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
Genre ? NONFICTION SCIENCE FICTION FOLKTALE AUTOBIOGRAPHY POETRY INFORMATIONAL TEXT BIOGRAPHY NONFICTION FANTASY REALISTIC FICTION MYSTERY
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.
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.
Learning Targets • INFORMATIONAL TEXT • PLURALS
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
Chalkboard SENTENCE 1 We need to hurry to see the debate. SENTENCE 2 The coffee belongs to Jenny. (Can you extend this sentence?)
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Wild or Tame? Wild Wild wild Wild Tame Wild neither
Wild or Tame? ??? Wild Wild Tame ??? Wild Wild & Tame Wild
Wild or Tame? WILD
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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!
Learning Targets • INFORMATIONAL TEXT • PLURALS
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