Lesson: Main Idea: Using Pictures and Captions
Point: Readers can use the pictures and captions to figure out what the author is trying to teach them.
Connection: Yesterday you learned to use the headings of a section to figure out what the author is trying to teach you about a topic. You can also figure out what it is that the author is trying to teach by studying the pictures and captions.
Teach: I’m going to show you how to use the pictures and captions on pages 4 and 5 to figure out what the author wants to teach us in the section, “How do animals adapt?” The first picture shows an Ibis with a long beak and long, skinny legs. The caption says that these body parts help the bird find food in shallow waters. The picture of the frog shows nothing but its eyes at the top of its head. The caption goes onto explain that a frog’s eyes are on top because it allows the rest of its’ body to hide from predators beneath the water. These two pictures and captions alone help me understand that animals’ body parts are often formed in ways that help them find food and/or stay out of danger. This information certainly helps to answer the question of why animals adapt.
Active Engagement: Turn to page 5 in SuperCroc. Look at the pictures and caption, and then tell your partner what the author wants you to learn from these text features.
Link: I just heard many of you say that the caption and pictures in this section are meant to teach us just how huge the SuperCroc really was. The pictures really help us understand how small people would be in comparison to the pre-historic creature. Remember to always use the pictures and captions to think about what the author wants you to learn in a particular section.
Share: Who used the pictures and captions in their non-fiction texts to figure out what the author wanted you to learn from a specific section? Remember to always use the pictures and captions to think about what the author wants you to learn about a topic.
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