The Great Kapok Tree

Unit 3 – Patterns in Nature

 

Concept Question: What are some patterns in nature?

 

Week 5 – The Great Kapok Tree

 

Weekly Question

Vocabulary Words

Skills & Strategy

Spelling Words

How are living things connected?

mountains

Generalize

its

hers

landmarks

Suffixes – ous,

-ate

ours

theirs

wilderness

mine

brother’s

canopy

Author’s Purpose

yours

brothers’

dangle

Irregular Verbs

family’s

teacher’s

dappled

Story Structure

families’

teachers’

fragrant

 

man’s

aunt’s

pollen

 

men’s

aunts’

pollinate

 

girl’s

boy’s

slithered

 

girls’

boys’

wondrous

 

Challenge Spelling Words

 

 

country’s

witnesses’

 

 

countries’

laboratory’s

 

 

witness’s

laboratories’

 

Read Aloud Story Podcast - In One Era and Out the Other

  • While listening to the story, use details to make generalizations about Mama.


 

 

Concept Vocabulary
 
 
Click on the file linked below to open a vocabulary chart for this story.
 
Build Background Knowledge
 
Click on the file linked below to open a concept web to list ways to conserve natural resources.
 
View of rain forest canopy from platform in Kapok tree
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
For more Rain Forest photos or to do some of your own research on Rain Forests visit the websites listed below:
 
 
 
 
Video
Discovery Education Video
Username: nasdgrade4
password: student

The Magic School Bus: Inside the Rain Forest (30 minutes)


Generalize
Story character clues:
  • Hunter recycles newspapers and bottles.
  • He helped clean up a local park.
  • At school, he organized a drive to collect money to save an acre of rain forest.
 
What generalization can you make about Hunter?
 
  • Generalizations are broad statements or rules that apply to many examples.
 
 
- can be VALID (logical) or FAULTY (wrong)
 
  • You can evaluate generalizations that characters make in a story, and you can make generalizations about characters based on what you read.
 
Strategy: Story Structure

A good reader pays attention to how fictional stories are put together.  Besides your characters and setting a story will have

Beginning (the problem)

  • This is when you find out what is conflict or problem that the main characters in the story face.

Middle (rising action & climax)

  • Rising action is when the story builds.  The characters might be trying to solve the problem but their first attempts are failing.

 

  • The climax or turning point of a story is usually the most exciting part of a story.  It is when the characters are at their greatest moment of crisis.  They may have finally figured out what is causing their problem and a way to solve it.  Shortly after the climax the problem is resolved and the story ends.

 

Ending (resolution)

  • The resolution is the end of the story.  It occurs after the climax and the reader learns what happens to the characters once the problem has been resolved.

Click on the link below to review more information about story elements using the tale of Cinderella.

http://www.learner.org/interactives/story/index.html

 

Vocabulary Strategy - suffixes
 
-ate means “supply or treat with _______”
alienate – means to treat by ignoring
       pollinate - means supply with pollen
       hydrate - means supply or treat with water
 
-ous means “full of _______”
wonderous - means full of wonder
       curious - means full of curiosity
       gracious - means full of grace
       joyous - means full of joy
 
To decode words:
  • 1.Look for base work you know.
  • 2.Check for suffix –ous or –ate.
  • 3.Ask yourself if the suffix changes the meaning.
  • Try that meaning in the sentence.  Does it make sense?
4.
Dialogue
Click on the link below for rules on punctuating dialogue.
 
 
 
 

Suffixes

The graceful jaguars silently wait.  Will they be left homeless?

What does each underlined word mean?

What is the base word?

Suffix - a word part that comes at the end of a base word and changes the meaning of the word.

  • graceful - full of grace
  • silently - in a silent way
  • homeless - without a home

Find something in the room that illustrates each of the

 

following words:

  • color
  • colorful
  • colorless

What is the base word?

Skim and scan through the story, The Great Kapok Tree.  List words with suffixes - ly, -less, and -ful.  See how many you can find.

 

Rain Forest Web Quest

Click on the link below to learn more information about the Rain Forest.

http://www.stpes.ccs.k12.nc.us/lcandler/tropical.htm


Irregular Plural Nouns

Click on the links below to play games to practice identifying and using irregular plural nouns.

http://eslgamesworld.com/members/games/ClassroomGames/Quizshow/Irregular%20Past%20Simple%20Quiz%20Show/index.html?zoom_highlight=simple+past


http://www.eslgamesplus.com/past-simple-irregular-verbs-esl-grammar-interactive-activity-online/


http://www.macmillandictionary.com/us/verb_wheel/


Walk the Plank - fun game
http://www.firstschoolyears.com/literacy/sentence/grammar/verbs/interactive/irregular.htm




 

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