The ecosystem text passages focus on what ecosystems are: environments that contain living and nonliving things. The text discusses how living and nonliving things interact within the ecosystem, the food chain, and events that can affect the ecosystem in different ways.
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*How to Use Page
*3 Text passages on Ecosystems with Lexile levels of 610, 720, and 940.
*Assessment using all of the Reading Informational Standards, as well as 3 writing prompts, one from each of the 3 genres (Writing Standards 1, 2 and 3).
*Vocabulary cards with definitions
*Various Graphic Organizers to meet Reading Information Standards 1 through 9 in grades 3 through 6.
*More writing prompts to use during instruction or centers
*Text dependent questions for small group project
With this product, you can pre-assess students (students must read the text on their own for the assessment – it is meant to be similar to an anticipation guide to see WHAT THE STUDENTS KNOW). Then, use the results from the assessment to decide what to instruct them on, copy the graphic organizers according to the standards the students need mastery on as a collective (intervene individually with certain graphic organizers for some), and then provide a post-assessment to see their growth in learning how to apply the standards AND their knowledge of Ecosystems. *Note: Pre-assessment and post-assessment are optional – decide how you will approach this with YOUR students.
**ANSWER KEY IS PROVIDED**
There are also writing prompts to assess all 3 genres. *I recommend just choosing one genre to test your students on- use one during instruction, and use the third one for the post-assessment. After pre-assessing your students, you can evaluate which standards your students need focus on during instruction. Then, you can provide the close read of the text to the students for one week.
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