Paired Passages Paired Texts | Compare and Contrast | Animal Adaptations


These nonfiction passages on animal adaptations include paired texts that will help your students compare and contrast passages with a similar theme and topic.
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Do your students need help integrating information from two texts on the same topic? These nonfiction passages and reading comprehension activities on animal adaptations include paired passages (or paired texts) that will help your students compare and contrast passages with a similar theme and topic.


This PRINT & DIGITAL mini-unit on animal adaptations integrates science with reading and includes 12 fun and engaging pages of activities perfect for 3rd and 4th grade. It is guaranteed to increase engagement while sparking interest and learning!


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In this assignment, students will compare and contrast details in paired texts as they learn how animals change and adapt to their environments and how these special adaptations help animals survive in extreme environments.


In this download, you will get:

  • a teacher’s guide and notes
  • 2 nonfiction passages about animal adaptations
  • 2 vocabulary practice activities
  • vocabulary picture cards with definitions (perfect for pocket charts and centers)
  • 2 different compare and contrast graphic organizers
  • reading comprehension questions (multiple choice and open-ended)
  • written comprehension activity
  • a Google digital version
  • all answer keys


⭐ A complete lesson of this resource is included in Google Slides with a multiple-choice, automatically graded reading comprehension quiz in Google Forms. Points have already been assigned to the quiz, but you can easily adjust them to fit your needs. All directions are included for how to assign this resource to your students digitally.


Your students will:

  • analyze 2 nonfiction passages on the same topic
  • demonstrate understanding of vocabulary found in the texts
  • find common details about each text
  • determine which details in both texts are important
  • compare the details in the texts to find which are different
  • combine the information from both texts to meet the purpose for writing or speaking


These activities are perfect for:

  • assessments
  • review
  • literacy centers
  • small groups
  • independent desk work
  • early finishers
  • homework
  • sub plans


Teachers like you said…

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ We used this passage set as a supplement to our Animal Adaptations unit, it is such a great resource and I love how it is preparing my students for 3rd grade and exposing them to higher-level material! Thank you!! – Adventuring in Primary


⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ I love this resource in how it helps my students work on comparing and contrasting, which is such a critical skill for 3rd-grade students to master this year. It was a great supplement to use along with my science lessons. – Danna H.


⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ These passages were perfect for my fourth graders to practice reading paired passages. They really enjoyed reading all about the animals and their adaptations! – Melissa H.


In this one convenient resourceyou can…

  • have ready-to-go reading comprehension activities that integrate science with reading and ELA to maximize your time.
  • use these pre-made, paired passages and reading comprehension activities as sub plans when you need to take a day (or week) off!
  • easily teach or assess student understanding by using multiple-choice questions that cover a variety of standards.
  • print and go or assign digitally – includes everything you need to teach, review, or assess paired passages (or paired texts) anytime during the year!


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Purchase the Paired Passages and Paired Texts Reading Comprehension Bundle for Grades 3-4 to get 6 different print and digital activities that will help your students compare and contrast passages with a similar theme and topic. Get 20% off by purchasing the bundle!


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