Having a hard time finding quality reading materials to teach your students? Then Super Teacher Worksheets is the place to go. This awesome site has a treasure trove of high quality reading comprehension worksheets divided by difficulty into elementary grades one, two, three, four and five. You can view and download samples in pdf format of each level for free:
- Ball for my Dog (Grade 1)
- Superhero Joey (Grade 2)
- Closet Creature (Grade 3)
- The Skeleton Key (Grade 4)
- Hitchhikers in the Bathroom (Grade 5)
There are fiction as well as non-fiction pieces, poems as well as stories. Each piece is about one to three pages long and comes with pages of comprehension questions, vocabulary exercises, puzzles, and occasionally short writing assignments. And like all worksheets from this site, they come with answer keys.
These worksheets can be great as supplements to your regular curriculum, or as a stand alone reading course. There are hundreds to choose from, which is great for you, the teacher, since you can also pick and choose the order that you teach them, and can skip the ones you don’t like, which is harder to do when students’ parents have paid for a book.
Truth be told, I prefer the reading worksheets from Super Teacher Worksheets to the typical reading comprehension books used in EFL precisely because they are not designed for EFL students. They were written by American teachers with American children in mind. As such, I find them more entertaining, more challenging (though, not necessarily more difficult), and offering a richer variety of vocabulary and sentence structure.
None of this is free of course. There is a USD 20 yearly site subscription, but that’s peanuts compared to what you’d pay for an equivalent number of textbooks. That’s money saved for you and your students. Not to mention you get access to all the other great materials on the site.
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