So You Want to Be President?
Unit 2 – Work and Play
Concept Question: What is the value of work and play?
Week 5 – So You Want to Be President?
Skills & Strategy
What is the job of the President of the United States?
Main Idea & Details
Plural Possessive Nouns
Challenge Spelling Words
Main Idea & Details
FLOCABULARY SONG - MAIN IDEAMain Idea - focus of a paragraph or article; most important thing the author has to say
Supporting Detail - statements that support the main idea
Summarizing main ideas as you read helps you recall important ideas from the passage/text/story/article.
Practice - Try to determine the main idea below.
Supporting Details: U.S. Presidents must be born in this country. They must be at least 35 years old.
Main Idea: ????
Click on the links below for more practice with Main Idea & Supporting Details!
Building Background / KWL
Write down as many facts as you can about U.S. Presidents. Be sure to fill out questions you would like to find answers to about U.S. Presidents. Complete the chart after reading with information you have learned.
* open file attached at the bottom of this page for the KWL Chart
View the vocabulary PowerPoint attached to the bottom of this page. Then open the file attached at the bottom of this page for a vocabulary chart. Complete the chart by writing a snyonym or short meaning for each word as well as an example or description for each word.
Note: humble & vain are antonyms (opposite meaning words)
Vocabulary Strategy - Unfamiliar Words
To determine the meaning of unfamiliar words do the following:
sound it out
break the word into smaller parts
use the context, or words and sentences around the word
replace the word with another one that makes sense
look it up in the dictionary or glossary
- find the entry for the word
- entries are in ABC order
- read the pronunciation to yourself
- read all the meanings given
- choose the meaning that makes sense in the sentence
Genre - Expository Nonfiction
Expository nonfiction is writing about real people, facts, and events. Its purpose is to explain something.
Generalizations are broad statements that apply to many examples.
Clue words include all, none, most, many, always, never, and generally.
A valid generalization is supported by facts.CLICK ON THE LINKS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE TO PRACTICE IDENTIFYING & MAKING GENERALIZATIONS.
If I Were President...
Click on the link below to determine how you would spend the government's money if you were president. (Then scroll to the bottom of the new page and click on the link.)
White House Facts & Videos
School House Rock: The Preamble
- A suffix is added onto the end of a root word to change the meaning.
- The suffix (-ly) means "in a ____ way"
- Words ending with the suffix (-ly) are usually adverbs, or words that describe an action verb.
fairly = "in a fair way"slowly = "in a slow way"Click the link below to practice matching suffixes to their meaning.
Plural Possessive Nouns
A possessive noun shows that someone owns something.
If a noun is singular simply add an apostrophe (') and an s to make the noun possessive.
If a noun is plural (meaning more than one), add an apostrophe (') after the s.
To make an irregular plural noun possessive (one that is plural but does not end in s) add an apostrophe (') and s.
Examples: classes - classes' tests
dogs - dogs' bones
countries - countries' duty
Presidents - Presidents' legacy
children - children's toys
men - men's clothing
Click on the links below for more practice with plural possessive nouns!
After reading, So You Want to Be President, complete one of the following activities. Be sure to be thorough in your research, work neatly, be creative in your presentation format (ex: poster), and be prepared to share the information you learned with the class.
- Research the at least 5 different rooms located in the White House. Explain what occurs in each area such as the West Wing, East Wing, Oval Office, Cabinet Room, China Room, Rose Garden, South Lawn, etc. Find at least 5 interesting facts about the White House. (Example: How many bedrooms or bathrooms are in the White House?)
- Research the Secret Service. Explain the purpose of the Secret Service, when it was formed, how to become an agent, etc.
- Research Mount Rushmore. Explain the history behind this famous monument including, when it was formed, who created or designed it, how long did it take to build, what presidents were chosen to be on it and why, etc.
- Research the Preamble to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Explain the meaning and basic principles behind each important document.
- Research “The Primaries.” Explain a primary, a caucus, a delegate, Super Tuesday, a national convention, and the Republican & Democratic candidates running for the next election.
- Play the SEVEN HATS CHALLENGE game on the Scholastic website (on bottom right corner of site) to learn about the different roles the President must play.