Two Miles Below Expository Reading|123Read&Write

Getting children to comprehend and work with expository text is a must in today’s fast-paced society. While we may focus most of our reading pleasures on narrative structures; explository text is what we are faced with on a daily basis. 

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Pre-Reading Questions

Look at the picture above and answer the following questions.

a. What do you think is all over the top of the water?

b. What do you think is at the bottom of the water?

c. How do you think people get to the bottom of the water?

Read the Following Expository Text


Think about what your heard in the text and answer the following questions.

1. What is an ocean?

2. Why did scientists have to use robots to explore the bottom of the ocean?

3. The robots explore the bottom of the ocean. Describe something you can explore.

4. What is a scientist?

Comprehension - Understanding Cause and Effect

Find the best way to complete each sentence. Write the letter next to the correct sentence number.

Comprehension - Recalling Details

Complete each sentence with the correct answer. After, reread to the story and check your answers.

1. At the top of the world there is an ocean. It is very cold and covered with ___________.

2. To get through the ice, scientists must make _________ to get to the water's surface.

3. Since the water is deep and dark, scientists use __________ to explore the ocean floor.

Writing Prompt

Pretend you are a scientist. Write a story about a place you would like to explore. What might it be like there? Try to include details about what you would find.