Kiwiana Reading Comprehension Activities Year 3 and 4

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Sort your pavlova from your gumboots, your tomato sauce from your silver ferns, and dive into the kiwi culture with our Kiwiana Reading Comprehension Activities for Year 3 and 4. Full of higher-order thinking, our differentiated reading passages, and engaging text-dependent questions will help your class learn about the unique cultural icons of New Zealand! These activities are great for your guided reading program, or as homework tasks.

These link directly to the New Zealand Curriculum, Level Two, Listening, Reading and Viewing (see the Activity Information pages for more details on the exact skills found in each activity).

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.

What this Kiwiana Reading Comprehension Activities resource is all about:

The purpose of this resource is to provide ready-to-go kiwiana 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).

In this Kiwiana Reading Comprehension Activities pack you will receive:

1. Four texts:

  • The Battle Over Pavlova
  • The History of Fish and Chips
  • Kiwiana Fruits
  • Hokey Pokey Ice Cream

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
  • Mini Booklet
  • 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


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