Science Fiction (fiction), 1,071 words, Level Q (Grade 3), Lexile 580L
While playing hide-and-seek, Zarela discovers a strange machine tucked away in the school basement's utility room. It appears that the WeatherBot was built to control the weather. Zarela is initially excited with her discovery, but she quickly learns that playing with strange machines can be a big mistake. Now she has to figure out a way to fix the weather! The WeatherBot Warning is exciting and educational, and can be used to instruct students in determining an author's purpose and using past-tense verbs.
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Make, revise, and confirm predictions to understand text
Determine author’s purpose
Grammar and Mechanics
Identify and use past-tense verbs
Identify and apply prefixes in- and un-
Think, Collaborate, Discuss
Promote higher-order thinking for small groups or whole class
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