First Day Jitters

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First Day Jitters

Julie Danneberg


Story Overview:

The story is about Sarah, who doesn’t want to get out of bed and go to her new school.


Genre:

Humorous Fiction- is a made-up story written to make the reader laugh.


Vocabulary:

  1. downstairs- down the stairs

  2. nervous- afraid or worried

  3. chuckled- laughed quietly

  4. nonsense- a silly or untrue idea of thought

  5. fumbled- done in a clumsy way

  6. trudged- walked slowly, with heavy steps


Strategy: Analyze Story Structure

Story structure is the organization of a story so that there are characters, setting, and a plot with a beginning, middle, and end.


Skill: Character, Setting, Plot

Stories have characters. They are the people in the story, and their actions move the plot along. The setting is when and where the story takes place. A plot is made up of the events in a story. A plot has a beginning, middle, and end.


Grammar: Statements and Questions

A statement is a sentence that tells something. It ends in a period. A question is a sentence that asks something. It ends in a question mark.


Spelling List: Short Vowels

clap, step, sick, rock, luck, crop, snack, mess, head, shut, miss, stamp, jump, click, pond


Review words:

cat, can, man


Challenge words:

bathtub, anthill



Dear Juno

Soyung Pak


Story Overview:

The story is about a boy named Juno. He gets a letter from his grandmother in Korea. He cannot read what she has written because he does not know her language.

Genre: Realistic Fiction- an invented story that could have happened in real life.
Vocabulary:


  1. crackle- make a series of small, sharp snapping noises

  2. announced- told something in a loud or official way

  3. soared- flew high in the air

  4. starry- full of many stars

  5. envelope- a flat paper container, often used for sending letters through the mail

  6. photograph- a picture made with a camera


Strategy: Analyze Story Structure

Story structure is the organization of a story so that there are characters, setting, and a plot with a beginning, middle, and end.


Skill: Character, Setting, Plot

Stories have characters. They are the people in the story, and their actions move the plot along. The setting is when and where the story takes place. A plot is made up of the events in a story. A plot has a beginning, middle, and end.


Grammar: Commands and Exclamations

A command is sentence that gives an order. It ends with a period. An exclamation is a sentence that shows excitement. It ends with an exclamation mark.


Spelling List: The CVCe Pattern

date, fine, rose, lake, life, home, safe, rice, globe, plane, wise, smoke, grade, smile, come



Review words: clap, crop, sick

Challenge words: sneeze, escape
Whose Habitat Is It?

Time For Kids



Story Overview:

In “Whose Habitat Is It?” the main idea is that some wild animals have lost the places in which they live. People are building houses and roads in the animals’ habitats.

Genre: Nonfiction Articles- gives information about real people, places, or things.

Vocabulary:


  1. neighborhood- community; small section of a town or city

  2. content- happy with what you are doing; satisfied

  3. addressing- working on a problem

  4. resort- to do something because there is no other choice


Strategy: Summarizing

Summarizing is a strategy helps readers understand what they have read. To summarize, good readers tell the main ideas and supporting details in a selection in their own words.


Skill: Main Idea and Details

Main ideas are the most important pieces of information, or ideas, that tell about the topic. Supporting details give more information about the main idea.


Grammar: Subjects

The subject of a sentence tells what or whom the sentence is about. The subject must be in agreement with the verb in the sentence.


Spelling List: Words with long a
fail, bay, pail, ray, plain, tray, trail, May, braid, sway, gray, plays, paint, snail, great
Review words:

safe, globe, rice


Challenge words:

lady, afraid


Penguin Chick


Betty Tathum

Story Overview:

The Penguin Chick tells about penguins and penguin eggs.


Genre: Narrative Nonfiction- a story or account about actual living things.
Vocabulary:

  1. fierce- very strong or violent

  2. whips- moves or hits quickly and suddenly

  3. echoes- repeats a sound

  4. shuffles- walking without lifting the feet off the ground

  5. huddle- a group of people or animals that is close together

  6. junior- the younger or smaller of two
  7. down- fine, soft feathers; from a higher to a lower place



Strategy: Summarizing

Summarizing is a strategy helps readers understand what they have read. To summarize, good readers tell the main ideas and supporting details in a selection in their own words.


Skill: Main Idea and Details

Main ideas are the most important pieces of information, or ideas, that tell about the topic. Supporting details give more information about the main idea.


Grammar: Predicates

The predicate of a sentence tells what the subject does or is.


Spelling List: Words with long o

gold, bowl, soak, sold, snow, loaf, roast, coast, scold, coal, slow, grows, show, float, blow


Review words:

snail, gray, plain


Challenge words:

window, program




The Perfect Pet

Margie Palatini



Story Overview:

The Perfect Pet is a funny story with a problem- Elizabeth wants a pet while her parents do not. It looks like Elizabeth is very determined and is going to do many things to get a pet. How she makes it happen will be the solution.



Genre:

Humorous Fiction- a made-up story written to make readers laugh.


Vocabulary:

  1. perfect- without a mistake or fault

  2. challenge- something that calls for work and effort

  3. healthy- well; not sick

  4. satisfy- to meet the needs of; to make happy

  5. manage- to succeed at doing something

  6. scratch- scrape or cut with nails or claws; cancel or strike out

  7. appetite- wanting to eat


Strategy: Analyze Story Structure

Story structure is the organization of a story so that there are characters, setting, and a plot with a beginning, middle, and end.

Skill: Problem and Solution

The problem in a story is what the main character wants to do, find out, or change. The action the character takes to solve the problem forms the plot.


Grammar: Compound Sentences

A compound sentence contains two related sentences joined by and or but.



Spelling List: Words with long i

mild, sky, pie, might, find, fight, ties, right, fry, tight, child, flight, bright, buy, dye


Review words:

soak, bowl, gold


Challenge words:

wind, children


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