Moon Phases Differentiated Reading Passages and Questions
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As all students are tested on the same benchmarks, the passages are differentiated -not the assessment.
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moon phases, waxing crescent, first quarter moon, waxing gibbous, full moon, waning gibbous, third quarter moon, waning gibbous
SC.5.E.5.3, SC.4.E.5.2, SC.4.E.5.4
*the moon does not produce its own light; it reflects light from the sun
*the moon revolves around (orbits) Earth in about 28 days as Earth revolves around (orbits) the sun
*sequence moon patterns
*the moon’s physical shape does not actually change
*Earth’s rotation on its axis causes the moon to appear as though it is moves across the sky in the day or night sky
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CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.4 Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 2-3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.1 Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.10 By the end of year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, in the grades 4-5 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.1 Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.4 Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 4-5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.