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Reading Wonders


 Unit 1 - Getting to Know Us


Big Idea: What makes you special



Week 1

Essential Question: What do you do at your school?




Links and Resources:

Week 1 Overview

Word Workout

Comprehension Check


Dear Family Member: 

This week our class will be focusing on what children do at school. We will also be talking about rules and why we need them. 

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 Help your child use the words to make up a question and an answer about school.
  • Spelling /Phonics: short a Help your child identify and generate words that rhyme with their spelling words. This week’s phonic sound is the short a sound, as in catman, and rag.
Comprehension: key details 

Read the sentences about school. Help your child identify key details and then circle a picture and the words in the sentence that show the key detail.

Week 2

Essential Question: What is it like where you live?




Links and Resources:

Week 2 Overview

Word Workout

Comprehension Check


Dear Family Member: 

This week our class will be focusing on what it’s like where people live. We will be talking about how we describe our environment, including our homes and neighborhoods and the people who live in them. 

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 Help your child use the words to tell about what he or she sees outside out a window from your home.

  • Spelling: short i You will spell a word and your child will say it. Then your child will use the words to draw and label pictures. This week’s phonic sound is the short i sound, as in sit, win, and pill.


Comprehension: key details
Help your child read a story and then retell the events from the story in the correct order. Work with your child to write the events in order.

Week 3

Essential Question: What makes a pet special?




Links and Resources:

Week 3 Overview

Word Workout

Comprehension Check


Dear Family Member:

This week our class will be focusing on what makes pets so special. We will talk about living things and their basic needs.

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 Help your child use the words to tell a story about a special pet he or she would like.

  • Spelling/Phonics: beginning consonant blends Help your child sort words with the l-blend by writing the list words with the same blend in one column. This week’s phonics include consonant l-blends in words such as black, clap, flag, play, and slip. Then help your child add more words to each column.


Comprehension: key details

Try this activity to help your child read and number story sentences and pictures in the correct order.

Week 4

Essential Question: What do friends do together?




Links and Resources:

Week 4 Overview

Word Workout

Comprehension Check

 
Dear Family Member:

This week our class will be focusing on what friends do when they play together. We will talk about how people interact and how we can resolve conflicts in a way that is fair.

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 Help your child use the words to tell a story about playing with friends.
  • Spelling/Phonics: short o Help your child spell each word as you say it and identify the one letter that is in every in the word. This week’s phonic sound is the short o sound, as in hoplog, and top.

Comprehension: key details
Help your child read sentences about a picture, and then choose the sentence that is true.


Week 5

Essential Question: How does your body move?




Links and Resources:

Week 5 Overview

Word Workout

Comprehension Check


Dear Family Member:

This week our class will be focusing on the different ways we can move our bodies, such as running, kicking, waving, and hopping.

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 Have your child show and tell the meaning of the words, and then write a sentence using each word.
  • Spelling/Phonics: beginning consonant blends Help your child identify the two beginning sounds that blend together in each spelling word. This week’s phonic sounds are beginning r- and s-blends, as in the words stopgrin, and drip. Help your child think of other words that begin with the same sounds.
Comprehension: key details

Have your child circle the sentence that tells a key detail about a picture. Then help your child identify more details in the picture.
 Week 6


Essential Question: What makes you special?


Links and Resources:

Week 6 Overview

Dear Family Member:

This week our class will be focusing again on the important skills covered during the last five weeks. Here are some activities you can do with your child to help reinforce the skills we’ll be reviewing and extending.

  • Think of an activity or an event you have shared together.
  • Write a few simple sentences together about the activity or event. Have your child add some drawings to help describe the activity.
  • Ask your child to present the description to family members.

Before your child presents the description, discuss this checklist.

√    Look over your sentences. Do they clearly tell what happened?

√    Speak clearly and slowly.

√    Remember to smile. 

Showing interest in your child’s reading, writing, and speaking will help his or her progress during the year.




Unit 2 - Our Community


Big Idea: What makes a community?


Week 1

Essential Question: What jobs need to be done in a community?




Links and Resources:

Week 1 Overview
Word Workout
Comprehension Check


Extra Practice:

Grammar

Structural Analysis

High Frequency Words


Dear Family Member:

This week our class will be focusing on the different kinds of jobs that need to be done in a community. Your child will discuss how community workers help the people who live in their community.

