Science Reading Comprehension Passages and Questions

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    Want to take your science content to the next level? Clear language helps students comprehend complex concepts. The best part is your students won't realize that you're integrating reading with science on purpose! Now you can with these science reading comprehension passages and questions.

    This bundle is for teachers who want:

    • students to have a more excellent knowledge of the topic
    • reading passages aligned with ELA standards
    • ease of assigning online or with a substitute
    • squeeze in more science

    Teachers love these print and go reading passages because they integrate science with reading. These worksheets are easy enough to leave for a substitute! I've included ELA questions on each reading passage so that students get more focused practice.

    ELA skills include:

    • main topic and main idea
    • authors purpose
    • determine word meaning
    • compare and contrast
    • summarizing
    • text features
    • use illustrations and words to demonstrate understanding
    • sequencing

    These are short, one-page reading passages to save you time and ink! These short reading passages are helpful for students as they focus on one concept.

    Use these for:

    • interactive journals
    • independent reading centers
    • small reading groups (here'sa blog post on how to do that)
    • speech articulation
    • science warm-ups
    • whole group lessons
    • homework

    Here'sa short blog post explaining all the different ways you can use these reading passages!

    I've included over 61 reading passages in this bundle, meaning you can use more than one reading passage per week for easy grades.

    Each topic includes:

    • half to a whole-page reading passage for a quick lesson
    • worksheet or graphic organizer to extend learning*
    • 4-5 comprehension questions and one written comprehension question to integrate ELA standards**
    • answer keys for easy and quick grading

    *Solar System and Heat Energy do not include additional worksheets

    **Weather, Sound, and Inherited Traits do not have a written comprehension question.

    Science subjects include:

    Force and Motion - Students understand motion and factors that affect motion.

    1. Force and Motion
    2. Gravity
    3. Newton's Laws
    4. Push & Pull
    5. Speed
    6. Types of Forces
    7. Faster and Slower

    Earth'sFeatures - Students compare the structures of the Earth's surface.

    1. Caves & Caverns
    2. Glacier & Icebergs
    3. Peninsulas & Islands
    4. Oceans & Seas
    5. Rivers & Streams
    6. Valleys & Canyons
    7. Volcanoes & Mountains

    Heat Energy (Transfer) - Students recognize how energy can be transferred from one object to another.

    1. Heat Production
    2. Heat Transfer
    3. Conduction
    4. Convection
    5. Radiation

    Human Body - Students understand human body systems and how they are essential for life: protection, movement, and support.

    1. The Skeletal System
    2. Bone Growth
    3. Bones that Protect
    4. Joints
    5. Muscular System
    6. Types of Muscles
    7. Super Skin

    Inherited & Learned Traits - Students remember that organisms differ from or are similar to their parents based on the organism's characteristics.

    1. Inherited Traits
    2. Acquired Traits
    3. Emperor Penguins
    4. Orangutans
    5. Polar Bear
    6. Seahorses
    7. Rare Red Hair
    8. Pea Plants

    Plants & Soil - Students understand how plants survive in their environments.

    1. Plant Structure
    2. Flowering Plants
    3. Conifer Life Cycle
    4. Plant Needs
    5. Pollination & Seeds
    6. Plant Climates
    7. Environmental Changes
    8. Dirt & Soil
    9. Soil Minerals
    10. Organic Materials
    11. Soil Organisms
    12. Soil & Plant Growth

    Solar System - Students recognize the significant components and patterns observed in the earth/moon/sun system.

    1. The Sun
    2. The Earth
    3. Our Moon
    4. Our Solar System
    5. Constellations

    Sound Energy - Students understand the relationship between sound and vibrating objects.

    1. Getting Vocal
    2. Hearing Sound
    3. Pitch Perfect
    4. Good Vibrations
    5. Wondrous Waves

    Weather - Students understand patterns of weather and factors that affect climate.

    1. Weather Conditions
    2. Weather Patterns
    3. Types of Clouds
    4. Wild Weather
    5. Sun as Energy

    This resource will help prepare your students for state standardized testing because it builds background knowledge with science topics and integrates ELA standards.

    My students made over a year's worth of growth on their state standardized reading assessments using these reading passages!!

    Here's what teachers are saying:

    • "Happy to find this science treasure that goes along with ELA standards too!"
    • "These give much more information than our science textbook!"
    • "Students enjoyed reading this more than the book!"
    • "I highly recommend this product. I have found this resource is versatile for my classroom and for all types of learners or teachers."

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    to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
    Develop a simple model that mimics the function of an animal in dispersing seeds or pollinating plants.
    Develop a model to represent the shapes and kinds of land and bodies of water in an area. Assessment does not include quantitative scaling in models.
    Develop models to describe that organisms have unique and diverse life cycles but all have in common birth, growth, reproduction, and death. Changes organisms go through during their life form a pattern. Assessment of plant life cycles is limited to those of flowering plants. Assessment does not include details of human reproduction.
    Make a claim about the merit of a solution to a problem caused when the environment changes and the types of plants and animals that live there may change. Examples of environmental changes could include changes in land characteristics, water distribution, temperature, food, and other organisms. Assessment is limited to a single environmental change. Assessment does not include the greenhouse effect or climate change.
    Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence that plants and animals have traits inherited from parents and that variation of these traits exists in a group of similar organisms. Patterns are the similarities and differences in traits shared between offspring and their parents, or among siblings. Emphasis is on organisms other than humans. Assessment does not include genetic mechanisms of inheritance and prediction of traits. Assessment is limited to non-human examples.


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