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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.
to the Planets
Genre: Expository Nonfiction
Author’s Purpose: Inform
Skill: Text Structure
By: Fay Robinson
Compiled by Terry Sams, Piedmont
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.
Tell what happened when . . .
Write a report on . . .
Explain how to . . .
Describe how to for . . . Explain how to . . .
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?
Go to pages 540-541, beginning at the top of the page.
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?
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?
1. Why is Jupiter so unusual?
2. What information have scientists discovered about Uranus?
3. Why do scientists call a cloud on Neptune Scooter?
4. Why is so little information known about Pluto?
5. What happens to the space probes when scientists are finished with them?
Choose one the following and write about it:
a vehicle used for flight in outer space
the air that surrounds the earth
spacecraft carrying scientific recording instruments
holes in the ground shaped like bowls
masses of stone or metal that have reached the earth from
the sun and all the planets and comets that revolve around it
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.