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Animals Nonfiction Texts

Grade Levels
3rd - 5th, Homeschool
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19 pages
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This resource contains twelve non-fiction texts about some very interesting animals that I've encountered. It was made with the NGSS in the area of life sciences in mind. The articles are on a low to high third-grade reading level, but the passages are even interesting for adults! They are perfect for early finishers, for use in centers, and for whole and small group reading.

Animals written about include:


Black and Yellow Garden Spiders

Blue Herons



Hermit Crabs

Lady Bugs

Mushroom Cap Jellyfish

Nine-Armed Sea Stars


Sea Turtles

Monitor Lizards

There are a variety graphic organizers to fill in as the students are reading.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence that plants and animals have traits inherited from parents and that variation of these traits exists in a group of similar organisms. Patterns are the similarities and differences in traits shared between offspring and their parents, or among siblings. Emphasis is on organisms other than humans. Assessment does not include genetic mechanisms of inheritance and prediction of traits. Assessment is limited to non-human examples.
Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when encountering an unknown term important to comprehension or expression.
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 2–3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.


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