Mentor Texts for Expository Writing on Habitats | Close Reading Passages

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Grade Levels
1st - 2nd
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81 (Plus Digital Pages)
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In my district's dual language program, I do not teach science. This is a great resource to incorporate into my reading block to supplement what my co-teacher is covering in her science lessons.
Great for literacy stations! Students really enjoy using the passages for independent and partner reading.
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  1. Close Reading is a method for teaching students how to read for comprehension and how to get the most out of what they read. It is best used with Science and Social Studies Informational Text. Hop on over to our BLOG to read about how it is best used in the Classroom. CLICK HEREEach Close Reading un
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We can make Informational Reading fun, a little challenging and easy to implement by using Close Reading Articles. You can, because I have written these Habitat Close Reading Passages that are leveled (3 levels) to meet the needs of your students. It will save you research time and planning time. Each passage has leveled comprehension questions and the answer key.

Take your students to the next step and use these passages to teach how to do Informational Writing! Now you have hit Science, ELA and Writing with one unit!

Distance Learning

This unit is now digital. Many of the worksheets are digital as well as all the close reading passages and comprehension questions.

Included in the unit is a Step by Step walk through on how to use Close Reading Passages in your classroom. If you want your students to take it another step further, I have included the steps to turn these passages into Informational Writing Assignments!

What's Included?

  • Four 2nd Grade Passages on 4 Habitats (Digital as well)
  • Four 1st Grade Passages on 4 Habitats (Digital as well)
  • Four Middle Level Passages on 4 Habitats (Middle of 1st and 2nd) (Digital)
  • Comprehension Questions for each passage (Digital)
  • Vocabulary Activities (Digital)
  • Close Reading Schedule/Lessons
  • Informational Writing Activities and Lessons
  • Step by Step Plans
  • Color and Black and White Pages

It really is easy to teach and implement! These work well as a whole group lessons, small group activities or independent work.

Do you have that student that is higher than the rest? These passages are leveled so they can do their own. There are 2nd grade levels, Middle of 1st and 2nd and 1st grade.

You may also be interested in my HABITAT PBL UNIT. It includes a Digital Learning Unit and Digital Interactive Notebook. These passages are included and even more. Project Based Learning takes real life issues and helps students learn while they discover how to think through problems. It is all planned for you.

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Thank you so much,

Special Treat Friday, Heather McKinsey

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Total Pages
81 (Plus Digital Pages)
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Teaching Duration
1 month
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
Identify the main topic and retell key details of a text.
Describe the connection between two individuals, events, ideas, or pieces of information in a text.
Identify basic similarities in and differences between two texts on the same topic (e.g., in illustrations, descriptions, or procedures).
With prompting and support, read informational texts appropriately complex for grade 1.


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