Isn't it wonderful when you can cross-curricular! These 20 Science passages are great for using in your small reading groups or for independent practice for your strong readers. They are also great to pull out for a sub.
They were written with Virginia 2nd and 3rd grade SOLS in mind, but would likely work well for most curriculum. I generally read them with my students the first time, and pull out the boldfaced vocabulary words for support. Then I have students read independently. Each passage has students searching for answers within the text, making connections, and drawing their own conclusions. They also contain a quick parts of speech search.
The Life Cycle of a White Tailed Deer
The Life Cycle of a Monarch Butterfly
Solid, Liquid, and Gas
Magnets are Marvelous!
Melting and Freezing
Condensation and Evaporation
Erosion and Weathering
The Water Cycle
Floods and Droughts
Animals Need Plants
Virginia Plant Products
Hibernation and Migration
I've also included a version with just the passages, and a few graphic organizers.
SOL 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7 and 3.3