Reading Informational Texts Worksheets
Related ELA Standard: RI.4.10
Informational texts are nonfiction works that are meant to inform readers. This is a unique division of nonfiction. The goal of the author who is preparing an informational text is to help transfer knowledge to the reader as quickly and effectively as possible. As a result, you will notice that many different formatting tools are built into this type of text. Students at this level are now in the upper elementary grades, and they are beginning to prepare for middle school life for the first time. In some schools students earn their first locker at this level. In reading, students are now asked to analyze what they are reading more than ever. Students are also asked to talk about what they read more at this level. These reading worksheets will help students learn competent techniques to investigate and learn from informational texts.
Informational Texts Worksheets:
Eleanor Roosevelt - Her
contributions are still seen today. This reading passage and questions that follow explore the life and accomplishments of this influential First Lady.
What is a Comet? - My 4th
grade science teacher had me convinced they were space popsicles.
Maybe I remember 4th grade wrong?
The Moon -
The moon is Earth's only natural satellite. This reading passage sums up a great deal that we know about Luna (our moon).
- This reading worksheet takes a more science-based approach to comprehension. You will be asked questions like this: Describe the entrances that some wasps make to their holes.
Granola - This is a recipe and a series of steps to put this snack together for yourself. Which ingredients are required?
- What does the leaf-cutting bee do with leaves? Answer the questions. Use text evidence to support your answer.
Why didn't anyone speak to Mozart when he was playing music? What other instrument did Mozart learn to play?
Sprout a Seed!
- How long does it take for seeds to sprout? We explain in great detail how a seed becomes a plant.
- Explain what it means that plants are the link between the mineral
and animal kingdoms.
Who's - Who of
birds - Explain what it means that plants are the link between
the mineral and animal kingdoms.
Tips to Help Students with Nonfiction
Here are some tips to help you with the complexities of nonfiction:
Identify the Key Concept
One of the biggest issues for students while reading nonfiction is that they do not completely understand the concepts of it. There is no doubt in the fact that nonfiction can be tough to understand. However, one important tip to make it easier for students is to identify the key concepts. You can do so by breaking the text down into smaller parts and understanding the context bit by bit. Usually, nonfictions are plain and boring blocks of texts that can become a nightmare for some students. Take your time in understanding what each sentence means. Another way is to highlight the key concepts. This will help in figuring out what is important and what is not.
Recognize the Written Structure
In order to eliminate confusion from your mind about nonfiction, you can identify and recognize the type of structure used to organize the text. There are few written structures that are followed by all the authors and writers. Find out if the nonfiction is written in chronological order, compare and contrast manner, or problem/solution structure. Once the structure has been recognized, it will become much easier to understand the idea development and other information.
While reading nonfiction, it is important to stop at different intervals to repeat what you have just read. This is because most information in nonfiction is difficult to memorize. Once you have repeated the information to yourself, it will remain in your head for long. Not only that, but it will also help in comprehending the meaning of it better.
Preview and Predict
This is one of the most important tips for reading nonfiction. Reading without any prior understanding of the topic can be quite difficult and hard. It is always advisable to take a look at the title, headings, and subheadings before starting. This gives you a general idea about what you will be reading.
Summarizing the entire nonfiction is important because it helps in figuring out the most important details from the text. Summaries only contain the important facts and by doing a summary at the end, you will get to know more about the text.