Introduce your students to an entertaining and creative fifth-grade short story about a bird and bear on an adventure they won’t forget. With this tale comes the chance to put their comprehension skills to the test while exploring the main idea and inferencing.
This resource gives you the PDF story, questions, and answer document along with a self-grading Google Form with the story and questions.
This fifth-grade short story with questions is ranked on Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 5.4; Kincaid is used to determining U.S. school grade level; this indicates that the average student in that grade level can read the text. Best used for ages 10-11, 5th and sixth graders.
I have used this in classrooms and alongside special education groups for goal-setting and understanding common themes. Its unique story structure, vocabulary, and length make it perfect for checking for understanding in comprehension, inferencing, and the main idea. I also use it to teach new vocabulary words and work alongside ESL learners. I have set up three stations, one for the main idea, one for inferencing, and one for comprehension.
We have included the following:
- An original short story-322 words at a 5.4 Kincaid reading level (PDF and Self Grading Google Form)
- One set of five multiple-answer questions on comprehension (PDF and Self Grading Google Form)
- One set of five multiple-answer questions on inferencing (PDF and Self Grading Google Form)
- One set of five multiple-answer questions on the main idea (PDF and Self Grading Google Form)
- One set of all questions combined to make a 13-question multiple-answer check for understanding. You are combing all three sections to test all three at once. The self-grading Google has ten questions. (PDF and Self-Grading Google Form)
- Answer the document for each section.
With this one story, you can check for comprehension, inferencing, and the main idea. Or use it to check all three. You are determining where your students need extra support.