Blue Whales Reading Passage and Worksheets

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Shelly Rees
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3rd - 6th, Homeschool
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Your students will enjoy learning all about fascinating Blue Whales with this high-interest, informational Close Reading Unit! Perfect for an interesting ocean animals reading passage and mini unit, this resource includes everything, including worksheets, that you need for a full week of reading activities about blue whales. Engaging for students and NO PREP for teachers!

Click HERE to save 35% on this unit, along with 4 other high-interest ocean animals units in the Ocean Animals Close Reading Bundle.

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If you have never used Close Reading or even if you are already a pro, this packet truly is for you! It has everything you need for a complete, successful informational text reading unit.

The informational passage included in this resource is provided in two differentiated reading levels. One is in the fifth-sixth grade reading range, and the other is in the third-fourth grade reading level range. I've taken all the guesswork out of differentiating and leveling of passages for you!

This packet includes:

• "Blue Whale: Ocean Giant " Informational Passage (2 differentiated versions)

• 5 Days of Close Reading Activities

• Guide Sheet

• Annotation Guide

• Answer Keys

This packet is perfect for learning about Blue Whales, a mini science unit, or a fun informational reading unit! It has been a great hit with many teachers and reluctant readers.

This packet is both rigorous and Common-Core aligned. Questions have been carefully crafted to move readers from basic, recall questions to higher-level questions where students must cite evidence from the text to support their answers. There are 5 tasks/activities for the passage, moving from easier tasks to more challenging activities.

Click HERE to see the complete CLOSE READING TOOLKIT, which includes a video, posters, annotation guide, differentiated passage, Close Reading printables, and more!

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.
Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.
Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text.


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