I wrote this informational text for my 5th grade class. This close read integrates reading, writing, and social studies standards. It is so important for students to be reading informational text. They are expected to be able to dig deeper and deeper into the text. The questions at the end of this assignment require the reader to go back into the text to provide evidence. The reader must also think beyond the text, making real-world connections. One of the challenges I face, teaching 5th grade science and social studies, is finding text that covers my in depth content that is also written at an appropriate reading level. I decided to just write my own! I hope you find this text and related reading/writing assignments helpful!