In Segment A of this course, students will become stronger readers, build their vocabulary and become confident in the new skills they learn. They will be introduced to the basic elements of fiction such as characterization, plot and setting. They will also learn that stories can be fiction or non-fiction. The language study includes introduction to adjectives and adverbs, antonyms and synonyms, prefixes, and short and long vowel sounds. Writing instruction will address poetry and persuasive writing.

Segment B of this course will begin with a review of nouns and verbs. Students will read the novel Charlotte’s Web and look more closely at the elements of fiction. Writing instruction will include narrative writing as well as forms of poetry (haiku, cinquain, etc.). Students will read from the Junie B. series, engage in a Flat Stanley project, and explore career options in a unit on recognizing and using personal preferences and talents.

PRE-REQUISITES: None

ESTIMATED COMPLETION TIME: 32-36 weeks or approximately 125 – 135 hours

MAJOR TOPICS AND CONCEPTS — SEGMENT A

All About Me

  • All About Me
  • Adjectives
  • Synonyms, Antonyms, and Story Maps
  • Sentences
  • Poetry

Tops and Bottoms

  • Review Short Vowels
  • Story Setting
  • Review Long Vowels
  • VCCV Words
  • Prefixes
  • Context Clues
  • Fiction or Non-Fiction?
  • Conventions of Writing and Persuasive Essays
  • Review Context Clues and Prefixes

Friendship

  • Purposes for Reading
  • Story Structure
  • Summarizing Fictional Text
  • Making Connections
  • Friendly Letter

Healthy Living

  • Sequence events/retelling
  • Parts of speech and decoding
  • Vocabulary use
  • Poetry
  • Express Your Ideas

Understanding Nonfiction Text

  • Nonfiction Text
  • Text Features
  • Main Idea in Nonfiction Text
  • Supporting Details
  • Summarizing Nonfiction Text

MAJOR TOPICS AND CONCEPTS — SEGMENT B

Charlotte’s Webb

  • Plot
  • Story Structure
  • Suffixes
  • Review Nouns and Plural Nouns
  • Irregular Plural Nouns
  • Review Verbs and Past Tense Verbs
  • Irregular Past Tense Verbs
  • Narrative Writing
  • Review

Read and Write Poetry

  • Shape Poems
  • Acrostic Poem
  • Diamante and Acrostic Poems
  • Haiku
  • Writing Workshop

Comprehension, Main Idea, and Vocabulary

  • Paraphrase ideas or main events from the text.
  • Respond to text by questioning; accessing prior knowledge; reflecting, interpreting, and building on ideas; and making reasonable inferences.
  • Identify the difference between fact and opinion
  • Distinguish between essential and non-essential information within texts.)
  • Make predictions and draw inferences from text

Junie B Fun with Literacy

  • Character Traits: Adjectives and Adverbs
  • Inflected Verbs
  • Combining Sentences
  • Poetry
  • Making Inferences

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SEGMENT A

SEGMENT B