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Day 1: "U.S. Spacecraft Orbits Mars To Check Out The Red Planet's Atmosphere"

teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.1
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.5
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The focus question and the supporting questions for this lesson ask students to go back into the text to find details which support the author's claims. Students are asked to begin thinking about a planet's atmosphere and its importance to sustaining life. The lesson begins with a teacher read aloud of the text. Next, students are asked to reread the information in small groups (pairs or triads could work). At this point, students are asked to explore the questions in their small groups, using a copy of the article and a sheet of paper on which to take notes. Finally, students should work independently as they complete the focus question on the back of the notes page. This series of close reading lesson plans was created by a member of the 2015 Delaware Dream Team. Special Materials: Students will need a copy of the anchor text. Students will need a sheet of paper on which to take notes.
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