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									Komodo Dragons
  Genre: Expository Nonfiction
   Author’s Purpose - Inform
  Reading Skill: Context Clues

             Compiled by Terry Sams, Piedmont

             By: Thane Maynard
Summary
Even though Komodo dragons don't fly or
breathe fire, they do look like little
dragons. These reptiles - the largest
lizards in the world - live in the Komodo
Island area of Indonesia. The adult
dragons can grow to be more than 10 feet
long and can weigh a much as 250
pounds. They are strong enough to kill a
water buffalo, which can weigh more than
1,000 pounds!
    Genre: Expository
       Nonfiction
 Expository Nonfiction is fiction
  that gives factual information about
  the real world.
 It explains the nature of something,
  or tells what something is like.
 It uses methods of expository
  nonfiction such as definition,
  comparison and contrast, example,
  and classification.
     Comprehension Skill –
        Context Clues
•When you see unfamiliar words, use
context clues, or words around the
unfamiliar word, to figure out its
meaning.
•The context may give a definition or
an explanation.
 Example: Animals that eat other animals are
             called predators
Sometimes a synonym is used as a
context clue.
 Example: Komodo dragons are carnivores, or meat-
                    eaters.
 Practice Context Clues TE 231a
   Go to page 222 and reread the first paragraph.

Unfamiliar Word Context Clue        Type of Clue
scales           rough, bumpy,      description
                 look like armor
predators        animals that eat   definition
                 other animals
forked           y-shaped           description
 Comprehension Review –
  Main Idea and Details
 The topic is the thing the author is
  writing about. The most important thing
  about this topic is called the main idea.
 Some main ideas can be found in the
  first sentence or paragraph.
 Sometimes the author does not state
  the main idea, and you have to infer,
  or figure out for yourself this main idea.
Research Skill - Encyclopedia
  An encyclopedia gives general information
   about many different subjects.
  Encyclopedias are organized in a set of
   volumes, or books, usually in ABC order.
  An entry is an encyclopedia article. They are
   listed in ABC order also.
  An entry word is the word or phrase that begins
   each entry and tells its subject.
  A key word identifies the information you are
   trying to find.
     Weekly Fluency Check -
     Read with Attention to
          Punctuation
 Students should read with attention to
  punctuation, for example, using punctuation
  to help you read nonfiction. Both passages
  begin with questions which are answered in
  the body of the paragraph that follows.
  Encourage students to read with attention to
  how punctuation improves reading ease.
 Go to pages 220, beginning at the top of the
  page.
Review Questions
1. Where do Komodo dragons
   live, and what is the climate
   like?
2. Describe a Komodo dragon.
3. Why do they stick out their
   tongue?
Review Questions
1. Why is the tongue “forked”?
2. Describe how baby Komodo
   dragons are born.
3. Why do Komodo dragons
   swish their tails back and
   forth?
Main Idea

  On a clean sheet of paper,
   list the main ideas from this
   story about Komodo
   dragons.
Writing Assignment
   Write a paragraph telling
what you have learned about
Komodo dragons. Use any
new words you have learned.
Compare the lizards with
other reptiles.
More Good Stuff
 Komodo Dragons and their Island
 Spelling Hang Man
 Vocabulary Matching
 Internet Workshop
 Context Clues Practice
 Reading Test
 Spelling Test
Say It!
armor    lizards
fierce   prey
harshest reptiles
roam
More Words to Know
 cold-blooded
    monitor
   predator
armor
 covering worn to
protect the body in
fighting
fierce
savage; wild
harshest
 roughest to the touch, taste,
  eye, or ear; most difficult
         lizards
 reptiles somewhat
  like snakes but
  with four legs and
  thicker bodies ;
  cold-blooded
  animals with
  backbones and
  lungs
         prey
 an animal hunted or seized
  for food
reptiles
 one group of cold-blooded
  animals with backbones
  and lungs
roam
wander
cold-blooded
 having blood that is about
  the same temperature as
  the air or water around the
  animal
     monitor
any of a family of
 large carnivorous
 lizards
    predator
an animal that lives by
 killing and eating other
 animals
The man put on the
armor.
The man put on the
armor.
The owl is an
example of a
predator.
The owl is an
example of a
predator.
The komodo
dragon is
considered a
monitor.
The komodo
dragon is
considered a
monitor.
The dog is a
fierce animal.
The dog is a
fierce animal.
The desert is the
harshest place to
survive.
The desert is the
harshest place to
survive
Is the Komodo Dragon
a cold-blooded animal?
Is the Komodo Dragon
a cold-blooded animal?
I saw lizards in my
friends house.
I saw lizards in my
friend’s house.
The dog ate its
prey.
The dog ate its
prey.
Those lizards
roam around the
island.
Those lizards
roam around the
island.
Are snakes
reptiles or
amphibians?
Are snakes
reptiles or
amphibians?
 Spelling Words – Vowels
          with r
storm      pour
morning    fourteen
forest     court
Florida    fourth
form       course
 Spelling Words – Vowels
          with r
serve      serve
herself    herself
certain    certain
nerve      nerve
perfect    perfect
This Week’s Word Wall Words


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words for this week:
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will flash on the screen for just
a moment. We will clap as we
spell the word.
storm
morning
forest
Florida
form
pour
herself
fourteen
nerve
perfect
dirty
court
fourth
course
skirt
serve
certain
first
girlfriend
thirsty
GREAT
JOB!

								
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