Reading Comprehension Unit on Coral Reefs

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Learning Objective

Students will learn about coral reefs, how they are formed and the organisms living there. They will practice their reading informational text skills.


Coral Reef Reading Unit - Students will practice reading informational text with these reading passages and comprehension questions on the Coral Reef. this reading unit on coral reefs is perfect for environmental reading, science literacy, and Earth Day. This is a Very Low Prep Unit! Just print and use! Students will love this CLOSE reading unit on Coral Reefs that addresses the Reading Informational Text standards while promoting science literacy. The reading level is appropriate for 5th-7th grade. 

Unit includes:

  • slide show with background information
  • three-page reading passage on coral reefs
  • comprehension questions
  • 10 interactive notebook flaps
  • Other reading passages on fish
  • QR codes
  • word wall words

Students will begin by viewing a slide show presentation on coral reefs.  The slide show is editable for teacher convenience. The slide show will provide background information for students prior to the reading. 

This reading unit has a science theme and students will learn about the delicate ecosystem of a coral reef. They will learn why coral reefs are important and they will learn how to protect coral reefs. Students will learn that many animals that live on the coral reef have interesting adaptations for surviving in this habitat. Students will also learn about coral and the interesting life cycle of coral.

Students will read a three-page article on coral reefs and will respond to three pages of comprehension questions that encourage them to look back into the text.  

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This resource is really no prep other than printing.  Great to use when you need a quick ready to go lesson or sub plans.

The science information is rich and includes topics such as:





Coral structure


And more

Reading skills include

Vocabulary Development

Making Inferences

Main Idea and Supporting Details

Reading back into the text.

Author’s purpose

And more.

This resource supports NGSS LS2 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics and NGSS LS4 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity with background information and scientific facts.

This resource also supports the Utah SEEd 6.4 strand.

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Total Pages
67 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.
Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.
Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources, demonstrating the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem efficiently.
Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text, identifying which reasons and evidence support which point(s).


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