These engaging differentiated reading passages are the perfect way to integrate Science & Literacy for the entire school year! The 5 science units included are Ocean Animals, Plants, Insects, Biomes, and the Solar System. Within the 5 units are 41 topics (120 reading passages total), and 5 word walls. Perfect for nonfiction reading and guided reading groups! Between introducing vocabulary, reading the passages, and then completing the follow-up activities, each reading passage can take about 1 week. All activities are thoughtfully aligned to the ELA Common Core for Grades 2-5. Please check out the preview for a closer look at exactly what is included!
41 Topics Included (120 Reading Passages total)
(Grade Level Equivalents 1.5-4.5)
• “All About Sharks”
• “All About Whales”
• “All About Dolphins”
• “All About Clownfish”
• “All About Sea Turtles”
• “All About Crabs”
• “All About Octopuses”
• “All About Jellyfish”
• “All About Pufferfish”
(Grade Level Equivalents 2.5-5)
• “What Plants Need”
• “Parts of a Plant”
• “Plant Life Cycle”
• “A Closer Look at Photosynthesis”
• “A Closer Look at Pollination”
• “Types of Plants”
(Grade Level Equivalents 2.5-5)
• “All About Biomes”
• “All About the Aquatic Biome”
• “All About the Desert Biome”
• “All About the Grassland Biome”
• “All About the Forest Biome”
• “All About the Tundra Biome”
• “Plant Adaptations”
(Grade Level Equivalents 2-5.5)
• “All About Insects”
• “All About Ladybugs”
• “All About Butterflies”
• “All About Bees”
• “All About Ants”
• “All About Fireflies”
• “All About Dragonflies”
• “All About Crickets”
• “All About Grasshoppers”
The Solar System
(Grade Level Equivalents 3-5.5)
• "All About Mercury"
• "All About Venus"
• "All About Earth"
• "All About Mars"
• "All About Jupiter"
• "All About Saturn"
• "All About Uranus"
• "All About Neptune"
• “All About the Sun”
• “All About the Moon”
What’s included with the 41 Topics:
While the grade level equivalent varies for the 3 leveled readers of each topic, all vocabulary terms and follow-up are the same. Although follow-up activities with the passages vary, the below activities are consistently included for all of the passages:
• Vocabulary Chart Preview:
Filled in with picture & student-friendly definition to preview with students, or as a blank chart for students to generate their own picture and definition.
• Text Features:
Either matching captions and headings to the text, or sorting text features and explaining the importance of each.
Students find text evidence by color coding the evidence in the text and then writing responses to short answer questions
• Graphic Organizer:
Either an interactive cut and fold, or straight forward fill-ins, these are for students to show comprehension of each passage while working on their summarizing skills.
This is for vocabulary reinforcement after reading the terms in context.
• Venn Diagram:
Every 2 passages offer an opportunity for students to practice comparing and contrasting. The only exceptions to this are the plants passages.
• Many more activities vary by topic. Check out the preview to get a visual view of all the activities included for each topic!
5 Word Walls:
All word wall cards include a visual as well as a student friendly definition. Each card prints as a ½ sheet of an 8.5” by 11” paper (2/page). Printing directions are also included for smaller flashcards.
• Ocean/Ocean Animals Word Wall
gills | camouflage | sense | species | migrate | dorsal fin | blowhole | plankton | krill | predator | blubber | breaching | pod | communicate | prey | echolocation | school of fish | crustacean | sea anemone | coral reef | symbiosis | tentacle | algae | plates | carapace | webbed | to nest | endangered | exoskeleton | pincers | antennae | marine | terrestrial | transparent | translucent | coastline | reproduce | population | suckers | regenerate | invertebrate | propel | den | toxic | tropical | environment | inflate | spines | ocean | aquatic | tide | tide pool
• Insects Word Wall
exoskeleton | antenna | thorax | abdomen | egg | larva | pupa | adult | jointed legs | predator | defense | aphid | elytra | pronotum | hibernate | species | proboscis | prey | camouflage | molt | metamorphosis | chrysalis | compound eyes | ocelli | pollination | colony | symbiosis | pheromones | honeycomb | mandible | winged | wingless | mound | worker | drone | reproduce | hindwing | forewing | carnivore | nymph | swarm | entomologist | beetle | poisonous | bioluminescent | nocturnal | habitat | communicate | hind legs | cerci | ovipositor | burrow | omnivore | stridulate | segmented | herbivore | diet | pest | insect | head | life cycle | physical description
• Plants Word Wall
roots | stem | leaves | seeds | sepals | petals | stamen | pistil | nutrients | decompose | fertilizer | photosynthesis | pollination | seed coat | embryo | germinate | a sprout | seedling | bud | plant life cycle | spore | cone | conifer | algae | mosses | ferns | nectar | pollen | ovules | fertilization | reproduce | carbon dioxide | oxygen | chloroplast | chlorophyll | stomata | adaptation | habitat | predator | biomes | species | spine | defense | bark | flowering plant | nonflowering plant | flower | fruit | vine | botanist
• Biomes Word Wall
biomes | aquatic biome | desert | grassland | tundra | forest | terrestrial | aquatic | abiotic | biotic | climate | adapt | species | diverse | sediment | photosynthesis | arid | precipitation | conserve | vegetation | nocturnal | tropical | temperate | drought | humus | fertile | arctic | alpine | permafrost | hibernate | altitude | deciduous | canopy | moisture | camouflage | conifer | adaptation | habitat | predator | spines | defense | bark | fauna | flora | environment | pond | lake | river | wetland | coral reef | estuary | savanna | taiga | rainforest
• Solar System Word Wall
crater | revolution | rotation | atmosphere | terrestrial | dense | toxic | water vapor | sphere | poles | meteoroid | satellite | meteorite | asteroid | canyon | rover | gas | solid | liquid | diameter | ringlet | pressure | telescope | probe | axis | astronomer | observatory | celestial body | gravity | climate | solar | star | photosphere | sunspot | solar flare | phases of the moon | highland | impact basin | launch | unmanned | comet | meteor | orbit | constellation | galaxy | full moon | crescent moon | gibbous moon | quarter moon | new moon | universe | astronomy | planet
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