Please make sure you are not using our custom header option and enabled theme builder setting. See here for more information:
Home » Blog » Literacy » Comprehension » Ideas to Help With Teaching Text Evidence

Ideas to Help With Teaching Text Evidence

Comprehension, Literacy

Written by: Jess Dalrymple

Teaching your lucky little learners to read is not just about sight words and basic comprehension. Your primary and early elementary students are ready to learn about text evidence! Text evidence practice can start early and helps your students develop advanced comprehension skills, recognize vocabulary and context clues, and perform better on standardized tests. In addition, students that understand text evidence are more likely to enjoy reading! Use a text evidence anchor chart, text evidence bulletin board, and more to introduce this important skill. Here are some ideas to help you get started with teaching text evidence.

Ideas to help you get started with teaching text evidence

What is Text Evidence?

To begin, text evidence definition is as follows: any portion of a text that supports ideas, claims, or facts can be considered text evidence. Text evidence can be taught as an extension of main and idea and supporting details. Sometimes text evidence can be a tough habit for kids to get into. One way to help with this is by practicing skills in context using leveled reading passages.

Use a Text Evidence Anchor Chart

5Ws text evidence anchor chart

Whenever you ask your students questions in reading passages, you can also start teaching text evidence.  Use the Questions Anchor Chart to teach text evidence and identify the who, what, where, when, and why of each text your students read.

Download Questions Organizer HERE

Ask who, what, where, when, and why questions and have your students support their answers with text evidence! Read this post: How to use the 5W’s to Teach Text Evidence, to learn more about teaching text evidence through the 5Ws.

Make Connections to Teach Text Evidence

Your text evidence anchor chart is also perfect to share on a text evidence bulletin board and remind your students how to make connections while reading a text. Of course, making text-to-self, text-to-text, and text-to-world connections helps your students identify text evidence to answer reading comprehension questions. Also, kids can use text evidence to make inferences and understand what is happening beyond the surface meaning in the text. 

Use Context Clues for Text Evidence Practice

context clues bookmark

Add in text evidence bookmarks to help your students identify supporting details and text evidence as they read both fiction and nonfiction passages and their own independent books. In addition, text evidence context clues bookmarks also helps your students find out the meanings of words within a text. Overall, understanding words in context helps your students provide text evidence when answering questions about plot, vocabulary, or main idea and supporting details.

Teach your students the different types of context clues in connection with text evidence:

  • Inference
  • Definition
  • Example
  • Antonym
  • Synonym

Finally, using text evidence bookmarks in connection with context clues helps with teaching text evidence for second grade!

Download Comprehension Bookmarks HERE

Toothy for Text Evidence Practice

Reading Toothy for Text Evidence Practice

Of course, your second graders love using Digital Toothy Task Kits to practice reading skills! Here’s how the digital toothy text evidence activities work!

First, your students read a sentence, paragraph, or passage on a digital task card within every skill. Then, for each sentence, paragraph, or passage read, your students answer questions that focus on the reading strategy being practiced. Finally, they choose the answer from three choices. If the answer is correct, a Toothy gets a tooth! If the answer is incorrect, they go back to the problem to solve again. 

How can Toothy work with teaching text evidence? Whenever your students are answering questions, have them cite evidence to support their answer. Teaching text evidence has never been more fun with digital toothy! Plus, your students find when they are identifying text evidence as they read and answer questions, they’ll get more answers correct. That means more teeth for toothy!

Download Digital Toothy HERE

Find other reading resources to use for text evidence activities in the Lucky Little Learners toolkit. Reading questions and text evidence anchor charts help you get started with teaching text evidence to your lucky little learners! What ideas do you have to get started with teaching text evidence in your classroom?

Use the image below to save this post to your Pinterest board for future reference.

text evidence anchor chart


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Hey there!  I’m Angie, owner of Lucky Little Learners. Our #1 goal is to support K-2 teachers.  We provide unlimited access to over 15,000 printables that are aligned to your standards.