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Spring Close Reading Comprehension Book Bundle | 3rd Grade & 4th Grade

Spring Close Reading Comprehension Book Bundle | 3rd Grade & 4th Grade

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Four close reading books with forty reading comprehension passages focused on key events and figures from January, February, March and April from throughout history. Each of the 40 activities 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.

The four books contain the following activities:

  • The famous English scientist, Stephen Hawking, who was born on the 8th January 1942.
  • The famous pilot, Amelia Earhart, who became the first female to fly across the Atlantic solo on the 11th January 1935.
  • The famous founding father of the United States, Benjamin Franklin, who was born on the 17th January 1706.
  • The famous Roman general and friend of Julius Caesar, Mark Antony, who was born on the 14th January 83 BC.
  • The American civil rights activist, Martin Luther King, who was born on the 15th January 1929.
  • The famous English author of Winnie the Pooh, A.A. Milne, who was born on the 18th January 1882.
  • The Gold Rush that started in California on the 24th January 1848, as people came from all around the world in search of wealth.
  • The famous American abstract artist, Jackson Pollock, who was born on the 28th January 1912.
  • The Shakespeare play, Romeo and Juliet, which was first performed on the 29th January 1595
  • The famous baseball player, Jackie Robinson, who was born on the 31st January 1919.
  • The American baseball star, Babe Ruth, who was born on the 6th February 1895.
  • The South African civil rights activist and former president, Nelson Mandela, who was freed on the 11th February 1990.
  • The infamous English king, Henry VIII, who was born on the 11th February 1531.
  • The famous English evolutionist, Charles Darwin, who was born on the 12th February 1809.
  • The famous Italian astrologist, Galileo, who was born on the 15th February 1564.
  • The Cuban leader, Fidel Castro, who became the Premier of Cuba on the 16th February 1959.
  • The American basketball star, Michael Jordan, who was born on the 17th February 1963.
  • The famous Dutch artist, Rembrandt, who was born on the 22nd February 1778.
  • The founder of Apple and Pixar, Steve Jobs, who was born on the 24th February 1955.
  • The infamous Roman Emperor, Constantine the Great, who was born on the 27th February 272 AD.
  • The third American president, Thomas Jefferson, who was the first president inaugurated in Washington D.C. on the 4th March 1895.
  • The famous Italian Renaissance painter, Michelangelo, who was born in Caprese on the 6th March 1475.
  • The Coronavirus Pandemic, which forced many countries around the world into strict lockdowns for months from the 11th to the 14th March 2000.
  • The famous German-born scientist, Albert Einstein, who was born in Ulm on the 14th March 1809.
  • The famous American Olympic gymnast, Simone Biles, who was born in Columbus on the 14th March 1997.
  • The famous American basketball star, Steph Curry, who was born in Ohio on the 14th March 1988.
  • The famous Roman leader, Julius Caesar, who was killed by his senators in Rome on the 15th March 44 BC.
  • The famous Saint Patrick’s Day Irish holiday which is celebrated each year on the 17th March.
  • The famous expedition leaders, Lewis & Clark, who began their return journey to St Louis on the 23rd March 1806.
  • The famous Olympian, Jesse Owens, who was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal posthumously by George Bush on the 18th March 1990.
  • The Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, where construction began on the famous wonder on the 4th April 1922.
  • King Richard the Lionheart of England, who died on the 6th April 1199 after being hit with a crossbow whilst on siege.
  • The United States Entering World War I, which happened on the 6th April 1917.
  • The American Civil War, which began on the 12th April 1865, when the Confederacy attacked Fort Sumter.
  • The war-time president, Franklin Roosevelt, who died on the 12th April 1945, just months before the end of World War II
  • The Titanic, which sank on its maiden voyage en-route to New York on the 14th April 1912.
  • Leonardo da Vinci, the famous Italian Renaissance artist who was born on the 15th April 1452.
  • The American Revolutionary War, which began on the 19th April 1775.
  • The longest serving British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, who was born on the 21st April 1926.
  • The famous English playwright, William Shakespeare, who was born in Stratford-Upon-Avon on the 23rd April 1564.


Included in this PDF printable bundle:

  • Forty 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 & 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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