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Lab Meat Reading Comprehension

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  • This reading comprehension resource explains the benefits of lab grown meat while highlighting the negative environmental and health impacts of traditional meat.
  • Included in this resource is a teacher's guide and a printable reading passage that includes open-ended comprehension questions.
Teaching Tips


  • The reading passage is interesting and informative, and the questions do a good job of assessing student understanding of the material. 
  • The included charts and graphics are helpful for visual learners or struggling readers. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be comfortable reading charts and graphs.
  • Consider distributing the worksheet digitally in order to conserve paper. 


  • This resource would work equally well in science or language arts classes.
  • Cross-curricular connections can be made in social studies or health classes that are discussing the land use or health impacts discussed in the reading passage. 
  • This resource lends itself well to a whole class discussion about lab grown meat. Who has tried it? Who would? Who has seen it at a store or restaurant? What are some of the biggest benefits to lab grown meat? What are students most intrigued or excited about on this topic? 
  • The layout of this reading passage is a great teaching tool for reading strategies that focus on headings and subheadings, bolded words and phrases, and graphics. 
Scientist Notes
A comprehension lesson about animal agriculture is included in the resource. It calls attention to how raising animals for food affects the environment. Students would obtain a profound understanding of the effects that raising animals and eating meat have on the environment and on human health. It is advised to use this resource when instructing.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-4 Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth's systems.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.6.2 Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.6.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend literary nonfiction in the grades 6-8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
    • Reading: Science & Technical Subjects (6-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.5 Analyze the structure an author uses to organize a text, including how the major sections contribute to the whole and to an understanding of the topic.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.8 Distinguish among facts, reasoned judgment based on research findings, and speculation in a text.
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