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Teach nonfiction text structure and learn about ocean animals and habitats with these ocean animal reading passages, questions, and graphic organizers! Each nonfiction activity will engage your students with fascinating facts about sea life including sharks, sea turtles, giant squid, and more as they practice main idea, sequencing, cause and effect, compare and contrast, and other nonfiction reading skills.
Each article is written in one of the five main text structures (description, cause and effect, problem and solution, compare and contrast, and chronological order/sequence) and comes with a specifically designed graphic organizer that students can use to map the main ideas. There are also five reading comprehension questions to use with each passage.
I’ve included a text structure “cheat sheet” with definitions and cue words for each type of text structure, as well as two lesson ideas – one group project for a 2-3 day period (great for practicing with text structure) and one that can fill part of a class period each day for five days for a more in-depth look at each text structure.
Here’s a summary of what’s included:
- 5 original reading passages on the following topics:
- Shark Attack! (problem and solution)
- Hiding in Plain Sight (description)
- What Kind of Penguin Are You? (compare and contrast)
- A Sea Turtle’s Life (chronological order)
- Real-Life Sea Monsters (cause and effect)
- 3 pages of reading comprehension questions (one half-page per article)
- 5 graphic organizers (bubble map, sequence chart, two different flow charts, and Venn diagram)
- 1 page of lesson Ideas
- 1 text Structure “cheat sheet” that can be used for notes or whole-class review
- Answer Keys
Text structure can be such a challenge to teach well, since you need to read several full-length passages to really get an idea of how each one works. I’ve simplified the process for you by providing clear-cut examples of each one in engaging, science-themed articles – all in a simple, easy-to-implement format. I hope you and your students enjoy learning fun facts about ocean animals while they practice nonfiction reading skills!
Answer keys are included for the reading check questions and graphic organizers.
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