Informational Text: Close Reading

  • Fifth Grade
  • Reading
  • 45 minutes
  • Standards: RI5.10, RI.5.2
  • 5.0 based on 1 rating
July 22, 2015
by Sarah Marten

Let's learn about natural disasters. After reading through some informational texts, students will use their close reading skills to answer questions about different types of disasters.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to answer text-based questions about informational passages.

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Introduction (10 minutes)

  • Explain to students that being able to comprehend informational text is a very important skill not only in reading, but also in science, social studies, and math.
  • Display the Explore Tornadoes! worksheet and point out its specific text features, e.g. vocabulary words and definitions, bold words, headings, diagrams, text boxes, time-lines, captions, etc.

Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)

  • Hand out a copy of the Explore Tornadoes! worksheet to each student.
  • Read the text aloud, pausing to talk about how certain text features help you comprehend the information in the passage.
  • Ask for volunteers to answer the questions at the end of the text.

Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (10 minutes)

  • Hand out a copy of the Explore Hurricanes! worksheet to each student.
  • Arrange the students into pairs, and have them take turns reading the text and answering the questions.
  • Walk around the room to monitor students and help when needed.

Independent Working Time (15 minutes)

  • Distribute a copy of the Explore Earthquakes! and Explore Tsunamis! worksheets to each student.
  • Have them complete the sheets independently.



  • Enrichment: Challenge advanced students to research different natural disasters and create documents similar to the worksheets.
  • Support: Pair students who need support with students who have a firm grasp on the lesson material.


Assessment (5 minutes)

  • Collect students worksheets after the exercise. Review them later to assess overall comprehension of the lesson content.

Review and Closing (5 minutes)

  • Remind students that reading informational text is a skill that they'll be using for a long time.

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