Toolkit of Reading Grades 4-8

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Skimming and Scanning


Skimming and scanning are similar but distinct reading skills. Students benefit from being able to preview material and rapidly locate key information. This lesson provides student with practice applying both skills. The Skimming and Scanning lesson includes a definition, an explanation of how the skill is used, an example, and practice questions about engaging texts.
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Created for grades 4–8, the Toolkit of Reading features quick, clear lessons on all the critical skills students need to understand complex texts, including new skills emphasized in the Common Core State Standards. These engaging resources, available as downloadable PDFs, define key terms, describe how and why the skills are important to readers, and provide a series of activities to encourage mastery. These lessons can kick off a reading lesson or serve as an impromptu refresher of skills already introduced.

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This lesson features a passage from Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe.