1Genre: Expository Nonfiction Author’s Purpose: Inform Space Probesto the PlanetsGenre: Expository NonfictionAuthor’s Purpose: InformSkill: Text StructureBy: Fay RobinsonCompiled by Terry Sams, Piedmont
2SummaryHave you eve wondered what other planets are like? It is very difficult for people to visit the planets in our solar system: the planets are very far away, and people need special protection to live outside Earth's atmosphere. But space probes - spacecraft with no people on them - can visit other planets and find out lots of interesting information.
3Genre: Expository Nonfiction An expository writing is meant to inform the reader.It gives factual information about the real world and explains the nature of something.These are examples of expository writing:Tell what happened when . . . Write a report on . . . Explain how to . . . Describe how to for . . . Explain how to . . .
4Comprehension Skill: Text Structure Knowing how a piece of text is organized helps the reader to make better sense of the information. It can be organized by patterns such as sequencing, cause and effect, fact and opinion, compare and contrast, and main ideas and details.Nonfiction can also be written in chronological order, in order of importance, and by problem and solution.Can you tell how this week’s story is written?
5Comprehension Skill Review – Graphic Sources Authors sometimes include graphic sources to explain the information included in their writing.Examples of graphic sources can be maps, photographs, tables, and captions for the photographs.What are some of the graphic sources in the story this week?
6Vocabulary Skill Review : Unfamiliar Words When you read, you may come across a word you do not know.To figure out the meaning of the unfamiliar word, look for clues in the sentences or paragraph around it.A clue might be found in specific details or examples given near the unknown word.You can also use a dictionary to clarify word meanings.
7Research Skill – Take Notes/Record Findings Note taking helps in understanding and remembering information.We summarize and organize information using notes.Include only important details. Use key words, phrases, or short sentences in your own words.Read over your notes immediately after writing them to make sure you understand them.
8Weekly Fluency Check - Read with Appropriate Phrasing Students should read with appropriate phrasing, for example, taking breaths at appropriate times during long sentences.When reading long sentences, readers should remember to take a breath or pause when they come to a comma, dash, colon, or semicolon.It makes reading easier and smoother.Go to pages , beginning at the top of the page.
92. How is the text of this story organized? Review Pages1. How have we explored faraway planets? Why is it unsafe?2. How is the text of this story organized?3. Where have space probes visited?
10Review Pages4. What information have scientists learned about Mercury?5. What did scientists have to do in order to learn about Mercury?6. What evidence supports the theory that life has existed on Mars?
11Review Pages1. Why is Jupiter so unusual?2. What information have scientists discovered about Uranus?3. Why do scientists call a cloud on Neptune Scooter?
12Review Pages4. Why is so little information known about Pluto?5. What happens to the space probes when scientists are finished with them?
13Choose one the following and write about it: Writing AssignmentChoose one the following and write about it:Write an article to announce that a space probe has found an amazing thing on Venus. Don’t forget to answer the 5 Ws and H: who, what, where, when, why, and how.Write a paragraph that tells at least three ways Earth is different from Mars. Draw an illustration to support your ideas.
14Fun Stuff ABC Order Vocabulary Quiz Reading Comprehension Science SheetsReading Test
15More Fun Stuff Non-fiction Writing Great “Stuff” on Expository Writing Views of the Solar SystemGiggle Potz SpaceMagic School Bus SpaceAsk an Astronomer for KidsScott Foresman on PlanetsSpace Mission to Mars