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Oregon Forest Resources Institute


2nd, 3rd, 4th


Science, English Language Arts

Resource Types

  • Ebooks, 20 pages
  • Worksheets
  • Activity - Classroom

Regional Focus

Global, North America, United States, USA - West, Oregon



Forest Essays

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  • This is a downloadable reading comprehension activity about animals that live in Oregon forests, including sketched images of the animals, short reading passages, and corresponding questions for each passage.
  • Students will learn about different animals in an engaging way and the stories include space for students to write their answers on the printed sheets.
Teaching Tips


  • The questions support reading comprehension and writing skills.
  • This resource is an excellent one for teaching about Oregon's forest animals through engaging stories. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • Click on "Essay Booklet - 2nd/3rd" to download the PDF for free.
  • Younger students may need help answering the questions after each essay.


  • Cross-curricular connections can be made in art class by using the images as coloring pages.
  • Connect this resource to topics about climate change by discussing how these animals might be affected by droughts, higher temperatures, wildfires, or floods.
  • Consider assigning students to read or act out different parts in the stories to make the stories interactive.
  • Consider using this resource in reading stations or in a station rotation model. 
  • As an extension, prompt students to write an essay in a similar style about another of Oregon's forest animals. This can be done individually, in groups, or as a whole class. 
Scientist Notes
This is a series of essays that allows students to learn about the native fauna of Oregonian Forests. This resource is recommended for teaching.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • LS4: Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
      • 2-LS4-1 Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.
      • 3-LS4-2 Use evidence to construct an explanation for how the variations in characteristics among individuals of the same species may provide advantages in surviving, finding mates, and reproducing.
      • 3-LS4-3 Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Reading: Literature (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.3 Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories and poetry, in the grades 2-3 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.3 Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 2-3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
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