Weekly Overview

Knowledge Overview

Weekly Topics

The focus of this week’s instruction is to understand:

  • who the frontier explorers were and their reasoning for wanting to explore and expand
  • a map is used to help locate and identify landforms
  • important figures who helped the frontier explorers in their explorations

Materials List

  • Student Work Packet
  • Pencil
  • Crayons/markers
    • yellow, red, green for independent practice Lesson 11
    • black, red, brown for independent practice Lesson 13     
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Blank white paper

Lesson Overviews

  • Lesson 11:  In this lesson, students will locate the Appalachian Mountains on a map and recall basic facts about Daniel Boone
  • Lesson 12:  In this lesson, students will locate the Appalachian Mountains on a map, recall basic facts about Daniel Boone, describe Daniel Boone as a trailblazer, and identify what the Wilderness Road refers to.
  • Lesson 13: In this lesson, students will locate the Mississippi River on a map, locate the Rocky Mountains on a map, and explain why Thomas Jefferson wanted to purchase New Orleans.
  • Lesson 14:  In this lesson, students will locate the Mississippi River on a map, locate the Rocky Mountains on a map, identify and locate the Louisiana Territory on a map, and explain the significance of the Louisiana Territory and Purchase.
  • Lesson 15:  In this lesson, students will locate the Mississippi River on a map,  locate the Rocky Mountains on a map, identify and locate the Louisiana Territory on a map, explain the significance of the Louisiana Territory and Purchase, explain the reasons that Lewis and Clark went on their expedition, and explain that there were many, many Native American tribes living in the Louisiana Territory before the Lewis and Clark expedition.

Skills Overview

Weekly Topics

The focus of this week's instruction is to review foundational reading skills by:

  • Reviewing R-Controlled Vowels
  • Reviewing the Tricky Words: Today, Tomorrow, and Yesterday
  • Reviewing Two-syllable words

Materials Needed

  • Student Print Packets for each day
  • Paper and Pencil
  • Computer/Projector
  • Vowel Code Flip Book
  • Individual Code Charts
  • Spelling Card ‘ar’>/ar/ (car) and ‘or’>/or/ (for)
  • Large Cards: ‘e’, ‘a’, ‘i’, ‘u’, ‘ee’, ‘ou’, ‘oo’, and ‘er’
  • Whiteboard
  • Dry Erase Markers
  • Blue Markers
  • Blank Index Cards

Lesson Overviews

  • LESSON 1: In this lesson, students will complete a vowel spelling review, tricky word review, a chaining activity, and participate in a differentiated small group activity.
  • LESSON 2: In this lesson, students will complete a vowel spelling review, a sound review, participate in a whole group reading of “Meet Vern”, and practice using the /er/ sound.
  • LESSON 3: In this lesson, students will complete a sound and spelling activity, participate in a whole group reading of the story, “Things That Swim”, and complete reading comprehension questions as independent practice.
  • LESSON 4: In this lesson, students will be introduced to two-syllable words and complete a sound and spelling activity for the /or/ sound.
  • LESSON 5: In this lesson, students will review two-syllable words, practice Tricky Words, Small Group Read “Chimps”, and complete a reading comprehension activity.

Materials List

The following materials list will be used for the entire four weeks:

Knowledge Alternative Video Links

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