Mission to Mars – Science Literacy Readings
are two highly engaging and well-illustrated close science literacy readings on the planet Mars. These readings would be an excellent supplement to a Mars unit or an Astronomy unit. Also these science literacy readings would be a excellent a sub plan or act as additional work for early finishers.
The first reading covers Mars’ place in the Solar System and compares Mars with Earth. The second reading delves into conditions on the surface of Mars and covers the temperatures and features that astronauts would see and deal with on a mission to Mars.
These Mars readings support science literacy reading, reading for non-fictional information and ELA close reading. The package includes assessment questions and answer keys for each reading.
You can use these readings:
As a sub plan
With a unit on Mars
With a unit on astronomy
As additional work for early finishers
No Prep – Print and go
What you will get in this Package:
Two engaging and well-illustrated readings on the planet Mars
Readings that meet science literacy requirements
Assessment questions for each reading with answer keys
NGSS/CCR Reading Standards
NGSS/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.”
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
NGSS/CCR Reading Anchor #8 Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, including the validity of the reasoning as well as the relevance and sufficiency of the evidence.
• RST.6-8.8: “Distinguish among facts, reasoned judgment based on research findings, and speculation...”
NGSS/CCR Writing Anchor #2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
• WHST.6-8.2: “…Develop the topic with relevant, well-chosen facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples…”
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