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 Help your child draw a picture and use the words to tell how a community helper has helped you and your child.
  • Spelling/Phonics: short Help your child practice the spelling words, then have your child add words to the list with the same vowel sound as in hen. This week’s phonic sound is the short sound, as in men and bread.

Comprehension: character, setting, events

Play a game with your child in which you make up characters, identify settings, and create stories and events about them.


Week 2

Essential Question: What buildings do you know? What are they made of?



Links and Resources:

Week 2 Overview
Word Workout
Comprehension Check


Extra Practice:

Grammar

Structural Analysis

High Frequency Words



Dear Family Member:

This week our class will be focusing on different kinds of buildings. Your child will discuss what the buildings are made of and the importance of these buildings.

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 Help your child use the words to tell about different buildings you and your child have seen.
  • Spelling/Phonics: short Help your child change the first letter of each word to make new words. This week’s phonic sound is the short sound, as in cup, hug, and fun.

Comprehension: character, setting, events

Help your child read sentences about pictures, then fill in a chart to name the characters, setting, and events that they read about.


Week 3

Essential Question: Where do animals live together?




Links and Resources:
Week 3 Overview
Word Workout
Comprehension Check


Extra Practice:

Grammar

Structural Analysis

High Frequency Words



Dear Family Member:

This week our class will be focusing on where animals live together. There are many different kinds of environments for 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 Help your child use the words to tell a story about what animals live in a park.
  • Spelling/Phonics: consonant blends Help your child find their spelling words in a Word Box puzzle. This week’s phonic sounds are the ending consonant blends nd, nk, nt, st, sk, and mp, as in the words lend, sink, went, last, and desk.

Comprehension: main topic and key details

Help your child read a story and think of a title for it. Then ask your child to tell you two details they learned from the story.


Week 4

Essential Question: How do people help out in the community?




Links and Resources:
Week 4 Overview
Word Workout
Comprehension Check


Extra Practice:

Grammar

Structural Analysis

High Frequency Words


 

Dear Family Member:

This week our class will be focusing on how people can help out in their community. People can participate in their community for the common good.

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 Help your child use the words to complete sentences you make up.
  • Spelling/Phonics: consonant digraphs Help your child spell the words by arranging the letters correctly. This week’s phonic sounds are the consonant digraphs th, sh, -ng, as in this, ship, and song.

Comprehension: character, setting, events

Help your child read sentences about neighbors who need help, and tell how he or she can help.

Week 5

Essential Question: How can you find your way around?




Links and Resources:
Week 5 Overview
Word Workout
Comprehension Check


Extra Practice:

Grammar

Structural Analysis

High Frequency Words


Dear Family Member:

This week our class will be focusing on using maps to find their way around town.

There are many kinds of maps. Maps help people identify physical features, such as mountains or bodies of water.

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 Help your child to read and follow directions using the words.
  • Spelling/Phonics: consonant digraphs Help your child write the spelling words and additional words in the appropriate columns. This week’s phonic sounds are the consonant digraphs ch, -tch, wh, and ph, as in chop, catchwhen, and phone.

Comprehension: main topic and key details

Help your child think of a title for a map, then circle details that are shown in the map.

 Week 6


Essential Question: What makes a community?


Links and Resources:

Week 6 Overview

Dear Family Member:

This week our class will be focusing again on the important skills covered during the last five weeks. Here are some activities you can do with your child to help reinforce the skills we’ll be reviewing and extending.

  • Read a short fiction book together.
  • Write a few simple sentences together to retell the story, or have your child dictate ideas for you to write. Have your child add some drawings to help retell the story.
  • Ask your child to present the retelling to family members.

Before your child presents the retelling, discuss this checklist.

√    Look over your retelling. Does it clearly tell what happens in the story?

√    Speak clearly and loud enough.

√    Ask your audience if they have any questions.

Showing interest in your child’s reading, writing, and speaking will help his or her progress during the year.




Unit 3 - Changes Over Time


Big Idea: What can happen over time?


Week 1

Essential Question: How do we measure time?




