Letters Home from Yosemite
Week 5 – Letters Home from Yosemite
Skills & Strategy
How does Yosemite reflect the unique qualities of the West?
Main Idea & Details
Suffixes (-ist, -ive)
Fact & Opinion
Clauses & Complex Sentences
Challenge Spelling Words
To watch videos, click on the links below. Then logon into Discovery Education using:
The Eruption of Mt. Saint Helens (2 min)
Volcanoes: Mountains of Fire (27 min)
National Geographic: Yosemite National Park (3 min)
National Geographic: Yosemite - The Wild Side (3 min)
National Geographic: Giant Sequoias Need Fire (3 min)
National Geographic: Lightning Peril on Yosemite's Half Dome (3 min)
National Geographic: Secret Yosemite (45 min)
- Is a glacier hot or cold? Is it large or small? Does it move quickly or slowly?
- How do you feel when you see an impressive sight in nature?
- In what kind of things does a naturalist study?
- If you want to preserve a forest, are you helping it or hurting it? Explain.
- What are the names of some animal species?
- How are slopes different from mountain peaks?
- What sorts of things would you find in a wilderness?
- Is there more or less oxygen at a high altitude?
- What makes a butte rock formation?
- Why is it important not to pollute water reserviors?
Vocabulary Strategy - Suffixes (-ive, -ist)
- -ive means "tending or inclined to ____"
Example: active - tending to act
passive - tending to pass
impressive - tending to impress
- - ist means "one who is an expert or studies ____"
Example: biologist - an expert in biology
naturalist - studies the natural world
dentist - an expert in dentistry
Fact & Opinion
- Fact - can be proved true or false
- Opinion - a person's beliefs, feelings, or way of thinking that can't be proved true or false
Click on the link below to play a jeopardy review game for fact & opinion and other review activities.
- the most important thing the author is trying to say
- What is the point?
- supported by details
- usually the 1st or last sentence in a paragraph
Main Idea Song - Video
A comma separates the dependent & independent clause if the dependent clause comes first in the sentence.Dependent Clause Clue Words:so, because, since, as, although, in order to, as a result, etc.Review the Writing Complex Sentences PowerPoint at the bottom of this page.http://www.harcourtschool.com/activity/language_arts/goforgold/content_builder/dswmedia/g4c26/nadia.htm
- Independent Clause - sentence that can stand on its own
- Dependent Clause - phrase that is not a complete sentence
- Compound Sentence - combines two sentences joined by a comma and a conjunction (and, or, but)
- Complex Sentence - sentence made up of an independent and dependent clause