• Unit 3:  Disasters
     
     titanic
     
     
     
     
       During this unit on major disasters through time, children will be connecting their reading to social studies.   The students will learn about The Titanic, Pompeii, and The Great Molasses Explosion of 1919.
     

    Focus Skills and Strategies:
          
    Week 1:  Titanic
           
     Focus Question
    Vocabulary
    passengers
    voyage
    orders
    rescue
    survivors 
     Vocabulary Strategy
    antonyms 
     Comprehension Skills
    Monitor Comprehension
    Use Text Features
    (Chapter Heads) 
     
    Comprehension Strategies 
    main idea and supporting details
     
    Word Work
    words ending in -er and -est
    National Geographic for Kids Titanic (read about the Titanic, learn about icebergs, and listen to an interview with Robert Ballard)

    Week 2:  Pompeii
           
     Focus Question
    Vocabulary
    volcano
    erupted
    gas
    poisonous
    tremble
    buried 
     Vocabulary Strategy
    syllabication
     Comprehension Skills
    Identify Cause and Effect
    Use Text Features 
    (Chapter Heads)
     
    Comprehension Strategies 
    Fact and Opinion
     
    Word Work
    words ending in -er and -est
     
     
    Week 3:  The Great Molasses Explosion of 1919
           
     Focus Question
    Vocabulary
    craving
    molasses
    gooey
    barrels
    pitcher 
     Vocabulary Strategy
    Synonyms
     Comprehension Skills
    Story Elements:  Characters, setting, problem, solution, and main events
     
    Comprehension Strategies 
    Identifying cause and effect
     
    Word Work
    Homophones
     
    Week 4:
           
     Focus Question
    Vocabulary
    Review and prepare for the test
     Vocabulary Strategy
    Review and prepare for the test
     Comprehension Skills
    Review and prepare for the test
    Comprehension Strategies 
    Review and prepare for the test
    Word Work
    Review and prepare for the test 
     
     Links to study for your test: 
      *Main Idea/Supporting Details
                         *Fact and opinion
                         *Cause and effect
                         *Synonyms/Antonyms/Homophones
                         *Breaking words into syllables