Links and Resources:

Week 1 Overview
Word Workout
Comprehension Check


Extra Practice:

Grammar

Structural Analysis

High Frequency Words


Dear Family Member:

This week our class will be focusing on the different ways we can measure time. Time can be measured by a clock, a shadow, and even an hour glass.

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 Your will work with your child and make up questions and answers using the vocabulary words.
  • Spelling/Phonics: long Help your child make crossword puzzles for pairs of spelling words. This week’s phonic sound is the long sound, as in cakewave, and late.

Comprehension: character, setting, plot

Your child will identify the character, setting, and what happens in a story. Then he or she will draw a picture to show the missing part of each story.


Week 2

Essential Question: How do plants change as they grow?



Links and Resources:

Week 2 Overview
Word Workout
Comprehension Check


Extra Practice:

Grammar

Structural Analysis

High Frequency Words



Dear Family Member:

This week our class will be focusing on how plants change as they grow. We will discuss how plants are living things that need food and water—just like us!

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 Help your child use the words to tell about pictures of plants.
  • Spelling/Phonics: long Work with your child to spell the words, then identify and think of rhyming words. This week’s phonic sound is the long sound, as in kiteside, and fine.

Comprehension: sequence

Help your child tell a story in order using the words firstnextthen, and last.


Week 3

Essential Question: What is a folktale?




Links and Resources:
Week 3 Overview
Word Workout
Comprehension Check


Extra Practice:

Grammar

Structural Analysis

High Frequency Words



Dear Family Member:

This week our class will be discussing folktales. A folktale is a story that has been orally handed down from generation to generation.

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 Help your child use the words to read a story starter and to make up a story.
  • Spelling/Phonics: soft and You will help your child complete a word find. This week’s phonic sounds are soft c, soft g, and -dge, as in the words nicepage, and edge.

Comprehension: cause and effect

Help your child look at pictures of events, then complete sentences that tell about the causes of those events.


Week 4

Essential Question: How is life different than it was long ago?




Links and Resources:
Week 4 Overview
Word Workout
Comprehension Check


Extra Practice:

Grammar

Structural Analysis

High Frequency Words


 

Dear Family Member:

This week our class will be focusing on how life is different today than it was long ago. We will discuss how toys have changed and how transportation has changed, as well as how these changes affect our lives today.

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 Help your child use the words to make up sentences that tell a story about long ago.
  • Spelling/Phonics: long and long Your child will raise one hand if he or she hears a word with long sound, and raise both hands if the word has a long sound. This week’s phonic sounds are long and long u, as in lone and cute.

Comprehension: compare and contrast

Help your child compare and contrast ways children traveled to school long ago with today.

Week 5

Essential Question: How do we get our food?




Links and Resources:
Week 5 Overview
Word Workout
Comprehension Check


Extra Practice:

Grammar

Structural Analysis

High Frequency Words


Dear Family Member:

This week our class will be focusing on how we get our food. We will also be discussing how growing things are made into food.

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 You and your child will discuss each word and use each in a sentence about food.
  • Spelling/Phonics: variant vowel digraphs: ooHelp your child unscramble words to find the correct words on the word list. This week’s phonic sounds are oo and u, as in the words book and put.

Comprehension: sequence

Help your child number the sentences in the correct order to show how we get milk.

 Week 6


Essential Question: What can happen over time?


Links and Resources:

Week 6 Overview


Dear Family Member:

This week our class will be focusing again on the important skills covered during the last five weeks. Here are some activities you can do with your child to help reinforce the skills we’ll be reviewing and extending.

  • Discuss a movie or television program you have watched together.
  • Write a short review together. Make sure it shows your opinion.
  • Ask your child to present the review to family members.

Before your child presents the review, discuss this checklist.

√    Go over your review. Did you include your opinion?

√    Speak with excitement.

√    Ask your audience if they have anything to add. 

Showing interest in your child’s reading, writing, and speaking will help his or her progress during the year.





Unit 4 - Animals Everywhere


Big Idea: What animals do you know about? 

                What are they like?


Week 1

Essential Question: How do animals' bodies help them?




Links and Resources:

Week 1 Overview
Word Workout
Comprehension Check


Extra Practice:

Grammar

Structural Analysis

High Frequency Words


Dear Family Member:

This week our class will be focusing on how animals use different parts of their bodies to help them.

