Solar Systems Planets Close Reading Unit Bundle
We have developed this Common Core aligned complete Solar System Unit with CLOSE Reading passages, text dependent questions, and essential questions that contains everything needed to teach a rigorous unit on the solar system and planets. Original CLOSE Reading nonfiction passages were created to help teach your students about the solar system and the planets. CLOSE reading instructions and an anchor chart are included to help you incorporate this skill into your teaching. There are text dependent questions aligned with each passage, a set of vocabulary cards with definitions to accompany each nonfiction text, a research report, Common Core Essential Questions, performance tasks, and RAFTS. A variety of other graphic organizers and activities are included. This unit emphasizes "Depth of Knowledge" (D.O.K.) throughout.

We do encourage you to supplement with any other books, videos, and websites that you already use; they will blend nicely with our CLOSE reading passages. You can use this unit in its entirety, or “pick and choose” the components to meet the needs of your students.
This unit contains the following elements:

• CLOSE reading nonfiction passages:

1. The Solar System
2. The Planets


• Two sets of vocabulary cards with definitions, one for each CLOSE reading passage topic-( provided for vocabulary support to scaffold for students who need more support).

• CLOSE Reading Instructions (PowerPoint or handout) explaining the steps of CLOSE Reading.

• Anchor Chart for student annotation and Discussion Topics for CLOSE Reading.
• Student Bookmarks with annotation rules so they have a smaller version of the anchor chart at their desk while they read

• Two sets of “Text Dependent Questions”, one set for each CLOSE reading passage topic.

• Common Core Essential questions (to be used after the passages are read, can be used as a summative assessment or a performance task.

• Planet Research Report

• Cognitive Content Dictionary (to be made into a “book” for student vocabulary words, definitions, and pictures).

• KWL Chart (you can use this at the beginning of the unit to ascertain what they may already know about the solar system).

• Venn Diagram

• A Tree Map Graphic Organizer

• Two CLOZE worksheets (a fill-in the blank) worksheet and answer sheet to assess vocabulary attainment and your students’ ability to utilize context clues.



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Created: Jul 9, 2016

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