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Ch 5: 4th Grade English: Reading Informational Texts

About This Chapter

These lessons on reading informational texts can help you teach your 4th graders how to extract information from written material. You can incorporate the lessons into your regular instruction, supplement your students' textbook, or assign them as homework.

4th Grade English: Reading Informational Texts - Chapter Summary

These lessons help you enhance the ability of your 4th grade students to read and understand informational texts. You'll find bite-sized, kid-friendly lessons that can help you show your students how to identify the main idea in a passage and explain the information in a text. Students can also see how authors use facts to support their conclusions.

Learning becomes easy and fun using these entertaining lessons. Engaging writing, easy-to-understand information, and logical presentation make them an ideal tool for you to use inside or outside of the classroom. The short duration of the lessons keeps your students interested, while the readily-accessible online format enables you to implement this study guide at your convenience. Each lesson is accompanied by a brief quiz, so you can check for retention and understanding, while the chapter test lets you monitor your students' overall mastery of the material.

Chapter Topics

  • Finding the main idea
  • Gathering and giving explanations of information from written materials
  • Recognizing text structures
  • Differentiating between firsthand and secondhand information
  • Understanding oral, quantitative and visual information
  • Describing how authors use evidence and reasoning
  • Combining data from more than one text on one subject

Who It's For

Kids who need extra help with reading informational texts will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There's no faster or easier way to learn about how to gain information from written texts.

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding how to find the main idea in a passage
  • Students who have learning disabilities or need a little extra help understanding informational texts
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning English (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient and convenient way to get help with reading and understanding informational texts
  • Students who struggle to understand their English teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra English resources

How It Works

  • Find lessons in the chapter that cover the informational texts topics your student needs to learn or review.
  • Press play to watch the video lesson with your student or read through the text lesson.
  • Review the lesson or video transcript, emphasizing the highlighted vocab words to reinforce learning about informational texts.
  • Test your student's understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify your student understands how to read informational materials by completing the 4th Grade English: Reading Informational Texts chapter exam.

7 Lessons in Chapter 5: 4th Grade English: Reading Informational Texts
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Main Idea: Lesson for Kids

1. Main Idea: Lesson for Kids

What is the main idea of a passage? How do you identify the main idea? Read this lesson to find the answers to these questions and to discover what a hamburger and a stool have to do with finding the main idea.

Explaining Information Found in Texts: Lesson for Kids

2. Explaining Information Found in Texts: Lesson for Kids

How could you teach yourself the process of digestion? One way is to read informational texts such as a science book. In this lesson, you'll learn how to understand and explain important information from non-fiction texts.

Identifying the Structure of a Text

3. Identifying the Structure of a Text

In this lesson, we're going to spend some time learning how to identify the structure of a text. We'll identify some of the primary structures found in both fiction and nonfiction texts.

How to Compare First & Secondhand Accounts: Lesson for Kids

4. How to Compare First & Secondhand Accounts: Lesson for Kids

In this lesson you will learn to distinguish between first and secondhand accounts. You will learn how to compare first and secondhand accounts when reading to gain information.

Interpreting Visual, Oral & Quantitative Information: Lesson for Kids

5. Interpreting Visual, Oral & Quantitative Information: Lesson for Kids

Can you think of a time when you had trouble interpreting some difficult information? When information is presented, there are different ways to help readers understand it, which you'll learn about in this lesson.

How Authors Use Reasons & Evidence for Support: Lesson for Kids

6. How Authors Use Reasons & Evidence for Support: Lesson for Kids

Only good information is power! We want to be sure that the information we read is true and accurate. In this lesson, we will explore how authors use reasons and evidence to support informational writing.

Integrating Information from Two Texts on the Same Topic: Lesson for Kids

7. Integrating Information from Two Texts on the Same Topic: Lesson for Kids

Do you know how to integrate information about the same topic from two different texts? In this lesson, you will learn how to take short notes, group your notes, and then write from those notes.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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