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Home Learning – 3 Weeks of Reading and Writing Activities

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Free Home Learning Activities – Reading & Writing for 1st – 4th Grade Students

Dear Educators and Parents,

Clearly we are all dealing with this global situation of the coronavirus, and I would love to help teachers and parents with some reading and writing activities for your children/students to complete at home over the next three weeks.

Below you will find videos of books being read aloud, a writing response activity for each book, text-dependent questions, and a comprehension quiz.

You can have your child listen to the book or read the book independently with the sound off. The choice is yours.

After your child reads or listens to the story, DOWNLOAD the text-dependent questions, writing activity, and quiz for your child to answer.

Your child can cut out the text-dependent questions interactive notebook activity and glue it in a notebook. They can answer each question under the flap. After they complete the questions, they can do the comprehension activity and quiz as well.

These activities can be used with students in grades 1st – 4th grade.

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At-Home Reading Instruction for Parents and Children


Home Learning – Week 1 – Day 1

Finding Their Way

  1. Read the story or listen to the audiobook below. To read the story independently, just shut off your audio. To listen to the story being read, turn your audio on.
  2. After reading or listening to the story/text, download, print, and answer the text-dependent questions.
  3. Download and print the comprehension activity on retelling the beginning, middle, and end of the story.
  4. Take the comprehension quiz.

Comprehension Focus: Retelling Plot – BME


Week 1 – Day 2

Sharks and Whales

  1. Read the story or listen to the audiobook below. To read the story independently, just shut off your audio. To listen to the story being read, turn your audio on.
  2. After reading or listening to the story/text, download, print, and answer the text-dependent questions.
  3. Download and print the Compare and Contrast activity to compare and contrast sharks and whales.
  4. Take the comprehension quiz.

Comprehension Focus: Compare and Contrast


Week 1 – Day 3

Robby the Raccoon

  1. Read the story or listen to the audiobook below. To read the story independently, just shut off your audio. To listen to the story being read, turn your audio on.
  2. After reading or listening to the story/text, download, print, and answer the text-dependent questions.
  3. Download and print the little booklet on character traits and complete the writing activity.
  4. Take the comprehension quiz.

Comprehension Focus: Character Traits


Week 1 – Day 4

Olympic Insects

  1. Read the story or listen to the audiobook below. To read the story independently, just shut off your audio. To listen to the story being read, turn your audio on.
  2. After reading or listening to the story/text, download, print, and answer the text-dependent questions.
  3. Download and print the Main Idea & Details interactive notebook activity and write about the main idea and details of this text.
  4. Take the comprehension quiz.

Comprehension Focus: Main Idea & Details


Week 1 – Day 5

The Winter Concert

  1. Read the story or listen to the audiobook below. To read the story independently, just shut off your audio. To listen to the story being read, turn your audio on.
  2. After reading or listening to the story/text, download, print, and answer the text-dependent questions.
  3. Download and print the activity to write about how the main character responded to events in the story.
  4. Take the comprehension quiz.

Comprehension Focus: How Characters Respond to Events


Week 2

Home Learning – Week 2 – Day 1

William Tell

  1. Read the story or listen to the audiobook below. To read the story independently, just shut off your audio. To listen to the story being read, turn your audio on.
  2. After reading or listening to the story/text, download, print, and answer the text-dependent questions.
  3. Download and print the activity to write about each character’s traits.
  4. Take the comprehension quiz.

Comprehension Focus: Character Traits


Home Learning – Week 2 – Day 2

Fossils

  1. Read the story or listen to the audiobook below. To read the story independently, just shut off your audio. To listen to the story being read, turn your audio on.
  2. After reading or listening to the story/text, download, print, and answer the text-dependent questions.
  3. Download and print the activity to complete the sequencing activity on how a fossil is formed.
  4. Take the comprehension quiz.

