An article that is "Out Of This World" fun. Great for a close read to satisfy your principals Reading in the Content request. Your reading coach will be impressed when they see this Lexiled (1000L, 850+ words) article written to meet the grade band text complexity requirements for Common Core. If you are really sneaky, your ELA team may use this in the language arts block and support science. How's that for integration. To make it even better, it comes with Common Core style questions.
SC.8.E.5.7 Compare and contrast the properties of objects in the Solar System including the Sun, planets, and moons to those of Earth, such as gravitational force, distance from the Sun, speed, movement, temperature, and atmospheric conditions.
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