Informational (nonfiction), 2,089 words, Level V (Grade 4), Lexile 960L
Readers will learn that one drop of blood contains more than 5 million red blood cells, but they'll be amazed when they find out that if all the arteries, veins, and capillaries in the body were stretched end to end, they would reach across the United States 20,000 times! These and other facts about the circulatory system are included in the Book of Blood. Types of blood vessels, blood cells, and blood types are explained. Photographs, illustrations, and a diagram showing how blood is pumped through the heart help readers connect with the text.
Use the reading strategy of making connections to prior knowledge to understand informational text
Identify a main idea and details for each section
Grammar and Mechanics
Recognize that singular and plural subjects need verbs (regular and linking) that agree with them
Understand content vocabulary
Think, Collaborate, Discuss
Promote higher-order thinking for small groups or whole class
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