Reading Wonders

Unit 1 - Friends and Family


Big Idea: How do families and friends learn, grow, and help 

                 one another?


Week 1
(9/11 - 9/14)

Essential Question: How do friends depend on each other?




Resources:
Week 1 Overview
Word Workout
Comprehension Check


Extra Practice:

Vocabulary

Grammar/Mechanics

Vocabulary Strategy



Dear Family Member:

This week our class will be focusing on the ways friends help one another. We will talk about the many ways for friends to depend on one another and have fun together.

Here are some activities that you can do with your child to help reinforce the skills we’ll be practicing. 

Word Workout 

  • Words to Know: inflectional endings Work with your child to make up sentences about a cat trapped on a roof, using the words on the list.

Comprehension: key details  

Read each short paragraph. Help your child find and then circle the picture that correctly describes one of the details from the paragraph.


Week 2
(9/17 - 9/21)

Essential Question: How are families around the world the same and different?



Resources:
Week 2 Overview
Word Workout
Comprehension Check


Extra Practice:

Vocabulary

Grammar/Mechanics

Vocabulary Strategy



Dear Family Member:

This week our class will be focusing on families around the world. We will look at how families in different places have many things in common.

Here are some activities that you can do with your child to help reinforce the skills we’ll be practicing.

Word Workout

  • Words to Know: root words Help your child define each word and take turns using each word in a sentence.

Comprehension: character, setting, event

You and your child will look at a picture and make up a story about the picture. Your child will describe the character, setting, and event.

Week 3
(9-24 - 9/28)

Essential Question: How can a pet be an important friend?




Resources:
Week 3 Overview
Word Workout
Comprehension Check


Extra Practice:

Vocabulary

Grammar

Mechanics

Vocabulary Strategy



Dear Family Member:

This week our class will be discussing the pets in our lives. We will learn about pets and how they can be important friends.

Here are some activities that you can do with your child to help reinforce the skills we’ll be practicing.

Word Workout

  • Words to Know: sentence clues You will make up a sentence using one of the words on the list and your child will explain the meaning of the word. Then your child will take a turn.

Comprehension: character, setting, event

Read each poem aloud and have your child listen and look at the picture. Then have him or her circle the word that tells whether the poem describes a character, a setting, or an event.


Week 4
(10/1 - 10/5)

Essential Question: How do we care for animals?




Resources:
Week 4 Overview
Word Workout
Comprehension Check


Extra Practice:

Vocabulary

Grammar

Mechanics

Vocabulary Strategy


 

Dear Family Member:

This week our class will be focusing on the ways in which people care for animals. We will be discussing the many ways that we care for all kinds of animals.

Here are some activities that you can do with your child to help reinforce the skills we’ll be practicing.

Word Workout

  • Words to Know: root words Help your child to use the words to make up questions and answers about animals.

Comprehension: key details

Have your child look at each picture and think about the details shown. Then have your child write a detail from each picture on the line below it.

Week 5
(10/9 - 10/12)

Essential Question: What happens when families work together?




Resources:
Week 5 Overview
Word Workout
Comprehension Check


Extra Practice:

Vocabulary

Grammar

Mechanics

Vocabulary Strategy



Dear Family Member:

This week our class will be focusing on how families work together. We will discuss the jobs different family members may have and how these jobs help the family.

Here are some activities that you can do with your child to help reinforce the skills we’ll be practicing.

Word Workout

  • Words to Know: inflectional endings You and your child will play Word Bingo.

Comprehension: key details

As you read each sentence, have your child look at the pictures and decide which one shows the details from the sentence. Then have your child write the number of each sentence on the line next to the correct picture.




Unit 2 - Animal Discoveries


Big Idea: How do animals play a part in the world around us?


Week 1
(10/22 - 10/26)

Essential Question: How do animals survive?




Resources:
Week 1 Overview
Word Workout
Comprehension Check


Extra Practice:

Vocabulary

Grammar

Mechanics

Vocabulary Strategy



Dear Family Member:

This week our class will be focusing on the ways in which animals survive. Some animals live in hot places; others live in cold places. Wherever they live, animals need to adapt to their environment.

Here are some activities that you can do with your child to help reinforce the skills we’ll be practicing.

Word Workout

  • Words to Know: prefixes You will make up a sentence using one of the words on the list and have your child tell you what the word means. Then you will reverse roles.

Comprehension: character, setting, plot

You and your child will look at pictures and make up a story about the pictures. Your child will write one or two short sentences explaining the plot, or what happens in the story.


Week 2
(10/29 - 11/2)

Essential Question: What can animals in stories teach us?



