We've identified these texts as great options for text pairings based on similar themes, literary devices, topic, or writing style. Supplement your lesson with one or more of these options and challenge students to compare and contrast the texts. To assign a paired text, click on the text to go to its page and click the "Assign Text" button there.
At Your Fingertips
- Ruth Tenzer Feldman
In the informational text “At Your Fingertips,” Ruth Tenzer Feldman discusses the benefits of the National Weather Service’s information about weather within the United States.Pair “At Your Fingertips” with “What Are Clouds?” to provide students with additional information about studying weather. What message does “At Your Fingertips” propose about being able to understand the weather on Earth? Does this message support the claims in "What Are Clouds?" Why or why not?
What is an Orbit?
The informational text “What is an Orbit?” explains what an orbit is, the forces that allow objects to stay in orbit, and how both natural and man-made bodies orbit each other in space.Pair “What is an Orbit?” with “What Are Clouds?” to provide students with additional information about how scientists study Earth from space. What additional information does “What is an Orbit?” provide students about satellites? How does studying clouds from space differ from studying clouds from the ground?
A New Spin on a Space Horse
- Ken Croswell, Ph.D
In the informational text “A New Spin on a Space Horse,” Ken Croswell discusses a spinning nebula known as the Horsehead Nebula.Pair “What Are Clouds?” with “A New Spin on a Space Horse” and ask students to discuss why Ken Croswell compares nebulae to clouds. What are clouds made of? How does this compare to the composition of nebulae? What else do clouds and nebulae have in common?