Somehow I lost track of time and didn’t realize how quickly the Winter Olympics were sneaking up on me, so I’ve added my Winter Olympics Close Reading packet to my reading lessons. I absolutely love all things related to the Olympics, and I love incorporating them into my instruction. When I originally made this product, I had to do a lot of research, because I didn’t know nearly as much about winter sports as I do summer sports-I’m a Florida girl! One thing I did learn, is that there is no way I would ever participate in the Luge. No thank you! Now that I’ve written the passages, I feel like I know a lot more about a few of the winter sports in the games, and I’m getting excited for them to start!
Just like the other versions of my close reading products, there are three leveled nonfiction reading passages for each of the ten topics. I found the lexile level for each of the passages, and there is a correlation chart that compares DRA, guided reading, and lexile levels. All three levels include the same primary content, so any passage can be used to answer the three pages of questions. There is also a different nonfiction text feature on each passage that will enhance the text.
I’ve also add the passages and questions to Google Drive, so I can use this in Google Classroom. Students are able to type directly on the page, and it saves me on copies and paper!
I like to focus on one topic a week, because that’s what works best with my schedule. Just for fun, I created this Olympic Categories activity. I’ve used this several times, and it’s always so much fun, and it’s a great way to get students thinking and developing background knowledge. You can grab it for free here!