Help your students learn about the state of Arizona with this Arizona reading passage for elementary students. One of the best ways to increase students’ reading comprehension is to build their background knowledge so that they can have the vocabulary and make the inferences they need to understand what they read. Arizona is just one of the states your elementary students need to know.
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Arizona Reading Passage
Arizona is known for its dry desert climate, with scorching hot summers and mild winters. This climate has shaped the state’s landscapes, including the Grand Canyon. Arizona is also home to the Sonoran Desert, famous for its towering saguaro cacti. Despite the dry conditions, the state has a rich agricultural tradition, particularly in the central and southern regions, where farms grow crops like cotton, citrus fruits, and pecans. The state’s landscape varies from the breathtaking red rock formations of Sedona to the cool, pine-covered mountains of Flagstaff.
Arizona is not only known for its stunning landscapes but also for its rich Native American heritage. The state is home to many Native American reservations and tribes, such as the Navajo and Hopi. Their cultures and traditions have a significant influence on the state’s identity. Their art, crafts, and ceremonies reflect their deep respect for the land.
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Learning to Read and Write
There are many parts to learning to read and write. This reading passage focuses on reading comprehension and building background knowledge, but I have tons of resources to work on decoding. The first place to check is my Learning to Read Scope and Sequence.