Students will read a passage about panda habitats and a short excerpt about panda diets. They will answer the question, "How are pandas threatened by human behavior?" by integrating information from both texts. Next, they will read a passage about global warming and an excerpt about warming oceans. They will use these two texts to answer the question, "How does global warming impact our planet?"
Students will then read a passage about the brain, titled "What's Inside?" They will discuss the conclusions they can draw about the brain as well as the main idea of the passage. They will read also read a passage titled "How does the Brain Work?" They will answer the same questions as the previous passage. Students will write what they learned from both texts and explain how the brain functions and what it controls.