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Organise Information into Paragraphs

In this worksheet, students practise organising information into paragraphs in preparation for writing non-chronological reports.

'Organise Information into Paragraphs' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Reading: Comprehension

Curriculum subtopic:   Retrieve and Record Information

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

A chronological report is a piece of writing such as directions, instructions or explanations. A chronological report has to arrange events in time, so that it makes sense.

This worksheet is about non-chronological reports. non-chronological report is a type of non-fiction text that gives the reader information about a particular subject. This information does not need to be arranged in time.

The information in a report is organised into paragraphs to make it easier for readers to follow. Each paragraph contains information on one aspect of the topic.

 

In this worksheet you can decide what paragraphs from different reports are about, and you can practise organising information into paragraphs.

The following paragraph is taken from a report about badgers. What aspect of their lives does it cover?

 

Badgers live with other badgers in underground homes called setts. Each sett has a number of different entrances and contains nest chambers and even toilets. The chambers, or rooms, are joined together by a series of tunnels.

what badgers eat

what badgers look like

where badgers live

what type of animal badgers are

This time, the paragraph below is taken from a report about African elephants. What would be a good sub-heading for the paragraph?

 

A baby elephant is called a calf. Calves are covered in fuzzy hair when they are born and weigh around 120 kg. They can stand on their own within a few minutes of being born and can walk within one to two hours. After about two days they join the rest of the herd.

What elephants look like

Baby elephants

How much do elephants weigh?

Imagine you have been asked to write a report on hedgehogs. Which of the following facts would you include in a paragraph about their appearance (what they look like)?

Tick three boxes.

Hedgehogs are covered in spines.

Hedgehogs often live in gardens.

Hedgehogs have a good sense of hearing.

Hedgehogs have five claws on each foot.

An adult hedgehog grows to about 25 cm long.

This time, tick the statements that you would include in a paragraph about how orcas (killer whales) eat.

Tick two boxes.

Orcas are a type of dolphin.

Orcas are found in all the world's oceans.

Orcas use echolocation to find their prey.

Orca babies are born in autumn.

Orcas eat birds, fish, squid and marine mammals.

This time, decide which paragraph each of the statements about tigers would fit into.

 Where tigers liveWhat tigers eatWhat tigers look likeNone of these paragraphs
Tigers are the biggest members of the cat family.
Tigers eat other animals and usually hunt at night.
Tigers are good swimmers.
Tigers are in danger of becoming extinct.
Tigers are found in 13 countries in Asia.
Many tigers live in forests but some live in grasslands and savannahs.
Tigers are covered in orange and black striped fur.

The following paragraph is taken from a report about polar bears. What aspect of their lives does it cover?

Polar bears are the largest carnivore (meat eater) that lives on land. They mainly eat seals. Polar bears hunt for food, using ice platforms to reach their prey, or by waiting by breathing holes in the ice. They can also swim under the ice.

what polar bears look like

where polar bears live

what polar bears eat

what eats polar bears?

Now think about the sentences you might have in one paragraph. Read this paragraph about bees. Which of the sentences is the odd one out - which would be better in a different paragraph?

 

Honeybees and bumblebees live in colonies or hives. All the bees in the colony work together for the good of the hive. Eating honey can make you smarter. Each hive contains thousand of bees but only one queen bee. Each bee has a job to do: the queen lays the eggs and the workers build the honeycomb, care for the babies and collect the food.

 

Type the odd sentence below.

This time, the paragraph below is taken from a report about Robins. What would be a good sub-heading for the paragraph?

 

Robins are small birds with a bright red breast and face. They have a brown head, wings and tail and are grey underneath. In winter, they puff up their feathers to keep warm.

What robins eat

Appearance (what robins look like)

Baby robins

  • Question 1

The following paragraph is taken from a report about badgers. What aspect of their lives does it cover?

 

Badgers live with other badgers in underground homes called setts. Each sett has a number of different entrances and contains nest chambers and even toilets. The chambers, or rooms, are joined together by a series of tunnels.

CORRECT ANSWER
where badgers live
EDDIE SAYS
The first paragraph of the report would probably say what type of animal badgers are, and then the other paragraphs could follow in any order.
  • Question 2

This time, the paragraph below is taken from a report about African elephants. What would be a good sub-heading for the paragraph?

 

A baby elephant is called a calf. Calves are covered in fuzzy hair when they are born and weigh around 120 kg. They can stand on their own within a few minutes of being born and can walk within one to two hours. After about two days they join the rest of the herd.

CORRECT ANSWER
Baby elephants
EDDIE SAYS
The best sub-heading is 'Baby elephants'. The paragraph does include information about appearance and weight, but only of the calves, not the adults.
  • Question 3

Imagine you have been asked to write a report on hedgehogs. Which of the following facts would you include in a paragraph about their appearance (what they look like)?

Tick three boxes.

CORRECT ANSWER
Hedgehogs are covered in spines.
Hedgehogs have five claws on each foot.
An adult hedgehog grows to about 25 cm long.
EDDIE SAYS
Although a hedgehog's sense of hearing is part of its body, it is not part of what it looks like.
  • Question 4

This time, tick the statements that you would include in a paragraph about how orcas (killer whales) eat.

Tick two boxes.

CORRECT ANSWER
Orcas use echolocation to find their prey.
Orcas eat birds, fish, squid and marine mammals.
EDDIE SAYS
The other facts are interesting but would belong in a different paragraph.
  • Question 5

This time, decide which paragraph each of the statements about tigers would fit into.

CORRECT ANSWER
 Where tigers liveWhat tigers eatWhat tigers look likeNone of these paragraphs
Tigers are the biggest members of the cat family.
Tigers eat other animals and usually hunt at night.
Tigers are good swimmers.
Tigers are in danger of becoming extinct.
Tigers are found in 13 countries in Asia.
Many tigers live in forests but some live in grasslands and savannahs.
Tigers are covered in orange and black striped fur.
EDDIE SAYS
The fact that tigers are in danger of becoming extinct is very important and could be the subject of a separate paragraph giving information on why this is happening.
  • Question 6

The following paragraph is taken from a report about polar bears. What aspect of their lives does it cover?

Polar bears are the largest carnivore (meat eater) that lives on land. They mainly eat seals. Polar bears hunt for food, using ice platforms to reach their prey, or by waiting by breathing holes in the ice. They can also swim under the ice.

CORRECT ANSWER
what polar bears eat
  • Question 7

Now think about the sentences you might have in one paragraph. Read this paragraph about bees. Which of the sentences is the odd one out - which would be better in a different paragraph?

 

Honeybees and bumblebees live in colonies or hives. All the bees in the colony work together for the good of the hive. Eating honey can make you smarter. Each hive contains thousand of bees but only one queen bee. Each bee has a job to do: the queen lays the eggs and the workers build the honeycomb, care for the babies and collect the food.

 

Type the odd sentence below.

CORRECT ANSWER
Eating honey can make you smarter.
eating honey can make you smarter
  • Question 8

This time, the paragraph below is taken from a report about Robins. What would be a good sub-heading for the paragraph?

 

Robins are small birds with a bright red breast and face. They have a brown head, wings and tail and are grey underneath. In winter, they puff up their feathers to keep warm.

CORRECT ANSWER
Appearance (what robins look like)
EDDIE SAYS
The best sub-heading is 'Appearance (what robins look like)' because the paragraph describes a robin's colour and size.
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