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Parts of a Book

English Language Arts, Grade 4

Nonfiction books have three parts that fiction books do not. They have a table of contents, an index, and often, a glossary. Table of Contents The table of contents is in the front of the book right after the title and copyright page. It lists the names of all the chapters, or sections, in the book. Each chapter name is followed by the page number on which the chapter begins. Use a table of contents: when you want to see what the broad ideas are in a book when you know the chapter you want and want to know the page it starts on Glossary A glossary is a miniature dictionary that appears near the end of the book before the index. It gives a list of key terms and their definitions. The glossary includes only words specific to the book’s topic. What is a Mammal? . . . . . . . . 3 Kinds of Mammals . . . . . . . . . 10 Odd Mammals . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 carnivore an animal that eats only meat (other animals) gestation the amount of time a mammal spends developing inside its mother habitat the place where an animal lives in nature herbivore an animal that eats only plants Index An index is found at the end of a book. It is an alphabetical list of all the ideas in the book. Each idea is followed by all the page numbers on which the idea appears. An index has small print and multiple columns. When you do research, the first thing you check in a book is its index to see if it has what you seek. An index is like a keyword search in a search engine. You look for your keywords in the index. aestivation, 21 herbivore, 12-13 skunk, 21 anteater, 14-15 hibernation, 21 squirrel, 13,15 ape, 10 human, 3, 9-10 wolf, 9, 11 Excerpts from Housel, Debra J. Mammal Mania. Teacher Created Materials, Inc. Huntington Beach, California: 2012. Used with permission. Parts of a Book Visit for Online Learning Resources. © Copyright NewPath Learning. All Rights Reserved. 92-4036
Use the table of contents, glossary, and index to answer the questions. 1. Beginning on what page would you expect to find information about television? _________ 2. In what chapter would the World Wide Web be mentioned? ______________________ 3. Which term explains how cell phone signals move? ____________________________ 4. Which term tells about picture-based writing? ________________________________ 5. On which page is movable type discussed? __________________________________ 6. According to the index, which topic appears on the most pages? ____________________ 7. What does the hyphen between page numbers mean? __________________________ _________________________________________________________________ Table of Contents Reading and Writing ................................ 3 Hearing Words .......................................12 Putting Sight and Sound Together..............16 Communicating by Satellite ...................... 8 Computers and the Internet...................... 20 Glossary cell phone a mobile phone that works by radio waves and cell towers cell tower a tower with many antennas which sends and receives radio waves from cell phones communication sharing information through reading, writing, speaking, listening, and watching cuneiform picture-based writing that was carved into clay tablets by writers long ago e-mail an electronic message sent between computers fiber optic cable a bundle of thin glass fibers that carry information in the form of light energy Index Braille, 7, 24-25 camera, 16-18, 24-25 cell phone, 14 computer, 18-25 Morse Code, 12 movies, 16-17, 24-25 phonograph, 24-25 transistor, 15, 24-25 type (movable), 5 typewriter, 9, 24-25 word processor, 10 World Wide Web, 21-25 Excerpts from Housel, Debra J. Inventions in Commu- nications. Teacher Created Materials, Inc. Huntington Beach, California: 2012. Used with permission. M 2 M2 C 1 GH I PQ RS Parts of a Book Visit for Online Learning Resources. © Copyright NewPath Learning. All Rights Reserved. 92-4036
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