Ms. Martinez's Reading Web Page

Cricket In Times Square
How To Eat Fried Worms
 How To Eat Fried Worms Scavenger Hunt
Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Stone Fox
Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Textbook Lessons
The Mystery of the Missing Lunch
A Walk in the Dessert
National Parks
 The Astronaut and the Onion
 The Raft
Mighty Jackie
Friend or Foe?
 My Brother Martin
Infromation Resources
 The Plains Indians
Word Study Page
Talking Book Creator
ELA Interactive Websites!!
Read,Write, Think
 Flip Book Creator
 PPT Games
 Study Zone Test Prep
 Study Zone Reading Resources
  Genre PPT
  TxCAE ELA lessons and tests
  Old Text Book Lessons


The Plains Indians

Lesson Power point
Plains Indians brainpop
Lesson Flip chart

1. loosened - made looser; set free or released

2. mysterious - very hard or impossible to understand, full of mystery

3. amazement - great surprise or wonder.

4. midst - a position in the middle of a group of people or things. 

5. responsibility - the quality or condition of having a job, duty , or concern.

6. patchwork - something put together out of many uneven or varied parts.

7. powwow - a traditional native American gathering to celebrate their customs.

8. traditions - the ideas, customs, or beliefs that are passed down from one generation to the next.

9. sacred - something that is sacred is considered holy or religious. 

10. sores - places where the skin has been broken or hurts. 


My Brother Martin
p. 304-323

Vocab ppt
 Word Study
Study Zone Test Prep
Study Zone Reading Resources
 ELA Interactive Websites!!
 MLK Brain Pop
 Civil Rights Brain Pop
 Martin Luther King wiki
 I have a Dream Video
 Rosa Parks Biography
 Thurgood Marshall Biography
Read Aloud Anthology "I have a Dream"
Skill: prefixes, suffixes
LEAP: Brainpop: Dictionary and Thesaurus:
Genre: Persusasive Speech - The goal of a persuasive speech is to convince someone to believe in the speaker's ideas.
1.ancestors- people from whom one is descended.
Your ancestors are people who were members of your family before the present generation. 

2. numerous -many
A group of people or things is numerous if there are many of them. After numerous tries Sally finally made the soccer team. 

3. segregation - the practice of separating one racial group from another.
Segregration is the separation of people or things. In America segregation meant separating people by color, making one group use different schools, restaurants, stores, and seats on the bus.

4. unsuspecting- not aware; not suspecting
To be unsuspecting is to be trusting. The happy puppy was unsuspecting that he was going to the vet. How is unsuspecting different from being cautious? 
5. avoided
6. injustice - unfairness, an unjust act. 
If an injustice takes place, something unfair has been done. Not allowing women to vote until 1920 was an injustice to women. What is an antonym for injustice?
1. Why do you think the author wrote about the childhood experiences of her brother?
2. Reread the last two pages of "My Brother Martin".What does the author mean when she says that her brother's dream "turned the world upside down"? 
3. Suppose you had met Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. when he was a child. What character traits would you both have in common. Use story details to help you answer the question.
4. Why is it important to correct injustice? Use story details and your own experience to support your answer.

Other Words to Think About:
waning - becoming smaller or fewer in number.
streetcar - a vehicle that holds many people and runs through city streets.
indignity something that insults a person's self respect
bigotry hatred or intolerance toward an entire group of people; injustice.
activist - a person who supports a cause.
unconstitutional - not in keeping with the constitution of a country state, or group.
nonviolence means not using physical force to express anger or disappointment.  How can you solve a difficult situation by using nonviolence?
Lesson Plan
People Who Made a Difference
Day 1
1. TLW explore the picture on pg. 304-305. Discuss Martin Luther King, Thurgood Marshall, Rosa Parks using above websites.(or use comprehension transparency 12 a and 12 b.
2. REad aloud anthology pg. 51-54. "I have a dream".
3. TTW introduce lesson vocabulary and copy definitions from website. TLW complete vocabulary practice book pg. 82.
Small Group: Work on persuasive letter from last week.
Day 2
Whole Group:
1. Review vocabulary.
2. Read and discuss story: "My Brother Martin" pg. 309-323. Use TE to question.
3. TLW Think, Pair, Share what the story was about.
Small Group
1. TLW answer comprehension questions about story using read and respond strategies.
2. Computer: any of the sites in the website table above.
3. Partner read the story over. 
Homework: Reread the story pg. 309-323.
Day 3
Whole Group
1. Review vocabulary.
2. Review questions.
3.Differentiated REading: Harriet Tubman AB ; Coretta Scott King ol; Fighting For Rights AL.
Small Group:
1. Complete Questions from story p 323
2. Computer: using above sites.
3. Literacy stations/Main Idea Folders. Start a looseleaf page and keep in the class folder. Put the card number. Partner check.
4. AR silent reading/test
Day 4
Whole Group
1. Review vocabulary.
2. TTW introduce "Dear Mrs. Parks" on pg. 324-325. Intro. new story vocabulary.p 324.
3. Discuss. Compare and Connect the two stories.
Small Group:
1. Continue rotating through centers. 
2. Continue with leveled readings.
3. Work on finishing persuasive letter. 
4. AR silent reading
Homework: Study for a test. 
Day 5
Weekly Quiz
Read or test on AR book. 


Friend or Foe?p 276
Roadrunner's Dance

Informational Article - You can learn information and facts from informational articles.
Folktale: a story based on the traditions of a peole or region told by parents to children and then by the children to their children.
Trickster Tales are folk tales, mostly about animals, in which one character tries to trick another.  Often the trickster ends up looking foolish.
Lesson PPT
Folktale-Beauty and the Beast
 Aesop's Fables Hare -Tortoise
 Folktale - Rumplestiltskin
 Author's purpose ppt
 Author's purpose ws
 Listening for Characters.../fable
 Make inferences about character's feelings...
A foe is the opposite of a friend. A foe is an enemy.
1. Interfere - To take part in the affairs of others when asked not to.
Example: Don't interfere in the other team's game.

2. Guardian - Someone or something who watches over and protects.
Big brothers sometimes act as guardians to their younger brothers and sisters.

3. Agile - able to move and react quickly and easily.
Example: Elderly people are not very agile. 

4. tottered- walked or moved with unsteady steps.
Example: The new baby tottered across the floor unsteadily.

5. awkward - without grace in movement or behavior
Example: Ballet dancers are graceful, not awkward. 
The soccer player tottered awkwardly after kicking the ball.

6. proclaimed - announced publicly
Example: Ms. Martinez proclaimed to the class that Sadie Pup was the best dog ever. 

    Answer the questions below in COMPLETE SENTENCES from the story, Roadrunner’s Dance.

    What is a folk tale?


    How did the author build suspense in the story?


    Why did the animals want to stop the Snake?


    What did they do to the roadrunner?


    How did the Snake react to the roadrunner?


    What was the author’s purpose for writing the story?

