Our reading program is Reading Street.

Every Monday I will send home the FAMILY TIMES. This will be your homework for me each week. Study the vocabulary words and reread the main story paying attention to the comprehension skill, character and plot. The grammar and spelling practice will be completed according to Mrs. Hall. Your reading test will be on Thursday.


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Frindle
by Andrew Clements
Genre: HUMOROUS FICTION
Skill: CHARACTER AND PLOT
Strategy: PRIOR KNOWLEDGE
Vocabulary: aquainted, assignment, essential, expanded, guaranteed, procedures, reputation, worshipped

Have you ever felt nervous about meeting a strict teacher? Well, get ready to read about how this student tries to face the demands of his fifth grade teacher.
Centers for Frindle
Technology:


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Thunder Rose
by Jerdine Nolen
Genre: TALL TALE
Skill: CAUSE AND EFFECT
Strategy: MONTIOR AND FIX UP
Vocabulary: branded, constructed, daintily, devations, lullaby, pitch, resourceful, thieving, veins

Get ready to read about a character who is larger than life!!! Come aboard the adventures of Thunder Rose!

Centers for Thunder Rose:
Technology:
Go to ED Weather Game , click START and follow directions.
Read Paul Bunyan by clicking next to follow the page (visit the links at the top for research).
Go through games and PowerPoints for homonyms. Word Jungle



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Island of the Blue Dolphins
by Scott O'Dell
Genre: HISTORICAL FICTION
Skill: THEME AND SETTING
Strategy: VISUALIZE

Vocabulary: gnawed, headland, kep, lair, ravine, shellfish, sinew
Facing Challenges in the Wilderness - Find out how Karana meets the physical challenges in her environment!
Island of the Blue Dolphins Centers:
Technology:

Go to Buffalo to learn about the different uses of the buffalo.
Go to Free Rice and use your dictionary to find the meaning of the vocabulary word.
Big Idea At this site you will learn to choose the main idea of different topics

****Scotts Foresman Games/Powerpoints**** -Link to any Island of the Blue Dolphins Vocabulary/Reading activities

Part II technology:
Go to WebQuest to decide whether the story is a true indication of the life of Karana Write a response from your findings in your journal. Go to Dolphins and write 3 facts and a fib about Dolphins from your reading. Channel Islands photography Singles



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Satchel Paigeby Lesa Cline-Ransome
Genre: BIOGRAPHY
Skill: SEQUENCE
Strategy: ASK QUESTIONS
Vocabulary: confidence, fastball, mocking, outfield, unique, weakness, windup

How do people overcome personal challenges? This week we are reading about a baseball player who overcame the challegeges of segregation and racism.
SATCHEL PAIGE TECHNOLOGY CENTERS
**Jim Crow** laws of 1900s – read a story and look at the timeline.
Go to START, Accessories, and click PAINT. Explore paint drawing a
picture of segregation.



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Shutting Out the Sky
by Deborah Hopkinson
Genre: EXPOSITORY NONFICTION
Skill:CAUSE AND EFFECT
Strategy: SUMMARIZE
Vocabulary: advice, advised, circumstances, elbow, hustled, immigrants, luxury, newcomer, peddler

How do immigrants meet the challenges of living in a new country?
SHUTTING OUT THE SKY - TECHNOLOGY CENTER
Immigration articlefrom Ellis Island – search this site. Look at the images and read the article.

Listen to the article on Ellis Island
;Put on YOUR HEADPHONES AND press play on the red audio box. Write a thought about immigration on a post-it to share with the class.


A pocket folder will be set aside for journal entries, DOR, and Center Activity Responses. Participation, growth in organization, writing skills, and content will be graded. The folders will stay in the classroom.

Class work participation is crucial. Each day you will work on 1-3 center activities. At the end of the week I will take one item for a grade. Make sure you do all your work in your journal so it is there for your reference.