Informational passages and assessments that are close-reading ready, lengthy and engaging for today’s learners, and aligned with Common Core Standards are an important aspect of many elementary and middle school ELA programs. This individual product is sold as an example of what I offer to meet this resource need and is not part of any bundled collection offered in my store.
This is an informational science passage and assessment on the planet Mercury, the closest planet to the Sun in our solar system. It covers in an informal and interesting way the characteristics of this tiny planet, including its orbital speed, temperature, rotation, and atmosphere, as well as discussing the two unmanned explorations of Mercury.
It was written specifically for Grade 5-6 reading levels and can be used in a number of ways by teachers (close reading, direct instruction in class, independent practice, homework, test prep, assessment, centers, etc).
The product includes:
1) An engaging 900-word astronomy passage called “Mercury: The Swift Planet.” The text has a Flesch Kincaid Reading Level of 6.3
2) A set of 20 questions, from basic comprehension to more evaluative short answer questions, written to align with these Common Core Informational Text Standards: RI.5.1, RI.5.4, RI.6.3, and RI.6.8
3) Answers to every question. For the written questions a clear explanation is given to guide your discussion and grading of students’ work.
I hope you find this individual product useful with your classes! This is just one example of over 100 Common Core Informational Text passage and assessments I offer for Grades 3-9, both in individual format and in value-priced grade-specific bundles. Help your kids practice close reading of non-fiction texts and nail down those standards! See below for links to these bundles or visit my TPT Store for a look at everything I offer. Thank you!
Common Core Informational Text Assessments: Grades 3-4
Common Core Informational Text Assessments: Grades 4-5
Common Core Informational Text Assessments: Grades 5-6
Common Core Informational Text Assessments: Grades 7-8
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Any claims of correlation or alignment to the Common Core State Standards are solely those of Mark Aaron and have not been evaluated or endorsed by the NGA. Mark Aaron is the sole creator of this product and does not claim endorsement or association with the creators of the CCSS.