Henry and Mudge and the Starry Night
Students will enjoy the realistic fiction selection Henry and Mudge and the Starry Night, by West Virginia author Cynthia Rylant this week. This story is part of her wonderful series about a boy named Henry, his family, and their mastiff Mudge. In this selection the family goes on a camping trip, and Henry discovers the simple joys of star gazing and identifying constellations.
The paired selection is a nonfiction piece called Star Pictures in the Sky, by Lorraine McCombs. In it students will learn about some common constellations and how to find them in the night sky.
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 link to List of Terms found near 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 enrichment activities, information, fun, and games that correlate to this week's stories. I have provided them for you to use with your child(ren) at home. Our spelling list words contain consonant blends, so you'll find links to spelling games that stress blends. This week's grammar skill is identifying the subject (naming part) and predicate (telling part) of sentences, so I've included links for that skill near the bottom of the list.