Weather Close Reading Unit Bundle
We have developed this Common Core aligned, complete Weather Unit with CLOSE Reading passages, research report, text dependent questions, and essential questions that contains everything needed to teach a rigorous unit on the weather. Original CLOSE Reading nonfiction passages were created to help teach your students about weather. 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 with illustrations:
o Passage number one is “What is weather?”
o Passage number two is ‘”The Water Cycle”
o Passage number three is “Clouds”
o Passage number four is “Types of Weather”
o Passage number five is “Meteorology and Forecasting”

• Vocabulary cards with definitions for each CLOSE reading passage
• CLOSE Reading Instructions PowerPoint ( or handout) explaining the steps of CLOSE Reading
• Anchor Charts for student annotation and Discussion Topics for CLOSE Reading
• “Text Dependent Questions”, to be used after all passages are read; this is intended as a summative assessment, or practice in citing textual evidence and giving examples from the reading of nonfiction text
• Common Core Essential questions (to be used after all passages are read, can be used as a summative assessment or a performance task)
• Weather Research Report
• Cognitive Content Dictionary
• KWL Chart
• Venn Diagram
• A Tree Map Graphic Organizer
• A CLOZE worksheet (a fill-in the blank)

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