New year reading comprehension

New year reading comprehension DEFAULT


Reading Comprehension - New Year's Eve

Develop your reading skills. Read the following text and do the comprehension questions

New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve, also called Old Year's Night, is celebrated on December 31st, the final day of the year. It is celebrated all over the world with parties and social gathering with usually a lot of fireworks and noise.

New Year's EveIn the United States of America, New York is the place where this celebration is associated with. People gather in the Times Square just before midnight in the last minute of the countdown to see the "ball dropping".

The celebration is also associated with parties in other parts of the world. In France, for instance, the celebration is called le Réveillon. Special food is prepared accompanied with champagne. People also go to the Eiffel Tower in Paris to see fireworks display. In Japan, people traditionally clean their home. Buddhist temple bells are rung 108 times at midnight. In Brazil, the beach of Copacabana is considered by many to be the place of the most beautiful fireworks show in the world.

On New Year's Eve, people commit themselves with resolutions. These are made to reform a habit and should go into effect and remain until fulfillment.

Source: Wikipedia

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Intermediate English Reading - The Chinese New Year

Read about The Chinese New Year

People in China celebrate New Year in the month of January or February. The Chinese New Year begins on a different date each year between January 21 and February 20.

The Chinese New Year is a very important festival for Chinese people. The holiday is sometimes called the Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival. The holiday traditionally begins on day one of first lunar month in the Chinese calendar. The festivities last for fifteen days. The final day is the most important day of the holiday, and is known as the Lantern Festival.

The Chinese Zodiac

There aretwelve animal signs in the Chinese zodiac calendar. Each year is represented by a different Chinese horoscope animal. Click here to find out your Chinese zodiac sign.

Popular Chinese New Year Superstitions

Cleaning the house from top to bottom before New Year's Day is believed to bring good luck in the coming year. People open windows and/or doors to "let in" good luck. Leaving the lights on in the house overnight is believed to 'scare away' any evil ghosts and spirits.

Some people believe that what happens on the first day of the Chinese New Year reflects the rest of the year to come. Chinese people will often gamble at the start of the year, hoping to obtain good luck and prosperity if they win.

Some Chinese New Year Traditions

Multiple Choice Reading Comprehension

Test your reading skills with this quiz about the Chinese New Year.

Choose the correct answer for each question.

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Chinese New Year

In China, New Year's Day is on the first day of the first month of the lunar calendar. The date may differ each year. It is at the end of January or in early February. People return home to China from all over the world to celebrate the day. In other countries, people who live in big cities in areas called Chinatown also celebrate.

The Chinese New Year is also called the Spring Festival. It is from the ancient tradition which marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring with a celebration. It is the start of a new growing cycle on the earth. Family and friends get together. The event is full of colorful decorations and traditions. Chinese New Year is over 4,000 years old.

Their celebration starts on New Year's Eve. A big party is held on the next day. The entire event lasts 15 days. After the 15 days, the Lantern Festival occurs at the time of the first full moon.

The families start getting ready for the event two weeks ahead of time. They clean their houses to get rid of all the bad luck which has accumulated in the previous year. After the celebration, a person cannot clean a room for several days or he might sweep out the good luck which has come in. Cleaning up also means apologizing to friends and paying off bills.

Red and gold are the Chinese colors. Banners in these colors are hung everywhere as decorations with wishes for good luck written on them. For the Chinese, red and gold are lucky colors. Red symbolizes life and happiness. Gold symbolizes riches.

Food must be prepared ahead of time because it is unlucky to use a knife during the New Year's festival. A knife may cut off all the good luck for the New Year. People decorate their houses with some of the lucky plants. Orange trees, pussy willows and mandarin trees are several which are bought.

A celebration can only begin after the family pays respect to their dead relatives. On New Year's Eve, the families go to the temple to pray for good luck in the coming year. They carry food or incense to try to please the spirits of the dead.

Chinese red and gold lanterns are hung all around the towns. Firecrackers are also a big part of the celebration. They are lit outside businesses and houses to scare away bad spirits. They are also a part of the big parades.

A lion performance is acted out by two people. One holds the head and one the body of the lion. The performers put on acrobatic stunts. The lion actors run along the streets accompanied by drums, gongs and cymbals. Their purpose is to bring goodwill to all. A 'laughing Buddha' goes along with the lion actors. He teases the lion and makes him fall down and roll around. People standing along the road place red envelopes into the lion's mouth. They contain money which is a donation for whatever martial arts school is putting on the show.

