Article 001: Axe Body Spray stops school bus! Distance Learning Google Classroom

Grade Levels
5th - 9th, Homeschool
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High-interest reading response / written paragraph activity.

Upload the independent work packet to your Google Classroom for Distance Learning Reading Comprehension in ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS.

This article is about critical thinking.

A middle school student sprays Axe Body Spray on a school bus which forces the evacuation of the bus. Firefighters and EMS are called to the scene. 


  • Please don't buy this version: It is an older Google Drive™ resource. I will be deactivating this resource in the future. (If you've already purchased it, don't worry. You will still have access to all of the Google Drive files.)

  • The newer version is on SALE for a limited time (as I convert my resources to this digital download format.)

The critical thinking mini lesson and discuss questions focuses on the idea of being FULL minded. Sometimes, we make a quick decision with limited information. Students are encouraged to:

  • Try to fill their minds with high-quality information to make an informed decision.
  • Look for facts from opposing points of view to challenge opinions. 
  • Be open-minded.

This article comes in 3 differentiated reading levels:

  • File 4A. Grade 8
  • File 4B. Grade 10
  • File 4C. Grade 5


  • Reading grade levels are approximate.
  • I used Hemingway Editor ( to re-write each paragraph for the different grade levels:Hemingway determines the “grade level” of your text using the Automated Readability Index.
  • Although there are many different readability formulas that calculate different grades, bottom line is there are 3 different versions of the article.
  • EACH BODY PARAGRAPH is numbered. All 3 differentiated versions of the articles contain the same paragraph structure. (So paragraph 1 has the same facts in all three reading levels.)

This package includes: 

  • Informational Text article at 3 different reading levels - grade 5, 8, 11 
  • mini lesson on critical thinking 
  • 3 discussion questions  
  • Paragraph response package for brainstorming  
  • Reading response rubric 
  • NOTE: Answer key not provided as teachers will have different expectations for quality of student writing.


Create an assignment in your Google Classroom

Attach this link so students can view the slideshow:

Create a copy of the reading article for each student (FILE #4)

  • There are 3 different reading levels (4a, 4b, 4c).
  • Choose the one that is appropriate for your class.
  • You can use a higher or lower reading level for students based on ability.
  • Students answer the discussion questions directly in the Google Doc 

OPTIONAL: Create a copy of the paragraph response Google Docs (FILE #5

  • Students fill out the brainstorming graphic organizer (double-entry journal)
  • Students write a paragraph to one of the discussion questions

OPTION 2: NO PREP Independent Work Packet

Print the NO PREP PDF (FILE #0)  

  • It includes everything you need for this reading article at the middle grade level (Grade 8)
  • If you need a different grade level, just print the appropriate PDFs.
    (FILE #4a, 4b, or 4c)

OPTION 3: FACE to FACE Learning / If you want to EDIT the files

  • Modify the Google Slides or Google Docs to fit your specific classroom needs.
  • Teach using the Google Slideshow (FILE #3)
  • Give students a copy of the reading article (FILE #4a, 4b, or 4c)
  • OPTIONAL: Give students a copy of the paragraph response (FILE #5)

For more information visit

  • Slideshow includes quick talking points from the article, discussion questions, and video. 
  • Includes links to the references cited in this article.


  • This article goes well with the reading comprehensions strategy called ASKING QUESTIONS.
  • Here's a FREE YouTube VIDEO for students that explains the strategy. (This way it's easier to teach with DISTANCE LEARNING)

SAVE TIME and MONEY!!! This article is included in a bundle:

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  • The lesson slideshow includes talking points and discussion questions on our Educircles website.
  • A student handout package is available for download from our TpT store. 
  • This includes printable handouts of the informational text at three different reading levels in PDF and Google Docs format. 
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This lesson is linked to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) as well as the Province of Ontario Language Arts Curriculum.

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Total Pages
19 slides, 10 pages
Answer Key
Rubric only
Teaching Duration
50 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings.
Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.
Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.


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