Over 100 Close Reading Comprehension Passages for the Upper Elementary Classroom

Close Reading Comprehension Passages with Mystery Pictures ALL ACCESS Bundle


Practice lots of important ELA standards with this ALL-ACCESS BUNDLE of all 37 current sets of close reading comprehension passages with mystery picture activities. Just print and GO! Great activity for ELA practice + FUN! All sets include print and digital versions.


Practice lots of important ELA standards with this ALL-ACCESS BUNDLE of 36 sets of Close Reading Comprehension Passages with Mystery Pictures, provided in both DIGITAL and PRINT formats, is designed to engage students in analyzing text using close reading comprehension strategies.  This resource motivates students to persevere through the multi-draft reading process with the use of the mystery grid picture, making it a fun activity that students will ask for again and again! That’s over 100 passages to use throughout the year!

Close Reading Comprehension Passages Included: ALL Holiday Sets, ALL Monthly Sets, & ALL Topic Specific Sets!!! Both Printable and Digital Options!

Students will love learning about the many different high interest topics as they read 3 different text types for EVERY set: one fiction passage and two informational.  These texts are DIFFERENTIATED at three reading levels so that all students will be appropriately challenged!  Students will build comprehension by answering text-dependent questions as they complete the close reading process. Here’s the fun part: their answers to the questions will help them “decode” and color the corresponding themed mystery grid picture!

Graphic organizers and writing prompts are also included to enhance reading comprehension and can be used as you see fit!  Want to see for yourself? Check out the fun free passage in my Freebie Library to see how the text levels and questions can work for your classroom!

This activity is perfect for training students to read a text multiple times in order to truly understand it. By reading a text more than once, annotating it, and answering questions, students will learn to find and analyze:

  • Author’s purpose
  • Text structure
  • Text-based evidence
  • Central ideas

…And more!!

☆ 36 Sets Included in this ALL ACCESS Reading Comprehension Passages Bundle

Holiday Sets
  • Presidents’ Day Close Reads
  • St. Patrick’s Day Close Reads
  • Cinco de Mayo Close Reads
  • Earth Day Close Reads
  • Halloween Close Reads
  • Chinese New Year Close Reads
  • Mardi Gras Close Reads
  • Valentine’s Day Close Reads
  • Thanksgiving Close Reads
  • Christmas Close Reads
  • New Year’s Day Close Reads
  • Easter Close Reads
Monthly Sets
  • January (topics: fireworks, polar bears, blizzards)
  • February (topics: Miller Bros., Muhammad Ali, chocolate
  • March (topics: basketball, daylight savings, Katherine Johnson)
  • April (topics: butterflies, rainbows, baseball)
  • May (topics: ladybugs, kites, sunscreen)
  • June (topics: swimming, ice cream, turtles)
  • July (topics: island, sharks, American Flag)
  • August (topics: camping, bees, sandcastles)
  • September (topics: soccer, buses, sunflowers)
  • October (topics: fall, spiders, bats)
  • November (topics: acorns, pumpkin pie, cornucopia)
  • December (topics: penguins, candy canes, ice hockey)
Everyday Sets
  • Pets
  • Technology
  • Carnival/Circus
  • Emojis
  • Food
  • Football
  • Movies
  • Music
  • Superheroes
  • Weather
  • School

The total value is $288 for all current sets and the final bundle price is $175.00. That’s more than 30% off! The best news is that anytime I create a new set of close reads, I will add them to this bundle and the price will increase. So, buy now and get any new sets for free.

⇨Want to try it first? Check out this free sample passage!⇦

“Crayola Company History” is an informational passage about the history of the Crayola company Grab it and more for free in my Freebie Library!

☆ Included in Every Set ☆

  • Teacher Pages: explaining the different parts of the resource and how to use it in the classroom
  • Digital Copies: of the student pages for assigning via Google Slides or Powerpoint + instructions
  • 3 Different Texts: passages that are differentiated into three different reading levels. 1 fiction and 2 nonfiction texts
  • 10 Text-Dependent Questions: corresponding to each passage (Option to use with or without the mystery grid)
  • 3 Mystery Grid Pictures:  one for each passage, corresponding to the text-dependent questions
  • 3 Writing Prompts: one for each passage
  • Graphic Organizers: as an option to use with any of the texts
  • Student Printables: close reading/annotating tip sheets to print for the students to keep/use during the process. Perfect for notebooks!

☆ Options for Use in the Classroom ☆

Use these high-interest texts to practice close reading strategies, answering text-dependent questions, vocabulary, and responding to text in writing.

  • Whole group
  • Small groups
  • Learning centers/stations
  • Homework
  • Sub Plans
  • Test Prep
  • Tutoring
  • Room Transformations

Find out more on how to use them in the classroom:

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As such, it is for use in one classroom only. This item is also bound by copyright laws. Redistributing, editing, selling, or posting this item (or any part thereof) on the Internet is strictly prohibited without first gaining permission from the author. Violations are subject to the penalties of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

Please purchase one license for each teacher using these resources. If you would like to contact me about pricing on a license for an ENTIRE school, county, or district, please email me at [email protected]

If you would like to contact me about pricing on a license for an ENTIRE school, county, or district, please email me at [email protected]


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Over 100 Close Reading Comprehension Passages for the Upper Elementary Classroom

Close Reading Comprehension Passages with Mystery Pictures ALL ACCESS Bundle