Lesson Plans
Day 1
1. Discuss genre, informational articles and definition.
2. Read and discuss "Roadrunners: Surprising Birds" on pg. 278-279 in text. Discuss highlighted vocab and predict meanings.
3. TTW introduce new vocab using ppt above. TLW copy definitions in ntbk.
4. Skill: Evaluating author's purpose on T 277. Review author's purpose ppt as needed:
5. TLW complete vocabulary practice book sheet pg. 75.

Day 2
TLW review vocabulary with ppt.
2. TLW preview story on pg. 280-297 with partner to predict .
3. Whole group: Read and discuss pg. 280-297 using teacher guide questions.
4. Small Group: Think pair share : summarize story.

Day 3
Whole Group
Review vocabulary
Small Group
1. Summarize the story:
2.Center: T 275-6 Fluency: Practice reading to a partner pg.75 ws.
3. Center: Synonyms # 21 Using a dictionary, look up the meanings of these words: guardian, awkward, ruckus, interfere, and agile. Use a thesaurus, fin a synonym for each word. Extension: use both the word and the synonym in a sentence.
4.  Computer: Look up coyotes on google and make a power point slide of 2-3 facts. Try to find out why the coyote is sometitmes called the little wolf.
5. Center: AR reading

Day 4
1. TTW introduce new content vocabulary and discuss genre of Fly catcher and coyote (Trickster Tales) T298. Compare the the stories read.
2. Rotate through literacy stations listed above - 30 minutes. Review center work.
Homework: Reading Test on Vocabulary and comprehension.

Day 5
TTW review vocabulary with ppt.
Review student written story summaries of Roadrunner's Dance
Review center work as needed.
Weekly Quiz/ REad AR book silently, take tests.


Mighty Jackie
The Strike Out Queen
Text pg. 152-157

 vocabulary power point
 Interactive Story Map to create and print
 Bio Cube Creator
 Create graphic organizers
 Grow your own story
 Studyzone ELA
 Create Word Dice
 Locate Guide Words ws
 Guide Words ws
 Making Inferences Lesson
 Draw conclusions and make inferences
 ELA Games
 Author's Purpose ws
 Author's Purpose ppt
 Inferences ppt
1. legendary - relating to a legend or famous tale.

2. insult - something said that hurts someone's feelings.

3. muttered - spoken in a low, unclear way.

4. gaped - stared at someone or something with the mouth open

5. flinched - drew back from something painful, dangerous, or unpleasant.

6. snickering - laughing in a disrespectful way.

7. fluke - accidental stroke or turn especially of good luck.

8. career - a person's job or profession.

9. orphanage - a home for children who do not have parents.

10. accomplishments - things you have successfully completed.

11. disease - a specific illness

Comprehension questions:
1. What was the author's purpose for writing this selection?
2. Who were the two famous players that Jackie struck out?
3. What does the striking out of these players tell us about Jackie?
4. How did Jackie feel when she heard the boys saying insults to each other?
5. Why did the author give so much information on Jackie's childhood?

Lesson Plans:
Day 1:
Whole Group:
1. Review genre:
This story was Historical fiction.
2. Introduce vocabulary using ppt:
Students copy in notebook.
Small group: 
1. Partner read pg. 150-151 "Women Pick Up the Ball".
2. Silent reading - AR

Day 2
Whole Group
1. Review vocabulary with word cubes or ppt.
Author's purpose:
2. REad and discuss pg. 152-169. "Mighty Jackie"3. 
Small Group:
1. Answer questions above on webpage into notebook.
2. Computer: Create a graphic organizer for character traits using:
3. Silent Reading - AR
4. Write a sentence with vocabulary words on chart paper or promethean board.
5. Work with teacher.

Day 3
Whole Group:
1. Review vocabulary.
2. Skill: Making inferences:
3. TTW introduce new content vocabulary and discuss genre of third reading: Baseball Greats pg. 170-173. Discuss, connect, compare.
Small Group:
1. Work with teacher.
2. Make a double bubble map to compare and contrast Baseball Greats and Mighty Jackie.
3. computer: ELA Games
4. Text pg. 143
5. AR

Day 4
1.Review vocab.
2. Read and respond"Unfamiliar words: LEAP practice book pg. 29
LEAP Practice book pg. 30 -31
3. Review story questions.
4. Writing activity on pg. 174: Write a persuasive letter. to convince a friend or family member to do something.  List 3 good reasons. Persuasive writing power point:
Homework: Test

Day 5
Weekly Quiz
Silent reading

1. Fluency Center: pg. 41 in practice book worksheet
2. Word Study: Sportscaster (word study) card 11 Look up the following words in the dictionary: exhibition, flinched, fluke, gaped, insult, legendary, major league, mutered, pitcher, and snickering.  Use each word in a sentence. Use context clues to help readers figure out the meaning of the words. 
3. Writing: pf. 11 Choose your favorite sports team. Write a letter to a friend telling why our team is a great team.  Use reasons that will persuade your friend to agree with you. Share your letter witha partner. Ask your partner if your letter was persuasive enough. 
4. computer: ELA games:
5. Silent Reading AR/ test.


The Mystery of the Missing Lunch Text pg. 18-19

 Missing Lunch Reading Reindeer Avatar Story Reading
 Lesson Plan
 Missing Lunch Vocabulary ppt
Day 1

Genre: Short Story
     A short story has all the elements of a novel: setting, plot, characters conflict, theme, but the story unfolds faster because it is shorter. 
Define:Assignments are tasks to complete.
Example:The teacher's assignments to us were to read the next story and to answer the questions about it. 
Ask:What assignments have you recently been given?

Define:Giving something consideration means taking time to think about it.
Example:At least he gave the idea  some consideration.
Ask:What is a synonym for consideration?

Define:Allergies are physical symptoms caused by the body's over reaction to things. 
Example:Alysse's allergies to pollen made it hard for her to breathe in the spring.
Ask:What things do you know that may cause allergies?

Define:To accuse someone is to say that the person did something wrong. 
Example:I would knot accuse you of something you did not do.
Ask:How might a lawyer prepare to accuse someone of a crime?

Define:When something looks or seems suspicious to you, it makes you feel mistrustful.
Example:His eagerness to go to the game is suspicious, because I know he doesn't like baseball.
Ask:What is an antonym for suspicious?

Define:Evidence is used to show whether something is true.
Example:The evidence shows that she is not guilty.
Ask:What is the difference between evidence and opinion?

Define:When you consume something, you use it up or eat it.
Example:We all need to consume more fresh fruits and vegetables.
Ask:What are your favorite items to consume?

Practice book O pg 1
Vocabulary Practice Vocabulary Activity
allergiesassignmentssuspicious   accuse   consideration  consume  evidence

 Write a complete sentence to answer each question.
1. Why would a detective be suspicious if someone got caught telling a lie?
2. How does a detective make sure that evidence is not destroyed?
3. What does a detective give careful consideration to?
4. Will a detective accuse someone when all the clues are in?
5. Did the suspects come to the table only to consume a meal?
6. If Tanya has allergies, can she avoid sneezing at the crime scene?
7. Do detectives get assignments every day?
  Now use one of the words above in your own sentence.   GC Mystery ppt link

     The Plot is what happens in a story.  The plot often includes a problem and a solution to the problem.
     A problem and solution chart can help you make inferences and analyze a story.
Problem - Action - Action - Action - Solution
  The Problem in a story is a question, mystery, or some difficulty that one or more characters must deal with.
     The Solution in a story is how the problem is fixed or solved. 

