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This is a four-page reading passage with pictures and illustrations that introduces students to the basics of the nucleus. New vocabulary/ important concepts are bolded, and there is a chart at the end of the passage for students to record the meanings of the passage vocabulary in their own words.
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All vocabulary are introduced with context clues or in-text definitions. The function of the nucleus is compared to an instruction manual rather than as the "boss" or "control center" of the cell, which will help students more easily connect with the role of DNA in the process of creating proteins.
This passage would be excellent as a science center or as homework during the early stages of your cells unit. This passage would follow nicely after the Introduction to Cells Reading Passage, which introduces students to enough cell vocab for them to participate in viewing cheek or onion cells under a microscope without overwhelming students with all the organelle. After students have viewed the nucleus under a microscope as a hook or inciting event, you can have them read about what it does and its impact on the cell and on life.