Year 4 Reading Challenge

A message from the South Pole

The text above shows a different type of explanation text compared to what we have looked at in school.

Bronze – What features of an explanation text are used and why are they used?

Silver – Retrieve facts from the text and make your own explanation text from this. 

Gold – Consider the language used. Is it formal or informal? Why?

What features add extra information?

Which words would you say subject specific/ field specific and what do they mean?

10 thoughts on “Year 4 Reading Challenge

  1. Bronze
    The features that are included in a explanation texts are images,paragraphs,diagrams,subheadings and also captions.Images are useful because they show you what’s happening.captions are useful because they tell you a bit more information about the text.subheadings are useful because they tell you what the text is going to be about.

  2. 1.)The feature of an text they have used are a title to show what its about the second one is a diagram to label the picture because you will know what it is and the last one is an image a picture to go with a text to show anything or the appearance.
    2.)I have saw a penguin it has thick layers of fur and cuddles up with its partner for warmth. Standing there in the cold is really bad so I wore a leather suit and I wore these comfy boots called double insulated boots. Going there and experiencing it might have been useful for anything including projects.

  3. BRONZE
    What features of an explanation text are used and why are they used?
    The features of an explanation text are paragraphs, images /captions, heading and subheading, structure and present tense. These features are used to give information about a particular subject or topic.
    Introduction: It gives the reader a brief summary about the text.
    Headings: Headings are used to refer to the main titles in an explanation text. They organise the text and put it into sections.
    Subheadings are the sub titles of the explanation text. They organize the text and put it into different sections so reader can see clearly what is included in the text.
    Paragraphs: They organize and separate the explanation text into different parts. Each paragraph talks about a different idea.
    Images and captions Images are photos, drawings or figures that show the reader how something looks like. Captions are small labels used to refer to images or pictures. They help the reader by explaining what the picture is showing.
    Structure: Structure is the order you put the text in so it is organized.
    Present tense: Explanation texts are usually written in present because they give information about facts and real things.
    SLIVER:
    Retrieve facts from the text and make your own explanation text from this.
    Antarctica
    Antarctica is a continent that includes the south pole .It is a very cold place which needs particular clothing and care so people do not get frozen. Polar animals and birds live in the Antarctica.
    Clothing and Weather in Antarctica
    Temperatures are extremely low in the Antarctica and In June the they can fall to -50C.Special clothing should be worn to prevent heat escape from the body and this process is called thermal insulation. The clothes that help insulate the body are called outdoorgear .They include snow goggles , waterproof and windproof suit, insulated boots, thermal leggings , socks and vests.
    Emperor Penguins in Antarctica
    Emperor Penguins are birds which live in Antarctica. They have thick layers of fat and feathers cover them so their body gets insulated. For extra warmth penguins huddle together and gather in large groups. During winter penguins stay in their dens and never eat . When penguins have eggs they hold them with their feathery , warm pouches on their feet.Penguins incubate their eggs for 2 months.
    GOLD:
    Consider the language used. Is it formal or informal? Why?What features add extra information?Which words would you say subject specific/ field specific and what do they mean?
    The language used in the letter is informal because it is a letter written by a friend, however the person used some features such as paragraphs , diagrams, subject specific vocabulary , captions and information.These features gave clear information about Antarctica. These words are subject specific :
    Heat loss : the loss of heat from the body
    Thermal insulation: the process of keeping the heat in the body
    Incubate:when birds sit on their eggs to keep them warm
    Insulate: prevents the loss of heat of something
    Feathery pouch: a pocket-like part of the animals body covered with feathers
    Outdoor gear:a specific clothing worn by people when they go to particular place such as the Antarctica.

  4. A heading is used to show what the text is all about and what is going on in most of the paragraphs.Some headings are bold which means it is eye catchy.Pictures are used to show what the information is on about.next to the picture there is usually a caption to know what is going on in the picture.Subject specific vocabulary is used to make the text even better than it is for is another person reads the text. Information in paragraphs are normally used to split up sentences,when they do not link in with the rest of the sentences,in the paragraph.

  5. Bronze
    In an explanation text there are different types of features such as: headings,diagrams and subject specific vocabulary.

    Diagrams are pictures, the features on the image are labled by the writer.The writer uses this so the reader knows what the picture is showing.
    Headings are the main title of the explanation text this is used so the reader knows what he/she is reading about. In the explanation text, subject specific vocublary has been used , this has been used because, in an explanation text the correct vocublary must be used.

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