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/marker
  • scissors
  • glue stick/tape
  • blank white paper

Lesson Overviews

  • LESSON 6: In this lesson, students will recount information from “Daedalus and Icarus,” a Greek myth, and determine the central message of the myth, describe how Daedalus and Icarus respond to challenges in “Daedalus and Icarus”, make a personal connection to the method of escape devised by Daedalus in “Daedalus and Icarus”, ask and answer what questions orally to gather information or deepen understanding of the information contained in “Daedalus and Icarus”,  and identify how King Minos feels when he discovers Theseus escaped from the Labyrinth.
  • LESSON 7: In this lesson, students will recount information from “Hercules,” a Greek myth, and determine the central message of the myth, describe how Hercules responds to challenges in “Hercules”, make a personal connection to friendship as it is depicted in “Hercules”, and identify how Hercules feels when he was feared by Greek citizens.
  • LESSON 8: In this lesson, students will recount information from “Other Adventures of Hercules,” a Greek myth, and determine the central message of the myth, describe how Hercules and Atlas respond to challenges in “Other Adventures of Hercules”, make predictions orally prior to listening to “Other Adventures of Hercules” and then compare the actual outcomes to predictions, and identify how Hercules feels at the end of the story compared to how he felt at the beginning of the story.
  • LESSON 9: In this lesson, students will recount information from “Oedipus and the Riddle of the Sphinx,” a Greek myth, and determine the central message of the myth, ask and answer what questions orally to gather information or deepen understanding of the information contained in “Oedipus and the Riddle of the Sphinx”, and share writing with others.
  • LESSON 10: In this lesson students will recount information from “Atalanta and the Golden Apples,” a Greek myth, and determine the central message of the myth, describe how Atalanta and Hippomenes respond to challenges in “Atalanta and the Golden Apples”, describe the characters and plot of “Atalanta and the Golden Apples,” including how the ending concludes the story, and provide antonyms for resist.

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
  • Consonant Code Flip Book
  • Individual Code Charts
  • Spelling Cards: ‘aw’>/aw/ (paw), ‘au’>/aw/ (Paul), ‘augh’>/aw/ (caught), ‘ur’>/er/ (hurt), ‘ir’>/er/ (bird), and ‘y’>/ie/ (try)
  • White board
  • Dry Erase Markers
  • Computer/Projector
  • Spelling Tree Materials: green paper, yellow paper, brown paper, leaf and duck templates (templates found at the end of the print packet)
  • Blue and green markers
  • Index Cards

Lesson Overviews

  • LESSON 1: In this lesson, students will complete a spelling tree activity, a review of the sound /ue/ and its spelling, participate in a partner reading activity of the story “The Soccer Twins, Part II”, and complete a synonyms and antonyms practice activity
  • LESSON 2: In this lesson, students will complete  a review of the sound /aw/ and its spelling, participate  in a partner reading activity of the story “Jump!”, and complete a reading comprehension activity.
  • LESSON 3:  In this lesson, students will complete  a review of the sound /aw/ and its spelling, participate  in a whole group reading activity of the story “The Dispute”, and complete a reading comprehension activity.
  • LESSON 4: In this lesson, students will complete  a review of the sound /er/, a spelling tree activity, participate in a tricky word game, and complete a practice worksheet for the sound /er/.
  • LESSON 5: In this lesson, students will complete  a review of the sound /ie/, a spelling tree activity, participate in a partner reading of the story, “The Gym”, and an activity where students change ‘y’ to ‘i’ and add -es.

Materials List

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

Knowledge Alternative Video Links

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