Renewable and Nonrenewable Energy Reading Passages for NGSS in Black and White

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4th - 7th
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This resource is now TpT Digital ready, and I have added the directions and text boxes for you! This renewable and nonrenewable energy resource helps students with concepts presented in 4-PS3 Energy and MS-PS3 Energy NGSS. This is a set of 9 reading passages and corresponding activity to help students gain a better understanding of energy sources. They can read the passages independently or with a partner, record the type of energy they are reading about, tell whether it is renewable or nonrenewable, and list the advantages and disadvantages of the source of energy. Then students can share out jigsaw style with their peers. These passages are different lengths and can be used to differentiate. They are aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards.

The types of energy include:

Wind Energy


Solar Energy

Geothermal Energy




Natural Gas

Nuclear Power

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Apply scientific ideas to design, test, and refine a device that converts energy from one form to another. Examples of devices could include electric circuits that convert electrical energy into motion energy of a vehicle, light, or sound; and, a passive solar heater that converts light into heat. Examples of constraints could include the materials, cost, or time to design the device. Devices should be limited to those that convert motion energy to electric energy or use stored energy to cause motion or produce light or sound.
By the end of year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, in the grades 4–5 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.
Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.


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