          An author does not always tell a reader everything that is happening in a story.  Good readers use their own prior knowledge and details that the author does not include to make inferences, or draw reasonable conclusions, about the characters and the plot.  To make inferences readers analyze or think critically about the charters' experiences and compare these to their own experiences. Practice Bk. pg. 2
Daily Writing Prompt: What abilities or skills must every good detective have?

Day 2

Genre: Mystery

     A mystery is a story in which the charactters and the reader must use clues to find the explanation for a troubling event. 
  In the beginning of a mystery story, the author describes a puzzling situation.  The characters in the story try to find out who did something or how it happened. 

  To solve a problem, a character often compares new information with facts that were gathered earlier. 

     In a mystery, a clue might be in plain sight all along.  The author tells the story in such a way that neither the characters nor the reader becomes aware of the clue right away. 

Story Words
1. alibi - (pg. 24) a story or excuse; a reason why someone could not have committed a crime.
2. succession - (pg. 26) one after the other
3. culprit(pg. 28) - the one who is guilty or at fault
4. anxious(pg. 34) -  worried or nervous
Can you solve the mystery before Ramon does?
(Fill in your problem and solution chart. Practice bk pg 3 on activ board)
What is the puzzling situation in this story?
Author's Purpose
     When an author writes a mystery or uses humor, the main purpose is usually to enterain.  However, Johanna Hurwitz also shows readers how Ramon uses clues to solve a problem, so she also may be writing in part to explain.  More Information
Daily Writing Prompt: What is your favorite mystery story or movie? Tell about it in a few sentences.

Day 3
Comprehension Check
Summarize: Use your Problem and Solution chart to help you summarize The Mystery of the Missing Lunch.  Describe Ramon's problem and the steps he took to solve it.

Think and Compare.
1. Describe one piece of evidence Ramon gathered to solve the mystery.  How did that piece of evidence help him? 
2. Reread the last paragraph on pg. 28. What conclusion does Ramon draw about Jack? Use story details in your answer.
3. How would you have tried to solve this mystery? Explain.
4. Think about Ramon's problem solving methods. In your opinion, are they effective? Explain your answer.
5. Read"The Case of the Blurry Board" on pg. 18-19. How is Jason's method of solving a problem similar to Ramon's Use details from both stories in your answer. 

Dictionary Skill: Guide Words

Guide Words show the first and last words on a dictionary page.
 Quia Guide Word Practice
 Spelling words ws
 Slam Dunk Guide Words Game
 Quia Reference Skills
 Dictionary & Thesaurus Brainpop
 Guide Words Flip Chart

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A Walk in the Dessert
pg. 48-65

 Lesson Vocabulary ppt
 Vocabulary List
 Genre ppt
  Story Avatar
 Main Idea Graphic Organizers
 Test Tutor- main ideas- Harcourt
 Study Zone Main ideas
 Desert Information
 Sample Cinquains
 What are cinquains?
Beacon - Get the idea


shimmer- to shine with a soft light

eerie- strange in  a scary way

lurk- to lie hidden

swallows- takes in food or liquid through the mouth and passes to the stomach

climate- the average weather conditions of a place or region throughout the year.

silken - soft, smooth, and shining

lumbering- moving about in a clumsy way

biome - a community of living things

survival - life

saguaro - a type of cactus that is tall and has few branches

nocturnal - staying awake at night and sleeping during the day

crevices - narrow cracks

Reading:  Fluency Center; Select a paragraph from the Fluency passage on page 11 of your practice book.  With a  partner take turns reading the sentences aloud.  Adjust your reading pace so that you are reading at the right speed.
Word Study: What does it mean? Look up these words in the dictionary: climate, crevices, nocturnal, shimmer.  Write one definition for each word. use each of the words in a sentence. Include context clues. Write a story using your favorite words - with your partner.
Word Study: Find Long a words:  Find long a words in "A Walk in the Dessert".  Write down each word on the wipe erase board. Sort them by long vowel sounds.
Computer Research: Do a google seach on deserts. List 5 facts about deserts on the chart paper.
Writing Center: Use the guide to write a cinquain about deserts or an animal in the desert.
Main Idea
Deserts have a very dry climate. Deserts get little rain. 
A single storm might be heavy.
Months or years may pass between rains.
Other creatures use old woodpecker holes for homes. Two flycatchers live in one hole.
Bees live in another.
An owl lives in third.
Wood  rats use various materials to build large nests for protection. The nests are enormous.  They are made of just about anything.  They protect the wood rats from predators and heat.
Some desert animals are active during the day. Insects, such as ants, beetles, and grasshoppers, are on the move.
Spiders spin webs.
At midday, it is extremely hot in the desert. Coyotes pant.
It is over 100 degrees.
The sun is a fireball.
Animals move into shade.


Cinquain ("cin-kain") is a five-line form that uses a syllable count of two-four-six-eight-two. A "cinquain" (from cinq the French word for five) usually follows this organization:

Line 1: a one-word line, a noun, that gives the poem its title 
Line 2: two adjectives that describes what the poem is about 
Line 3: three action -ing verbs that describe something the subject of the poem does 
Line 4: a phrase that indicates a feeling related to the subject of the poem 
Line 5: a one-word line, noun, that sums about the poem is about, essentially renaming it 

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Our National Parks
Text pg. 74-77

 Lesson Vocabulary ppt
Vocabulary List 


1. completed - done, finished. 
2. journey- A trip, especialy one over a considerable distance or taking 
              a considerable amount of time.
3. natural- 1. unchanged by people.
                (We hiked through natural surroundings). 
             2. expected or normal.
                (The natural home of the dolphin is the ocean.)
4. wildlife- living things, especialy the animals that live naturally in an area. 
             (We saw lots of wildlife on our hike in the woods.)
5. roamed -  Moved around in a large area. 
             (The grizzly bear over a wide valley and the nearby mountains.)
Ecosystem- a community of living things

restore - to fix or bring back

graze - to feed on plants throughout the day

flourish - to do well, to live and grow.

preyed upon - hunted and eaten

1. Fluency - Select a paragraph from the Fluency passage on page 18 of your practice book. With a partner take turns reading the passage.
2. Word Study - Compound words - Compound words occur when two words join together to form one word.  Use the following base words to create a list of your own compound words; road, good, over, earth, land, and home. 
Make a list of any other compound words for the chart.
3. Word study: Write these words on the wipe erase board; peep, beam, heal, and thief. underline the letters in each word that spell the long e sound. Write words that rhyme with that sound and have the same spelling. 
Find and list long e words in your story.