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: use a dictionary Help your child make up original definitions for the words.
  • Spelling/Phonics: long Help your child practice spelling the words and writing rhyming words. This week’s phonics sound is long spelled ai and ay, as in pain and stay.

Comprehension: character, setting, plot

In this activity, your child will read a story about what he or she was able to do from the time he or she was a baby until now. Then you will help your child complete the sentences about the story.


Week 2

Essential Question: How do animals help each other?



Links and Resources:

Week 2 Overview
Word Workout
Comprehension Check


Extra Practice:

Grammar

Structural Analysis

High Frequency Words



Dear Family Member:

This week our class will be focusing on how animals help each other.

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 Ask your child to draw a picture of a favorite animal. Then help him or her use the words to tell a story about the animal.
  • Spelling/Phonics: long sound—eee, and ea Help your child sort the spelling words into three groups according to the way the long sound is spelled. Then write additional words with the long sound spelled eee, and ea. This week’s phonic sound is long e, as in me, need, and seat.

Comprehension: main idea and key details

Help your child read a story, and then fill in a chart to tell the main idea and some details of the story.


Week 3

Essential Question: How do animals survive in the wild?




Links and Resources:
Week 3 Overview
Word Workout
Comprehension Check


Extra Practice:

Grammar

Structural Analysis

High Frequency Words



Dear Family Member:

This week our class will be focusing on how animals survive in the wild.

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: word categories You will make up a simple story that uses the list words. When you get to a list word, you’ll say “blank,” and your child will find the word from the list that completes the sentence.
  • Spelling/Phonics: long oo, oa, ow, oe In this activity, you and your child will play “Concentration” using the word list. This week’s phonics sounds are long o, as in the words go, boat, row, and toe.

Comprehension: main idea and key details

Help your child read a story. You’ll begin by underlining the details, followed by selecting the best main idea out of three choices.


Week 4

Essential Question: How is life different than it was long ago?




Links and Resources:
Week 4 Overview
Word Workout
Comprehension Check


Extra Practice:

Grammar

Structural Analysis

High Frequency Words


 

Dear Family Member:

This week our class will be focusing on different kinds of insects and how they are alike and 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: sentence clues Help your child use the words to make up sentences about insects.
  • Spelling/Phonics: long iiyigh, and ie You will work with your child to name the vowel sound and another word that rhymes with each spelling word. This week’s phonics sound is long i, as in hi, sky, light, and tie.

Comprehension: point of view

Perform a short skit with your child. Then your child will answer questions that show the point of view of the characters.

Week 5

Essential Question: How do people work with animals?




Links and Resources:
Week 5 Overview
Word Workout
Comprehension Check


Extra Practice:

Grammar

Structural Analysis

High Frequency Words


Dear Family Member:

This week our class will be focusing on how people work with 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 You will help your child draw a picture of an animal and a person doing something together. Then your child will use the list words to tell about the picture.
  • Spelling/Phonics: long eand ey In this activity, you will slowly call out a word, and your child will clap two times when he or she hears the long sound. This week’s phonic sound is long e, spelled ey or y.

Comprehension: sequence

You and your child will read the directions for how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Then your child will finish the sentences that tell about the steps in the correct order.

 Week 6


Essential Question: What animals do you know about?


Links and Resources:

Week 6 Overview


Dear Family Member:

This week our class will be focusing again on the important skills covered during the last five weeks. Here are some activities you can do with your child to help reinforce the skills we’ll be reviewing and extending.

  • Read together a nonfiction trade book or an online article.
  • Write a few sentences together to retell the information. Invite your child to add some drawings or pictures to help make the information clear.
  • Ask your child to present the retelling to family members.

Discuss this checklist.

√    Review your retelling. Does it clearly present the information?

√    Stand up straight, and speak clearly and slowly.

√    Remember to smile.

Showing interest in your child’s reading, writing, and speaking will help his or her progress during the year.




Unit 5 - Figure It Out


Big Idea: How can we make sense of the world around us?


Week 1
(4/9 - 4/13)

Essential Question: How can we classify and categorize things?




