Today we'll begin Unit 4: Our Changing World. As we read the five stories in this unit we'll explore the big ideas "How do things change? How do they stay the same?"
The Quilt Story, by Tony Johnston is this week's new Reading selection. This realistic fiction story centers around an heirloom quilt that gets passed from generation to generation. We'll also read about another quilt - a real one this time - in the paired selection Making Memories. This selection is an interview with Mary Jane McDonald who helped stitch a quilt made to commemorate the 200th birthday of Brewster, Massachusetts.
If you're new to The Lily Pad Site, here's how to get started. Your child can practice this week's vocabulary list words by playing the series of Java Games linked below in the Quia Activities section. There are four games that range in difficulty, beginning with Flashcards, then Match Game, Concentration, and finally Word Search. The words and definitions are available online by clicking the link to the List of Terms found near the top of any of the Java Games pages. Once your child has mastered matching the list words and definitions, he should click the link for the Cloze Activity which tests list vocabulary in sentence context.
The Useful Links section contains enrichment activities and information that correlate to this week's stories and skills, and are for your use at home. Our spelling list words contain two-syllable words that end with a consonant + le, so you'll find links to spelling games that stress the le word ending. This week's grammar skill is identifying adjectives, so I've included links for that skill near the bottom of the list.