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Have your students study science and language arts with this engaging passage about the inside of the earth. The passage explores different ideas throughout history about what is inside the earth, concluding with an overview of how scientists explore the inside of the earth in the present day. An infographic visually explains our current view of the center from crust to core.
This passage and infographic are a great way to combine science content knowledge of geology with reading skills. The packet includes activities that explore text structure, questioning, word study and more. Students can interact with the text in several ways; you choose how and how much. Here is what's included:
250-word reading passage that explores historical ideas about the inside of the earth
Infographic that visually explains our current understanding of the inside of the earth
Main idea and supporting detail graphic organizer
Text structure question and idea web activity for infographic
Fact and opinion sheet
Questioning sheet to spur student questions and further research
A word study sheet hones in on specific words meanings and uses
Use one sheet to focus on a specific skill or use as a packet for self-guided close-reading. Either way, this passage will engage students and maximize instruction.
Upper 4th grade to 5th grade reading level, but appropriate for other grades, including middle school and beyond.
Keywords: geology, rock, rock types, rock cycle, mantle, crust, inner core, outer core, earth, metamorphic, igneous, sedimentary, science, scientists, scientific method, classification, classifying, main idea, supporting details, text structure, questioning, graphic organizers, fact and opinion, word study