Helen Keller and the Big Storm
This week we will read about a little girl's courage and accomplishments in the face of great challenges in the nonfiction narrative Helen Keller and the Big Storm. Students will have the opportunity to learn about the lives of Helen Keller and her teacher Annie Sullivan as we read and discuss the selection.
We'll also read a science selection called Wind, written by Marion Bauer. In it students will learn what causes wind and what effect it has on us.
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 purple 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.
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 vowel sound in moon spelled with oo, ue, ew, and ui, so you'll find links to spelling games that stress this sound. We'll be working with adverbs that tell how in grammar this week, so I've included links for that skill near the bottom of the list.
We have reached the end of Unit 4: Our Changing World in Reading. Next week 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 4.*** 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.