The teacher will present an informational text from the website, ReadWorks. Students will interact with this non-fiction text by annotating the text digitally. This article will explain how the moon creates tides on Earth by exerting the force of gravity on Earth's oceans, even though the two celestial objects are not in contact. Students could use this informational material to construct their own argument explaining how fields exist between objects exerting forces on each other.
|English Language Arts|
19 ) By the end of the year, read and comprehend literary nonfiction at the high end of the
Grades 6-8 text complexity band independently and proficiently. [RI.8.10]
12 ) Construct an argument from evidence explaining that fields exist between
objects exerting forces on each other (e.g., interactions of magnets,
electrically charged strips of tape, electrically charged pith balls,
gravitational pull of the moon creating tides) even when the objects are not in
argument, configure, Earth, evidence, factor, forces, gravity, informational text, moon, ocean, tides, variation
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ReadWorks is a website that provides K-12 teachers with free literacy resources (About ReadWorks). ReadWorks has literary and informational texts on a variety of subjects and reading skills. You may narrow your search using grade level or Lexile level, making this website a wonderful tool for differentiation. Students will complete their work digitally, and you will provide their score and feedback digitally. This makes it easy to go paperless for this activity.
Prior to implementing this activity, you will need to sign up for an Educator Account on ReadWorks. After setting up an account, create a class from the Class Admin tab, this will provide you with a Class Code to give to students. Next, use the Find Content tab to search for the informational article that will be used during this activity, "Tides." After navigating to the article, click on the blue Assign button to assign it to your class.
Each student will need access to a digital device, such as a tablet or laptop. The first time students enter the website they will need to enter the Class Code that is listed on your Class Admin page. Alternatively, you can print the article for students, if digital devices are not available.