A Turkey for Thanksgiving
Eve Bunting is the author of the animal fantasy we will read this week. A Turkey for Thanksgiving gives a whole new and humorous meaning to having a turkey for dinner. This selection also provides opportunity for my students to discuss their own family holiday traditions. The paired selection is a Reading Online article, Thanksgiving USA, that tells how to find information about holidays using the Internet.
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 brown part of 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. These links are for you to use with your child(ren) at home. Our spelling list focuses on words with the long a vowel sound spelled by a, ai, and ay, so you'll find links to spelling games that stress the long a sound. This week's grammar skill is possessive nouns, so I've included links for that skill near the bottom of the list.
We have reached the end of Unit 2: Working Together in Reading. Over the next week and a half 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 2.*** 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, 11/26.