Science Reading Passages

Writings dealing with science are nonfiction works that explore the natural world. These writings explain a principle, theory, or phenomenon.

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Species in Danger

In 2012, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) listed over 9,000 plant and animal species as either critica...

Reading Set: 9 Passages

Conservation

We’ve only one planet to live on, so the preservation of natural resources for our children and grandchildren is up to us. This...

Reading Set: 5 Passages

Women's History

Women’s History Month is traditionally held in March, but the study of women’s history is valuable all twelve months of the yea...

Reading Set: 18 Passages

The Extermination of the American Bison

by William Temple Hornaday

William Temple Hornaday was a zoologist and conserva...

659 Words, 10th-12th Grades, Fact and Opinion, Main / Central Idea, and Summary

Fruit or Vegetable? How to Tell the Difference

Is a tomato a fruit or a vegetable? Scientists have a standard for determining the difference, and it may be different than the...

302 Words, 2nd-4th Grades, Context Clues, Fact and Opinion, and Summary

The Mystery Mammal

by RV Staff Writer J.C.

Following a set of clues from her teacher about a m...

631 Words, 3rd-5th Grades, Main / Central Idea, Point of View, and Summary

Orangutans: Forest Friends in Need

Students will read a passage about orangutans and learn about the threat to their rainforest home. They will then answer questi...

421 Words, 4th-5th Grades, Context Clues, Main / Central Idea, and Summary

Mountain Gorillas: Going, Going, Almost Gone

Students will read a passage about mountain gorillas and learn about their status as a critically endangered species. Students ...

424 Words, 4th-5th Grades, Context Clues, Main / Central Idea, and Summary

Dr. Dian Fossey: Renowned Primatologist and Conservationist

Students will read a passage about Dr. Dian Fossey and learn about her extensive efforts to study and protect the critically en...

814 Words, 9th-12th Grades, Summary

Amur Tigers: Big Cats in Crisis

Students will read a passage about Amur tigers, also known as Siberian tigers, and learn about their status as an endangered sp...

427 Words, 2nd-4th Grades, 740L - 1050L, Context Clues, Main / Central Idea, and Summary