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Using the Phone Book



Using the Phone Book
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   high interest, readability grades 3 to 4
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.85

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     challenging words:    heading, unlisted, alphabetical, listed, telephone, listing, information, pages, separate, bold, lists, order, government, form, phone, appear
     content words:    Joseph Carl Smith, Jos Carl, Joseph Carl, Big Valley, Valley- Town


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Using the Phone Book
By Patti Hutchison
  

1     Telephone books can give you a lot of information. Big cities have very thick phone books. There are a lot of numbers in there! Smaller towns have thinner phone books.
 
2     There are three main parts of a phone book. The first part is the white pages. This part lists people's home phone numbers. It also gives their addresses.
 
3     Look for a person by his last name. They are listed in alphabetical order. There are guide words at the top of each page to help you. Find the person's last name. Then use alphabetical order to help you find the person's first name.
 
4     Names can be listed in different ways. They might even be abbreviated! Look at the ways Joseph Carl Smith might be listed.

              Smith J
              Smith, J C
              Smith, Jos Carl
              Smith, Joseph Carl
 
5     If you don't find the name in one form, look for it in another. The more you know about the person, the easier it will be to find him in the phone book. Does he have another person living with him? Her name might be in the same listing. If you know his address, it will help you to know if you have found the right person.

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