Informational (nonfiction), 618 words, Level P (Grade 2), Lexile 970L
Giant Pandas is an introduction to the popular black-and-white bear. It reports the mammal's size, life cycle, location, and endangered status. The author explains how the giant panda got its name, what it eats, and why it doesn't hibernate. The book also discusses the things being done to protect giant pandas from extinction. Photographs, maps, and charts support the text.
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Use the reading strategy of summarizing to understand the text
Identify the main idea and supporting details
Grammar and Mechanics
Understand and use possessive nouns
Identify the meaning of and use suffixes -ful and -less
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