2nd Grade - Report On A Factual Topic

 
     
 
     
 
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Report on a factual topic
Report on a topic with facts and details, drawing from several sources of information.
Report on a topic with facts and details. Use several sources to find information about a topic. Site information from these sources. Know which sources to use when finding information.
 

Sample Problems

(1)

What is the difference between nonfiction and fiction books? (Nonfiction books are books that are true; they are about real places, people, things, and events. Fiction books are books that are not true; they are made up by the author.)

(2)

What is a fact? Give one example of a fact. (a statement that can be proven or information based on real occurrences – The capital of California is Sacramento.)

(3)

What are some examples of different sources that can be used to find information about a topic? (books, magazines, encyclopedias, Internet, CD Roms)

(4)

What is the page called in a report that gives credit to the author(s) who originally researched and published the information? (Works Cited page)

(5)

What is it called when information is used word for word by someone without using quotation marks or giving credit to the original author by citing their work? (plagiarism)

Learning Tips

(1)

When your child is reporting on a topic with factual information and details, a good place to visit is the library. Here your child can view various sources of information to locate what is needed. Encourage your child to use sources such as encyclopedias, nonfiction books, magazines, and computers to pull information from.

(2)

Children often have trouble distinguishing between books that are nonfiction and books that are fiction. Remind your child that nonfiction books are books that are true, they are about real people, places, things, and events. Fiction books are the opposite. Books that are fiction are not true; they are made up by the author’s imagination.

(3)

To help your child better understand the differences between nonfiction and fictions, quiz your child using books. Hold up various nonfiction and fiction books. As you hold up a book, have your child inform you as to whether the book is nonfiction or fiction. By looking at the cover and title, your child should be able to tell you. If he/she is having trouble deciding, allow your child to skim through the book. Remind your child that if the book lists facts or is about something that really did happen, then the book is an example of nonfiction. If the book is a made up story by the author, then the book is an example of fiction.

(4)

Remind your child that a fact is a statement that can be proven or information based on real occurrences. An example of a fact is “The capital of California is Sacramento.” A better way to help your child understand facts is to encourage your child to read nonfiction books (books that are true). Take time to go to the library where your child can be shown an entire section of nonfiction books. Nonfiction books contain facts about the subject that is being discussed. These stories are not made up by the author, but stories that tell about things that are true or really happened. Facts can be proven.

(5)

Remind your child when finding information in books that is to be used in a report; a works cited page must be included. A works cited page gives credit to the authors or creators who originally researched and published the information. Encourage your child to write down information from each book that is used for a report. Your child should copy the author, title, city, publisher, and copyright date from each source that is used. When children copy word for word another person’s thoughts or ideas without giving credit to the author, they are using plagiarism. Remind your child not to copy every word, site the source(s) that is used, and to use quotations when using exact words from the author.

Extra Help Problems

(1)

What is the difference between nonfiction and fiction books?


Nonfiction books are _______________________________________

________________________________________________________.

Fiction books are __________________________________________

_________________________________________________________.


(2)

Circle the best answer.


A fact is ________________________.


  1. a judgment or belief

  2. a page used to give credit to the original author of a source

  3. a statement that can be proven


(3)

Give one example of a fact. _____________________________

____________________________________________________

(4)

List three examples of different sources that can be used to find information about a topic.


  1. ______________________________________________

  2. ______________________________________________

  3. ______________________________________________


(5)

Circle the best answer.


What is the page called in a report that gives credit to the author(s) that originally researched and published the information?


  1. title page

  2. works cited page

  3. index


(6)

Circle the fact.


The capital of Ohio is Columbus.

Mint ice cream is the best kind of ice cream.


(7)

Read the question. Write your answer on the line.


What place can you go to find information needed to write a report on a topic using facts and details? ________________________________


restaurant library gymnasium

(8)

Put an X next to the statements that are examples of facts.


_____ The sky is blue.

_____ An apple is a type of fruit.

_____ Roses are the best smelling flowers.

_____ Las Vegas is a city in Nevada.

_____ Green is the prettiest color.


(9)

Sort the statements into the correct columns.


Facts Opinions

________________________ _______________________

________________________ _______________________


There are 50 states in the United States.

Her eyes are so beautiful.

Bananas are a great fruit.

North America is one of the seven continents.


(10)

Circle the best answer.


What is it called when information is used word for word by someone without using quotation marks or giving credit to the original author by citing their work?


playing plagiarism


(11)

Circle the page where you would find the information listed below.

title of a book


title page table of contents

(12)

Circle the page where you would find the information listed below. publisher of a book


title page table of contents


(13)

Use the title page below to answer questions 13-15.


All About Friends

By: T.J. Sands


Little Kids Publishing Company

Sacramento, California


Copyright: 2004



Who is the author of the book? __________________


(14)

What company published the book? ______________

(15)

Where is the publishing company located? __________________

(16)

Use the title page below to cite the source. An example is shown.


All About Friends

By: T.J. Sands


Little Kids Publishing Company

Sacramento, California


Copyright: 2004


Works Cited:





Example:

Author’s Last Name, First Name. Title of Book. City: Publisher,

Copyright Year.


(17)

Use the DVD box below to cite the source. An example is shown.


Mammal: From Dogs to Humans



Number One Films


1999


Works Cited:





Example:

Title. DVD. Distributor, Year of Release


(18)

Read the title below. Circle the title that is an example of a nonfiction book.


Mary Mouse’s Picnic with Friends Betsy Ross: Making the Flag


(19)

Read about the story below. Decide if the story is an example of a fiction or nonfiction book. Write fiction or nonfiction on the line.


This story is about a boy named Mark. Mark had a special talent. He had x-ray vision and was able to see through anything that came in front of him. He could see the answers to his tests in the booklets that his teachers held. He could see through the paper bags that mom brought home full of groceries.


________________________________

(20)

Read about the story below. Decide if the story is an example of a fiction or nonfiction book. Write fiction or nonfiction on the line.


This story is about Harriet Tubman and her fight for freedom. Harriet Tubman was born into slavery in 1919 or 1820 in Dorchester County, Maryland. After escaping at the age of 25, she put her life in danger as she led hundreds of slaves along the Underground Railroad.


________________________________


(21)

Write an example of a fiction book on the lines below. (Remember, fiction books are not true.) Give your story a title.


___________________________________

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(22)

Finding Information - Use the table of contents to answer questions 22-25.


Table of Contents

Chapter 1 – Animals……………………………….3

Chapter 2 – Mammals…………..…………………7

Chapter 3 – Reptiles……………………………….12

Chapter 4 – Amphibians…………………………...18

Chapter 5 – Animal Habitats………………………22

Chapter 6 – Baby Animals………………………...26


What chapter would you go to find information about younger animals? ___________________


(23)

What chapter are you reading if you are on page 24? ____________________

(24)

What information will you learn about in Chapter 4? __________________


(25)

What page does Chapter 1 end on? ________________

 

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