Single-Page Resources that Address Important Science Topics for Kids
Quick Reads are single-page science resources that address specific science topics for kids and allow students to dig deeper into core science ideas and crosscutting science concepts. Each Quick Read relates to a Science A-Z instructional unit and appears at three reading levels within each grade span: low , mid , and high . Each reading level conveys similar content, images, and vocabulary related to the science topic.
Why Use Quick Reads
Research has shown that success with informational text is critical to a student's future success in higher education and the workplace. Quick Reads use an informational text format similar to magazines to describe each science topic. Reading these short passages provides practice for applying literacy skills in everyday life.
How to Use Quick Reads
Assign Quick Reads to groups or individuals to help students develop a deeper understanding of specific science topics related to each Science A-Z instructional unit.
Use Brain Checks, which are text-dependent questions, at the end of each Quick Read for discussion, writing, or homework on the science topic.
Ask students to conduct additional research after reading about the subject of each Quick Read and report to the class on what they learned.
Earth, Moon, and Sun
New Weather Vanes
Data Sheets (Skills)
Using Diagrams (Skills)
Draw Conclusions (Skills)
Observation vs. Inference (Skills)
Identify and Control Variables (Skills)
Using Graphs (Skills)
Balance Scales (Tools)
Length Measurement (Tools)
Hand Lenses (Tools)
The Human Body
The Solar System
Clouds, Wind, and Storms
Minerals, Rocks, and Soil
New Splendid Soil