Reading

Stories we will read in class this week are (and can also be found on the Wonders website): “Kids to the Rescue!” and Whooping Cranes in Danger.

Essential Question: How can people help animals survive?

Comprehension Strategy: Reread– When we read expository text, we may come across unfamiliar concepts and detailed explanations. We can reread difficult sections of text to increase our understanding.

  • Good readers reread something that we do not understand.
  • When we encounter unclear or difficult text, we can stop and reread that section. We may need to reread it more than once before we understand it.
  • Often, we may find that rereading will improve our understanding of expository text.

Comprehension Skill: Author’s Point of View – Authors often have a point of view about the topic in the text.

  • To find the author’s point of view, we should look for details that show what the author thinks.
  • We can then distinguish our own point of view on the topic from that of the author.

Genre: Expository text – the following key characteristics of expository text.

  • Expository text gives facts and information about a topic.
  • Expository text has headings that tell what a section is about.
  • Expository text may include text features such as bar graphs. However, even if a text has none of these features, it may still be expository text.

Vocabulary Strategy: Suffixes– A suffix is a word part added to the end of a word. Suffixes change the meaning of a word.

  • Some common suffixes are -ful, which means “full of,” and -less, which means “having no” or “without.”

Grammar: Combine sentences by joining two nouns in the subject:

  • Kim paddles a canoe. Betsy paddles a canoe.

Use and to join the nouns. Leave out words that repeat and make subjects and verbs agree. The verb changes to paddle when the subject is plural:

  • Kim and Betsy paddle canoes.

A combined sentence has a complete subject and predicate.