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Animal Rescue Stories

Headshots of the featured animals in the K-2 rescue stories bundle
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TeachKind’s Rescue Stories and their accompanying reading comprehension worksheets tell different animals’ tales of transformation and feature key vocabulary words and comprehension questions that encourage literal, inferential, and evaluative thinking. These stories were used in a first-of-its-kind study that found that students who read passages with compassion for animals as a central theme performed significantly better on Common Core–aligned questions than students who were given high-interest, non–animal protection texts.

The bundle for grades K–2 includes rescue stories about Pickles the rabbit, Florence the cat, Herman the duckling, and Idabelle the cow. The bundle for grades 3–5 includes rescue stories about Esther the pig, Christmas the puppy, Jake the turkey, Freddie the cow, Samson the beagle, and a family of rats.

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