Informational Text on Elephants - Animal Adaptations - Reading Comprehension

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Grade Levels
5th - 6th, Homeschool
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It is hard to find good informational text unit for middle school. This was great! My students loved learning about elephants. Really interesting.
Really a wonderful unit with lots of interesting activities and information. Students were definitely engaged!
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  1. This resource is for a teacher who is teaching online and face to face and needs both a distance learning resource and a printable resource. These resources are both informational text passages on elephants and follow up pages with text-dependent comprehension questions. There are small differences
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This reading comprehension unit with informational text on elephants improves science literacy with high-interest reading passages on elephants. Students will love learning about elephants! Students will learn about behavioral and structural adaptations as well as conservation efforts and the differences between Asian elephants and African elephants. Elephants are fascinating creatures!  It will take about a week to complete this unit if all the activities are completed. Students will use CLOSE reading and text-dependent questions to read back into the text. This resource is aligned with informational text standards for 5th-6th grade. Students will love this great science reading unit.

This resource includes:

  • a six-page informational text passage on Elephants
  • reading comprehension questions
  • interactive notebook activities
  • response pages
  • answer keys

This is a printable unit. If you are looking for an online Google unit, I have one on the same topic here. Elephants Distance Learning Reading Unit for Google

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I have more information on CLOSE reading strategies for informational text on my blog. 

The reading level for this resource is from 5th--6th grade.  

These resources are created by Lynda R. Williams at Teaching Science

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Total Pages
31 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.
Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text, identifying which reasons and evidence support which point(s).
Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.


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