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Select Key Words in Order to Make Notes

In this worksheet, students practise selecting key words from a passage of information.

'Select Key Words in Order to Make Notes' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  Reading: Comprehension

Curriculum subtopic:  Retrieve and Record Information

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

When you are looking for information about a topic it is important to be able to highlight the key words from a passage of information. Look at this sentence about lizards.

 

 

A lizard is a reptile.

 

The sentence has five words, but two of them are much more important to its meaning than the other three, and if you were making notes you would probably underline them (A lizard is a reptile) or copy them out onto a sheet of paper (lizard - reptile).

 

Notes are a way of helping you remember the important facts from a text. You need to keep them short, but it is important to include enough information otherwise you might not remember what was important when you come back to your notes.

 

In this worksheet, you can practise highlighting the key facts from passages of information.

Read this sentence and then tick the key words.

 

A panda is a mammal.

 

Tick two boxes.

a

panda

is

a

mammal

This time tick three key words.

 

Cows are animals that give us milk and meat.

cows

are

animals

that

give

us

milk

and

meat

Tick four key words for this sentence.

 

The US president is called Barack Obama.

the

US

president

is

called

Barack

Obama

This time, you decide how many key words you would need to tick if you were doing a project about European countries.

 

Paris is the capital of France.

Paris

is

the

capital

of

France

Which words would you highlight if you were doing a project about Spain?

 

Madrid is the capital of Spain.

Madrid

is

the

capital

of

Spain

You are doing a project about the appearance of Owls (what they look like). Which words would you need to highlight?

 

Owls hunt insects, small mammals and other birds. Owls have large eyes and a flat face.

hunt

small mammals

large eyes

birds

flat face

insects

This time, you are trying to find out about aeroplanes and how fast they can fly. Which words would you need to highlight?

 

Aeroplanes are fixed wing aircraft. They are propelled by engines. Some aeroplanes can travel faster than the speed of sound (called supersonic). The most well known is called Concorde.

wing

engines

supersonic

Concorde

travel

speed of sound

This time, imagine you are doing a topic on the animal kingdom and choose the best notes that have been made from this passage.

 

Mammals are warm-blooded animals. They give birth to live babies and feed them on milk.

mammals / warm-blooded / they have live babies / feed them on milk

mammals / live babies / feed on milk

mammals / warm-blooded / live babies / feed on milk

Which is the best set of notes for a topic about space travel?

 

The first moon landing was made in 1969 and the first person to walk on the moon was the US astronaut Neil Armstrong.

Neil Armstrong / US / first to walk on moon / 1969

US astronaut called Neil Armstrong first to walk on moon / moon landing was in 1969

Neil Armstrong walked on moon in 1969

Which is the best set of notes for a topic about sharks?

 

Sharks have the most powerful jaws on the planet. Different type of sharks have different types of teeth depending on what they eat. A shark that hunts other fish (a carnivore) has sharp and pointed teeth. Sharks never run out of teeth. If one is lost, another spins forward from the rows and rows of backup teeth. A shark may grow and use over 20,000 teeth in its lifetime. 

sharks have the most powerful jaws/different teeth/carnivore sharp and pointed

powerful jaws/different types of teeth/backup teeth/20,000 teeth

backup teeth/20,000 teeth

  • Question 1

Read this sentence and then tick the key words.

 

A panda is a mammal.

 

Tick two boxes.

CORRECT ANSWER
panda
mammal
EDDIE SAYS
The important words are 'panda' and 'mammal'. The small words are not needed for notes.
  • Question 2

This time tick three key words.

 

Cows are animals that give us milk and meat.

CORRECT ANSWER
cows
milk
meat
EDDIE SAYS
There is no need to tick the word 'animals' as we are unlikely to forget that a cow is an animal!
  • Question 3

Tick four key words for this sentence.

 

The US president is called Barack Obama.

CORRECT ANSWER
US
president
Barack
Obama
EDDIE SAYS
If you were doing a topic about the United States, you might not need to tick 'US' as you would remember which country's president was being referred to.
  • Question 4

This time, you decide how many key words you would need to tick if you were doing a project about European countries.

 

Paris is the capital of France.

CORRECT ANSWER
Paris
capital
France
EDDIE SAYS
You would need to highlight the word 'France' because your project is about European countries so if you only ticked 'Paris' and 'capital' you might not remember which country has Paris as its capital.
  • Question 5

Which words would you highlight if you were doing a project about Spain?

 

Madrid is the capital of Spain.

CORRECT ANSWER
Madrid
capital
EDDIE SAYS
This time you don't need to highlight the word 'Spain' because your whole topic is about Spain so it would be obvious which country you were referring to.
  • Question 6

You are doing a project about the appearance of Owls (what they look like). Which words would you need to highlight?

 

Owls hunt insects, small mammals and other birds. Owls have large eyes and a flat face.

CORRECT ANSWER
large eyes
flat face
EDDIE SAYS
You only need to tick two boxes. The rest of the information is about other facts.
  • Question 7

This time, you are trying to find out about aeroplanes and how fast they can fly. Which words would you need to highlight?

 

Aeroplanes are fixed wing aircraft. They are propelled by engines. Some aeroplanes can travel faster than the speed of sound (called supersonic). The most well known is called Concorde.

CORRECT ANSWER
supersonic
Concorde
speed of sound
EDDIE SAYS
This time you need to tick three boxes. These words are all important in finding out about how fast aircraft can fly.
  • Question 8

This time, imagine you are doing a topic on the animal kingdom and choose the best notes that have been made from this passage.

 

Mammals are warm-blooded animals. They give birth to live babies and feed them on milk.

CORRECT ANSWER
mammals / warm-blooded / live babies / feed on milk
EDDIE SAYS
The third set of notes is the best. The first one is too long and the second one misses out important facts. If your whole topic was about mammals you wouldn't need to highlight the word mammals.
  • Question 9

Which is the best set of notes for a topic about space travel?

 

The first moon landing was made in 1969 and the first person to walk on the moon was the US astronaut Neil Armstrong.

CORRECT ANSWER
Neil Armstrong / US / first to walk on moon / 1969
EDDIE SAYS
This time the first set of notes is the best. The second is too long and the third doesn't include the fact that Neil Armstrong was American or that he was the first person on the moon.
  • Question 10

Which is the best set of notes for a topic about sharks?

 

Sharks have the most powerful jaws on the planet. Different type of sharks have different types of teeth depending on what they eat. A shark that hunts other fish (a carnivore) has sharp and pointed teeth. Sharks never run out of teeth. If one is lost, another spins forward from the rows and rows of backup teeth. A shark may grow and use over 20,000 teeth in its lifetime. 

CORRECT ANSWER
powerful jaws/different types of teeth/backup teeth/20,000 teeth
EDDIE SAYS
This time it is the second set of notes that is the best. The first set of notes needs to pick out only key words and remember to include all the facts (it misses out the facts about having backup teeth and 20,000 teeth). The final set of notes is too short as it has missed out the important facts from the beginning of the passage (powerful jaws and different shaped teeth).
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