Monthly Archives: March 2013

Resources for “Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man”

Standard

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.

Book-Club Project ~ Comic Strips

Standard

peanuts1For our Book-Club Project this week, students will create comic strips.  They will use an online tool to create a six-panel comic highlighting six key scenes in the book they are currently reading for AR.  They will use critical thinking skills to distill the significant points in their books in a few short scenes.  Here are the tools for this week’s Book-Club project:

Book-Club Project ~ Writing a Resume

Standard

resume-sampleThis week in our Book Clubs, you will write a resume for one of the characters in your book.  Be thoughtful about which book you choose this week.  You may certainly select a fiction book and write a resume for your fictional character.  Historical fiction is a great genre for this project.  However, you may also consider a nonfiction book.  A biography is a nice genre to pick for this project, as well.

Learn more about writing resumes for this project here:

To create your resume go to

Career Kids ~ My First Resume

Resources for “Gloria Estefan”

Standard

imagesThis 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!”

Standard

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

Launching Theme 5: Heroes

Standard

This week, we are launching Theme 5:  Heroes in our Houghton Mifflin Reading Anthology.

Who do you consider a hero in your life?  Why do you respect this person?  Can you name a few heroes in U.S. history?  How about a few heroes in Mexican or Latin American history?  What are character traits heroes possess?  Go to the comment area and write a few names of heroes (using the correct punctuation for proper nouns, of course!)  🙂

On Tuesday, we will read the poem “A Song of Greatness,” a Chippewa song translated by Mary Austin.  After reading the poem (also found on pge 526 of your reading anthology), answer these questions:

  • What do you think the line “I too am one of those” means?
  • What would make you feel like a hero?
  • Why do you think firefighters were chosen to illustrate the Heroes theme?

On Friday, we will compose adapted poems to add to “Our Song of Greatness.”

Sneak Peek:  Here is Ms. Rankin’s  A Song of Greatness.