Grade 4 Reading Information - Main Ideas of a Text
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Grade 4 Reading Information - Main Ideas of a Text

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They say you should never judge a book by its cover…but it does help to judge a book by its title. The title of a book can tell you the subject matter, so what it’s about, who it's for and if it’s fact or fiction. See how much you remember about main ideas of a text, including book titles.

Fingernails and Hair

Everyone’s fingernails and hair grow. Some grow faster than others. Also, some fingernails may look different on different people’s hands. Fingernails that are strong and do not break easily usually belong to a healthy person. Fingernails that break easily and are dark in color may mean that this person is sick with a kidney or other organ problem.

Many people believe that a person’s hair and fingernails grow after the person dies. However, this is not true. It may appear that the hair and nails have grown because the body has actually shrunk. This is because the person has no longer been eating or drinking water.

There are many things you can do to have strong and healthy nails. First, eating healthy foods will help keep your nails and hair long and strong. This is because they contain vitamins like Vitamin B7 and Vitamin D. Also, having your blood move through your body can also help create good nails and hair.
1.
Read the above - Fingernails and Hair.
How is the main idea of the second paragraph supported with details?
It explains how fingernails and hair are able to grow after death.
It explains the reasons why people believe this is a true myth.
It explains the reasons why fingernails and hair do not grow after death.
It provides a story about a woman whose hair and fingernails grew after death.
Reasons are given to support why it is believed people’s hair and fingernails grow after death.
2.
Read the above - Fingernails and Hair.
How is the main idea of the third paragraph supported with details?
It gives a story about a woman with strong fingernails and hair.
It describes ways in which certain people have had strong fingernails and hair.
It provides examples of what you can do to have healthy fingernails and hair.
It explains the studies about having strong fingernails and hair.
Examples of the vitamins that should be taken for strong hair and fingernails are explained in the paragraph.
3.
Read the above - Fingernails and Hair.
What is the main idea of the first paragraph?
Helping keep your fingernails and hair strong.
Growing of fingernails and hair after death.
What the appearance of fingernails means.
What the appearance of your hair means.
The first paragraph is mainly about what the look of your fingernails means.
4.
Read the above - Fingernails and Hair.
What is the main idea of the third paragraph?
Helping keep your fingernails and hair strong.
Growing of fingernails and hair after death.
What the appearance of fingernails means.
What the appearance of your hair means.
The third paragraph shows ways to keep your fingernails and hair strong.
5.
The Smelly Turnip is the name of my book but what do you think it's about?
A serious factual book about turnips and how children should eat them.
A book on turnips and how they make the best friends.
A book about snails.
A book on the smelliest turnip in the world.
The title again has given us a clue. You can probably tell it's not a serious book as turnips don't smell, well not until you cook them.
6.
Brush Your Teeth Burt! This is the title to a book but what do you think it's about?
Riding a bicycle.
Brushing your teeth.
Brushing your hair.
Driving a car.
Sometimes the title tells you a little about what happens.
7.
Read the above - Fingernails and Hair.
How is the main idea in the first paragraph supported with details?
It describes what healthy and unhealthy nails look like.
It describes why people with unhealthy nails have them.
It gives an example of someone with unhealthy nails.
It describes what you can do to have healthy nails.
The paragraph explains what happens to fingernails in regard to them breaking and the color of them.
8.
Read the above - Fingernails and Hair.
Which summary is the best for the text?
Strong fingernails and hair can be determined by their appearance. People can take certain vitamins to get stronger hair and fingernails. People’s fingernails and hair may appear to have grown, but they have not.
Fingernails and hair require certain vitamins in order for them to grow strong and remain healthy. However, if you don’t take the vitamins, you may get sick and need to go to the doctor.
When someone dies, their hair and fingernails stop growing because their body stops the growth of everything. Some people believe this to be true, but specialists know it is not because the body is shrinking in size.
It is quite easy to determine if someone has strong or weak nails. They can simply look at the person’s nails.
The main information from each paragraph is given in this summary.
9.
Read the above - Fingernails and Hair.
What is the main idea of the text?
How your fingernails and hair grow.
Why fingernails break so easily.
What you can do to have strong fingernails and hair.
Why fingernails and hair grow.
This text shows in three paragraphs information about your growing fingernails and hair.
10.
Read the above - Fingernails and Hair.
What is the main idea of the second paragraph?
Helping keep your fingernails and hair strong.
Growing of fingernails and hair after death.
What the appearance of fingernails means.
What the appearance of your hair means.
There is a myth that hair and nails continue to grow after death, but it is an untrue myth.
Author:  Amy Flanders

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