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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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 year. Women have overcome daunting odds to succeed and excel in all areas of human endeavor, including science, manufacturing, athletics, business, and exploration. These passages about outstanding women cover the broad spectrum of the accomplishments of notable women. Their stories are sure to inspire your students. 

Reading Set: 17 Passages

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, Context Clues, Main / Central Idea, and Summary

Blue Whales: Saving the Giants of the Ocean

Students will read a passage about blue whales and threats they face in their ocean environment. They will then answer question...

396 Words, 3rd-5th Grades, Compare and Contrast, Main / Central Idea, and Summary

Rachel Carson, Environmentalist

Nature writer and marine biologist Rachel Carson wrote the highly controversial book, “Silent Spring.” The book had the chemica...

439 Words, 3rd-4th Grades, Main / Central Idea and Summary

Machines Like Us

by Staff Writer

Students will read a passage about robotics and the ...

635 Words, 8th-9th Grades, 1000L - 1190L, Compare and Contrast, Main / Central Idea, and Summary

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Children will learn about how plants grow from a seed to a flowering plant. Children will answer questions about details, seque...

224 Words, K-1st Grades, 0 - 490L, Compare and Contrast, Figurative Language, and Story Elements

Earworm

Earworm is not a worm that lives in an ear; it is what happens when a song gets stuck in your head. Students will read a passag...

357 Words, 6th-7th Grades, 1000L - 1190L, Main / Central Idea and Summary