Journeys Unit 1

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Journeys Reading   Userid is first initial and last name, all in lowercase, no spaces.  PW is Lions1.  ("L" in Lions is capitalized).  For example, for Mrs. Brennan, it would be cbrennan, then Lions1.  Good luck!

Lesson 1: A Fine, Fine School


Read the Story

Genre: Humorous Fiction
Target Skill: Story Structure
Target Strategy: Summarize

Vocabulary Strategy: Context Clues
Essential Question: How is learning at school different from learning at home?


Vocabulary Words:
principal: the leader of a school
soared: flew upward
strolled: walked slowly
worried: uneasy or anxious
proud: pleased with yourself or someone else
announced: made known
fine:  very nice
certainly: surely

Spelling Words:

 Short vowels (a, e, i, o u)
crop   plan   thing   smell   shut   sticky   spent   lunch   pumpkin   
clock   gift   class   skip   swing   next   hug   hospital   fantastic 

Learning Links:
Spelling City
Cursive Spelling Practice
Schoolhouse Rock Video - Subjects and Predicates


Lesson 2: The Trial of Cardigan Jones


Genre: Fantasy
Target Skill: Drawing Conclusions
Target Strategy: Infer/Predict

Vocabulary Strategy: Dictionary/Glossary
Essential Question: Why are courts an important part of our government?

Vocabulary Words:
trial: a meeting in court to decide if someone has broken the law
jury: the group of people who make the decision in a trial
convinced: made someone believe or agree to something 
guilty: having done something wrong
pointed: used a finger to show where something was
honest: truthful
murmur: the sound of people speaking very softly
stand: the place where a witness in a trial sits while being questioned

Spelling Words:

Vce Pattern and Long Vowel sounds
spoke   mile   save   excuse   cone   invite   cube   price   erase   
ripe   broke   flame   life   rule   these   those   surprise   decide

Learning Links:

Spelling City


Lesson 3: Destiny's Gift


Genre: Realistic Fiction
Target Skill: Understanding Characters
Target Strategy: Analyze/Evaluate
Vocabulary Strategy: Antonyms (opposites)
Essential Question: Why is volunteering good for a    community and its people?

Vocabulary Words:
afford: to be able to pay
customers: people who buy something at a store
contacted: got in touch with someone
raise: to collect
earn: to get something by working
figure: to work out by thinking
block: the section of a street between two other streets
spreading: stretching something out

Spelling Words:
lay   real   trail   sweet   today   dream   seem   tea   treat   
afraid   leave   bait   screen   speed   paint   please   yesterday   explain

Learning Links:
Spelling City


Lesson 4: Pop's Bridge


Genre: Historical fiction
Target Skill: Compare and Contrast
Target Strategy: Infer/Predict
Vocabulary Strategy: Word Families
Essential Question: Why is everyone's role on a project important?

Vocabulary Words:
crew: a group of people doing work
tide: the rise and fall of the sea
cling: to hold tightly to something
balancing: keeping steady
foggy: filled with thick mist or low clouds
disappears: passes from sight
stretch: to spread out
excitement: the feeling of being stirred up

Spelling Words:
load   open   told  yellow   soak   shadow   foam   follow   glow   
sold   window   coach   almost   throat   cold   most   tomorrow   sailboats


Learning Links:
Quia Quiz (Vocabulary)

Spelling City


Lesson 5: Roberto Clemente - Pride of the Pittsburgh Pirates


Genre: Biography
Target Skill: Cause and Effect
Target Strategy: Visualize
Vocabulary Strategy: Intonation
Essential Question: What are the traits of a hero?

Vocabulary Words:
stands: seats at a stadium or ballpark
fans: great admirers
score: to make a point in a game
league: group of teams that compete against one another
slammed: hit with sudden force
polish: to make shine; to make something better
style: a way of doing something
pronounced: said clearly and correctly

Spelling Words:
slight   mild   sight   pie   mind   tie   pilot   might   lie   
tight   blind   fight   die   midnight   find   night   silent    frightening

Learning Links:
Spelling City