If you’re looking for a way to integrate science with the essential skill of reading comprehension, you’re in the right place. In this blog post, you’re about to dive headfirst into how to teach reading comprehension with your science lessons.
I’ve created science reading comprehension worksheets, lessons, and passages that have been game-changers. They are designed to help students learn about scientific topics and sharpen their reading skills. So, grab your favorite beverage and explore how these lessons can make science education engaging and educational.
The Magic of Science Reading Comprehension Worksheets
Before I dive into worksheets, let’s discuss why teachers love them. Science worksheets are easy ways to assess our students’ knowledge of a topic. These printable activities come in various forms, including science reading passages, exit tickets, and cut-and-paste worksheets. Traditional worksheets can be printed out and completed with a pencil.
They’re perfect for busy teachers, parents, and students. Normally, I haven’t always been a big fan of worksheets, but I’m finding students love them! They are so immersed in digital activities that many of my students ask to do their work on paper.
Types of Science Reading Comprehension Worksheets
Engaging and Informative: Science worksheets contain captivating content about various science topics, from animal adaptations to saving the planet. Students read a short story or article about a specific science topic and answer questions to test their comprehension.
Enhanced Understanding: These worksheets provide comprehensive information about complex science topics in an easy-to-understand way. They can be a great way to break down complex ideas into digestible bites.
Boosted Literacy Skills: Science reading comprehension worksheets improve students’ ability to read, understand, and analyze scientific texts, a valuable skill for students of all ages.
Interactive and Fun: Many worksheets keep them engaged and interested in the material. They often feature cool illustrations and graphics. Some worksheets come in digital formats, allowing you to complete them online. They often include features like clickable answers and note-taking templates.
Perfect Assessment Tool: I love using exit tickets as a formative assessment tool. Exit tickets can be used during center time, after a science experiment, or a lesson.
Reflective Practice: Use worksheets to allow students to reflect on their science projects and even behavior.
Perfect for All Ages: Whether in 1st-grade science or tackling high school topics, worksheets are designed for your grade level and interests.
A Journey Through the Sciences
Now that you know why you should use science worksheets, let me give you some great ideas to use in your classroom.
Kindergarten Weather Worksheet
I love cut-and-paste worksheets for young students. For one reason, it usually takes a while for students to cut out the pieces and glue them down. When you use cut-and-paste worksheets, be sure to model for them how to organize their workspace so they won’t lose their pieces.
In this earth sciences example, students must read the sentence and find the corresponding weather event that matches. The printable worksheets are the perfect addition to your lesson plans.
First Grade Coding
Use worksheets for students to plan out their thinking. In this example, students read the story Snowmen at Night. They use Scratch, Jr. to retell the story. However, it’s important to let students plan their thinking before drawing their characters and adding the blocks to animate their thinking. Therefore, giving students a planning sheet is a great activity to help them before diving into the technology.
Use Google Forms as an Interactive Worksheet
Many science worksheets come in digital versions for the tech-savvy. If you haven’t used Google Forms in your classroom, I highly recommend it. It’s a fun way to provide comprehension questions to your students. You can complete them online using the latest version of Google Chrome or another web browser. They often feature interactive elements that enhance your learning experience.
Not only do the kids love them, but you can make the form a quiz with multiple choice questions about any nonfiction article, and it grades the students’ work for you. This example comes from a digital escape room I used with my second graders about the life cycle of a frog.
Students read the passage from Egg to Frog and answered the text-dependent questions, submit their work to grab the code for the escape room. My kids love it, and they always have tons of fun!
Animal Groups in 3rd-Grade
I use exit tickets to assess students’ understanding when they explore a topic during a new science unit. These stations are a great way for students to build background and the perfect way to develop vocabulary. In this example, students match the name of each animal group. Then, they write the group on their exit ticket.
Another way you can use exit tickets is to give students a science article or informational text and have them write three things they learned or the main idea from the article. I love to use the graphic organizer called a four-square.
Animal Adaptations for Fourth Grade
This unit has tons of great worksheets and graphic organizers to help students integrate the reading of the science passages and books they read about animal adaptations. Plus, the unit promotes close reading strategies to help students better understand the text. In this example, students create a timeline of the turtle’s adaptation from the beginning to the end of the story.
This worksheet provides a great scaffold to help students complete the task. Plus, it allows space for them to explain their thinking and provide evidence from the text. The worksheet aligns with Common Core Literacy standards, ensuring students learn what’s essential for their grade level and English language arts standards.
I hope you’re as excited as I am about these reading worksheets to help your students during their independent work. These science reading comprehension passages, graphic organizers, and worksheets are perfect for classroom teachers, and don’t forget to add them to your emergency sub plans.