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December Close Reading Comprehension Passages | 3rd Grade & 4th Grade

December Close Reading Comprehension Passages | 3rd Grade & 4th Grade

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A book with ten close reading passages focused on key events in December or famous figures that were either born or died in the month. Each activity has an informational text with comprehension and grammar questions followed by an extension task, crossword puzzle and wordsearch activity.

The NO PREP reading comprehension activities are perfect for students in third grade or fourth grade. Students will learn about world history whilst developing their comprehension skills.

The book includes individual activities on:

  • Rosa Parks, who was arrested on the 1st December 1955 for refusing to give up her seat on a segregated bus; the event gave birth to the U.S. Civil Rights Movement.
  • The Japanese attack on the U.S. naval base, Pearl Harbor, which took place on the 7th December 1941 and brought America into World War II.
  • George Washington, the first American president who died at the age of sixty-seven on the 14th December 1799.
  • The Boston Tea Party, which happened on the 16th December 1773 when the Sons of Liberty group destroyed a shipment of tea; this eventually led to the start of the American Revolutionary War.
  • The first powered flight by the famous Wright Brothers, which took place on the 17th December 1903.
  • Vincent van Gogh, the famous Dutch artist, who cut off his left year whilst in a rage on the 23rd December 1888.
  • Santa Claus, who does his yearly present deliveries all around the world on the 24th December.
  • The Charles Dickens' character, Ebenezer Scrooge, who was visited by three ghosts on the 24th December 1825.
  • Isaac Newton, the famous English scientist, who was born on the 25th December 1642.
  • Christmas Around the World, which looks at some of the traditions that take place on the 25th December each year.


Included in this PDF printable resource:

  • Ten informational texts
  • Each with a comprehension activity with ten questions
  • Each with grammar questions about the text
  • Each with an extension writing activity
  • Answer sheets for self-assessment or teacher use
  • Each with a crossword puzzle and wordsearch activity


This resource is great for:

  • In class learning
  • Independent work
  • Homework
  • Guided reading sessions
  • Assessment practice
  • Reading interventions
  • Emergency sub plans

The activity requires NO PREP; it has a body of text that students need to read through thoroughly; then they can use the text to find the comprehension and grammar answers. All texts then have an extension activity for those fast finishers and answers, for teacher use, are on the final page of the document.


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