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    Reading Edition
     This page will help you stay informed about the various reading skills we will be learning this year.  
     Reading Term: 
    This tells what type of story we are reading.  We will be reading several types of genres throughout the year.  Check the chart to see what each is. 
    has characters, a setting, and a plot
    -a plot with a beginning, a middle, and an end
    -story events that happen in order
    -pictures that help tell the story
    Realistic Fiction
    a story that is not real, but has events and characters that could be like the real world
    -characters that do things real people do
    -characters that have feelings real people have
    -a setting that could be a real place
    -events that could really happen
    a story that takes place in a make-believe world and has events that can not happen in real life
    -characters and events that would not happen in real life
    -a setting that may be different from the real world
    -animals that do things that real animals can not do
    gives facts and information about a topic
    -words and photographs give important information about the topic
    a story that can be acted out
    -scenes with different settings
    -a plot divided into scenes
    -words that tell the characters' actions and feelings
    Main Idea
    The main idea is what is most important in a story.  Each sentence should help support the main idea.  Sometimes the main idea is the first sentence of the story.  Sometimes it may be the last.  At other times, the author may give you information to help you figure out the main idea.  Always be sure to read carefully and ask yourself: 
    What is the whole story about?  Does each sentence tell about the "whole"? 
    Think of the main idea as a table.  The main idea is the "top" of the table.  The other sentences are the supporting details, or "legs" of the table.  The details will help support the table.  They must tell about the main idea.  If they do not, they will not support it.
     Reading Skill: 
    The setting tells where and when a story takes place.  Look for picture and word clues in the story to help you determine the setting.
    Reading Skill: 
    Cause and Effect
    *The cause tells WHY something happened
    *The effect tells WHAT happened
    Ask yourself some questions to help determine cause and effect relationships.  Practice this skill:
    The mouse ran into the hole, because the cat was chasing it.
    Why did the mouse run into the hole?  The cat was chasing it.  This is the cause.
    What happened because the cat was chasing the mouse?  The mouse ran into the hole.  This is the effect.
    Reading Skill: 
    Making Inferences
    To make an inference, use story clues and what you already know to help figure out what the author doesn't tell you.
    EX:  Marissa was at the pet store trying to decide what type of animal to buy.  She knew she wanted something small that could be kept in a cage.  As she was walking around she kept coming back to the aisle with the wheels and tunnels.  She finally made up her mind.  She went to tell her mom what kind of pet she wanted.  What type of pet did Marissa choose?
    Did you say hamster?  What clues from the story helped you?  What do you already know about hamsters?
    Reading Skill: 
    Fact and Fiction
    Facts are details that are true and tell about things.
    Fiction is made up.  Things can happen in fiction that can not happen in real life.
    See if you can determine what is fact and fiction below:
    Female emperor penguins lay eggs in May or June which is the beginning of winter in Antartica.
    Penguins are the coolest animals on the planet.
    Male Emperor penguins take care of the eggs for two months.
    Penguins only live in Antartica.
    Reading Skill:
    Antonyms are words that have opposite meanings.
    Reading Skill: Homo...what?
    Homophones, Homonyms, and Homographs can be VERY confusing to most people.  The three are used incorrectly so much that most people don't even know there is a difference between them.  So...here's the lowdown.
    Reading Skill: 
    Multiple-Meaning Words/ Homonyms
    **Multiple-Meaning Words are also known as Homonyms**
    A multiple-meaning word is a word that has more than one meaning.
    You need to read/ listen to the sentence and how the word is used to determine the meaning.
    EX:  PLAY
    I want to play with my friends at the park.
    -Play means to go and have fun
    Will you go and watch the play with me?
    -Play means a show with separate acts.
    *Many words can be used as nouns and verbs which make them multiple-meaning words*
    Common Multiple-Meaning Words
    1-things you wear on your face that are used to see
    2-things you drink liquids out of
    1-small nocturnal animal
    2-wooden or metal stick used to hit balls
    3-take a turn at hitting a ball
    1-glass or plastic container used to hold liquids
    2-person who throws the ball to batters in baseball
    1-small wooden branch from a tree
    2-make something adhere to something else--like glue
    1-playground equipment that you go down
    2-baseball move where you try to tag the base with your feet first
    1-liquid mixture used to make cakes, brownies, cookies, etc
    2-person who is taking a turn at hitting the ball in baseball
    1-musical term for a sound that is made
    2-to throw the ball for someone to hit
    How many other multiple-meaning words (homonyms)
    can you think of?
    Reading Skill: 
    Homophones are words that sound alike but have different spellings and meanings.  You have to listen to how the word is used to determine the correct spelling.
    EX:  SEA/ SEE
    I will ride in a boat over the sea.
    -sea means a body of water
    I see a tall ship in the distance.
    -see means to look or spot something with your eyes
    Common Homophones
    -the number
    -the animal
    -a name/ greeting for someone you care about
    -a letter or to send something
    - a boy or man
    -the star in the sky that provides light and heat
    -a male child
    -nothing on it
    -a big animal
    -a time when it is dark outside
    -a midevil soldier
    Reading Skill: 
    Homographs are words that are spelled the same, but have different pronunciations and different meanings.
    Examples:  record/ record
    Do you want to listen to the record?
    -record means something that music is on (yes, these are just about obsolete now)
    If you sing, I will record it on tape.
    -to tape someone's voice

Last Modified on September 19, 2009