Inherited Traits NGSS 3-LS3-1 Science Differentiated Reading Passages

Inherited Traits NGSS 3-LS3-1 Science Differentiated Reading Passages



Inherited Traits NGSS 3-LS3-1 Science Differentiated Reading Passages

⭐️ Build background about hereditary and inherited traits in plants and animals. In these differentiated passages students will read learn to distinguish inherited and acquired traits, analyze how inherited traits help plants and animals survive, and analyze data about inherited traits. Students will read high interest passages to build background about inherited traits in plants and animals, read about Hemingway’s Polydactyl Cats, Mendel (the father of genetics), and color variation in flower fields.


⭐️ This unit is perfect for 3rd grade. It was created to align with 3-LS3-1 but can be used in any classroom to teach students about inherited traits in plants and animals.


⭐️Integrates key reading skills, with a focus on making inferences. 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. Inherited Traits in Plants (480L, 800L)
  3. Inherited Traits in Animals (550L, 790L)
  4. Hemmingway’s Polydactyl Cats (470L, 810L)
  5. Mendel’s Pea Plants (560L, 820L)
  6. Flower Fields (430L, 810L)
  7. Inherited Traits in Cats and Kittens (460L, 790L)


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).


*Answer Key Included


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Related Product(s):

Science Passages: Plant and Animal Life Cycles – 3-LS1-1


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