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I Love Guinea Pigs. Genre: Expository Nonfiction Author’s Purpose: Inform Skill: Text Structure. By: Dick King-Smith. Compiled by Terry Sams , Piedmont. Summary.

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i love guinea pigs

I Love Guinea Pigs

Genre: Expository Nonfiction

Author’s Purpose: Inform

Skill: Text Structure

By: Dick King-Smith

Compiled by Terry Sams, Piedmont

  •   Guinea pigs aren't pigs, although the males are called boars and the females are called sows.  These chubby rodents, originally from South America, make great pets.  They live a long time (for rodents) and they're not fussy.  They eat and "talk" a lot.  And if you treat them well, they can become fond of you.  Are they the perfect pet?  Dick King-Smith, the author of I Love Guinea Pigs, sure thinks so!
genre expository nonfiction
Genre: Expository Nonfiction

Nonfiction is writing that is based on fact instead of on imaginary events. It is a type of literature that deals with real people, events, and experiences. It explains the nature of something, or tells what something is like. It uses definitions, examples, classifications, and comparisons.

comprehension skill text structure
Comprehension Skill - Text Structure
  • Knowing how a piece of text is organized helps the reader to make better sense of the information.
  • Fiction is often organized in the order things happen.
  • Nonfiction can be organized by patterns such as sequencing, cause and effect, fact and opinion, compare and contrast, and main ideas and details.

Comprehension Skill – Review Fact and Opinion

A fact is a true statement. Some facts never change. But some facts can change.

A fact that can change: The food is hot

An opinion is a statement that tells what someone thinks. Opinions also canchange.

vocabulary skill homographs
Vocabulary Skill - Homographs
  • Homographs are words that are spelled the same and sound the same. They can be pronounced differently.
  • Examples –
  • read – read record present
  • sow – sow record present
  • Homophones (homonyms) are spelled differently but pronounced the same.
  • there – their – they’re
  • your – you’re
  • too – to - two
literary device onomatopoeia te 195i
Literary Device – OnomatopoeiaTE 195i
  • Words that imitate the sounds they describe are called onomatopoeia.
  • Onomatopoeia makes meaning clearer.
  • Onomatopoeia makes writing livelier and more interesting.

Examples: Compare guinea pigs make noises with guinea pigs say putt, chut, and tweet.

practice onomatopoeia
Practice Onomatopoeia

Go to page 191 to locate words that imitate the sounds guinea pigs make.

research skills charts tables te 195j
Research Skills – Charts/Tables TE 195j
  • When doing research you may find information in charts or tables.
  • Charts and tables show information “at-a-glance” rather than with words.
  • Charts organize information in a way that is easy to follow.
  • A table is a kind of chart that presents information in rows and columns.
weekly fluency check
Weekly Fluency Check
  • Go to pages 188-189 “I once had a . . .”


  • Go to page 191, “Another nice. . .”

Read with Accuracy – Use your knowledge of word structure to pronounce words correctly.

The word cauliflower can be broken down into 4 parts and sounded out. Look for and decode any difficult or many syllabled words in the passage as you read.

(The teacher will listen to you read.)

  • How are guinea pigs and pigs alike and different?
  • What does the author think about guinea pigs?
  • How does the author know so much about guinea pigs?
review 2
Review 2
  • What does an owner need to do to make his guinea pig friendly and tame?
  • What does the author want you to remember the most about guinea pigs?
  • Why will the author never forget King Arthur and Beach Boy?
writing assignment
Writing Assignment

Write a paragraph explaining what you have learned about guinea pigs from this selection. Be sure to proofread for correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar. You may use the information on the table on Workbook p. 79-80 for information.

more good stuff
More Good Stuff
  • Interesting Facts
  • More About Guinea Pigs
  • Guinea Pigs
  • Reading Test
  • Spelling Test
  • ABC Spelling Words
say it
Say It!
  • boars
  • fond
  • gnawing
  • sow
  • varieties
more words to know
More Words to Know




guinea pig


  • loving and liking
  • male pigs or hogs
  • biting and wearing away
  • different kinds, types, or sorts
  • a fully grown female pig
  • persons from whom one is directly descended
  • friendly talk
  • any of the family of South American rodents
guinea pig
guinea pig
  • a small, fat animal with short ears and a short tail or no tail
  • any of a group of animals with large front teeth used for gnawing
spelling words compound words
Spelling WordsCompound Words
  • classroom
  • anyway
  • newspaper
  • something
  • sometimes
  • baseball
  • basketball
  • upstairs
  • myself
  • highway
spelling words compound words50
Spelling WordsCompound Words
  • softball
  • weekend
  • classmate
  • doorbell
  • driveway
  • chalkboard
  • earrings
  • nighttime
  • motorcycle
  • downstairs

This Week’s Word Wall Words

Click and type your own words for this week:

Let’s review our words. Watch carefullybecause they will flash on the screen for just a moment. We will clap as we spell the word.