A short nonfiction close reading passage providing a brief introduction to thermal energy transfer, heat, and kinetic energy. This text introduces students to the complex concepts of thermal energy, which are presented in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). This is a short passage, and is only designed to serve as an overview or introduction to the concept, or as practice for standardized testing using a topic with which few students have prior knowledge.This passage is designed in such a way that students should be able to analyze the text and respond to testing-style questions without having prior knowledge of thermal energy or energy transfer. This close reading activity is perfect for PARCC or ACT Aspire practice and the integration of Science into English Language Arts.
Designed for 5th-7th grade students, this close reading activity has students focus first on reading the excerpt multiple times while searching for unknown words, new concepts, and key points. Then, the students answer questions ranging from Knowledge to Synthesis on Bloom's Taxonomy.
The nature of close reading, as well as the passage and questions lend this activity to Standardized Test Practice as well. The questions and activities are designed to help students practice analyzing a difficult, technical nonfiction text and respond to a variety of questions in preparation for similar techniques used in PARCC testing. Close reading is a strategy that is encouraged through Common Core, best completed with short passages such as the one provided here.
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(c) Elements of Elementary, 2016