Resources:
Week 2 Overview
Word Workout
Comprehension Check


Extra Practice:

Vocabulary

Grammar

Mechanics

Vocabulary Strategy



Dear Family Member:

This week our class will be focusing on what animals in stories can tell us. Your child will meet animal characters in many types of stories.

Here are some activities that you can do with your child to help reinforce the skills we’ll be practicing.

Word Workout

  • Words to Know: suffixes You and your child will take turns making up sentences to tell a story about an imaginary meal you could prepare.

Comprehension: problem and solution

You will read each problem with your child. Then you and your child will discuss the possible solutions, and your child will circle the picture that shows the best solution to the problem.

Week 3
(11/5 - 11/9)

Essential Question: What are features of different animal habitats?



Resources:
Week 3 Overview
Word Workout
Comprehension Check


Extra Practice:

Vocabulary

Grammar

Mechanics

Vocabulary Strategy



Dear Family Member:

This week our class will be focusing on animals and their homes. Your child will learn about the different features of animal habitats.

Here are some activities that you can do with your child to help reinforce the skills we’ll be practicing.

Word Workout

  • Words to Know: suffixes You and your child will make up pairs of sentences. Each pair of sentences will use the same word from the list.

Comprehension: main topic and key details

You and your child will play a game to make up stories about a picture. Your child will flip a coin. Heads means he or she has to say and write a title for the picture. Tails means your child will write a sentence that describes some details of the picture.


Week 4
(11/12 - 11/16)

Essential Question: How are offspring like their parents?




Resources:
Week 4 Overview
Word Workout
Comprehension Check


Extra Practice:

Vocabulary

Grammar

Mechanics

Vocabulary Strategy


 

Dear Family Member:

This week our class will be focusing on the ways that animal babies are like their parents. Your child will compare how babies and parents are the same and how they are different.

Here are some activities that you can do with your child to help reinforce the skills we’ll be practicing.

Word Workout

  • Words to Know: multiple-meaning words You and your child will make a book about animals and their babies. Your child will write each vocabulary word on a piece of paper, along with a sentence that uses the word. Then your child will illustrate each page to make a book.

Comprehension: main topic and key details

You and your child will read short paragraphs and their titles. Then your child will look at the pictures and match the pictures to the stories.

Week 5
(11/26 - 11/30)

Essential Question: What do we love about animals?




Resources:
Week 5 Overview
Word Workout
Comprehension Check


Extra Practice:

Vocabulary

Grammar

Mechanics

Vocabulary Strategy



Dear Family Member:

This week our class will be focusing on the things we love about animals. You child will read poetry about animals.

Here are some activities that you can do with your child to help reinforce the skills we’ll be practicing.

Word Workout

  • Words to Know: multiple-meaning words Your child will answer a question that defines each list word. Then you and your child will make up a sentence that uses each word.

Comprehension: key details

Your child will read each sentence and circle the picture that shows one of the details from the sentence.




Unit 3 - Live and Learn


Big Idea: What have you learned about the world that surprises 

                you?


Week 1
(1/2 - 1/11)

Essential Question: How do earth's forces affect us?




Resources:
Week 1 Overview
Word Workout
Comprehension Check


Extra Practice:

Vocabulary

Grammar

Mechanics

Vocabulary Strategy



Dear Family Member:

This week our class will be focusing on how the Earth’s forces affect us. We will be talking about forces that we can observe.

Here are some activities that you can do with your child to help reinforce the skills we’ll be practicing.

Word Workout

  • Words to Know: similes You will make up a sentence using one of the words on the list. Then your child will make up a different sentence using the same word. Continue until all the list words have been used.

Comprehension: author’s purpose

Your child will look at illustrations of book titles and circle the sentence that tells why the author wrote the book.

Week 2
(1/14 - 1/18)

Essential Question: What can we see in the sky?



Resources:
Week 2 Overview
Word Workout
Comprehension Check


Extra Practice:

Vocabulary

Grammar

Mechanics

Vocabulary Strategy



Dear Family Member:

This week our class will be focusing on what we can see when we look in the sky. We will discuss the Earth, the sun, the moon, and the stars.

Here are some activities that you can do with your child to help reinforce the skills we’ll be practicing.

Word Workout

  • Words to Know: compound words You will write each list word on a card. Your child will pick a card and make up a sentence using the word on the card. You’ll take turns picking the cards until all the words have been used.

Comprehension: sequence

Your child will look at groups of pictures and put them in sequential order to tell a story.

Week 3
(1/22 - 1/25)

Essential Question: How can people help out their community?



