Reading

Unit 5 The Big Idea: What are ways people can take action?

Unit 5 Week 1

This week’s texts (available on Wonders’ website): “Juanita and the Beanstalk” and Clever Jack Takes the Cake.

Essential Question: How do we get what we need?

Comprehension Strategy: Summarize – We can better understand what we read by summarizing. We can summarize by thinking about what we have read and retelling key events in our own words.

  • After reading a passage, we can identify the important details.
  • Once we’ve identified important details, we should review each detail from the passage and ask, “Would I understand the story without this detail?” If not, the detail is important.
  • A summary should include the most important events of the story. We should write our summaries in our words, but we should not include our opinions.

Comprehension Skill: Point of View – Characters in a story often have thoughts and feelings about a story’s events or characters. These thoughts are the character’s point of view.

  • To identify the character’s point of view, we should look for details that show what the character thinks about what is happening in the story.
  • We should use what a character says and does to infer his or her point of view when it is not directly stated.
  • We can then distinguish our own point of view on the same topic from that of the character.

Genre: Fairy Tale – The following are key characteristics of fairy tales:

  • Fairy tales are fictional stories that could not happen in real life.
  • Fairy tales are usually set in the past and often include magical characters and situations.
  • Fairy tales often contain good characters and evil characters to help teach a lesson.
  • Fairy tales usually have a happy ending.

Vocabulary Strategy: Root Words – A root word is the simplest form of a word. A root word is a word to which no prefixes, suffixes, or inflectional endings have been added. If we know the meaning of a root word, that can help us figure out the meaning of other words that use the root.

Grammar: Singular and Plural Pronouns

  • A singular pronoun replaces a singular noun. Plural pronouns replace plural or multiple nouns:
  • The boys painted the fence. 
  • They painted the fence. 
  • A personal pronoun replaces a singular or plural noun that refers to a person or thing. Personal pronouns include I, me, you, we, us, he, she, it,or you:
  • Give the book to me.
  • Indefinite pronouns do not refer to a specific person or thing. They include someone, no one, or everybody:
  • Everybody went to the play.