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The Astronaut and the Onion
pg. 84-99
Reading Skill: Identify a character's Traits

Vocabulary Power point

 Vocabulary p 22
 Analyze Character pg. 23
 Character Web pg 24
 Using a diagram pg 26
Using a Dictionary pg. 27
 Phonics - Long i-p 28

Definition: Showing people, things, or events as they appear in everyday life. 
Sentence: You might want to be a rockstar, but finishing school is a more realistic goal.
Definition- showing good judgement.
Sentence - If you are biking, wearing a helmet is sensible.
Definition- long narrow flags shaped like triangles.
Sentence - Many people have LSU pennants in their rooms or flying from their cars.
Time Warp
Definition - a shift in the progress of time that causes it to stop, slow down, or speed up.
Sentence - I felt like I was in a time warp as i was falling down the stairs.
Definition - unable to move or act
Sentence - Erica was so nervous about her speech, she felt paralyzed.
Definition - a person trained to fly in a spacecraft.
Sentence - Astronaut Mae Jemison was the first African American female astronaut.
Definition - Everything that exists including Earth, the planets, stars, and all of space.
Sentence - The universe is so large that everything in space is very far apart.
Definition - having no limit or end
Sentence - There seemed to be an endless amunt of water after the hurricane.
Definition - complained or objected to something.
Sentence - Ms. M. protested that fur people should not be used in testing. 

Comprehension Questions
1. What is the setting of the story and who was the main character?
2. Why was Gloria described as wild and daring?
3. What details does Gloria notice about Dr. Street's appearance?
4. What is a good character trait of Dr. Street?
5. What character traits do Gloria and Dr. Street share?

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The Raft
pg. 108-137

Character, Setting, Plot
Characters - people or animals in the story (who)
Setting - the time and place that the story takes place.
Plot - what happened in the story - the main events. 

Realistic Fiction - a made up story that could have happened in real life. 

Comprehension Transparencies 5a, 5b - Rafting, Ready or Not pg. 110-111
 Vocabulary PPT
 Vocab WS pg 29
 Characters, Setting, plot pg 30

1. Raft - a flat boat made of logs fastened together.

2. scattered - spread or thrown about in various places

3. cluttered - appearing crowded with items.

4. downstream - in the same direction as the current or stream.

5.  nuzzle - to touch or rub with nose.

6. snorkel - a mask with a curved tube worn in the water

7. otter - a furry animal that lives on or near water.

8. bobber- a fishing float

9. disgust - showing a feeling of strong dislike

10. cattails - tall, thin plants with brown fuzzy flowers

11. tackle box - a container that holds fishing supplies

Comprehension Questions
1. What is the setting of the story?
2. Why did Nicky not want to go to Grandma's?
3. What did Nicky find on the raft?
4. What did Nicky do to the fawn at the end of the story?
5. What was the genre of the story? What does this mean?

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Old Text Book Lessons
Unit 1 Lesson 1.1
"My Name Is Maria Isabel"
Text pg. 74-89

Essential Questions
- How can one person make a change?
- How can having courage influence my choices?
- Why is good sportsmanship important to a team? When is it OK to break the rules?

1. pageant - n. A performance in honor of an important event or holiday: Sasha played the aprt of a general in the town's history pageant. syn. show.

2. restless- adj. Unable to rest or relax:The cattle were restless as they sensed the coming storm.
syns. nervous, uneasy

3. tropical - adj. Having to do with the hot area of the earth: A tropical storm can develop into a hurricane.

4. rehearsals - n. Preparation  and practice before an actual performance: The actors read their lines during rehearsals.  syn. drill

5. attentively- adv. With great interest and with careful attention: Juan listened attentively to the directions. syn. intently

6. troublesome - adj. Causing difficulty and worry:Carl's odd behavior was troublesome to his parents. syn. bothersome.

Bonus words to know:   pinatamenorahlatkes

Vocabulary In Context
Overhead pg. 14
 Are you ready for a spectacular holiday play?
Don't miss Wilson School's Winter Pageant!

     If you're feeling restless.  come to our show.  You won't be disappointed.  We'll be dressed in our holiday best.  We'll sing songs from many lands.  The play's theme is celebrating the holidays on a tropical island.  We'll have a set filled with palm trees and bright flowers.  People say "practice makes perfect." Weeks of rehearsals have made our show great.  Listen attentively so you won'tmiss a thing!
     After the show, stay for punch and cookies in the library.  If you find holiday shopping troublesome, visit our gift-making booth.  You can learn to make great gifts from recycled materials!





Workbook pg 1
Write the vocabulary word that matches the synonyms.
pageant        restless        tropical        rehearsals        attentively        troublesome

1.  bothersome; annoying _______________________

2. practice times; preparations _________________________

3. thoughtfully ; with great interest   ______________________

4.  show; performance _________________________

5. hot climate; wet and humid _______________________________

6.  uneasy; not still _____________________________________

Skill: Prefixes and Suffixes
Overhead pg 15; Text pg. T118

A prefix is a word part that is added to the beginning of a word to change the word's meaning.

A suffix is a word part that is added to the end of a word to change the word's meaning.


Base Word
New Word
Un - (Not)
even (smooth and flat)
uneven (not smooth and flat)
The old road was uneven in many places.

Base Word
New Word
-ly ("in a way that is")
proud ( "filled with pride")
proudly ( in a way that is filled with pride. )
After Mary won the race, she proudly accepted the medal.

 Prefix-Suffix Game to print
 Prefix-Suffix Interactive Game
 Prefix/Suffix Flip Chart
 Transforming meaning with prefixes/suffixes chart
 Brainpop prefixes/suffixes

Workbook pg. 17

full of
too much
the act of
capable of
opposite of
in a certain way

1. To spell wrong ________________________

2. when you perform _____________________

3. not prepared  _________________________

4. in a clear way  ________________________

5. full of humor _________________________

6. to write again _________________________

7. to eat too much  ______________________

8. without hope  ___________________________

9.  able to be read _________________________

10.  the opposite of respect ______________________

Skill: Library/Media
Workbook pg. 19
 Library Terms Flip Chart
Look at the word list. On each line, write the name of the section of the library that is the best lace to find that item.

reference books,  computer,     magazines,     nonfiction,     fiction,     poetry,     card catalog,

1. an encyclopedia article about Mexico _____________________________

2. a book of holiday poems  _______________________________________

3. the names of all the books about Hanukkah__________________________________________________

4. the novel called In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson___________________________________

5. a biography of Roberto Clemente _______________________________________________

6. the names of all the books written by Gary Soto  ______________________________________

7. the meaning of the word diffident ____________________________________________________

8. a map of Puerto Rico  ______________________________________________________________

9.  a book of short stories  ___________________________________________________________

10. a copy of the latest issue of National Geographic World  _________________________________

