Biodiversity - Science Reading Article - Grades 5-7

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Biodiversity - This fully editable Science Comprehension Reading Activity for Grades 5-7 (ages 10-12) is perfect for distance learning, substitute plans, an activity to supplement your lesson, or for scientific literacy practice. Each page highlights and explains key terms for student reference. Questions include knowledge (direct from the paper), thinking, connecting, and open-ended varieties.

The Reading Looks at:

- What is biodiversity

- The effects of biodiversity

- The importance of biodiversity

- Threats to biodiversity

- Conserving our planet's biodiversity

Google Classroom and Distance Learning Ready

  • This resource is perfect for in-class or distance learning and integrates seamlessly with Google Classroom.
    • Automatically creates a copy of the reading and puts it directly into your Google Drive with a single click.
    • Purchase --> Open --> Click --> Assign to your students
  • The reading also includes a Microsoft Word and PDF version.

Having all three options allow you to assign the reading to your students without worrying about formatting issues as all the work has already been done for you. It also allows you, as well as your students, to access everything no matter where you are or what kind of equipment is being used.


This Resource Covers the Following Common Core Standards:




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**Please note that the preview file contains THREE complete readings. I’ve made them available so you can fully see how the resource is structured as well as the quality of its writing.**

This resource will take your students between 40-60 minutes to complete and includes a variety of questions. An answer key is also included for your reference.


The Problems You Face:

  • Not having the time to properly teach scientific literacy (disciplinary literacy) or improve your students reading comprehension and analysis skills.
  • Some students work faster than others. This reading can also work as an interesting extension activity for your faster-moving students to keep them learning and engaged.

The Solution:

This fully editable, NO PREP reading comprehension article is composed of relevant, applicable, and engaging reading activities which can be used to:

  • introduce your topic.
  • improve students' literacy skills.
  • improve students' reading comprehension and scientific literacy skills.
  • improve students' analysis skills.
  • provide an extension activity to students who move at a faster pace.
  • provide extra credit to students in need.
  • measure your students' literacy skills.


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Health and Wellbeing

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• Asthma and Asthma Attacks

• Acne

• Immune System – Your Body’s Police Force

• Fracking and Its Dangers

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• Genetics and Gene Therapy

• Down Syndrome

• Cystic Fibrosis

• Heart Disease

• Heart Attack and Stroke

• Multiple Sclerosis

• Laser Eye Surgery

• Muscle Growth



• Invasive Species

• Urban Sprawl

• Food Webs

• Why Leaves Change Color In The Fall

• The Effects of Pollution

• Endangered Species

• Animal Adaptations

• Biodiversity

• The Water Cycle

• The Seasons and What Causes Them

• Nocturnal Animals

• Climate Change

• Oil Spills and Their Consequences

• Farming – Is Organic Really Better?

• Fracking and Its Dangers

• Why Bees Are Important

• Bioaccumulation and Biomagnification

• Ecosystems

• Mosquitoes And The Diseases They Spread

• Predator-Prey Relationship

• Physical Adaptations



• The Chemistry of Cooking

• Water Softeners

• Chemistry of Dyeing Hair

• Smog

• Ocean Acidification

• Pollution Control Devices

• The Greenhouse Effect

• Cleaning up Acid Spills

• Rust-Proofing

• Chemistry of Cosmetics


• Energy Use and Conservation

• Wind Energy Production

• Hydroelectric Energy Production

• Solar Electricity Production

• Fossil Fuel Energy Production

• Nuclear Energy - Fission and Fusion

• The Science of Roller Coasters

• Optical Phenomena

• The Northern and Southern Lights

• Car Safety

• Hydraulics

Simple Machines

Natural Disasters and Weather

• Earthquakes

• Hurricanes

• Tornadoes

• How Weather Works

• Lightning

• Thunderstorms

• Why The Wind Blows

• Climate Change

• Volcanoes

• Tsunamis

• Natural Disasters: Weather and Climate

• Natural Disasters: Earth, Water, and Space

General Sciences

• Making Food Using Fermentation

• Why is the Sky Blue?

• The Limitations of Space Travel

• Artificial Preservatives

• Plate Tectonics

• How Do Ships Float?

• Effects of Everyday Forces

• The Planets Of Our Solar System



• Genetically Modified Organisms

• Twins - Identical and Fraternal

• The Importance of Bats

• Predator-Prey Relationship

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Following each reading are 5-8 questions along with the answer key, which will help guide your students understanding. The questions include information-based questions straight from the article as well as more open-ended thinking questions that provide an extension for the learning.

How this product will help your students:

  • Improve their scientific and disciplinary literacy skills
  • Improve their reading comprehension and scientific knowledge
  • Give them insights into important scientific concepts
  • Provide an extension activity for your faster moving/more gifted students

How this product will help you:

  • Allow you to meet the NGSS, TEKS and Common Core Standards
  • Provide you with a concise introduction to your topic
  • Provide you with an engaging and easy to leave substitute plan which will keep your students engaged and on task
  • Providee you a means of measuring your students' literacy skills

We don't spend enough time teaching scientific literacy to our students. This is either because we don't have the resources to do so effectively or we don't have the time. However, teaching our students to become scientifically literate is vital if we want them to succeed in life. We need them to know about the world they live in and about the issues they face.


I also have a range of assignments and lessons/units from other grade levels at my store. Please CLICK HERE to have a look around and don’t forget to follow if you like what you see.

Also, please visit my blog Teach Science With Fergy for my thoughts on teaching, learning, and everything in between.


You might also be interested in the following activities as they relate directly to ecological interactions:

Human Impact on Ecosystems Assignment

Energy Flow In Ecosystems - 7 Lab Station Activities

Interactions Within Ecosystems - Biotic and Abiotic - 7 Lab Station Activities

Biotic and Abiotic Population Influences - Google Slides and Distance Learning

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.
Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; provide an accurate summary of the text distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts.


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