Resources:
Week 3 Overview
Word Workout
Comprehension Check


Extra Practice:

Vocabulary

Grammar

Mechanics

Vocabulary Strategy



Dear Family Member:

This week our class will focus on the ways people can help their community. We will also talk about how people solve common problems in their communities.

Here are some activities that you can do with your child to help reinforce the skills we’ll be practicing.

Word Workout

  • Words to Know: synonyms You and your child will make up a story about someone who solves a problem in a town. You will develop the story by taking turns using the list words in sentences.

Comprehension: author’s purpose

Your child will look at each set of illustrations to be used in a book. Then he or she will think about what the author’s purpose is for writing the book. Your child can suggest a variety of author’s purposes based on the pictures.


Week 4
(1/28 - 2/1)

Essential Question: How does weather affect us?




Resources:
Week 4 Overview
Word Workout
Comprehension Check


Extra Practice:

Vocabulary

Grammar

Mechanics

Vocabulary Strategy


 

Dear Family Member:

This week our class will focus on weather and how it affects us. We will talk about the different kinds of weather and how we keep ourselves safe.

Here are some activities that you can do with your child to help reinforce the skills we’ll be practicing.

Word Workout

  • Words to Know: antonyms You and your child will make up headlines for a news story about a big storm using the list words in each headline.

Comprehension: main idea and key details

Your child will read a story title and circle the picture that shows the main idea. He or she will then put an on the details in the picture that match the title.

Week 5
(2/4 - 2/8)

Essential Question: How do you express yourself?




Resources:
Week 5 Overview
Word Workout
Comprehension Check


Extra Practice:

Vocabulary

Grammar

Mechanics

Vocabulary Strategy



Dear Family Member:

This week our class will be focusing on how people express themselves. We will be talking about how we communicate through music and sound.

Here are some activities that you can do with your child to help reinforce the skills we’ll be practicing.

Word Workout

  • Words to Know: prefixes You and your child will make up sentences using the words on the list. Each sentence will be related to a musical event. When you’ve used all the words, your child will draw a picture of the event.

Comprehension: main idea and key details

Your child will read a short paragraph and think about the main idea and details. He or she will circle the picture that shows the main idea and draw a line under the picture that shows a detail.






Unit 4 - Our Life, Our World


Big Idea: How do different environments make the world 

                an interesting place?


Week 1
(2/11 - 2/15)

Essential Question: What makes different parts of the world different?




Resources:
Week 1 Overview
Word Workout
Comprehension Check


Extra Practice:

Vocabulary

Grammar

Mechanics

Vocabulary Strategy



Dear Family Member:

This week our class will be focusing on what makes parts of the world different from one another. Why are there mountains in some places and deserts in other places?

Here are some activities that you can do with your child to help reinforce the skills we’ll be practicing.

Word Workout

  • Words to Know: compound words You and your child will define each vocabulary word. Then you’ll make up a question using each word, and your child will make up an answer using that list word.

Comprehension: compare and contrast

Your child will read about the alligator and the crocodile and determine how they are alike and how they are different.

Week 2
(2/19 - 2/22)

Essential Question: How does the earth change?



Resources:
Week 2 Overview
Word Workout
Comprehension Check


Extra Practice:

Vocabulary

Grammar

Mechanics

Vocabulary Strategy



Dear Family Member:

This week our class will be focusing on how the Earth changes. We’ll explore what causes the different ways the Earth looks on its surface.

Here are some activities that you can do with your child to help reinforce the skills we’ll be practicing.

Word Workout

  • Words to Know: sentence clues Your child will answer each question about one of the words on the list.

Comprehension: cause and effect

You and your child will read sentences and look at pictures, and then match causes with effects.

Week 3
(2/25 - 3/1)

Essential Question: How are kids around the world different?



Resources:
Week 3 Overview
Word Workout
Comprehension Check


Extra Practice:

Vocabulary

Grammar

Mechanics

Vocabulary Strategy



Dear Family Member:

This week our class will be focusing on how kids around the world are different. What kinds of cultures and school experiences do children have in different parts of the world?

Here are some activities that you can do with your child to help reinforce the skills we’ll be practicing.

Word Workout

  • Words to Know: similes You and your child will make up sentences using the list words that tell about a family event you celebrate.

Comprehension: compare and contrast

Your child will read a short story and then compare and contrast characters and settings.

Week 4
(3/4 - 3/8)

Essential Question: How can we understand nature?




Resources:
Week 4 Overview
Word Workout
Comprehension Check


Extra Practice:

Vocabulary

Grammar

Mechanics

Vocabulary Strategy


 

Dear Family Member:

This week our class will be focusing on the natural world. You child will learn about ways that help him or her understand nature.

