This is a packet of 4 informational articles, with corresponding questions/activities, that are common core aligned. The theme is Creepy Critters, which is great to use anytime, but can be used especially during October/Halloween. Articles are written at a grade 4-5 level and would be appropriate for either group.
Each topic (spiders, bats, frogs, snakes) includes the informational text, as well as a one-page sheet that you can copy to distribute to students and use as discussion starters, homework, or even an assessment. The packet is 10 pages long.
ELA Common Core Standards that are met (and noted) throughout the packet:
Items in the packet can be copied in black-white or color. Color is only used on the title page and for one clip art image (which looks good when printed in black-white)