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City Critters. City Critters. By Richard Chevat. Genre ?. NONFICTION. SCIENCE FICTION. FOLKTALE. AUTOBIOGRAPHY. POETRY. INFORMATIONAL TEXT. BIOGRAPHY. NONFICTION. FANTASY. REALISTIC FICTION. MYSTERY. What is INFORMATIONAL TEXT?

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City Critters

City Critters

By Richard Chevat


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Genre ?

NONFICTION

SCIENCE FICTION

FOLKTALE

AUTOBIOGRAPHY

POETRY

INFORMATIONAL TEXT

BIOGRAPHY

NONFICTION

FANTASY

REALISTIC FICTION

MYSTERY


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  • What is INFORMATIONAL TEXT?

  • Informational text is a type of nonfiction writing that contains

  • facts and information about a topic. Informational text:

  • always reports facts, realistic ideas, or real events.

  • may have headings that divide the article into sections.

  • may repeat exactly (in quotation marks) what an expert

  • said.

  • may have photographs with captions.

  • may tell the meaning of words.


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About the Author

Richard Chevat loved to read and make up stories of his own as a child in New York City. Today he lives in New Jersey with

his wife, two children, and pet bird

Madonna. He writes at home while his

children are at school and his wife is at work. “I play the guitar; I like to cook, and

spend a lot of time with my kids,” says

Mr. Chevat.


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Learning Targets

  • INFORMATIONAL TEXT

  • PLURALS


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Chalkboard

BLENDING ONE

(Look for long e spelled: e, ee, __y)

LINE 1

he be belong tree decent

LINE 2

see street flee fleece indeed

LINE 3

every delivery balcony history

LINE 4

grizzly green very any

(Do you see any adjectives? What other long e adjectives can you think of?)

began depend even city

chimneys

LINE 5


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Chalkboard

SENTENCE 1

We need to hurry to see the debate.

SENTENCE 2

The coffee belongs to Jenny.

(Can you extend this sentence?)


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Chalkboard

BLENDING TWO

( Look for long e spelled: e__e, ea, __ie)

LINE 1

here these theme complete precede

LINE 2

near eagle gleam reason breathe

LINE 3

chief achieve believe species yield

LINE 4

easy easily misery plasma desert

deer cities wolves geese

(Which words are irregular plurals? What is the singular form? What is my teacher talking about??????????????)

LINE 5

LINE 6

study studies studying studied


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Chalkboard

SENTENCE 1

I see a field of daisies in my dreams.

(Tell me about the underlined words.)

SENTENCE 2

Pete’s fear is the chief reason for his misery.

(Tell me about the underlined words.)

SENTENCE 3

You don’t have to be a scientist to study

wildlife in cities or towns.


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Vocabulary

Vocabulary

  • bi-ol-o-gist / biologist: person who studies people,

  • other animals, or plants live and grow

Mr. Smith is a biologist, a person who studies people, other animals, or how plants live and grow.

  • lab-o-ra-to-ries / laboratories: places where science studies

  • and experiments are done

Many scientists work in laboratories, buildings especially

equipped to do experiments.

  • mi-grat-ing / migrating: moving from one place to another,

  • usually when the seasons change.

Migrating geese fly south when the weather turns cold.


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Vocabulary

Vocabulary

  • ob-ser-va-tion / observation: watching and looking, being

  • careful to notice details

It takes careful observation to spot a grasshopper

on a leaf.

  • sky-scrap-er / skyscraper: very tall building found in the city

The flags on the top of the skyscraper waved in the wind.

  • ur-ban / urban: having to do with the city or city life

There are many large farms in the countryside, but not in

the urban areas.


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Prior Knowledge

  • Think of

  • animals (that are not pets) that you

  • already

  • know about

  • that live in

  • cities or towns.

  • Remember

  • that animals

  • include birds, birds, fish,

  • mammals,

  • and insects.

Prior knowledge is information

you already

know that

will help you

understand

the story

better.


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Background Information

  • Remember that a wild animal is an animal that does not depend on humans for food.

  • While large books are divided into sections called chapters, the stories or

    selections in a magazine are called articles.

  • The title of the story is City Critters. What is a critter?


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Selection Summary

You may not think of the city as a place where wild animals would want to live, but some creatures actually

thrive on high-rise (What is a high-rise?) living. Others live in urban habitats, like zoos, created especially for them by

human beings.

In this selection, the author tells about some of the animals found in the city and the unusual places these “critters” call home.



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Wild or Tame?

Wild

Wild

wild

Wild

Tame

Wild

neither


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Wild or Tame?

???

Wild

Wild

Tame

???

Wild

Wild

&

Tame

Wild




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E

X

T

E

N

D

E

D

A

C

T

I

V

I

T

I

E

S


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Questions

Answer these questions in your small group:

1. Explain two ways that the heading Do It Yourself helps you to

understand the selection. Include information from the

selection in your answer.

2. Tell two ways the peregrine falcon and the raccoon are alike?

3. Tell two ways they are different.

MAY DO: When finished do Reader’s Workshop!


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Learning Targets

  • INFORMATIONAL TEXT

  • PLURALS


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Vocabulary Quiz

  • migrating A city life, having to do with the

  • city

    • biologist B very tall building found in the city

  • laboratories C watching and looking

  • observation D moving from one place to another, usually when the seasonchange

  • skyscraper E places where scientist work

  • urban F person who studies how people,

  • plants, or animals live and grow

  • D

  • F

  • E

  • C

  • B

  • A





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