Comprehension Questions

1.  What is Maria Isabel’s favorite Winter Pageant song about?

2. Why can’t Maria Isabel sing in the Winter Pageant?

3.  Why does Maria Isabel feel like her problems are not like those of the characters  in books?

4.  How do Maria Isabel’s parents feel about her singing in the play?

5.  Why does Maria Isabel feel as though she is caught in a sticky spider’s web?

6.  Why does Maria Isabel think that Wilbur and her parents are somewhat alike?

7.  Shortly after Maria gets to school it starts to drizzle.  What does drizzle mean?

8.  What is Maria’s first wish when she starts to write “My Greatest Wish?”

9.  Maria Isabelle’s teacher believes something about Maria that is not true. What does she think that is not true?

10.  Write one or two words that best describe Maria Isabel.  Give a reason for your answer.

11.  In the middle of the selection, Maria is unhappy. Write four things that she wants.


12.  When does Maria Isabel find the courage to say that she wants to sing in the Winter Pageant?


Unit 1: Lesson 1.3
Lou Gehrig
Text pg. 96-113

Essential Questions
- How can one person make a change?
- How can having courage influence my choices?
- Why is good sportsmanship important to a team? When is it OK to break the rules?
 Take Me Out To the Ball Game
 Lou Gehrig
 Lou Gehrig -short text
 Lou Gehrig's Disease
 Biography Genre -GO Chart
 Biographies on line list
 More Biographies
 Lou Gehrig Website``

 Biography Maker

1. courageous adj. Brave:The courageous firefighter saved a child from the smoky room.  syn. fearless

2.  salary - n. The amount of money that a person gets for doing a jobJosh receives his salary every Friday. syn. pay

3. tremendous - adj. Very large The diver in the shark cage saw only the shark's tremendous open mouth.  syn. enormous.

4.  appreciation -n. Recognition for good qualitiesgratitude for something good. He received an award in appreciation of his work.  syn. gratefulness.

5.  valuable -adj. Having great worth and meaning, either in terms of money or in personal terms: A good education is a valuable tool for reaching one's goals.  syn. precious.

6.  modest - adj. Not showy; proper and quiet in mannerPat ismodest about his art ability, but he is actually very talented.  syns. unassuming, humble .

7.  sportsmanship n. Conduct, such as fair play, expected of an athleteThe losing team showed good sportsmanship by cheering for the winning team.

Bonus Words

stadiumshortstopumpireleague fielding

Vocabulary In Context
OH p. 21

     Jim Thorpe was a courageous man and one of the greatest athletes of all time.  He was good at every sport he tried.
     Like most Americans, some of Jim Thorpe's ancestors were immigrants.  Unlike most Americans, Jim Thorpe was also the grandson of Native Americans.  Jim's father encouraged his appreciation for the outdoors.  Jim had tremendous talent, but he was modest about his abilities.  He always played fairly, and he was known among his schoolmates for his sportsmanship.  At the 1912 Olympic Games Jim Thorpe proved he as a valuable American athlete.  After the Olympics Jim Thorpe continued his athletic career, receiving a salary as part of the New York Giants baseball team.

What I Know
What I Want To Know
What I Learned

 Lou Gehrig Review Flip Chart       Fourth Grade Writing Links        Biography Questions To Ask

 Genre Flip Chart          Create a Timeline -Interactive        Fact Monster Biography List

Reading Skill: Root Words PPt. #5

Time Line - Lou Gehrig

June 19, 1903  Henry Louis Gehrig was born.

April 26, 1923  Lou signed to play baseball with the Yankees.

1936  Lou was selected as the Leagues MVP.

1938  Lou stopped hitting.

May 2, 1939   Lou benched himself for the good of the team.

November 13, 1939    Lou had a serious disease.

July  4, 1939    Lou Gehrig Day

December, 1939    Lou was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

June 2, 1941    Lou died.

Lou Gehrig Comprehension Questions

Reading Comprehension Questions:  Lou Gehrig, the Luckiest Man
Answer the following questions in complete sentences.  Use your book to find the page number where each answer can be found.  Use part of the question to start your answer.

1.  What was the amazing record that Lou Gehrig set?
2.  In this selection, what does modest mean?
3.  Why did Lou Gehrig have the nickname Iron Horse?

4.  In 1927 and 1936, baseball writers selected Lou Gehrig to receive what award?

5.  In 1938, Lou Gehrig first noticed that he was having problems. What happened?

6.  Lou said that he was benching himself for the good of the team.  What did he mean?

7.  Why did Lou Gehrig quit baseball?


8.  How did Lou still participate in the game even when he couldn’t play?

9.  What did the Yankees do when Lou Gehrig was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame?

10.  In what years do the baseball events in this selection take place?

11.  Why did the Yankee team and Yankee fans make July 4, 1939, Lou Gehrig Appreciation Day?

12.  Why did Lou Gehrig believe that he was the “luckiest man on the face of the earth”?



Stone Fox
By John Reynolds Gardiner
(John Reynolds Gardiner heard a legend in a coffee shop that inspired him to write a story.  He created the characters, but the story is reported to have actually happened.)
Enduring Understandings

People gain stength in various ways.
Adversity provides opportunity for growth.

Essential Questions

What is courage?
What are obstacles and how can they be overcome?

Courage: to face fears with determination and confidence.
Fear: to be afraid of something.
Name some courageous people that you know, that you've read about.

 Stone Fox Vocabulary Lessons and Comprehension

 Stone Fox Online Questions

 Stone Fox folder Games

Stone Fox Jeopardy

 Blank Power Point Template for Summarizing the story.

Story PodCasts
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10

Vocabulary ppt

1. p. 13 harvest: the season when crops are gathered.

2. p. 23 purchased: to get by paying money

3. pg. 37 taxes: money collected by the government from people or businesses for  public use.

4. pg.47stunned: to affect with shock

5. pg. 47 amateurs:  people who take part in something without having experience or skill in it.

6. pg. 57 legends:  old stories that are widely believed but cannot be proven to be true.

7. pg 58 treacherous:  not safe because of hidden dangers

8. pg. 58 courage:  the strength ofmind that makes one able tomeet danger and difficulties with firmness.

9.  pg. 71 disqualified:  to make or declare unfit or not qualified

10. pg. 73  magnificent:   having impressive beauty, very grand

Complete the following questions in your reading folder. REMEMBER to restate the question in your answer.
Example: What was the name of the dog?  The name of the dog was Searchlight.

1. Page 5  What was the name of the doctor that helped Grandfather?

2. Page 6  How did the doctor know that Grandfather was really sick?

3.  Page 9  What did the doctor say was wrong with Grandfather?

4.  Page 16  What did Grandfather's signals mean?

5.  Page 20  How did Little Willy complete the Harvest?

6.  Page 23  According to Miss Williams, what did little Willy do too much?

7.  Page 25  How did little Willy harvest the potatoes?

8.  Page 28  How do you know that Searchlight knows the path to the farm?

9.  Page 33-34  Who was Clifford Snider and what did he want from Grandfather?

10.  Page 42-43  Why did little Willy go to the bank?

11.                        Did he get what he wanted?

12.  Page 44  What does little Willy see when he visits Chester?

13. Page 48 How does little Willy pay for the entrance fee?

14.  Page 51  Describe Stone Fox.

15. Page 54  Why did Stone Fox refuse to speak to a white man?


Answer the following true or false.
_____  You can use courage in positive or negative ways.

