Instincts and Learned Behaviors (820L) - Science Reading Passage

Instincts and Learned Behaviors (820L) - Science Reading Passage
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My co-author and friend Ali was determined that we write this piece as it has a special place in her heart. Students will discover learned and innate behavorial traits in this interesting text about dogs.

BTW - The cover displays my dog, Curie.

This is great for a close read during the reading block. It comes complete with ELA style questions. Your reading coach will be very happy to see this in use.

Supports Standards:

SC.4.L.16.3 Recognize that animal behaviors may be shaped by heredity and learning.

SC.4.L.16.2 Explain that although characteristics of plants and animals are inherited, some characteristics can be affected by the environment.

3-LS3-1 Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits


All of our text is checked with multiple metrics to assure it is at an appropriate complexity for the student. By using multiple metrics, our experienced and knowledge staff are better able to determine an appropriate grade level rating. In most cases (we are still working on updating all text), you will see our text marked as Approaching, On-Grade, or Advanced per a specific grade.  

We are also careful to create text with an appropriate length using a well-established norm (Grade Level x 100 + 100/300 words).  We do this so our text to be used not just in the science classroom to support content, but also to be used in a reading classroom to support the development of strong readers. All of our text comes with at least 5 ELA-style questions for this purpose. 

About Us:

Candlelight Science is a group of educator/writers. All have been (most still are) traditional classroom teachers with an average of 20 years of experience. We started our work because of a local need, but quickly realized the need for high quality, inexpensive resources was great. In response, we continue to produce science readers with multiple reading levels (compatible with CCSS text-complexity requirements), lesson plans, and even assessments to make the lives of teachers easier and more productive. 

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