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Innovative Inventors - Comprehension Worksheet

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 5 pages | Grades: 4 - 6

Meet famous Black History Month figures with this informational text and comprehension questions activity.

Read About 10 Black American Inventors 

This is a 4-page worksheet in which students will enhance their literacy skills AND knowledge of Black history! 

Introduce your students to 10 Black Americans who changed history with their ingenious ideas. Discover the chef who invented potato chips, the engineer who developed the color computer monitor, the first African American woman to become a self-made millionaire, and more!

After reading the informational text about these pioneers, students will answer 6 reading comprehension questions to demonstrate their understanding of the content. 

An answer key is included with this resource for easy grading or for students to self-check their work. 

Scaffolding + Extension Tips 

In addition to an independent reading comprehension exercise, this worksheet also compliments your lessons as an activity for your:

  • Reading center
  • Black History Month lesson
  • Homework assignment
  • Whole-class review (via smartboard)

Got fast finishers? Students who need a challenge can underline the information from each paragraph that helped them answer the questions. 

For students who need extra support: Before printing, go through each paragraph and underline or highlight keywords to help direct the reader’s focus.  

If needed, students can complete the worksheet in pairs. 

Easily Prepare This Resource

Because this resource includes an answer sheet, we recommend you print one copy of the entire file. Then, make photocopies of the blank worksheet for students to complete.  

To save paper, we suggest printing this worksheet double-sided. 

You can also turn this teaching resource into a sustainable activity! Print a few copies on cardstock and slip them into dry-erase sleeves. Students can record their answers with a dry-erase marker, then erase and reuse. 

Additionally, project the worksheet onto a screen and work through it as a class by having students record their answers in their notebooks.

Before You Download

Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to choose between the color or black and white PDF versions. An answer key is also included with this download.

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