Balanced & Unbalanced Forces NGSS 3-PS2-1 Science Differentiated Reading Passage

Balanced & Unbalanced Forces NGSS 3-PS2-1 Science Differentiated Reading Passage



Science Differentiated Passages: Balanced and Unbalanced Forces

⭐️Science differentiated reading passages about balanced and unbalanced forces. Students will plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence of the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on the motion of an object.


⭐️ This unit is perfect for 3rd grade. It was created to align with 3-PS2-1 but can be used in any classroom to teach students about balanced and unbalanced forces.


⭐️Integrates key reading skills, with a focus on cause and effect. Incorporates key vocabulary, text features, graphic organizers, and open-ended questions.


Key Features:

✏️ Build Background- Reinforce key science topics with real-life passages.


✏️Cross Curricular- Integrates nonfiction reading comprehension and science.


✏️Engaging – This resource will capture your students’ attention while they learn important science-related topics. Integrates text and activities to help students understand the topics and stay engaged in the material.


✏️Differentiated- Passages are on two levels to make differentiation easy.


✏️Scaffolding – Utilizes the Lexile Framework® for Reading and a mix of standard-based essay and multiple-choice questions to allow educators to scaffold independent work and homework. Also great for centers and interventions.


What’s Included?

  1. How to Use This Resource
  2. Newton’s Discovery of the Laws of Motion (480L, 740L)
  3. Newton’s Three Laws of Motion (490L, 780L)
  4. Crash Test Dummies (500L, 800L)
  5. Why Do Ships Float? (500L, 820L)
  6. The Magic Golf Ball (500L, 820L)
  7. A House of Cards (500L, 760L)

*Answer Key Included


Each passage set includes two differentiated passages on a third-grade level (one at the beginning of the band, one towards the end) and a question set geared towards comprehension and science mastery. The first question is differentiated to include a fill-in-the-blank diagram (lower complexity) or an open-ended diagram (higher complexity).


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