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Today's Planning Present is a set of science paired texts about snow and the water cycle!
This passage is from Winter and Snow Paired Texts.
When it's time to answer questions about the texts, I like for students to mark exactly where they found the evidence for that answer. If you are taking "THE TEST" online, you are probably aware they have a highlighting function. Teaching students to highlight key words in the question and evidence in the text can help differentiate evidence from annotations as well as take away the novelty of it when it comes time to "play" on the computer. Ha! Here are some examples:
Students highlight particles knowing this is the word they will look for in paragraph 1.
Students have already annotated this text, so highlighting helps show what evidence they found for the question. Here, they used context clues to determine particles are pieces and specks. They know dust is small, so the answer must be "small pieces."
The evidence for this question is actually found in BOTH texts, but here is evidence in "Bentley's Snow Crystals" that shows choice b is actually false. You can also see the evidence that proves choice c is true, and can't be the answer.
I hope this planning present will help you use paired texts effectively in your classroom. Don't forget to head over to Jennifer's blog, Teaching to Inspire, for another planning present!