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Rocks and Minerals: Non-Fiction Reading Passages & Questions

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2nd - 4th, Homeschool
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Looking for reading passages about rocks and minerals? Look no further! A useful set of five differentiated passages with open-ended questions for students to explain their thinking OR multiple choice questions to practice their test-taking skills. Each passage also includes a writing prompt and a grading rubric. As a bonus, there are also 10 vocabulary cards, 10 true/false questions, and 8 matching questions!

Perfect for informal or formal assessment of your elementary students’ ability to read and write about science! Answer keys included!

This product aligns to NGSS 4-ESS1-1. Identify evidence from patterns in rock formations and fossils in rock layers to support an explanation for changes in a landscape over time.

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This set includes:

★ 5 multi-paragraph reading passages on 3 differentiated levels

★ Choice of passage + open-ended questions

★ Choice of passage + multiple choice questions

★ Writing prompt with grading rubric for each topic

PLUS:

  • 10 vocabulary cards about rocks and minerals (can be cut out to match them or folded in half to use as flashcards)
  • 10 true/false questions about rocks and minerals
  • 8 matching questions about rocks and minerals

Passage Topics:

★ Rocks and Minerals

★ Mohs Hardness Scale

★ The Grand Canyon

★ Layers of Rocks (Which Came First?)

★ Rock Formation (Rocks Rock!)

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Check out these additional Science and Literacy Resources!

Inherited Traits Resources (3-LS3-1):

Life Cycles Resources (3-LS1-1):

Fossils Resources (3-LS4-1):

Animal Groups Resources (3-LS2-1):

Habitats Resources (3-LS4-3):

Environmental Changes Resources (3-LS4-4):

Rocks and Minerals Resources (4-ESS1-1):

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Standards

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NGSS4-ESS1-1
Identify evidence from patterns in rock formations and fossils in rock layers to support an explanation for changes in a landscape over time. Examples of evidence from patterns could include rock layers with marine shell fossils above rock layers with plant fossils and no shells, indicating a change from land to water over time; and, a canyon with different rock layers in the walls and a river in the bottom, indicating that over time a river cut through the rock. Assessment does not include specific knowledge of the mechanism of rock formation or memorization of specific rock formations and layers. Assessment is limited to relative time.
Integrate information from two texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.
Describe the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in a text or part of a text.
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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