This is a one page reading and one page worksheet combination.
The reading can be done in small group read aloud, whole class, or independent. The worksheet that accompanies it analyzes basic vocabulary both scientific (organism, multicellular, and membrane) and not scientific (contributing, produce, and cooperate).
The essential question that guides this is “Why are cells important?” Students will create a writing response using the R.A.G.E. or R.A.C.E. format. This format has them restate, answer, give evidence (cite), and then explain. It is helpful to explain this format to the students if they are not already familiar with it.