Science Differentiated Passages: Electric and Magnetic Forces
⭐️In these science differentiated passages students will study how to determine cause and effect relationships of electric or magnetic interactions between two objects not in contact with each other.
⭐Clarification Statement: Examples of an electric force could include the force on hair from an electrically charged balloon and the electrical forces between a charged rod and pieces of paper; examples of a magnetic force could include the force between two permanent magnets, the force between an electromagnet and steel paperclips, and the force exerted by one magnet versus the force exerted by two magnets. Examples of cause and effect relationships could include how the distance between objects affects the strength of the force and how the orientation of magnets affects the direction of the magnetic force.
⭐️Assessment Boundary: Assessment is limited to forces produced by objects that can be manipulated by students, and electrical interactions are limited to static electricity
⭐️Other Standards To Address in Questions and Images:
- RI.3.1 – Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
- RI.3.3 – Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.
- RI.3.8 – Describe the logical connection between particular sentences and paragraphs in a text (e.g., comparison, cause/effect, first/second/third in a sequence).
- SL.3.3 – Ask and answer questions about information from a speaker, offering appropriate elaboration and detail.
⭐️ This unit is perfect for 3rd grade. It was created to align with 3-PS2-3 but can be used in any classroom to teach students about electric and magnetic forces.
✏️ Convenience – Everything you need for this unit is all in one place!
✏️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.
✏️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.
- How to Use This Resource
- Electricity (480L, 790L)
- Shocking! (470L, 740L)
- William Gilbert (470L, 790L)
- Magnetism (470L, 720L)
- Static Electricity (510L, 760L)
- How Does a Compass Work? (480L, 750L)
*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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