Pearl and Wagner: Two Good Friends
Today we will begin the third unit of our Reading Street series. Unit 3: Creative Ideas poses the big question "What does it mean to be creative?". The five stories of the unit will revolve around this theme, and students will have the opportunity to explore their own creativity as we read them.
The first selection of the new unit is Pearl and Wagner: Two Good Friends, by Kate McMullen. In this amusing animal fantasy we'll read about a robot that Pearl and Wagner design for the school science fair. The paired selection is an article called Robots at Home that continues the robot theme.
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 button found above 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 skills, and are for your use at home. Our spelling list words contain the long e sound spelled with e, ee, ea, and y, so you'll find links to spelling games that stress long e. This week's grammar skill is identifying verbs, so I've included links for that skill near the bottom of the list.