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  1. The Mystery of Saint Matthew Island Family Times Daily Questions Prior Knowledge Main Ideas Vocabulary Endings Predictions Guided Comprehension Sequence Foreshadowing Independent Readers Get the Lead Out Additional Resources

  2. Genre: Case Study Vocabulary Strategy: Word Structure Comprehension Skill: Main Idea Comprehension Strategy: Text Structure

  3. Question of the Week What unexpected effects can humans have on nature? Daily Questions What skills and resources will Dr. Klein need to solve the mystery? What role or responsibility did humans have in the death of the reindeer herd on Saint Matthew Island? What long-term effects might Katie’s experiment with lead have on the environment?

  4. Activate Prior Knowledge How Investigators Solve Mysteries K W L Investigators think about what they already know. Investigators collect evidence or data. How do they know if the information they have already is correct? How much evidence do they need?

  5. Main Idea and Details The main idea of a selection is the most important idea about the topic of that selection. Sometimes the author states the main idea in a single sentence. When the author does not state the main idea, the reader must figure it out. Active readers ask, “What is this selection all about?” To check your main idea, ask, “Does it cover all the important details?” Main Idea Detail Detail Detail

  6. Text Structure Text structure is the way a writer organizes a selection. For example, the piece may describe events in a start-to-finish sequence, or may use a cause-and-effect pattern or a series of main ideas and details. Active readers use text structure to help them understand the selection’s main idea. As you read, look for text structure.

  7. Write • Read “Works of Art or Works of Aliens?” Make a graphic organizer to record the main idea and details. • Use your graphic organizer to write a short summary of the selection.

  8. Vocabulary List Bleached Carcasses Decay Parasites Scrawny Starvation Suspicions Tundra Introduce Vocabulary Write a sentence for each word based on what they think it means. Underline the word in each sentence. Look up each word in the glossary to verify that they were correct. If not, write a new sentence using the correct meaning.

  9. Bleached Whitened by exposure to sunlight or the use of chemicals.

  10. Carcasses Bodies of dead animals

  11. Decay Process of rotting

  12. Parasites Living things that live on or in others, from which they get food, often harming the others in the process.

  13. Scrawny Having little flesh; lean; thin; skinny

  14. Starvation Suffering from extreme hunger

  15. Suspicions Beliefs; feelings; thoughts

  16. Tundra A vast, treeless plain in arctic regions

  17. More Words to Know Absence: Condition of being without; lack Die-off: To die one after another until all are dead Nutritious: Valuable as food; nourishing

  18. Practice Lesson Vocabulary: Respond to each questions: A bleached blue shirt is what color? Why are parasites dangerous for animals? What does it mean if a pumpkin starts to decay? What causes starvation? How does a scrawny cat look? Why don’t trees grow in the tundra?

  19. Vocabulary Strategy • Endings: -s, -es • An ending is a letter or letters added to the end of a base word that changes how the word is used. For example, the endings –s and –es make singular nouns plural. Recognizing an ending may help you figure out a word’s meaning. • Look at the unknown word to see if it has a base word you know. • Check to see if the ending-s or –es has been added. • Ask yourself how the ending changes the meaning of the base word. • See if the meaning makes sense in the sentence. • As you read “Cleanup by Mother Nature,” look for words with the ending –s or –es. Use the endings to help you figure out the meanings of the words.

  20. Genre: Case Study In case studies, investigators detail how they found answers to difficult questions or solutions to difficult problems. As you read, notice how scientists go about solving a mystery.

  21. Why did all the reindeer die?

  22. Preview and Predict Look at the title, illustrations, and photos and predict the mystery they think this selection will discuss. Use your vocabulary words as you talk about what you expect to find out.

  23. Guided Comprehension What is the main idea of the first tow paragraphs on p. 660? Find details in the text to support the main idea of paragraph 3, that because St. Matthew Island is difficult to reach, it took Dr. Klein over a year to get there. What conclusions can you draw about Dr. Klein and the other investigators? Support your conclusions with details from the text. Identify the base word and ending of the word carcasses on p.662 and identify its meaning. How does this selection remind you of “Jane Goodall’s 10 Ways to Help Save Wildlife”? How is it different? Why did the illustrator use a cut-away of a reindeer bone on pp. 664-554? Dr. Klein studied the reindeer bones and believed the animals had starved to death. What event took place before this discovery that lead him to conclusion? Why do authors use line graphs like the one on p. 666? How has Dr. Klein’s work contributed to our understanding of the natural world?

  24. Sequence To better understand sequence they should think about the order in which the events occurred. “First I read that Dr. Klein studied the bones and concluded the herd had starved to death. Then it says that three years earlier when he visited the island he had noticed the plants looked overgrazed. This was the first clue to solving the mystery of why the reindeer died.” Create a time line summarizing the events in the selection so far, focusing on events between 1963 and 1966.

  25. Foreshadowing Hints and clues abut what will happen later in a work of fiction or nonfiction are called foreshadowing. Foreshadowing can create suspense or curiosity. Foreshadowing can b e useful in making predictions. Reread the first sentence on p. 660. Point out that the clause “the future of the herd seemed bright” foreshadows what happens later. Discuss the first sentence on p. 660, paragraph 2: “Then something went terribly wrong.” Ask students why they think the author wrote this sentence.

  26. SUMMARY This book discusses the kudzu plant’s introduction to America. The kudzu plant grew so rapidly that it took over a large amount of land, ruining crops and even pulling down farmhouses. It was almost impossible to kill. It also had benefits, like serving as a healthy food for animals. COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS PAGE 6 What is the main idea of the first paragraph on this page? PAGE 6 What details support the main idea of the first paragraph on this page? PAGE 10 What effects has the kudzu plant had on plants and animals in the forest habitat? PAGES 14–17 If you were a southern farmer, which way would you choose to destroy kudzu on your farm? Why?

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  29. Genre: Narrative Nonfiction Narrative nonfiction tells the story of an event or a series of events. Narrative nonfiction may be written by the person who lived the event or by another person who reports it. Text Features Narrative nonfiction usually deals with things in time order, from start to finish. Narrative nonfiction may include sidebars. Sidebars are like mini-articles within an article. These chunks of text are presented separately, usually in a column along the outside of the page.

  30. Why does the author include a sidebar? What special information is in the sidebar? How has the author organized her writing? What main ideas become the summary of this article?

  31. Additional Resources