Sometimes a business hangs a head of lettuce from the ceiling. The actor in the lion outfit has to reach up and pick off the red envelope from inside the lettuce. Then the lion spits out the leaves to spread good luck. At the end of the performance, a scroll pops out of the lion's mouth carrying a message of good luck. The usual colors for the lion outfit are red, green and gold.


Jimmy's New Year's Resolution

by Elizabeth Trach

Jimmy has never made a New Year's resolution before, but it sounds like fun when his family discusses it over breakfast on New Year's Day. What should he choose to work on for the coming year? Students will read the story and answer follow-up questions about the details and the language. 

Reading Comprehension Passage

Jimmy's New Year's Resolution

by Elizabeth Trach

"Happy New Year, everyone!" Jimmy's dad put a plate of hot pancakes down on the center of the table. "It's the first day of the year. What's your resolution for the next twelve months?"

Jimmy's sister, Julia, spoke first. "I want to get an A in math. I'm going to practice my flashcards every day." Julia poured syrup on her pancakes and began to eat.

"What about you, Jimmy? What's your big goal for the year?"

Jimmy thought about it. He had never made a New Year's resolution before. "Does a resolution have to be about school?" he asked.

Dad smiled. "No, Jimmy. A resolution can be about anything you want. It's just a promise you make to yourself to try to do something in the future."

Jimmy sat and thought. He was already good at math. He wasn't sure he wanted to make a promise about doing extra homework. He would like to be better at baseball and hit a home run in the summer. It would be hard, though, to practice baseball in the winter when there was snow on the ground.

"I'll have to think about it," Jimmy said.

Jimmy went to his room. He did his best thinking on his bed, but he had to step over all of his trucks and a few dirty socks to get there. He also had to move his comic books and stuffed animals off of his bed before he could sit down.

Jimmy looked around his room. It was pretty messy. He would have to clean it up before he could have friends over on Sunday. It usually took all day Saturday to clean up. That meant Jimmy couldn't play until he was finished.

"That's it!" Jimmy cried. "I'll clean my room every Friday right after school. Dad will be happy, and I will be able to play all weekend."

Jimmy smiled. He was happy that he found a resolution that would make his New Year much better than the past year.

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Reading Comprehension Questions

1. Based on the story, what does the word resolution mean?

2. What is Julia's resolution?

3. What is Jimmy's resolution?

4. If you had to make a New Year's resolution, what would you choose? Why?

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This passage includes words that students should learn to recognize on sight. We've highlighted 12 of these words below, from the Dolch sight word list for Pre-K through 1st, 2nd and/or 3rd grade. Tip: Read through the passage once with your student. Read a second time, but pause on the sight word and ask your student to say the word.

Sight Word List

  1. big
  2. down
  3. play
  4. pretty
  5. want
  6. every
  7. going
  8. first
  9. off
  10. about
  11. better
  12. ground

Print and cut-out the flash cards below. Show each sight word to your student and ask them to say the word.


Reading new comprehension year

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Read the crazy story,

then answer the questions by typing in the boxes!

1 - A Less Sticky New Year

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Before reading the story, let's make a prediction!

What might "A Less Sticky New Year" be about?

Type one sentence starting with "I think".

Click submit when done typing,

then click the right arrow.

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          Cami held the school record for the most pieces of gum ever chewed.  It was 3,341 pieces.  She started in kindergarten five years ago.  Her record was so popular, the teachers let her chew gum in class. 


          She was proud of herself, but the record came with some sticky problems.


A Less Sticky New Year - Part 1

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          The first was Cami’s dentist bill!  She had to visit the dentist at least once a week.  She had more cavities than the dentist had ever seen. 


          Her parents didn’t like it, but they loved that she was the very best at something.  They hoped she could set the world record.  She would need to chew over five hundred thousand pieces to be the champion.


A Less Sticky New Year - Part 2

Copyright Laughroom Literacy 2016-2021 Read the crazy story, then answer the questions by typing in the boxes! The MESS starts here! 1 - A Less Sticky New Year
Learning Game - Reading Comprehension (Primary Grade)

My New Year’s Resolutions for Teaching Reading Comprehension

Blast from the Past: First posted December 27, 2009; reposted on January 11, 2018. Often on this type of blog entry, I later want to update it. However, I wouldn’t change a word in this one, though it is more than 8-years-old. These would be great resolutions for teachers in 2018.

Mrs. Jones knows the National Reading Panel (NRP) found that teaching comprehension strategies give kids a benefit, so she wants to teach reading comprehension strategies.

However, Mrs. Jones also knows that the NRP was controversial and, and not being a researcher herself, she isn’t entirely sure that she should follow it. She has professional doubts.