Comprehension Focus: Sequencing Events


Home Learning – Week 2 – Day 3

The Pancake Plan

  1. Read the story or listen to the audiobook below. To read the story independently, just shut off your audio. To listen to the story being read, turn your audio on.
  2. After reading or listening to the story/text, download, print, and answer the text-dependent questions.
  3. Download and print the writing activity on problem and solution
  4. Take the comprehension quiz.

Comprehension Focus: Problem and Solution

Home Learning – Week 2 – Day 4

Ben Franklin: The Inventor

  1. Read the story or listen to the audiobook below. To read the story independently, just shut off your audio. To listen to the story being read, turn your audio on.
  2. After reading or listening to the story/text, download, print, and answer the text-dependent questions.
  3. Download and print the writing activity on cause and effect.
  4. Take the comprehension quiz.

Comprehension Focus: Cause and Effect

Home Learning – Week 2 – Day 5

Planes, Trains, or Cars

  1. Read the story or listen to the audiobook below. To read the story independently, just shut off your audio. To listen to the story being read, turn your audio on.
  2. After reading or listening to the story/text, download, print, and answer the text-dependent questions.
  3. Download and print the writing activity on summarizing using SWBST format.
  4. Take the comprehension quiz.

Comprehension Focus: Summarizing – SWBST


WEEK 3

Home Learning – Week 3 – Day 1

Braids, Beads, and Beauty

  1. Read the story or listen to the audiobook below. To read the story independently, just shut off your audio. To listen to the story being read, turn your audio on.
  2. After reading or listening to the story/text, download, print, and answer the text-dependent questions.
  3. Download and print the writing activity on problem and solution.
  4. Take the comprehension quiz.

Comprehension Focus: Problem and Solution


Home Learning – Week 3 – Day 2

Taking Care of Earth

  1. Read the story or listen to the audiobook below. To read the story independently, just shut off your audio. To listen to the story being read, turn your audio on.
  2. After reading or listening to the story/text, download, print, and answer the text-dependent questions.
  3. Download and print the writing activity on Main Idea & Details.
  4. Take the comprehension quiz.

Comprehension Focus: Main Idea & Details


Home Learning – Week 3 – Day 3

Karina Cracks the Case

  1. Read the story or listen to the audiobook below. To read the story independently, just shut off your audio. To listen to the story being read, turn your audio on.
  2. After reading or listening to the story/text, download, print, and answer the text-dependent questions.
  3. Download and print the writing activity on story elements.
  4. Take the comprehension quiz.

Comprehension Focus: Story Elements


Home Learning – Week 3 – Day 4

Landforms and Bodies of Water

  1. Read the story or listen to the audiobook below. To read the story independently, just shut off your audio. To listen to the story being read, turn your audio on.
  2. After reading or listening to the story/text, download, print, and answer the text-dependent questions.
  3. Download and print the writing activity on categorizing and classifying.
  4. Take the comprehension quiz.

Comprehension Focus: Categorize & Classify

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80 thoughts on “Home Learning – 3 Weeks of Reading and Writing Activities”

  1. Thank you so much! This is a fabulous resource! The linked video for Week 2 Day 3 the pancake plan is showing as fossils. Is there a way to find the video on loom?

  2. Eileen Montgomery

    Thank you! Thank you so very much. We got notice of our closure with extremely short notice. We weren’t able to gather many materials in the time we got. This should help greatly!

  3. I teach Middle School SpEd (Inclusive Room) – this is perfect! Thank you for sharing during this difficult time~

  4. WOW!!!!! What a generous thing you are offering to our students. We also were notified Friday, March 13 that our schools would be closed until April 13. This information was given to us at 3:15 and we were not able to send any additional materials for our students. This will really help our first grade students to stay on track with their learning. Thank you sooooooo much for your help and generosity!!! I really appreciate your kindness!!!

  5. This is amazing and so generous of you to share. We will probably be going to remote learning upon return from Spring Break and I have no idea how to implement that. This will truly be appreciated!

