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Fossils: Non-Fiction Reading Passages & Questions

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2nd - 4th, Homeschool
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Looking for reading passages about fossils? Look no further! A useful set of five differentiated passages with open-ended questions for students to explain their thinking OR multiple choice questions to practice their test-taking skills. Each passage also includes a writing prompt and a grading rubric.

Perfect for informal or formal assessment of your elementary students’ ability to read and write about science! Answer keys included!

This product aligns to NGSS 3-LS4-1. Analyze and interpret data from fossils to provide evidence of the organisms and the environments in which they lived long ago.

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This set includes:

★ 5 multi-paragraph reading passages on 3 differentiated levels

★ Choice of passage + open-ended questions

★ Choice of passage + multiple choice questions

★ Writing prompt with grading rubric for each topic

★ 10 vocabulary cards

★ 10 true/false questions

★ 8 matching questions

Passage Topics:

★ Gathering Fossils

★ T-Rexes and Chickens (Cluck, Cluck,...ROAR?)

★ How Fossils Are Formed (A Very Special Rock)

★ Trace Fossils

★ Fossil Fact Finding

Check out these additional Science and Literacy Resources!

Inherited Traits Resources (3-LS3-1):

Life Cycles Resources (3-LS1-1):

Fossils Resources (3-LS4-1):

Animal Groups Resources (3-LS2-1):

Habitats Resources (3-LS4-3):

Environmental Changes Resources (3-LS4-4):

Rocks and Minerals Resources (4-ESS1-1):

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Standards

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NGSS3-LS4-1
Analyze and interpret data from fossils to provide evidence of the organisms and the environments in which they lived long ago. Examples of data could include type, size, and distributions of fossil organisms. Examples of fossils and environments could include marine fossils found on dry land, tropical plant fossils found in Arctic areas, and fossils of extinct organisms. Assessment does not include identification of specific fossils or present plants and animals. Assessment is limited to major fossil types and relative ages.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 2–3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Describe the logical connection between particular sentences and paragraphs in a text (e.g., comparison, cause/effect, first/second/third in a sequence).
Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, and how key events occur).
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.

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