The Common Cold – Fully editable, Science Reading Comprehension Activity – Disciplinary Literacy for Grades 5-7 (ages 10-12) as well as older students with lower developed learning levels. Tackle literacy and science by having your students read and answer questions from a scientific article. Questions include knowledge (direct from the paper), thinking, connecting and open-ended varieties.
This reading is perfect for an extension activity, substitute plans or literacy practice and hits on the following Common Core Standards:
The reading looks at:
– What is the common cold?
– What causes the common cold?
– How not to get sick
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The article is divided into easily understood sections which clearly describe the topic in a manner that can be understood by your grade 5-7 student as well as older students with less developed literacy skills. Along with elementary and middle school students, these readings have been used to great success with high school English language learners and students with learning difficulties.
The article contains a word bank of more complex terms which are highlighted on each page along with fun fact boxes and pictures which stand out and grab the attention of young readers.
The Problems You Face
– Not having the time to properly teach scientific literacy (disciplinary literacy) or improve your students reading comprehension and analysis skills.
– Some students work faster than others and you would like an interesting extension activity for your faster-moving students to keep them learning and engaged.
This fully editable, NO PREP reading comprehension article is composed of relevant, applicable and engaging reading activities which can be used to:
• introduce your topic
• improve your students literacy skills
• improve your students reading comprehension and scientific literacy skills
• improve your students analysis skills
• provide an extension activity to students who move at a faster pace
• provide extra credit to students in need
• measure your students literacy skills
Furthermore, this resource works very well as an emergency substitute plan as it will keep your students on task and focused while you are away.
This resource will take your students between 30-60 minutes to complete and includes a variety of questions. An answer key is also included for your reference.
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Health and Wellbeing
• Immune System – Your Body’s Police Force
• How Protective Equipment Keeps You Safe
• Caffeine: The Elixir of Energy
• Exercise and its Importance for Health
• Effects of stress on the brain
• Why Leaves Change Color In The Fall
• The Seasons and What Causes Them
• Oil Spills and Their Consequences
• Farming – Is Organic Really Better?
• Bioaccumulation and Biomagnification
• Mosquitoes And The Diseases They Spread
• Hydroelectric Energy Production
• Solar Electricity Production
• Fossil Fuel Energy Production
• Nuclear Energy – Fission and Fusion
• The Science of Roller Coasters
• The Northern and Southern Lights
Natural Disasters and Weather
• Natural Disasters: Weather and Climate
• Natural Disasters: Earth, Water, and Space
• Making Food Using Fermentation
• The Limitations of Space Travel
• The Planets Of Our Solar System
• Genetically Modified Organisms
• Twins – Identical and Fraternal
Each summary is rich with age appropriate content (grades 5-7) and is 1-1.5 pages long (13-font). Following each are 5-8 questions along with the answer key, which will help guide your students understanding. The questions include information-based questions straight from the article as well as more open-ended thinking questions which provide an extension for the learning.
How this product will help your students:
– Improve their scientific and disciplinary literacy skills
– Improve their reading comprehension and scientific knowledge
– Give them insights into important scientific concepts
– Provide an extension activity for your faster moving/more gifted students
How this product will help you:
– Allow you to meet the NGSS, TEKS and Common Core Standards
– Provide you with a concise introduction to your topic
– Provide you with an engaging and easy to leave substitute plan which will keep your students engaged and on task
– Prove you a means of measuring your students literacy skills
We don’t spend enough time teaching scientific literacy to our students. This is either because we don’t have the resources to do so effectively or we don’t have the time. However, teaching our students to become scientifically literate is vital if we want them to succeed in life. We need them to know about the world they live in and about the issues they face. Even issues as simple as the common cold are misunderstood and can lead to the misuse of antibacterial drugs eventually rendering them ineffective.
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