_____  It is easier to be courageous if you are popular.

___  Students at school are often courageous.

____  Peer pressure is not a big deal.

_____ It takes courage to admit to others wehn you made a mistake.

_____  It is always better tokeep out of things unless it directly involves you.

Rank the following from most courageous (1) to least courageous (6).

___  To try out for a sports team when you're not sure ifyo will make the team.

___  To try to make a new friend when you're not sure if they will like you.

___  To say NO to comeone who is offering you to cheat on a test.

___  To try something new in front of your friends when you have never tried it before.

___  To admit toyour parents that you told them a lie.

___ To helpsomeone who is "not cool" who is being bullied.

STudy Guide Questions:
Questions: Be able to answer these
1. What is the main idea of the novel?
2. What was the problem at the beginning of the story?
3. What did the Doctor tell Little Willy?
4. What did Little Willy find out was bothering Grandfather to make him sick?
5. What might happen to Grandfather and Little Willy if their problem wasn’t solved?
6. What did Grandfather need to do to solve the problem?
7. How does  Little Willy decide to solve the problem?
8. Why does Stone Fox come to town?
9. What will Little Willy do if he wins the race?
10. Why did Little Willy have to carry Searchlight across the finish line?
11. In the novel, the author uses the simile “his face was as hard as stone” to describe who?
12. How do you know this is realistic fiction?

Be able to answer these questions with complete sentences.
1. Explain what you think Grandfather meant when he told Little Willy, “Where there’s a will there’s a way.”
2. Why did Stone Fox help Little Willy at the end of the race?

Writing Prompt:
 Read the topic in the box below and write a well organized composition of at least 100-150 words.  Be sure to follow the suggestions listed under the box.

Writing Topic
      Your teacher has asked you to write about a time when you acieved a personal goal. Explain the goal and how you achieved your goal.  Be sure that your teacher understands why the goal is important to you and how the achievement of this goal has changed your life or the life of others.

You should have 5 paragraphs: opening, three detail paragraphs, closing. Be sure that yoru composition has a beginning, a middle, and an end.  Give specific details.  Be sure to write clearly.  Check your writing for corrrect spelling, grammar, punctuation.

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The Seven Children
Theme 2: Text pg. 138-147

Enduring Understandings

1. Stories often teach lessons about human behavior.
2. It is important to help others.

Essential Questions

1. What lesson does this story teach?
2. Why is it important to work together?

 Working Together Bubble Map

Pretend you are spending the day in the woods. Brainstorm in small groups a list of items you will need for the day. Make a class list.

How should someone prepare to spend time outdoors? What are the consequences of not having the necessary items?

Vocabulary Words
anticipation     unfamiliar    thicketclearing    unity

1. anticipation - n. the feeling of looking forward to something: George's anticipation about his birthday was so great that he could not sleep.  syn. expectation.

2. unfamiliar - adj. Not known:  Your name is unfamiliar to me, but I recognize your face. syn . strange

3. thicket - n. Bushes and trees that grow very close together:  We could not hike throughthe thicket, so we had to go around it. syn. undergrowth

4. clearing - n. A place where trees and shrubs have been cut away:  The campers pitched their tents in the clearing. Workbook pg. 36

More Words
flint stones     kindlingcanteenmosquitoes

Vocabulary In context OH pg. 34

     "Let's go this way," Kyle said.  "This path is unfamiliar and may take us to a really neat place."
    "Look at the chipmunk!" Mara cried out as she pointed to some low bushes. "It just darted from that thicket."
    "I wonder what we'll see next!" Kyle said, full of anticipation.

"This clearing is a perfect place for a picnic because it's so open." Mom said.
"Great,"  Kyle said.  "Now can we please eat? I'm starving!"

"Picnics are fun," said Dad.  "especially when we work together in unity.  It makes everyone feel good."

Genre: Fable
A fable is a brief story.
It has a moral (teaches a lesson about behavior).
Example: The Emperor's New Suit

SKILL: Predicting Outcomes (oh35)

     You can use clues from a story to predict what might happen next.  Think carefully about what happens in the story, including what the characters do and say, and what  you already know from real life.

     Last week Rob bought a baseball glove with his own money.  Today Lara wants to borrow the glove.  Lara has lost two backpacks and a sweater so far this year.  what do you predict Rob will do?

Story Clues
Rob paid for the glove with his own money.
Laura has lost several things this year.

What I Already Know
If I use my own money to buy something, I take better care of it. 
If I lend something to someone who loses things, I take a risk that what I lend will be lost.
                     Prediction: Rob won't lend Lara the glove.

Ben asked his mother what she wanted for her birthday.
"Don't spend money." Mom said."Just do something nice."
Ben remembered that his mom said she was too busy to weed their garden every Saturday.  That gave him an idea.  What do you think Ben will do?
 Workbook pg. 38  and Workbook pg 39


Homophones are words that sound alike but have different meanings and spellings.
heard - herd        tail - tale        knight - night        mourning - morning

weight - wait        aweigh - away        bee -  be        no - know

hour - our        by - buy
Workbook pg. 40


Use a Flow Map to put the main events of the story in order.

Comprehension Questions

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The Garden of Happiness
Enduring Understandings

1. Stories often teach lessons about human behavior.
2. It is important to help others.
3. It is important to accept others' differences to accomplish a group task.

Essential Questions
1. What lesson does this story teach?
2. Why is it important to work together?
3. How are character and events in literature like people and events in real life?


Day 1
        1. What does this mural remind you of?
       2. What do you like or dislike about it?
        3. What does the picture tell without words?
        4. If you could create a mural, what would you include? What would be your subject?

How can creating a mural make a neighborhood a better place?
What are other ways people can work together to make their neighborhoods better places to live?
How do these actions improve the quality of life in  community?


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"Sarah, Plain and Tall"

Enduring Understandings
-All living things grow and change.
-One change can lead to another.
-Facts are true statements. Opinions are not necessarily true.
Essential Questions
-How can we benefit from change? How is growing and changing a part of life?
-How can one change cause other changes?
- How is fact different than opinion
Genre: Historical Fiction:
The Setting is a real time and place of the past.
It may include  actual historical figures as characters.
It may include some events that really happened.
It may include some made-up events and details.

In this story we will see how one family grows and changes when a possible new family member joins them.

Vocabulary Power Point

Vocabulary: alarmed, windbreak, conch, paddock, rustle

Read the following story to see if you can figure out the meaning of the vocabulary words.

  A Mysterious Tale

     The other night, I heard some noise coming from the windbreak between our house and the beach.  I looked out at the row of pine trees that protects our house from the ocean wind.  I thought I might be hearing the rustle of branches in the wind, but I couldn't be sure.
     The next morning, I was alarmed to find that someone had let our hourse out of the paddock.  As I led  it back through the gate, I was puzzled.  Who had been there?
     That night, I hid in the trees to see if I could find out.  Soon I heard the noise again.  Then I saw a huge raccoon playing with a conch shell.  Now it made sense: The curious critter probably was trying to climb the gate, and it must have knocked the latch open.  The mystery was solved.

alarmed - frightened or worried.

windbreak - a row of trees, used to block the wind.

conch - a large spiral shell 

paddock - a fenced in piece of land usually used for grazing horses

rustle - a soft sound made by things rubbing together.