Links and Resources:

Week 1 Overview
Word Workout
Comprehension Check


Extra Practice:

Grammar

Structural Analysis

High Frequency Words



Dear Family Member:

This week our class will be focusing on the different ways we can classify and categorize things. We will discuss the ways we can sort things, such as by size, color, shape.

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 meanings You will help your child define the vocabulary words and use each word in a sentence.
  • Spelling/Phonics: r-controlled vowel ar Help your child complete each spelling word after writing “ar” for each. This week’s phonic sound is the r-controlled vowel ar, as in park.

Comprehension: point of view

You will read a story to your child and have your child think about the author’s point of view. Then you will help your child answer questions about the story.


Week 2
(4/16 - 4/20)

Essential Question: What can you see in the sky?



Links and Resources:

Week 2 Overview
Word Workout
Comprehension Check


Extra Practice:

Grammar

Structural Analysis

High Frequency Words



Dear Family Member:

This week our class will be focusing on what people can see in the sky. We will discuss and name objects in the daytime sky and the nighttime sky.

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: shades of meaning Help your child use the words to make up a story about a picture of a cat and the moon. Then you will write the sentences down and read them aloud with your child.
  • Spelling/Phonics: r-controlled vowels: eriruror Help your child complete a crossword puzzle. This week’s phonic sound is the r-controlled vowel sound as in hershirtturn, and worm.

Comprehension: cause and effect

Help your child look at pictures and complete sentences about a duck to explain cause and effect.


Week 3
(4/23 - 4/27)

Essential Question: What inventions do you know about?




Links and Resources:
Week 3 Overview
Word Workout
Comprehension Check


Extra Practice:

Grammar

Structural Analysis

High Frequency Words



Dear Family Member:

This week our class will be focusing on inventions children know about.

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 write two sets of words. Then you will take turns choosing a word and saying it aloud while the other person finds the matching word in his or her set.
  • Spelling/Phonics: r-controlled vowels: ororeoar Help your child fill in grids with word pairs that cross at one letter. This week’s phonic sound is the r-controlled vowel as in hornstore, and roar.

Comprehension: problem and solution

You will read stories with your child and then ask your child to identify the problem and the solution in each story.


Week 4
(4/30 - 5/4)

Essential Question: What sounds can you hear? How are they made?




Links and Resources:
Week 4 Overview
Word Workout
Comprehension Check


Extra Practice:

Grammar

Structural Analysis

High Frequency Words


 

Dear Family Member:

This week our class will be focusing on how different kinds of sounds we can hear around us are made.

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 will play a game called “I’m Thinking of...” by giving two clues about each vocabulary word. Your child guesses the vocabulary word and then defines it.
  • Spelling/Phonics: diphthongs: ouow You will say a word and have your child spell it. Then you will work together to find a rhyming word for each spelling word.

Comprehension: problem and solution

Help your child read about a problem a girl has and talk about what she can do to solve it.

Week 5
(5/7 - 5/11)

Essential Question: How do things get built?




Links and Resources:
Week 5 Overview
Word Workout
Comprehension Check


Extra Practice:

Grammar

Structural Analysis

High Frequency Words


Dear Family Member:

This week our class will be focusing on the process of how things get built.

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 Help your child use the vocabulary words to complete sentences that you read.
  • Spelling/Phonics: diphthongs: oyoi Help your child write the words in the air and then on paper. This week’s phonic sounds are the diphthongs oy and oi, as in boy and coin.

Comprehension: cause and effect

Help your child read two stories. For each story, your child will color the picture that shows the correct effect.

 Week 6
(5/14 - 5/18)

Essential Question: How can we make sense of the world around us?


Links and Resources:

Week 6 Overview


Dear Family Member: 

This week our class will be focusing again on the important skills covered during the last five weeks. Here are some activities you can do with your child to help reinforce the skills we’ll be reviewing and extending.

  • Talk about simple directions you could write together about how to do something, such as make a sandcastle or a block building.
  • Write some sentences together that tell step-by-step directions.
  • Ask your child to present the directions to family members.

Discuss this checklist.

√    Review the directions. Are the steps clear?

√    Speak slowly and clearly.

√    Ask your audience if they have questions.

Showing interest in your child’s reading, writing, and speaking will help his or her progress during the year.


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