Characteristics of Life Reading Comprehension and CER Activities – Are Viruses Alive?

$6.99

Are viruses alive? Do viruses have all the characteristics of life?  In this no-prep mini-bundle, students will be engaged and meaningfully learn about the characteristics of life and viruses! In this Characteristics of Life Reading Comprehension, student will read an engaging article about how each characteristic of life applies to living things and viruses. They will then answer reading comprehension questions, complete a characteristics of life CER graphic organizer and a Venn Diagram, and then have the opportunity to write a CER essay using their graphic organizer and provided CER rubric.

Description

Are viruses alive? Do viruses have all the characteristics of life?  In this no-prep mini-bundle, students will be engaged and meaningfully learn about the characteristics of life and viruses! In this Characteristics of Life Reading Comprehension, student will read an engaging article about how each characteristic of life applies to living things and viruses. They will then answer reading comprehension questions, complete a characteristics of life CER graphic organizer and a Venn Diagram, and then have the opportunity to write a CER essay using their graphic organizer and provided CER rubric.

 

⭐ CHARACTERISTICS OF LIFE READING COMPREHENSION TOPICS
  • Characteristics of Life
  • Comparing Living Things and Viruses
  • Organization and Cells
  • Homeostasis
  • Metabolism
  • Sexual and Asexual Reproduction
  • DNA and Heredity
  • Response to Stimuli
  • Growth and Development
  • Evolution
  • Are Viruses Alive?

 

Teacher lesson plan with standards, objectives, big ideas, pacing guide, and answer keys included. You will also receive a link to the Google Slides version of this lesson in your download.

 

The Breakdown:
– Students read the engaging Characteristics of Life reading comprehension article about the eight characteristics of life, viruses, and how viruses may or may not have each characteristic of life. The article is laid out with an introduction to the discovery of viruses, what viruses are and what they are made up of, in-depth explanations of each characteristic of life, and explanation of how a virus may have or not have each characteristic.

– After the reading, students answer 20 open-ended Reading Comprehension Questions. To save paper, appropriate spacing and room to write answers is provided on 1-page.

– A supplementary and included Venn Diagram activity can then be used as practice for lower-level learners or elaboration for high-level learners. The digital version includes a drop and drag word bank.

– Students then decide for themselves if they believe if viruses are alive or not, and back up their claim with reasoning and evidence using a 1-page CER graphic organizer.

– Finally, students can use their CER Characteristics of Life and Viruses graphic organizer to complete an essay using the 1-page elaborate, yet easy-to-follow, CER Rubric to help them form the perfect CER Essay.

 

Interested in a Characteristics of Life Unit Plan? Click HERE

 

⭐ What You Will Receive (PDF):
  • Article that explains each characteristic of life and how it plays a role in both living things and viruses.
  • 20 Reading Comprehension Questions
  • Venn Diagram and Sketching Activity Comparing Living Things to Viruses
  • CER Graphic Organizer to for the question – Are Viruses Alive?
  • CER Writing Rubric
  • Lesson Plan and Pacing Guide
  • Full Answer Keys
  • Digital Google Slides Version and PDFs included!

 

Often it is difficult or time consuming to find the right science article with the right formatting for your classroom, or the answer keys to any questions it may include are blatantly online. It is also troublesome to find those that are ENGAGING and MEANINGFUL for your students. The resources in this science literacy CER bundle will do all that with zero prep on your part!

 

 

PURCHASE ON TPT

 

MORE GREAT CHARACTERISTICS OF LIFE ACTIVITIES

 

 

HAPPY SCIENCING!

Reviews

There are no reviews yet.

Only logged in customers who have purchased this product may leave a review.

You may also like…