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Name ______________________________

Comets and Meteors

Visitors From Space

By Jeanne Bendick

Illustrated by David Schleinkofer



Author’s Purpose

inform persuade entertain

Comets and Meteors
  • Visitors From Space
  • Focus Skills:
  • To use book parts to locate information and find answers to questions in text.
  • To read and understand a nonfiction selection.
  • Genre
  • Expository Nonfiction: explains information and ideas
  • Summary
  • We see comets when the Sun’s gravity pulls them past Earth. Comets may look like bright, fuzzy balls or long-haired stars, but they are really made of rock, dust, and ice.
  • Reading Strategy
  • Use Text Structure and Format
  • Good readers are active readers and they pay attention to how an author has organized information in a selection. Many nonfiction selections include headings and captions. Major ideas are organized under headings, and captions give information about illustrations or photographs.


Ideas About Comets



How are comets' orbits different from planets' orbits? How are they alike?



Draw a picture of a comet.

Think and Respond
  • How are comets different from planets?
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  • What is the purpose of the words in red letters at the tops of some pages?
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  • What effect does the solar wind have on comets?
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  • If you could talk with the author, what question would you ask her? Why would you ask this question?
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Use the graphic organizer to answer the following questions. Highlight the answers on the organizer.
  • What is the main purpose of this selection?
  • Why is this selection most like an informational book?
  • What does a comet look like in the sky?
  • Why did people who lived long ago think a comet was a warning of something bad?
  • What can the gas in the comet’s coma be compared to?
  • What are scientists who study the planets and stars called?
  • Where do scientists think a huge cloud of comets might be?
  • What do you call the force that connects the solar system to the sun called?
  • What is the name for the “flying rocks” in our solar system?
  • What does a comet start out as?
  • What are the tails of comets made of?
  • What is the name for the orbits that comets take around the sun?
  • What is one thing that makes a comet glow?
  • What is a comet tail?