Here are some activities that you can do with your child to help reinforce the skills we’ll be practicing.

Word Workout

  • Words to Know: root words You will give your child clues about the vocabulary words. Your child will answer each question by naming the correct word that matches the clues.

Comprehension: theme

Your child will look at pictures and determine which one illustrates a given theme.

 Week 5
(3/11 - 3/15)

Essential Question: What excites us
about nature?


Resources:
Week 5 Overview
Word Workout
Comprehension Check


Extra Practice:

Vocabulary

Grammar

Mechanics

Vocabulary Strategy


 
Dear Family Member:

This week our class will be focusing on poems about nature. Your child
learn that poetry is a good way to write about nature.

I’m a frog.

I live in a bog.

If you go for a jog,

Look for me on a log.

Here are some activities you can do with your child to help reinforce the skills
we'll be practicing.

Word Workout

  • Words to Know: similes You can define the word with your child. Then 
    you will work together to write a short story using each of the
    words 
Comprehension: theme

You will talk with your child about a book he or she has recently read. Then your
child will fill in a theme map about the book.



Unit 5 - Let's Make a Difference


Big Idea: How can people make a difference?


Week 1
(3/25 - 3/29)

Essential Question: What do good citizens do?




Resources:
Week 1 Overview
Word Workout
Comprehension Check


Extra Practice:

Vocabulary

Grammar

Mechanics

Vocabulary Strategy



Dear Family Member:

This week our class will be focusing on what good citizens do. How do people display good citizenship in their lives?

Here are some activities that you can do with your child to help reinforce the skills we’ll be practicing.

Word Workout

  • Words to Know: suffixes You and your child will write newspaper headlines using the list words.

Comprehension: point of view

Your child will decide which pictured person makes each statement and write that person’s name under the correct statement.

Week 2
(4/1 - 4/5)

Essential Question: How do people get along?



Resources:
Week 2 Overview
Word Workout
Comprehension Check


Extra Practice:

Vocabulary

Grammar

Mechanics

Vocabulary Strategy



Dear Family Member:

This week our class will be focusing on how people get along. Which is better, cooperation or competition?

Here are some activities that you can do with your child to help reinforce the skills we’ll be practicing.

Word Workout

  • Words to Know: idioms You and your child will work together in pairs to make up sentences using the words on the list.

Comprehension: point of view

Your child will read newspaper headlines and decide, based on the content, which person made up each headline.

Week 3
(4/8 - 4/12)

Essential Question: What do heroes do?



Resources:
Week 3 Overview
Word Workout
Comprehension Check


Extra Practice:

Vocabulary

Grammar

Mechanics

Vocabulary Strategy



Dear Family Member:

This week our class will be focusing on what heroes do. What makes a hero or a heroine?

Here are some activities that you can do with your child to help reinforce the skills we’ll be practicing.

Word Workout

  • Words to Know: synonyms Your child will choose a hero or heroine. Together you will make up sentences about this person, using words from the list.

Comprehension: sequence

Your child will read about inventions and use a timeline to answer questions about sequence.

Week 4
(4/15 - 4/16; 4/23-4/26)

Essential Question: How can we protect the earth?




Resources:
Week 4 Overview
Word Workout
Comprehension Check


Extra Practice:

Vocabulary

Grammar

Mechanics

Vocabulary Strategy


 

Dear Family Member:

This week our class will be focusing on how we can protect the Earth. We will discuss some things we can do to help preserve the Earth’s resources.

Here are some activities that you can do with your child to help reinforce the skills we’ll be practicing.

Word Workout

  • Words to Know: homophones You and your child will talk about what each word means and then take turns using a word in a sentence.

Comprehension: problem and solution

Your child will read a short story about a problem faced by one of the characters and determine how the problem is solved.

 Week 5
(4/29 - 5/3)

Essential Question: Why are rules important?


Resources:
Week 5 Overview
Word Workout
Comprehension Check


Extra Practice:

Vocabulary

Grammar

Mechanics

Vocabulary Strategy


 
Dear Family Member:

This week our class will be focusing on why rules are important. Which rules
do we follow in our everyday life?

Here are some activities you can do with your child to help reinforce the skills
we'll be practicing.

Word Workout

  • Words to Know: multiple-meaning words: you will be writing each word
    on a piece of paper and then place the words face-up on a table. Your
    child will define one of the words, and you will try to guess the correct
    word. Then you switch roles.
Comprehension: causes and effects

You will read a short story and determine causes and effects.

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