  6. Thanks, Anna! This was very nice of you to do. Thanks for reaching out during this national crisis. Students will benefit greatly from your heartfelt generosity.

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words… I truly hope they will be helpful to all teachers… thank you … xoxo, Anna

  7. Thank you so much! I was looking for something like this! I appreciate your generosity in helping us all during this crazy time!

  8. Thank you Anna. This is super helpful. We received notice today that we close Tuesday and have 1 day to get ready.

    1. You are so welcome. I have been hearing a lot of school closing for 2, 3, 4+ weeks… I hope this will be helpful! And if you have any other teachers that could use this, just share the link with them… xoxo, Anna

  9. Thank you so much for offering your resources to help us all out during this crazy time! You are truly awesome!

    1. awww thank you so much for your kind words… I hope you find these resources helpful and that your kiddos enjoy them : ) xoxo, Anna

  10. Thank you for your kindness. I will be sharing this with my students. I really appreciate your generous efforts to help your fellow teachers as well as the kids.

    1. Thank you for sharing. I truly appreciate that… I do hope that more teachers can use these free resources for their students during this time… thank you. xoxo, Anna

  11. You are AMAZING! Trying to find meaningful reading work to post online for students has been difficult, You just saved me a tremendous amount of stress and anxiety! Thank you for being so generous during these difficult times. 😄❤️

    1. Thank you so much for your sweet and kind comments… this just warms my heart…I am soo happy to hear that this has helped relieve some stress… I truly hope this will be helpful to you over the next few weeks… xoxo, Anna

  12. Joy Wilmshurst

    Thank you so very much Anna for your generosity. I have passed on your email to several schools where I do relief. Take care xx Joy

  13. Thank you so much for these! I love being part of the teaching community! This definitely helps in a stressful time, when we are all trying to scramble and figure out how to teach virtually!

  14. Thank you so much. I do have a question … how do I get this into the hands of students? Do I share this page’s web address? We’re putting our distance learning activities on our school’s website and I’m not quite sure what the proper way to utilize this resource would be. Thank you.

    1. Yes, you can share this blog post with your students! Every day I will be going live where students can join me via a Zoom classroom. All of the information will be available on posts that I make here: http://www.readwithanna.com! I hope this helps a bit! : )

  15. Catherine Scriven

    Thank You so much. This is one less thing to think about. I can only say I appreciate your effort to help.

  16. thanks Anna

    This was great. my kids loved it. I clicked into the racoon story and the link isnt working for some reason.

    1. It should now be working so sorry about that. I am so happy to hear that your kiddos loved it! Hope to see you tomorrow. 🙂 xoxo, Anna

  17. Hi Anna!
    Is there a way that you can use something other than YouTube? The students who have checked out a laptop from our district–are being blocked from YouTube. Is there another way that we can access this?
    Thank you!
    Dana

    1. Hey there Dana… I am sooo sorry about that… If you send my assistant and email she can give you a link to where they audiobooks are set up on another platform that might be helpful, just shoot her an email at service @ simply skilled teaching . com : ) Hope this helps… xoxo, Anna

  18. OMG! Thank you so much for sharing all this. I just needed ideas and this has been so helpful. Thank you again.

  19. Thank you for sharing this information. I teach fourth grade as well, however my population is reading below grade level.. This is very useful to have for my students.

  20. Can’t thank you enough Anna. This is so helpful. I will definitely be using these resources. I am big fan of your products. They are so in-depth and well thought-out.

  21. Thank you Anna! This is so helpful. I am a reading teacher and miss my students terribly since the shutdown. I created a Google classroom and gave my students access to ReadWorks, Reading Eggspress, and MobyMax but none of those have a live teacher! I miss reading with my kids and I am hoping that having you there will help.

  22. Thank you, Anna! My son is on Week 3, Day 2 and he says he looks forward doing this everyday. We really appreciate you sharing this and provided great reading comprehension exercises for 3 weeks!

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