Informational (nonfiction), 796 words, Lexile 620L Level 3 Grades 2-3
Caves have three parts: the entrance zone, the twilight zone, and the dark zone. Each part has different animals that are adapted to live in that part of the cave. The entrance zone includes animals and people that come inside for short periods of time, such as when bears hibernate in winter. The twilight zone doesn't have enough light for many plants to grow, but many animals live there, although they go outside each day. These animals, such as bats, spend about half their lives in caves. The dark zone is completely dark. Many unusual animals live here and are adapted to live in darkness their whole lives.
Lesson SkillsComprehension Skills and Strategies
- Compare and contrast
- Make predictions
- Main idea and details
- Text-to-text connections
- Table of contents, headings
Grammar and Mechanics
- Academic vocabulary
- Book vocabulary
- Context clues
Shared Writing and a Home Connection are integrated into one of the skills above.
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