And, yet, Mrs. Jones goes to a lot of conferences. She knows who is respectable in the field of reading, and few gurus impress her more than P. David Pearson, Nell Duke, and the late Michael Pressley. None of these experts were on NRP and all support comprehension strategies.

But she also respects another expert, Isabel Beck, who decries the teaching of comprehension strategies. Beck thinks strategies are beside the point. She and her colleagues stress the teaching of the texts themselves. So maybe Mrs. Jones won’t teach strategies after all.

But the district that Mrs. Jones teaches in bought the Macmillan/McGraw-Hill program (the one Tim Shanahan is an author of), and it stresses the teaching of strategies.

Have you ever wanted to just cry in such a situation? You want to get it right, but it is so hard with so many different experts and so many different opinions. What’s the right answer?

I’ve been trying to teach kids to read for 40 years, and I have read much of the reading comprehension literature, and have done some research myself. I have worked with and talked with all of the gurus noted above and scores of others. I have designed and redesigned programs of instruction and oversaw reading instruction in a major school district. And I can tell you that the biggest problem in reading comprehension instruction is a lack of depth.

Children and teens often come away from a text not getting what it was about, or only understanding the texts at a very superficial level. The whole idea of teaching strategies is to give kids ways of thinking that will help them to independently think about a text. Unfortunately, when some teachers teach strategies they make it all about the strategies and not the text.

Kids come away knowing what summarization is or how to visualize, but they learn nothing about the story or article they were reading. Instead of questioning becoming a tool that helps them to get at the meat of the chapter, it is something that they do instead of making sense of a text. Kids are perfectly willing to read a story without understanding it.

The same thing can happen no matter how you teach reading (I’ve watched Russ Stauffer, Taffy Raphael, Isabel Beck and several others come up with surefire ways to ensure that kids get the meaning, but these surefire methods have all become clunkers in classrooms where the teachers think these methods are the point).

Ultimately, kids have to get used to thinking about the ideas in texts, no matter how comprehension is taught. If they get used to making sense of ideas, they will become good comprehenders.

So, make the following New Year’s reading comprehension resolution. Pledge to do the following when you have students read (or when you read to them or even when you have them watch a video).

  1. I will read the selections before the students do and will think about what the texts mean (what they say, but also the underlying ideas the author hopes I’ll get). I will note what is hard about these texts so I can help students confront those barriers.
  2. Prior to reading, I will help students to think about ideas that are relevant to what is important or challenging in a text. (For example, if we are reading Moby Dick, the preparation activities will not emphasize whales, but obsession. Prior knowledge matters, but it has to be the knowledge that is relevant to what is important, rather than background information that is only superficially connected to the ideas).
  3. During reading, I will focus attention on the ideas in the text. If some words are difficult—to decode or to know the meanings of—I’ll just tell them to students so we can stay focused on the ideas. I’ll minimize “strategy teaching” distractions by introducing new strategies with particularly easy or known texts (and applying them to harder texts when the students know how to use them).
  4. I will try not to tell the students what a text says. After reading, I’ll engage them in retelling, summarization, or paraphrasing, and I will, with my questions, lead them to think deeply about what an author had to say and how he or she said it.
  5. I will get students to continue to think about previously read texts, by rereading and by going back to earlier ideas as we read new texts. Considering how a character differs from an earlier one, or how a historic event is the same as one already read about are good approaches to this.

 Keeping these resolutions will bear dividends in children’s lives; a truly happy new year for all.


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New Year: Reading Comprehension, Writing and Craftivities


Read and Respond to your Favorite Picture Books!

Do you love reading picture books to your class and need follow up activities? Try this New Year: Read and Respond Pack. It is the perfect way to strengthen comprehension and writing skills along with some fun craftivities to keep your kids engaged! Download the preview for the complete table of contents to see which activities/skills are included with each book.


• Activities for 5 Picture Books: Shante Keys and the New Year’s Peas by Gail Piernas-Davenport, The Night Before New Year’s by Natasha Wing, Squirrel’s New Year’s Resolution by Pat Miller, Just in Time for New Year’s by Karen Gray Ruelle, and Happy New Year by Alex Appleby.
• Comprehension skills practiced include: determining problem/solution, making connections, identifying character traits, story elements and author’s purpose.
• 5 writing activities (1 for each story) including opinion, narrative and informative writing.
• All comprehension and writing activities have 3 leveled options for Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade or to differentiate for student needs.
• Common Core aligned with the standard listed on each page for easy reference
• 2 craftivities with printable patterns

**This set is included in the January: Read and Respond GROWING BUNDLE
And the Read and Respond GROWING MEGA BUNDLE

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