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					  I Love
Guinea Pigs
  Genre: Expository Nonfiction
  Author’s Purpose: Inform
  Skill: Text Structure
       Compiled by Terry Sams, Piedmont

  By: Dick King-Smith
              Summary
•    Guinea pigs aren't pigs, although the
    males are called boars and the females
    are called sows. These chubby rodents,
    originally from South America, make
    great pets. They live a long time (for
    rodents) and they're not fussy. They eat
    and "talk" a lot. And if you treat them
    well, they can become fond of you. Are
    they the perfect pet? Dick King-Smith,
    the author of I Love Guinea Pigs, sure
    thinks so!
Genre: Expository
   Nonfiction
     Nonfiction is writing that is
based on fact instead of on
imaginary events. It is a type of
literature that deals with real
people, events, and experiences. It
explains the nature of something, or
tells what something is like. It uses
definitions, examples, classifications,
and comparisons.
 Comprehension Skill -
    Text Structure
•Knowing how a piece of text is
organized helps the reader to make
better sense of the information
                             .


•Fiction is often organized in the
order things happen.
•Nonfiction can be organized by
patterns such as sequencing, cause
and effect, fact and opinion,
compare and contrast, and main
ideas and details.
Comprehension Skill – Review
     Fact and Opinion
 A fact is a true statement. Some
 facts never change. But some
 facts can change.

 A fact that can change: The food is hot

An opinion is a statement that
tells what someone thinks.
Opinions also can change.
 Practice Text Structure – Fact
        and Opinion TE 195b
     Facts          Opinions         Personal
                                    Experience
    Guinea are   Guinea pigs are   I’ve had
        pigs     such sensible     hundreds of
      rodents.   animals.          guinea pigs over
                                   the last 50
                                   yeas.

They have        They’re awfully   I used to give
special front    easy to keep,     my guinea pigs
teeth that are   because they      lots of others
great for        aren’t fussy.     kings of foods.
gnawing.
  Now you Practice – Fact and
        Opinion TE 195b
 Statement         Fact or    How Do You
                  Opinions?     Know?
They don’t like
the cold, of
course, or the
damp. . .
(p.187)

Guinea pigs
need plenty of
food. (p. 189)
Vocabulary Skill - Homographs
   • Homographs are words that are
     spelled the same and sound the same.
     They can be pronounced differently.
   • Examples –
   • read – read      record  present
   • sow – sow        record  present
   • Homophones (homonyms) are spelled
     differently but pronounced the same.
   • there – their – they’re
   • your – you’re
   • too – to - two
   Literary Device –
  Onomatopoeia TE 195i
• Words that imitate the sounds they
  describe are called onomatopoeia.
• Onomatopoeia makes meaning
  clearer.
• Onomatopoeia makes writing livelier
  and more interesting.
  Examples: Compare guinea pigs
  make noises with guinea pigs say
  putt, chut, and tweet.
Practice Onomatopoeia
                     Go to page 191 to
                     locate words that
                     imitate the sounds
                     guinea pigs make.




       Sounds That
         Guinea
        Pigs Make
   Research Skills –
  Charts/Tables TE 195j
• When doing research you may
  find information in charts or
  tables.
• Charts and tables show
  information “at-a-glance” rather
  than with words.
• Charts organize information in a
  way that is easy to follow.
• A table is a kind of chart that
  presents information in rows and
  columns.
      Weekly Fluency Check
• Go to pages 188-189 “I once had a . . .”
                    or
• Go to page 191, “Another nice. . .”

 Read with Accuracy – Use your
 knowledge of word structure to
 pronounce words correctly.
 The word cauliflower can be broken
 down into 4 parts and sounded out. Look
 for and decode any difficult or many
 syllabled words in the passage as you
 read.
 (The teacher will listen to you read.)
          Review
1.How are guinea pigs and
  pigs alike and different?
2.What does the author
  think about guinea pigs?
3.How does the author
  know so much about
  guinea pigs?
           Review 2
1. What does an owner need to do
   to make his guinea pig friendly
   and tame?
2. What does the author want you
   to remember the most about
   guinea pigs?
3. Why will the author never
   forget King Arthur and Beach
   Boy?
    Writing Assignment
   Write a paragraph
explaining what you have
learned about guinea pigs
from this selection. Be sure to
proofread for correct spelling,
punctuation, and grammar.
You may use the information
on the table on Workbook
p. 79-80 for information.
 More Good Stuff
• Interesting Facts
• More About Guinea Pigs
• Guinea Pigs
• Reading Test
• Spelling Test
• ABC Spelling Words
Say It!
  • boars
   • fond
•gnawing
   •sow
•varieties
More Words to Know
     ancestors
        cavy
    conversation
     guinea pig
      rodents
      fond
•loving and liking
      boars
•male pigs or hogs
     gnawing
•biting
 and
 wearing
 away
     varieties
•different kinds,
 types, or sorts
        sow
•a fully grown
 female pig
     ancestors
•persons from whom one
 is directly descended
   conversation
•friendly
 talk
       cavy
•any of the family of
 South American
 rodents
      guinea pig
•a small, fat
 animal with
 short ears and a
 short tail or no
 tail
     rodents
•any of a group of
 animals with
 large front teeth
 used for gnawing
The dog was gnawing
on the shoe.
The dog was gnawing
on the shoe.
There are so many
varieties of guinea pigs
to choose from.
There are so many
varieties of guinea pigs
to choose from.
These rodents are from
the cavy from South
America.
These rodents are from
the cavy from South
America.
The guinea pig males
are called bears.
The guinea pig males
are called boars.
The ancestors of the
guinea pig came from
Dutch Guiana many
years ago.
The ancestors of the
guinea pig came from
Dutch Guiana many
years ago.
Rats and mice are also
rodents.
Rats and mice are also
rodents.
The guinea pigs like for
you to have a friendly
conversation with them.
The guinea pigs like for
you to have a friendly
conversation with them.
A sow can have babies
several times a year.
A sow can have babies
several times a year.
Have you ever had a
guinea pig for a pet?
Have you ever had a
guinea pig for a pet?
Terry is fond of her
guinea pig.
Terry is fond of her
guinea pig.
     Spelling Words
    Compound Words

•baseball     •classroom
•basketball   •anyway
•upstairs     •newspaper
•myself       •something
•highway      •sometimes
     Spelling Words
    Compound Words

•chalkboard   •softball
•earrings     •weekend
•nighttime    •classmate
•motorcycle   •doorbell
•downstairs   •driveway
This Week’s Word Wall Words


    Click and type your own
    words for this week:
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.
baseball
basketball
upstairs
myself
highway
classroom
anyway
newspaper
something
sometimes
chalkboard
earrings
nighttime
motorcycle
downstairs
softball
weekend
classmate
doorbell
driveway
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 JOB!

				
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