• Essential Question

    What can fossils tell us about the past?




    When good readers read aloud, they stress, or say more strongly, any words that they want to emphasize.  Stressing words helps listeners focus on important parts or pieces of information..

    Target Skill: Conclusions

    Readers can use clues, or evidence, in the text to understand a topic.  Readers can then use this text evidence, along with their own ideas, to draw conclusions about the topic.  When readers draw conclusions, it means they make smart guessses about things the author hasn't directly stated.


    Target Skill: Point of View
    The author's point of view is his or her opinion about a subject.  The things an author says and the way he or she says them can help readers determine the author's point of view.  Readers are free to agree or disagree with an author's point of view.  
    Target Strategy: Visualize
    Some authors provide details such as how something looks, feels, sounds, smells, or tastes.  Readers can use this text evidence to visualize, or create mental pictures of, what the author describes.  Visualizing the details can deepen your understanding of the topic.
    Target Vocabulary 

    buried - covered up


    location – place where something is


    remains – what is left


    clues – things that help solve a mystery or problem


    skeletons – frameworks of bones inside or outside of bodies


    evidence – facts that lead to a conclusion or help people find out what is true


    fossils – very old traces or remains of plants or animals


    prove – to show by using facts


    fierce - very wild and dangerous



    uncovering - opening to view



    Words with /j/ and /s/

    1.      age

    2.     circle

    3.     space

    4.     once

    5.     change

    6.     large

    7.     jawbone

    8.     dance

    9.     jacket

    10.    jeans

    11.    giant

    12.    bounce

    13.    pencil

    14.    huge

    15.    nice

    16.    place

    17.    excited

    18.    gigantic