2 Pictures and Story by Simon James Simon James was born in Bristol, England, in When he was young, he drew comic strips for his school's magazine. He says all of his stories are connected to his childhood.He had fourteen different jobs before becoming an artist and writer. He managed a restaurant, he was a policeman, and he was a farmer!Simon James says he often failed the first time he tried things, but he kept trying and eventually succeeded.Now he lives in Devon, England, at a school where he helps children."I like to teach kids how to have fun making a mess and expressing something at the same time."
3 Genre: Informational Story An informational story gives facts about a topic through a story plot.Look for:Characters that tell facts.A plot with a beginning , a middle and an end.
5 details details - small bits of information This picture shows the details of the toy cash register.
6 disappointdisappoint - to make someone sad because something expected did not happenIt will disappoint Johnny if he does not have a bed time story read to him.
7 forcibly forcibly - strongly; by force Firefighters use axes so they can forcibly get into a burning house.
8 information Books have a lot of information. information - facts about a person, place or thingBooks have a lot of information.
9 oceansoceans - large bodies of salt water where whales and other animals liveThe lighthouse sits near the ocean.
10 stroke Dogs and cats love it when you stroke them. stroke - to rub something gentlyDogs and cats love it when you stroke them.
11 Vocabulary ReviewSay the words.Read the sentence.Fill in the blank.
12 How many ________ can you name? detailsinformationdisappointoceansforciblystroke
13 If you want more ___________, look in the dictionary. forciblystrokedisappointdetailsinformationoceans
14 The teacher said, “This story is very good, but I would like you to include more _______.” detailsdisappointforciblyoceansstrokeinformation
15 The burglar ________ entered through the window. oceansstrokeforciblydetailsinformationdisappoint
16 Can you imagine what it would feel like to __________ a whale? disappointInformationdetailsoceansforciblystroke
17 I didn’t mean to __________ Mom and Dad by throwing my football through the window. Informationstrokedisappointforciblyoceansdetails
18 Match the meaning to the word. oceans ___information ___Disappoint ___stroke ___Details ___forcibly ___small bits of informationB. to make someone sad because something expected did not happenC. strongly; by forceD. facts about a person, place, or thingE. large bodies of salt water where whales and other animals liveF. to rub something gentlyEDBFAC
19 WEBSITES Inferences Simon James Building Background Reading Skills Test TutorGo for Grammar Gold - More AdjectivesOther ActivitiesWhale ResearchWhale Pages to color onlineGraph Whale Size