Category Archives: Realistic Fiction

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

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Resources for “Sing to the Stars”

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SING TO THE STARS

This week, we are reading “Sing to the Stars” in our Houghton Mifflin reading anthology.  Here are some resources to increase your comprehension and enjoyment of this reading selection.

GENRE

Realistic Fiction

  • Characters do things that real people and animals might do.
  • Places in the story are real or seem real.
  • The story tells about things that could really happen.

THINK ABOUT THE SELECTION

  1. Why do you think Ephram likes to practice on the roof?
  2. What does Mr. Washington mean when he tells Ephram, “Music speaks best when someone listens”?
  3. Why does Ephram want Mr. Washington to perform with him at the concert?
  4. Why do you think Mr. Washington finally decides to play the piano with Ephram?
  5. Ephram says that music speaks for him when he can’t talk about his feelings. How do you feel when you listen to music?
  6. Explain how music helps Ephram and Maria Isabel solve their problems.

 SKILL-BUILDING ACTIVITIES

Click on “Meet the Author and Illustrator” to learn about the woman who wrote and illustrated the story.

Click on Summary to read a summary of the story.  You may also use this summary to practice your oral fluency skills.

Click on e-word game to increase your vocabulary skills.

Click on Flashcards to test your understanding of Sing to the Stars vocabulary with online flashcards.

Click on Quiz to take a quiz that prepares you for Friday, April 4th’s Comprehension Skills Test.

Click on Comparing Adjectives Quiz to improve your grammar skills.

Click on Spelling List for the week’s spelling words so that you can practice and perfect your spelling skills.  This week’s spelling skill is VCCV words.  You can have fun practicing your VCCV spelling skill with this Hangman game.

EXTENSION ACTIVITIES

Resources for “My Name Is Maria Isabel”

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This week, we are reading My Name is Maria Isabel in our Houghton Mifflin reading anthology.  Here are some resources to increase your comprehension and enjoyment of this selection.

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

Click on Maria Isabel PowerPoint to get introduced to the story, the vocabulary, and the reading strategies.

Click on Word Search to download and complete a word search for My Name Is Maria Isabel.

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

Click on Comprehension Quiz to take a test on My Name Is Maria Isabel.

Click on Tell Me About My Name to discover the etymology and meaning of your first name.

Resources for “Akiak”

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Last week, we read “Akiak: A Tale from the Iditarod”  in our Houghton Mifflin reading anthology.  Here are some resources to increase your comprehension and enjoyment of this reading selection.

Click on “Meet the Author” to learn about the author/illustrator.    Click on Robert J. Blake’s Website to go directly to the author’s awesome website.

Click on The Official Site of the Iditarod to learn much more about the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race through videos, maps, news and articles.

Click on the video to watch a video about Syberian Huskies in the Iditarod.

Click on Flashcards to study our vocabulary words, play games, and test yourself.   Click on Matching Game to play a matching game with our vocabulary words.  Click on Word Search to complete an online word search of the vocabulary words.

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

Click on Akiak Study Guide and Work Packet to download our class work for the week.

Post comments about the story, the author, and/or the Iditarod for extra credit (and earn $$ funny money $$ for Friday’s auction!).

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

 

Resources for “Sing to the Stars”

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SING TO THE STARS

This week, we are reading “Sing to the Stars” in our Houghton Mifflin reading anthology.  Here are some resources to increase your comprehension and enjoyment of this reading selection.

GENRE

Realistic Fiction

  • Characters do things that real people and animals might do.
  • Places in the story are real or seem real.
  • The story tells about things that could really happen.

THINK ABOUT THE SELECTION

  1. Why do you think Ephram likes to practice on the roof?
  2. What does Mr. Washington mean when he tells Ephram, “Music speaks best when someone listens”?
  3. Why does Ephram want Mr. Washington to perform with him at the concert?
  4. Why do you think Mr. Washington finally decides to play the piano with Ephram?
  5. Ephram says that music speaks for him when he can’t talk about his feelings. How do you feel when you listen to music?
  6. Explain how music helps Ephram and Maria Isabel solve their problems.

SKILL-BUILDING ACTIVITIES

Click on “Meet the Author and Illustrator” to learn about the woman who wrote and illustrated the story.

Click on Summary to read a summary of the story.  You may also use this summary to practice your oral fluency skills.

Click on e-word game to increase your vocabulary skills.

Click on Flashcards to test your understanding of Sing to the Stars vocabulary with online flashcards.

Click on Quiz to take a quiz that prepares you for Friday, April 4th’s Comprehension Skills Test.

Click on Comparing Adjectives Quiz to improve your grammar skills.

Click on Spelling List for the week’s spelling words so that you can practice and perfect your spelling skills.  This week’s spelling skill is VCCV words.  You can have fun practicing your VCCV spelling skill with this Hangman game.

EXTENSION ACTIVITIES

AR INFORMATION

Sing to the Stars (HM Edition)
Barrett, Mary Brigid

AR Quiz No. 902052

Selection from Houghton Mifflin “Traditions” Grade 4 Pupil Edition.

AR Quiz Availability:  Other Reading

Book Level 3.9

Resources for “The Last Dragon”

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This week, we are reading The Last Dragon in our Houghton Mifflin reading anthology.  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 Summary to read a summary of the story.

Click one-Word Game to practice the vocabulary words.

Click on Word Scramble to download,  print, and complete the word scramble (for funny money).

Click on Flashcards to test your understanding of The Last Dragon vocabulary with  online flashcards.

Click on Hangman to play the game with The Last Dragon vocabulary words.

Click on Quiz to take a quiz that prepares you for Friday’s Vocabulary Test.

Click on Test to take our Vocabulary Test.

Click here for our Reading Comprehension / Literary Analysis and Response Test.