Lesson 11: Reading Scientific Nonfiction

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common core: RI 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 4.7, 4.8, 4.9, 4.10; RF 4.4 a & b; SL 4.1; L 4.6

chart

a graphic organizer that uses columns and rows to organize information; a title and headings tell what the chart is about and what type of information it includes

diagram

a drawing with labels that shows the different parts of an object or how something works

make inferences

to use information in the text and your own knowledge to figure out things that aren't stated directly by the author

problem and solution

a text organization in which the information describes a problem and then discusses a solution or solutions

science vocabulary

words that have a specific meaning in a particular area of scientific study

scientific nonfiction

nonfiction text that provides factual information and explains scientific events, procedures, ideas, or concepts

sequence of events

the order in which events in a text happen

summarize

to restate the most important ideas or information in a passage in your own words

supporting details

the facts or other information an author includes to support a main idea

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