Anzac Day Reading Comprehension Activities Year 3 and 4

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Engage your students in the ANZAC Commemorations with our fantastic Anzac Day Year 3 and 4 reading pack. Who were the men of the 28th Māori Battalion, and what’s the deal with poppies? This pack includes FIVE Lower Primary non-fiction passages with six pages of engaging text-dependent questions and higher-order thinking tasks. Now includes a full digital version.
These activities are great for your guided reading program, or as homework tasks. Learn more about the history of Anzac Day, how Anzac Day is celebrated today, and what those red poppies are all about!
The texts provided are purposely more involved than a basic text and are designed to be read and explored on multiple occasions.
This resource features British/NZ spelling and paper sizes.
In this Anzac Day Year 3 and 4 pack you will receive:
1. Five texts:
  • What is Anzac Day?
  • The Battle of Gallipoli
  • Why Poppies?
  • Anzac Day Today
  • The 28th Māori Battalion
2. SIX corresponding NO PREP Higher Order Thinking Activities based on Blooms Taxonomy and aligned with the NZ Curriculum
  • Remember
  • Understand
  • Apply
  • Analyse
  • Evaluate
  • Create
Reading Comprehension Strategies included:
  • Making Connections
  • Find Facts and Details
  • Make Inferences
  • Identify the main idea
  • Ask and Answer Questions
  • Vocabulary
  • Sequence
  • Summarise
  • Synthesize
  • Compare and Contrast
  • Visualising
  • Make Predictions
3. Five Graphic Organiser Examples
  • Information Web
  • Flow Chart
  • Main Idea
  • Venn Diagram
  • Large Billboard
4. Teacher Answer Key for applicable questions
5. Two ‘Tips For Use’ pages with ways to use this resource in your classroom.
6. Close Reading Bookmarks
What this resource is all about:
The purpose of this resource is to provide ready-to-go Anzac texts and engaging higher order thinking questions.
This resource is jam-packed with exciting, thought-provoking activities to grab your students’ attention AND hold it. The activities begin at the lower levels of Blooms Taxonomy (Remember, Understand, Apply) and move through to the higher levels (Analyse, Evaluate, Create).

Aotearoa New Zealand Histories Curriculum Links:

Whakapapa me te whanaungatanga | Culture and identity

  • Individuals and communities have responded to international conflicts in a range of ways for a range of reasons.
  • How have different groups of people in our community responded to the international conflicts that Aotearoa New Zealand has been involved in? What kinds of jobs were these people doing?

See our full range of Anzac Day resources here.

What Other Teachers Say:
Bridget G. says, “⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Currently using this in preparation for Anzac Day here. Really good. Thank you.”
Melissa M. says, “⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This resource is great for different levels of thinking.”
Bronwyn V. says, “⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This is so good, lots of interesting activities. Looking forward to using these in April.”


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