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Summer Close Reading Comprehension Book Bundle | 5th Grade & 6th Grade

Summer Close Reading Comprehension Book Bundle | 5th Grade & 6th Grade

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Four close reading books with forty reading comprehension passages focused on key events and figures from May, June, July and August 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 fifth grade or sixth grade.

The four books contain the following activities:

  • The famous English soccer player, David Beckham, who was born on the 2nd May 1975.
  • The French leader, Napoleon Bonaparte, who died on the 5th May 1821 on the remote island of St. Helena.
  • The 33rd president of the United States, Harry Truman, who was born on the 8th May 1884.
  • VE Day, where Germany surrendered to Allied forces on the 8th May 1945, which brought an end of World War II in Europe.
  • The famous Spanish Surrealist artist, Salvador Dali, who was born on the 11th May 1904.
  • The founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale, who was born on the 12th May 1820.
  • The guide and translator, Sacagawea, who joined Lewis and Clark as they set off on their expedition across America on the 14th May 1804.
  • Mount Everest, which was climbed for the first time on the 29th May 1953.
  • The famous Swedish activist, Greta Thunberg, who received an Honorary Doctor of Law from the University of British Colombia on the 31st May 2021.
  • The nemesis of the Roman Empire, Hannibal, who famously crossed the Alps with his army which included elephants in May 218 BC.
  • The record-breaking Spanish tennis player, Rafael Nadal, who was born on the 3rd June 1986.
  • The famous English king who ruled during the Revolutionary War, King George III, who was born on the 4th June 1738.
  • The famous World War II battle, the Battle of Midway, which began on the 4th June 1942.
  • The first African American woman to be admitted into NASAs astronaut program, Mae Jemison, who joined on the 4th June 1987.
  • The recently deceased husband to Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, who was born on the 10th June 1921.
  • The famous German-born diarist of World War II, Anne Frank, who was born on the 12th June 1929.
  • The Enigma code breaking English mathematician, Alan Turing, who was born on the 23rd June 1912.
  • The famous American Olympic star, Wilma Rudolph, who was born on the 23rd June 1940.
  • The famous Argentinian soccer superstar, Lionel Messi, who was born on the 24th June 1987.
  • The record-breaking American Olympic swimmer, Michael Phelps, who was born on the 30th June 1985.
  • The Battle of Gettysburg, which was a key battle in the American Civil War, and was fought from the 1st July until the 3rd July 1863.
  • The famous Mexican artist and icon, Frida Kahlo, who was born on the 6th July 1907.
  • The spiritual leader of Buddhism, the Dalai Lama, who was born on the 6th July 1935.
  • The scientist famous for his work in electricity, Nikola Tesla, who was born on the 10th July 1856.
  • The famous Nobel Peace Prize winner and educational activist, Malala Yousafzai, who was born in Pakistan on the 12th July 1997.
  • The Apollo 11 Moon mission, which put Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the lunar surface on the 21st July 1969.
  • One of the Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu, which was rediscovered by Hiram Bingham on the 24th July 1911.
  • The red planet of Mars, where the Perseverance Mars Rover was launched to on the 30th July 2020.
  • The author famous for her Harry Potter books, J.K. Rowling, who was born on the 31st July 1965.
  • The powerful ruler of Ancient Greece, Alexander the Great, who was born at some point in July of 356 BC.
  • The record-breaking American Football quarterback, Tom Brady, who was born on the 3rd August 1977.
  • The former president of the United States, Barack Obama, who was born on the 4th August 1961.
  • The first person to set foot on the Moon, Neil Armstrong, who was born on the 5th August 1930
  • The famous American pop artist, Andy Warhol, who was born on the 6th August 1928
  • The famous tennis star from Switzerland, Roger Federer, who was born on the 8th August 1981.
  • The last active ruler of Ancient Egypt, Cleopatra, who died on the 10th August in 30 BC.
  • The former slave, Frederick Douglass, who made an emotional speech giving an account of his life as a slave on the 11th August 1841.
  • The record-breaking Jamaican athlete, Usain Bolt, who was born on the 21st August 1986.
  • The famous wonder, Petra, which was discovered on the 22nd August 1812 in Jordan, after being hidden from western eyes for centuries.
  • The famous NASA mathematician and scientist, Katherine Johnson, who was born on the 26th August 1918.


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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