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Rainforest Close Read: Habitat and Adaptations NGSS 3-LS4-3 and 3-LS4-4

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Students will learn all about the rainforest habitat by watching a slideshow, reading about the rainforest, and completing some QR code research on rainforest animals and their adaptations. This engaging close read includes 5 pages of informational text on the tropical rainforest! These reading passages with comprehension questions are designed to get the student to look back into the text to answer the text-dependent questions. This resource is designed specifically to meet the NGSS standards for 3rd-grade Disciplinary Core Idea, Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity   See more about using this rainforest unit

3-LS4-3. Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive

less well, and some cannot survive at all.

3-LS4-4. Make a claim about the merit of a solution to a problem caused when the environment changes and the types of plants and animals that live there may change.

This resource also addresses Utah SEEd standards

Utah SEEd 3.2.5 Engage in argument from the evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all. Emphasize that organisms have adaptations that affect how well they survive in a specific environment.

Utah SEEd 3.2.6 Design a solution to a problem caused by a change in the environment that affects the types of plants and animals living there. Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem and evaluate the solutions based on how well each meets the criteria and constraints of the problem. Examples of environmental changes could include changes in land use, water availability, temperature, food, and changes caused by other organisms.

This CLOSE Reading Science unit is also perfect for Earth Day or any other environmental reading for Grades 3-5.

Included in this resource: Five pages of nonfiction text on the Tropical Rainforest, a slideshow on habitat, response pages, interactive notebook inserts, two sorting activities with task cards and sorting cards, answer keys and a layered book for a mini report on a rainforest animal.

I have mapped out a suggested timeline and believe it will take at least 8 days to complete all of the rainforest unit.

This close reading unit is also aligned with NGSS for 3rd grade. The reading passages are geared to 3rd-5th grade and the response pages are aligned with CCSS for reading informational text.

NGSS 3-LS4-3. Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive

less well, and some cannot survive at all.

NGSS 3-LS4-4. Make a claim about the merit of a solution to a problem caused when the environment changes and the types of plants and animals that live there may change.

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I am so impressed with this unit which manages to be distance learning and hands-on at the same time.  Really well thought out and engaging activities that allow students to practice each of the eight Science and Engineering Practices.  Really no prep for me!

 
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I am so impressed with this unit which manages to be distance learning and hands-on at the same time.  Really well thought out and engaging activities that allow students to practice each of the eight Science and Engineering Practices.  Really no prep for me!   Science and Engineering Practices Distance Education Unit
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Thank you so much for creating this resource! It is such a fun and engaging activity for my students, especially during distance learning.   Honey Bee Digital Escape Distance Learning
My students loved this unit. I was able to present different elements of it throughout the month. It is hard to find interesting non-fictional, age-appropriate text for my students that they will enjoy. This was a great unit that aligned well for my students who have very different goals within the same group.

 
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My students loved this unit. I was able to present different elements of it throughout the month. It is hard to find interesting non-fictional, age-appropriate text for my students that they will enjoy. This was a great unit that aligned well for my students who have very different goals within the same group.   Compare and Contrast Two Texts on Reindeer
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