Paired texts meet the demand for more rigorous, complex texts with Common Core- especially these passages that students can use to compare and build knowledge to integrate information and draw conclusions. The passages in this set are great to stretch your 4th and 5th graders, and still appropriate for many students in middle school as well.
Informational Text Nonfiction Scavenger Hunt. Students read cards about different text features and then find the text features in the books they are reading. This can help the students to connect the features to their everyday reading.