacy worksheets about cold and warm climate penguins

Discussion Prompts

The discussion prompts promote reading comprehension and thoughtful class or small group discussions.

Discussion Prompt Cards

Laminate, cut out, hole-punch, and put the discussion cards on a ring so you can reuse them year after year.

Reading Comprehension Activity

This penguins reading comprehension worksheet is based on the text structure of the reading passages, which gives students valuable practice opportunities.

Penguin reading comprehension worksheets

Writing Prompt and Thematic Writing Paper

The writing prompt and thematic writing paper support students in practicing their writing skills in this integrated unit.

2 Comprehension Check-Ins

There are two comprehension check-ins with answer keys. This allows you to grade them quickly and differentiate as needed.

Reading comprehension worksheets about cold and warm climate penguins

Why Teachers Love Our Non-Fiction Reading Units

Listed below are some of the reasons elementary teachers love our non-fiction reading units.

  1. Our non-fiction units include an abundance of resources to choose from. This allows you to select which activities are best for your students.
  2. All of the activities are either low-prep (some quick cutting) or no prep (just print and go) which saves you tons of time while still offering engaging learning opportunities to your students.
  3. We’ve intentionally designed many of the resources to be open-ended and to include differentiated versions to make it easy for you to meet the needs of all your students. This also means that if you change grade levels in the future, you will likely still be able to use them with minimal modification.
  4. All of our non-fiction units follow the same format and include the same types of activities customized to each topic. This creates a cohesive, year-long routine where students know the expectations and are able to focus on the topic.
  5. All of our non-fiction units integrate reading, writing, and speaking standards with a timely and engaging topic, so students are fully engaged while practicing important skills.
Three literacy worksheets about cold and warm climate penguins

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