Horace and Morris but mostly Dolores
My students will explore and discuss the topic of friendship this week. We'll focus on the questions "What makes a true friend?" and "How can I be a good friend?" as we read Horace and Morris but mostly Dolores. This amusing fantasy about three (not blind) mice, who build a clubhouse together, was written by James Howe, and I think my students will really enjoy his clever writing style.
We'll also read a newspaper article about kids playing soccer. It's called Good Kicking and was written by Rob Richardson.
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 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 the sound /f/ spelled by gh, ph, ff, and ffe, so you'll find links to spelling games that stress that sound. We'll continue to work with pronouns as our grammar skill for the week, so I've included links to some pronoun activities near the bottom of the list.