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Paired passages, also known as paired texts, allow students practice with essential reading strategies and skills, including those required by the Common Core. Your students can practice these skills while learning about endangered species through this high interest set of informational texts! This standards-based set can be used for instruction in ELA and/or Science. It includes three texts with questions that build to allow students the opportunity to integrate information, as well as related digital resources.
The first text acts as an anchor, providing students with background information related to endangered species. The remaining two texts are more specific, providing students with a closer look at certain animal species. All texts are within the recommended Lexile range for Grades 3-5.
A similar set of texts for Grades 6-8 (different animal species, higher readability range) is available here. This additional set could be used to differentiate for different reading levels or to provide students with additional opportunities to practice reading skills.
A variety of CCSS ELA informational text standards are used throughout. The standards addressed through the final two texts match, allowing them to be used for a model and check, partner work and independent work, test prep and review, etc. The standards used in the integration sections match each other, too!
Culminating activities involve writing, speaking and listening, multimedia, and/or service. Live links are included in the reference list for easy research opportunities, and answer keys are complete with anchor standards and sample answers.
The student components of this resource (texts, questions, etc.) can be accessed electronically as PDFs on Google Drive for your convenience. They can then be shared with students for use on individual devices. The question sets are also available as Google Forms. Links to these resources are included in the purchased product.
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