Mercury: Exploring the Solar System is a highly engaging and well-illustrated science literacy reading on the planet Mercury. It can be used as part of a solar system or astronomy unit or as a stand-alone close reading assignment. Two short videos on Mercury have been provided to use as an introduction.
The reading passage covers Mercury’s place in the Solar System and compares Mercury with Earth. It also covers conditions on the surface of Mercury and covers the temperatures and features of the planet as they compare to Earth.
This reading supports science literacy reading, reading for non-fictional information and ELA close reading. The package includes assessment questions and an answer key.
You can use this reading:
As a sub plan
With a unit on Mercury
To support a unit on the Solar System
With a unit on astronomy
As additional work for early finishers
No Prep – Print and go
What you will get in this Package:
Two choices for an engaging introduction video
An engaging and well-Illustrated reading passage on Mercury
A reading that meets science literacy requirements
Assessment questions for the reading with answer key
Illustrated vocabulary sheet
Vocabulary crossword puzzle with answer key
This reading supports the following NGSS and Common Core Standards:
MS-ESS1.B: Earth and the Solar System
MS-ESS1-3 Analyze and interpret data to determine scale lproperties of pbjects in the solar system
Common Core State Standards Connections:
RST6-8.1 Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of sciende and technical texts.
NGSS/CCR Reading Standards
CCR Reading Anchor #1: Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
• RST.6-8.1: “…support analysis of science and technical texts.”
• RST.9-10.1: “…support analysis of science and technical texts, attending to the precise details of explanations or descriptions.”
• RST.11-12.1: “…support analysis of science and technical texts, attending to important distinctions the author makes and to any gaps or inconsistencies in the account.”
CCR Reading Anchor #7: Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse formats and media, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
• RST.6-8.7: “Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually
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