Questions to Think About When Reading:

1. Where does Sarah want Seal, her cat, to stay?
2. How is the shell of the moon snail special?
3. Who is the story teller in this selection?
4. Where does this selection take place?
5. Who loves Sarah first?
6. What do Kaleb and Anna hope will happen?
7. Why does Caleb smile at the name of the flower Sarah has never seen?
8. Why do Papa and Caleb start saying ayuh?
9. How does Anna know that Sarah cut Papa's hair?
10. Why does Sarah brus her hair long and free and tie it back?
11. Why do anna and Caleb worry that Sarah misses Maine?
12. Why are Anna and Caleb pleased when Sarah tells her brother about "our dune"?

Drawing Conclusions

Authors do not always tell readers everything in a story.  Readers must use story information and their own knowledge to help them understand  a story. This is drawing a conclusion.

Murray had applied for a job at the library.  A week had passes since he applied and he had not heard anything . Then he got a letter from thelirary.  He frowned as he read the letter.  Then he crumpled it up and threw it in the trash.

What the Words Say: Murray frowned as he read the letter.  He crumpled it up and threw it away.

What I already Know: People frown when they are upset.  People sometimes become upset if they don't get what they want.

Conclusion: The letter said that Murray did not get the job at the library.

 Drawing Clusions Interactive Practice
 More Practice
 Flip Chart
 Lesson plans

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The Kids' Invention Book
p 346-357

 Vocabulary PPT
 Vocabulary Web
Comprehension Questions
Skill: Main Idea


1. document - n. A printed or written record that contains information: A passport is a document that allows you to travel from one country to another.

2. prosthetic- adj. Having to do with a replacement body part, such as a tooth, an eye, or a limb.: With her prosthetic hand, Hilda could draw.

3. device- n. A piece of equipment that was designed to so a certain task:  The telephone is a communication device.

4. disability n. A condition, such as an illness or injury, that interferes with normal activity: The special Olympics is a sports event for athletes with disabilities.

5. circular - adj. In the shape of a circle: The wheel turned with a circular motion. syn. round

6. scholarship- n. The quality and character of a serious student: Ray's high grades showed good scholarship. syn. studiousness

7. modify - v. to change slightly:  Since it is raining, we will have to modify our plans for the class picnic. syn. alter.

Comprehension Questions

1. According to the story, how can inventions help people?
2. Why did chester Greenwood invent earmuffs?
3. What is the name of a device that replaces a missing body part?
4. Why didn't Reeba make a  working model of her invention?
5. What do Chester Greenwood's and Josh Parson's inventions have in common?
6. What did Dr. Smith suggest about Larry's sprinkler?
7. What do Reeba's and Larry's inventions have in common?
8. What is one way to begin creating an invention?
9. after brainstorming, what is the next step in creating an invention?
10. In creating an invention, what is the next step after choosing a solution?
11. Why did Josh Parsons invent the prosthetic catch and throw device?
12. How do you know if you have created a new invention?

Introducing Vocabulary

Announcer: Today we are visiting Dr. Lester Colton, the noted inventor. doctor, what is that device?
Dr. Colton: Well, Sheila, this is a special prosthetic device for a runner who does not have a foot.
Announcer:  You have invented several other devices to help people with disabilities,haven't you?
Dr. Colton: Yes, Let me show you this docuent. It's my patent application for a newkind of circular door designed for people in wheelchairs.
Announcer: Didn't you also figure out a way to modify bicycles so people whose legs are not strong can use them?
Dr. Colton: I'm working on that now.  By the way, let me say one thing to young inventors: Work hard and keep thinking.  You might win a scholarship award or an inventors' competition!

Skill: Main Idea

 Main Idea WS 1
 Main Idea WS 2
  Beacon Learning Practice 
 Harcourt Skill Practice
 Interactive Practice

Worksheet 1

Main Idea: The main idea of a paragraph is what all the sentences are about. Read the paragraph and ask, “What’s your point?” That will help you zero in on the main idea.

DIRECTIONS: Read each paragraph carefully. Choose the best answer to the questions that follow.

1. Juan loves to play games. His favorite game is chess because it requires a great deal of thought. Juan also likes to play less demanding board games that are based on luck. He prefers Monopoly because it requires luck and
skill. If he’s alone, Juan likes to play action video games as long as they
aren’t too violent.

What is the main idea of this paragraph?
a. Juan dislikes violence.
b. Juan likes to think.
c. Juan enjoys Monopoly.
d. Juan enjoys playing games.

2. Maria is watching too much television. A toddler shouldn’t be spending hours staring blankly at a screen. Worse yet, some of her wild behavior has been inspired by those awful cartoons she watches. We need to spend more time reading books with her and pull the plug on the TV!

What is the main idea of this paragraph?
a. Watching a lot of television isn’t good for Maria.
b. Books are good.
c. All cartoons are bad.
d. Some cartoons are bad for Maria.

3. Samantha, I can’t eat or sleep when you are gone. I need to hear your
scratchy voice and see your lovely toothless smile. I miss that special way that you eat soup with your fingers. Please come home soon!

What is the main idea of this paragraph?
a. Samantha, you have bad manners.
b. Samantha, you should see a dentist.
c. Samantha, I miss you.
d. Samantha, I have lost my appetite.

4. Someday we will all have robots that will be our personal servants. They will look and behave much like real humans. We will be able to talk to these
mechanical helpers and they will be able to respond in kind. Amazingly, the
robots of the future will be able to learn from experience. They will be smart, strong, and untiring workers whose only goal will be to make our lives easier.

Which sentence from the paragraph expresses the main idea?
a. Someday we will all have robots that will be our personal servants.
b. We will be able to talk to these mechanical helpers and they will be able to respond in kind.
c. They will look and behave much like real humans.
d. Amazingly, the robots of the future will be able to learn from experience.

Worksheet 2

Contributing to the Main Idea
HINT: Every sentence in a paragraph must contribute to the main idea. Most of the sentences in a paragraph simply support the main idea. Some may state or summarize that idea.

DIRECTIONS: There is one sentence in each of the following paragraphs that does not contribute to the main idea. It does not belong in the paragraph. Underline the sentence that should be removed from each paragraph.

1. I am looking forward to Election Day. It’s fun to vote and exciting to watch the election results. I’ll be rooting for my candidate to win and enjoying the suspense if the vote is close. The following day will be a good time to play video games. No matter who wins, an election is a special occasion.

2. April is beginning the lengthy process of choosing a college to attend. She is buying and reading guides to the best schools. She hasn’t completely ruled out working for a year before attending college. She’s checking out the many Websites that provide information for picking the right college or university. She’s even researching the climate of the area of every school she considers.

