This activity combines something that kids love (trampolines!) with nonfiction reading practice. It is written in the style of functional text (advertisements, flyers, directions, recipes, diagrams, etc.) that children are often asked to interpret on Common Core and other state tests. Students read the information in the passage about how trampolines are made. There are 6 comprehension questions about the text. Students are prompted to go back to the text and highlight or underline where they found the answers to the questions. This reinforces test-taking strategies. On the third page, they sort the resources that are used to make a trampoline into the correct categories of natural, capital, or human resources. They are reminded to use the text from the passage for clues about what kind of resources each of these is. Students should not need prior knowledge about any of the unfamiliar resources in order to complete this activity, because clues are given in the text to help them know where that resource is found or what that resource is used for. This activity provides functional text test practice + high-interest nonfiction reading + economics vocabulary!
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