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Nonfiction Article of the Week Club, Article #4-9: Insects: Species in Decline
This is the ninth in a set of 25 informational text articles + activity packs designed to teach ALL of the reading informational text standards for 4th grade in a fun, rigorous, and easy to implement solution! The focus in this resource is on teaching students to recognize and describe common text structures in nonfiction text. In this article, students will enjoy reading about the importance of helpful insects, as well as the reasons why insect populations are declining.
Each article + activity pack includes these components:
-original article written at the 4th grade level
-modified version of each article (one grade level below original article)
-professional audio recording of each article and modified article
-editable version of all activities and assessments
-digital Google Slides version of all articles and activities
-self-grading Google Forms assessments (3 per article)
-articles also included digitally via Google Docs
Here are the activities included (see preview file for full-page samples)
Activity 1 - Literal Comprehension Check (multiple choice)
Activity 2 - Literal Comprehension Check (open-ended) (alternate option for Act 1)
Activity 3 - Text Evidence Practice (annotation version)
Activity 4 - Text Evidence Practice (multiple choice version) (alternate option for Act 3)
Activity 5 - Skills Focus (focuses on one CCSS skill)
Activity 6 - Integrating Sources Activity
Activity 7 - Skills Test
Activity 8 - Modified Skills Test (alternate option for Act 7)
Check the preview file for complete lesson plans and samples of this resource. If you'd like to assess the overall quality of the articles, questions, etc., please check out this free unit that's set up the exact same way:
You can also check out this blog post to find out more about the series.