Exploring Space with an Astronaut
The reading theme for the week is space. Our first selection is an expository nonfiction piece by Patricia J. Murphy called Exploring Space with an Astronaut. Students will attempt to answer the question "Why would anyone want to explore space?" through reading and discussion of the story. We will further investigate this topic with the paired selection, A Trip to Space Camp, by Ann Weil.
Your child can practice this week's vocabulary list words by playing the series of Java Games linked below in the Quia Activities section. There are four games ranging in difficulty, beginning with Flashcards, then Match Game, Concentration, and finally Word Search. The words and definitions are available online by clicking the List of Terms link found at the top of the Java Games pages. Once your child has mastered matching the list words and definitions, he should click the link for the Cloze Activity which tests list vocabulary in sentence context.
The Useful Links section contains Internet links to information, enrichment, activities, fun and games that correlate to this week's stories. I have provided them for your use at home. Our spelling list words contain long vowel sounds, so you'll find links to spelling games that stress long vowels and a review of last week's short vowel sounds, too. This week's grammar skill is identifying the subject of a sentence, so I've included links for that skill near the bottom of the list.