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Space Probes

to the Planets

Genre: Expository Nonfiction

Author’s Purpose: Inform

Skill: Text Structure

By: Fay Robinson

Compiled by Terry Sams, Piedmont

summary
Summary

Have 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.

genre expository nonfiction
Genre: 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 . . .

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. 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?

comprehension skill review graphic sources
Comprehension 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?
vocabulary skill review unfamiliar words
Vocabulary 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.
research skill take notes record findings
Research 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.
weekly fluency check read with appropriate phrasing
Weekly 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 540-541, beginning at the top of the page.

review pages 534 541
Review Pages 534-541

1. 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?

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Review Pages 534-541

4. 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?

review pages 541 549
Review Pages 541-549

1. Why is Jupiter so unusual?

2. What information have scientists discovered about Uranus?

3. Why do scientists call a cloud on Neptune Scooter?

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Review Pages 541-549

4. Why is so little information known about Pluto?

5. What happens to the space probes when scientists are finished with them?

writing assignment
Writing Assignment

Choose 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.
fun stuff
Fun Stuff
  • ABC Order
  • Vocabulary Quiz
  • Reading Comprehension Science Sheets
  • Reading Test
more fun stuff
More Fun Stuff
  • Non-fiction Writing
  • Great “Stuff” on Expository Writing
  • Views of the Solar System
  • Giggle Potz Space
  • Magic School Bus Space
  • Ask an Astronomer for Kids
  • Scott Foresman on Planets
  • Space Mission to Mars
say it
Say It!

craters

incredible

probes

spacecraft

atmosphere

more words to know
More Words to Know

asteroids

hazy

meteoroids

meteorites

solar system

spacecraft

spacecraft

a vehicle used for flight in outer space

atmosphere

atmosphere

the air that surrounds the earth

probes

probes

spacecraft carrying scientific recording instruments

incredible

incredible

amazing

craters

craters

holes in the ground shaped like bowls

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asteroids

  • any of the thousands of small planetary bodies that revolve around the sun
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hazy

unclear; clouded

meteorites

meteorites

masses of stone or metal that have reached the earth from

outer space

meteoroids

meteoroids

fallen

meteors

solar system

solar system

the sun and all the planets and comets that revolve around it

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The earth is the

third planet from the sun in our solar system.

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The earth is the

third planet from the sun in our solar system.

spelling words using just enough letters
Spelling WordsUsing Just Enough Letters
  • feelings
  • lazy
  • crazy
  • eleven
  • missed
  • hotel
  • washed
  • ugly
  • a lot
  • hamster
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Spelling WordsUsing Just Enough Letters
  • father
  • want
  • during
  • until
  • wasn’t
  • upon
  • didn’t
  • almost
  • always
  • coming
word wall words
Word Wall Words
  • Click and add your own word wall words.
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Let’s review our words. Watch carefully because they will flash on the screen for just a moment. We will clap as we spell the word.