This product supports the Common Core and is classroom ready. Use a fun science lab to engage students which leads them into a close critical reading of informational text 1080 Lexile level. Finish the lesson off with an opinion writing piece. This product is easily adapted for grades 5-8. Included: Five Close Reading Strategies that every student should have in their toolbox, a fun edible lab, teacher lesson plan, handouts, student informational text reading article,step by step teacher instructions, materials list, teacher notes, essential question. Enjoy and have fun while learning critically.