A Walk in the Desert
This week we will pack our bags and water bottles and head for California/Arizona's Sonoran Desert to see Saguaro Cactus, Prickly Pear, roadrunners, and rattlesnakes. Caroline Arnold's nonfiction selection A Walk in the Desert will introduce students to these, and many more, plants and animals unique to the desert environment. We'll talk about what makes an area a desert and where deserts are located around the world.
The paired selection is an article called Rain Forests that informs students about using a computer and the Internet to find answers to questions.
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 that range 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 the List of Terms found near the top of any 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 enrichment activities and information that correlate to this week's stories, and are for your use at home. Our spelling list is made up of words with inflected endings -s, -ed, and -ing, so you'll find links to spelling games that stress word endings. We'll review subjects and predicates and begin working to identify and correctly punctuate statements (telling sentences) and questions (asking sentences) in grammar, so I've included links to those skills near the bottom of the page.