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Rainforests and Informational Text

Grade Level Grades 3-5
Standards Alignment
Common Core State Standards


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An S.S.unit about Latin America features a close read of The Most Beautiful Roof in the World by Kathryn Lasky. It describes the work of scientists documenting the biodiversity of rainforests. The specific literacy focus is on reading scientific and technical text and writing to inform and explain. This resource is provided by and is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 US). CCSS:RI.5.1, RI.5.2, RI.5.4, RI.5.5, RI.5.6, RI.5.7 W.5.9.




February 13, 2020
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Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.
Compare and contrast the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in two or more texts.
Analyze multiple accounts of the same event or topic, noting important similarities and differences in the point of view they represent.
Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources, demonstrating the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem efficiently.
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.


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