The Signmaker's Assistant
Popular children's author Tedd Arnold wrote this week's humorous fiction selection The Signmaker's Assistant. My students will enjoy the funny things that happen when the signmaker leaves town and his young assistant takes over.
This week's paired selection is a Reading Online article called Helping Hand. The purpose of the article is to teach kids how to search the Internet to find good information.
You can help your child prepare for this week's vocabulary quiz by practicing the list words and their definitions with the series of Java Games you'll find in the Quia Activities section just below the graphics on this page. There are four games which range in difficulty from Flashcards, to Matching, to Concentration, and finally, Word Search. Your child can view or print the vocabulary list and definitions from any of the games by clicking the List of Terms link at the top. Once he has mastered the words and definitions, he should click the link for the Vocabulary Cloze Activity which will provide practice using list words in sentence context.
At the bottom of this page you'll find a section called Useful Links. In it I have provided Internet links to activities, information, and enrichment for this week's Reading selections and skills. These links are for you to use with your child(ren) at home. We'll be reviewing the formation of compound words and contractions and learning new ones in English this week, and our Spelling list contains words with aw, au, augh, and al spellings.
We have reached the end of Unit 5: Responsibility in Reading. Next week I will be assessing the learning that has taken place in the course of the last five weeks of school. Students can prepare for the vocabulary portion of the unit test by playing the Hangman Game I have designed specifically for that purpose. The game can be accessed using the link in the Quia Activities section below. There is also a great unit vocabulary review near the bottom of the Useful links section; look for the link called ***Vocabulary Practice for Unit 5.*** This link has several types of review and practice, games, and quizzes to help kids prepare for the unit test. My students will take the unit vocabulary test online in our computer lab on Wednesday.