If you’ve enjoyed my other nonfiction units like Ben Franklin, Komodo Dragons, or Earthworms, than this perfect for you and your Community of Learners. This awesome set of activities is all based on informational text about Kepler-22b.
The content of this article explains the discovery of the planet Kepler-22b by the Kepler telescope. Paragraphs are arranged into a compare-contrast format. Each paragraph focuses on a central comparison point making it easy to have students look for the language of comparisons. Active reading strategies are included in the text itself. Many of the active reading strategies are indicated by Sandra Kaplan’s Depth and Complexity Icons. This text is perfect for older struggling readers that need the content delivered in an accessible fashion! It’s also great for younger proficient readers. The text comes in two differentiated versions. Each has the same activities, same content, but are two different Lexile levels. Lexile is lowered by using more frequent word repetition and shortening the length of the sentences.
Supplementary resources and suggestions help connect this simple reading material to the Next Generation Science Standards for Middle and High School. There is also opportunity to use some mathematical reasoning and data analysis.
In this packet you will receive:
• 360 Lexile version of the article that compares Kepler 22b to Earth
• 500 Lexile version of the article that compares Kepler 22b to Earth
• Promethean Flipchart to use as an introduction
• Alternative to the flipchart a pdf to project and use as an introduction which includes
o graphics, math problem solving to be addressed using Singapore math strategies, diagrams, data analysis, links to web pages that have simulations and additional activities
• Common core aligned assessment (which includes more than multiple choice questions) in which each question is connected to multiple CCSS
• Data tracking sheet that helps organize the information you get from assessments and connect it to performance on the standards based tasks.
• A printed version for students to work out a math problem from the flipchart
• Explicit color-coded directions on how to facilitate the problem solving necessary to solve the math problem
• An Extension Lessons and Activities Resource page that provides web pages to go to download coloring pages, access simulations and other activities suitable for older students, as well as a list of NGSS that connect to the content for Middle and High School.
Kepler 22B Informational Text
by Mandy Nygren
is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License