Weekly Overview

Knowledge Overview

Weekly Topics

The focus of this week’s instruction is to learn the definition of a myth: a fictional story, once thought to be true, that tried to explain mysteries of nature and humankind.  Myths give insight to ancient Greek culture.  Students will understand:

  • Common characteristics of Greek myths.
  • Greek myths try to explain the mysteries of nature and humankind.

Materials Needed

  • Student Packet for Independent Work
  • pencil
  • crayons/markers
  • scissors
  • glue stick/tape
  • blank white paper

Lesson Overviews

  • LESSON 1: In this lesson, students will orally compare and contrast Greek gods and humans, interpret information pertaining to Greece from a world map or globe and connect it to information learned in “The Twelve Gods of Mount Olympus,” add drawings to descriptions of the Greek god, Zeus, to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings, and identify how Leonidas feels about going to Olympia to see the races held in honor of Zeus.
  • LESSON 2: In this lesson, students will recount information from “Prometheus and Pandora,” a Greek myth, and determine the central meaning of the myth, describe how Prometheus, Epimetheus, and Pandora respond to challenges in “Prometheus and Pandora,” add drawings to descriptions of the myth “Prometheus and Pandora” to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings, and identify how Pandora feels when all the terrible things burst out of the box.
  • LESSON 3: In this lesson, students will recount information from “Demeter and Persephone,” a Greek myth, and determine the central message of the myth, describe how Persephone, Demeter, Hades, and Zeus respond to challenges in “Demeter and Persephone,”, describe the characters and plot of “Demeter and Persephone,” including how the beginning introduces the story, add drawings to descriptions of the myth “Demeter and Persephone” to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings, and identify how Demeter feels when she realizes Persephone is missing.
  • LESSON 4: In this lesson, students will recount information from “Arachne the Weaver,” a Greek myth, and determine the central message of the myth, describe how Arachne and Athena respond to challenges in “Arachne the Weaver,”, describe the characters and plot of “Arachne the Wever,” including how the ending concludes the action, add drawings to descriptions of the myth “Arachne the Weaver” to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings, and provide synonyms for flattered.
  • LESSON 5: In this lesson students will recount information from “Theseus and the Minotaur,” a Greek myth, and determine the central message of the myth, describe how Theseus, King Minos, Princess Ariadne, and King Aegeus respond to challenges in “Theseus and the Minotaur,” ask and answer “who” questions orally to gather information or deepen understanding of the information contained in “Theseus and the Minotaur,” and provide synonyms for unraveling.

Skills Overview

Weekly Topics

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

  • Reviewing spelling alternatives for /ae/, /oe/, /ie/, /ue/, and /aw/
  • Reviewing the tricky spellings for ‘a’, ‘o’, and ‘i’

Materials Needed

  • Student Print Packets for each day
  • Paper and Pencil
  • Vowel Code Flip Book
  • Individual Code Charts
  • Spelling Cards: ‘ai’>/ae/ (wait) and ‘a’>/ae/ (paper)
  • White board
  • Dry Erase Markers
  • Computer/Projector
  • Spelling Tree Materials: green paper, yellow paper, brown paper, leaf and duck templates
  • Red and green crayons

Lesson Overviews

  • LESSON 1: In this lesson, students will complete a spelling tree activity, a vowel code review, a review of the sound /ae/ and its spelling, and participate in a partner reading activity of the story “The Spelling Bee”.
  • LESSON 2: In this lesson, students will complete a spelling tree activity, a vowel code review, a review of the sound /ae/ and its spelling, a chaining activity,  and participate in a partner reading activity of the story “And Then There Were Two”.
  • LESSON 3: In this lesson, students will complete a spelling tree activity, a whole group reading of, “Miss Baker”, and a small group remediation/practice activity. 
  • LESSON 4: In this lesson, students will complete a spelling tree activity, a whole group reading of, “The Big Race”, and a fill in the blank activity.
  • LESSON 5: In this lesson, students will complete a review of one-syllable words, a review of the tricky spelling ‘i’, a spelling chart /ie/, and  a small group reading of the story “The Big Race”.

Materials List

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

Knowledge Alternative Video Links

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