Monthly Archives: April 2012

Resources for “Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man”

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This week, we are reading Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man in our Houghton Mifflin reading anthology.  We will use this POWERPOINT to introduce the selection.

Here are some resources to increase your comprehension and enjoyment of this reading selection.

Click on “Meet the Author” and “Meet the Illustrator” to learn about the author and illustrator.

Click on Spelling List for this week’s spelling words.

Click on e-Word Game to practice the vocabulary words.

Click on “Luckiest Man” speech to listen to and watch Lou Gehrig’s speech.

Click on National Baseball Hall of Fame to read more about Lou Gehrig.

Blog question:  What makes Lou Gehrig a hero?

Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man
Adler, Dav A.
AR Quiz No. 14422 EN Nonfiction
BL: 4.6 – AR Pts: 0.5
AR Quiz Types: RPVP
Rating: 3.0
Traces the life of the Yankees’ star ballplayer, focusing on his character and his struggle with the terminal disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Resources for “Gloria Estefan”

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This week, we are reading “Gloria Estefan in our Houghton Mifflin reading anthology.  We will use this POWERPOINT to guide our introduction of the story.  In addition, here are some resources to increase your comprehension and enjoyment of this reading selection.

BUILD YOUR SKILLS:

Comprehension and Analysis Skills:

Vocabulary Skills:

  • Study the vocabulary and play games with these flashcards.
  • Play our e-Word Game to practice the vocabulary words.
Fluency Skills:

Spelling Skills:

Grammar/Language Skills:

ANALYZE AND RESPOND IN A BLOG COMMENT

Why do you think  Gloria Estefan enjoyed music so much while she was growing up?

Do you think Gloria and Emilio Estefan make a good musical team? Explain.

What do you learn about Gloria Estefan’s personality from the way she recovered from her accident?

Would you enjoy having the kind of fame that Gloria Estefan has achieved? Why or why not?

What qualities and accomplishments make Gloria Estefan a hero?

TAKE THE AR TEST (by Friday):

Gloria Estefan (HM Edition)
Boulais, Sue
AR Quiz No. 902062 EN Nonfiction
BL: 4.7 – AR Pts: N/A
AR Quiz Types: OR
Selection from Houghton Mifflin “Traditions” Grade 4 Pupil Edition.

 

Resources for “Happy Birthday, Dr. King!”

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This week, we are reading Happy Birthday, Dr. King! in our Houghton Mifflin reading anthology.  We will use this POWERPOINT to guide our introduction of the story.  In addition, here are some resources to increase your comprehension and enjoyment of this reading selection.

BUILD YOUR SKILLS:

Comprehension and Analysis Skills:

Vocabulary Skills:

  • Download this PowerPoint to help you learn this week’s vocabulary.
  • Play our e-Word Game to practice the vocabulary words.
Fluency Skills:

Spelling Skills:

Writing/Language Skills:

ANALYZE AND RESPOND IN A BLOG COMMENT:

  1. Why is Jamal’s grandfather so unhappy that Jamal fought to sit at the back of the bus?
  2. What does Jamal learn from talking with his grandfather?  How is he different after the talk?
  3. Jamal says that he did something “really stupid that turned out to be stupendous instead.”  What do you think he means?
  4. What would you like to do for a school celebration of Dr. King’s birthday?
  5. Who do you think are the heroes in this story?  What makes them heroic?

LEARN MORE:

Click on Good Books for Kids List to find 6 recommended books on Martin Luther King, Jr.

TAKE THE AR TEST (by Friday):

Happy Birthday, Dr. King! (HM Edition)
Jones, Kathryn
AR Quiz No. 902063 EN Fiction
BL: 3.3 – AR Pts: N/A