3. Bill is one of those people who just doesn’t have to worry about gaining too much weight. He is the best tennis player I’ve ever met. Bill can eat any amount of any food he likes without putting on an ounce. He can go for weeks without exercising with no apparent effect. It just doesn’t seem fair!

4. Scientists are learning a great deal about the aging process. This knowledge will allow doctors to help their patients live longer and better lives. They will be able to defeat diseases associated with aging and perhaps even delay the onset of old age. Many doctors would agree that some medicines are much too expensive.

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pg. 436-453

 Ms. Abadie's Vocabulary PPT
  Fact/Opinion Interactive PPT
  Fact or Opinion Questions
  Quia Fact or Opinion Game
 Enviro Tackle Box; Forces in the Environment Video
 Sound The Alarm: Firefighters At Work Video

Genre: Nonfiction
 The purpose is to give information about a topic. It often uses photos with captions. It may include the writer's opinion about the facts presented.

1. dedication - the will to keep working hard on a task.
2. loyalty - faithfulness
3. billowing - rising in big waves
4. brigade - a group of people organized to do something.
5. ventilate - to create a vent, or opening for letting air in and out
6. flammable - easily set on fire.
7. curfew - law or rule that says something cannot happen after a certain time.

Focus Skill: Facts and Opinions

- statements that can be proved
- tells what is happening or what has happened
- describes something that can be seen or that really occured

- tells how the writer or speaker feels about something.
- cannot be proved
-often include verbs such as should, must, and ought
- often include phrases like in my opinion or I think

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How To Eat Fried Worms

 Ms. Abadie's Vocabulary PPT
 Worm Out Game
 Worms Web Quest
 Adventures of Herman the Worm
 Earthworm Information
 Worms Flip Chart
 Worms Unit

Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4

Story Pod Casts

Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Week 1: Chapters 1-7
1. squirmed - turned or twisted
2. devious - out of the direct way; roundabout
3. coax - persuade or try to persuade by pleading, sweet talk, or charm
4. schemer:  a person who plans or plots
5. sly - able to fool, trick, or deceive
6. duel - any fight or contest between two opponents
7. heap - in large amounts
8. piccalilli: a relish made of chopped pickles, onions, tomatores, and hot spices.
9. fink: an informer
10. scrutinize - examine closely, inspect carefully
11. quaver - shake tremendously, tremble
12. bleat - a cry made by asheep, a goat, or a calf
13. chaff - make fun of in a good-natured way, to one's face
14. gaggles - a cluster or group

Week 2
Chapter 8-15

Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
 Vocabulary List
 Optional Activities
 Read and Respond


1. pelting:  to hit again and again, keep beating
2. cringe:  to draw back, bend over, or tremble with fear
3. deracinated:  uprooted
4. indignant:  displeased or angry
5. nudge:  push or poke gently
6. trough:  a feedbox for animals
7. interfere:  to butt in or intrude
8. jostled:  to shove or push in a rough way
9. tentatively:  not definite or final
10. tapeworm:  a long, flat worm sometimes found in the intestines of a human or animal
11. mammoth:  a type of elephant that lived long ago
12. antidote:  a substance that is taken to work against the effect of poison
13. rumbled:  to make a deep, heavy, rolling sound
14. coil: to wind around and around in circles or in a spiral
1. How did Billy's parents react when they found out he ate the worms?
2. What time did Tom say he had to be home?
3. Does Alan Think their trick worked?
4. Describe the problem Alan and Joe confront Billy with in Ch. 10.
5. Despite the problem, what leads Billy to eat the fifth worm?
6. Why does Alan ask his father to show him fifty dollars?

Week 3

Chapter 16
Chapter 17
Chapter 18
Chapter 19
Chapter 20
Chapter 21
Chapter 22
Chapter 23
Chapter 24

  Vocabulary PPT

1. Virtuous - have virtue, good morals
2. nonchalantly - not caring, not showing concern
3. gesture - a motion made to show some idea or feeling
4. referee - a person who is chosen to see to it that the rules are followed.
5. dredge - to coat or sprinkle with
6. poached - to cook an egg without its shell, in boiling water
7. midst - in the course of; during; in the middle of
8. envious - full of jealousy or dislike felt toward another
9. protruding - to stick out, project, or extend
10. mutter - to speak or say in low tones, with lips almost closed.
11. savory - pleasing to the taste or smell
12. rude - without respect for others; impolite
13. smother - to cover with a thick layer.

1. Write a one paragraph summary of the major events in this section.
2.What did Billy know that helped him gulp the worm "triumphantly, serene, untroubled?"
3. Whyd does Billy seem to ignore Tom when he returns to witness the eighth worm?
4. Explain alan and Joe's second scheme they use in an attempt to prevent Billy from winning the bet (ch 19).
5. What causes Billy to become suspicious of the ninth worm?
6. Alan and Joe pay Billy's mom a visit.  What happens when they fink on Billy and tell her what he has been eating?
7. What do Alan and Joe ask Billy's mom to do for them? Explain Mrs. Forrester's attitude towards the bet and what she has to do. How does she help with the bet?
8. Describe the next scheme Alan and Joe come up with to try to trick Billy into losing the bet.
9. The boys are having a hard time agreeing on the terms of the bet, and as a result they argue. What could the boys have done early on to prevent these disagreements?
10. If you were to make a similar bet, what rules would you suggest?

Week 4

Chapter 25
Chapter 26
Chapter 27
Chapter 28
Chatper 29
Chapter 30
Chapter 31
Chapter 32
Chapter 33
Chapter 34
Chapter 35
Chapters 25-41
1. murmur:    a soft sound
2. repetition:  the act of repeating
3. wrenched:  a sudden, sharp turn
4. accusing:  to charge with fault
5. trembling:  to shake with quick, short movements
6. staggered:  to move unsteadily; sway
7. defrauding:  to take something by fraud; swindle
8. trudge:  to walk wearily
9. mussed:  to make messy; untidy
10. cistern:  a tank or container for holding water
11. lunging:  a sudden forward movement
12. writhed:  to twist or bend out of movement
Questions to Think About
1. Alan and Joe are very excited because they think they have won the bet.  Describe the events that take place next.
2. What is Mr. Phelp’s reaction when he finds out what Alan has done to Billy?
3. What does Alan’s father make the boys do as punishment?
4. What event occurs to prevent Billy from eating the final worm?
5. Describe how Billy gets the final worm.
6. What unexpected event occurs in the final chapter?

Optional Activities
(Any time throughout book)
o Compare 4 characters in flap book.  Complete on board as class.  Students can draw boys and give description.
o Worm Measurement:  See attached handout.  Use gummy candy worms to measure objects.
o Worm du Jour:  see attached handout.  Students can come up with new recipe to cook the worms.
o Make chart of 10 yuckiest foods under $50.00.
o Create a story of a bet that you would make with a friend of a food that you wouldn’t eat.
o Make a bar graph of class’s favorite condiments.
o Create a letter telling what your favorite part of the book was and why.
o Create a menu with only worm dishes on it.  It can include other foods with worms, but they all must include worms.
o Complete the online scavenger hunt:

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