The Great Kapok Tree
Unit 3.5       fantasy (BL3.8)


Unit 3.5  The Great Kapok Tree                                             genre: fantasy
 
Words to know-definitions:

 
  1. canopy: the very top layer of branches in forest trees
  2. dangle: to hang and swing loosely
  3. dappled: marked with spots; as the sun shown into the room, its shadows dappled the wall.
  4. fragrant: having or giving off a pleasing odor; my mom wore a perfume that had a nice fragrant to it.
  5. pollen: a fine yellowish powder released from the anthers of flowers. Grains of pollen carried by insects, wind etc., to the pistols of flowers fertilize them.
  6. Pollinate: to carry pollen from anthers to pistils; bring pollen to; Flowers are pollinated by bees, bats, wind, etc.
  7. slithered: moved with sliding motion
  8. wondrous: wonderful
Spelling Words:
Possessives (possession)
 Its (its tail)     
ours
mine
yours
family’s
families
man’s
men’s
girl’s
girls’
hers
theirs
brother’s
brothers’
teacher’s
teachers’
aunt’s
aunts’
boy’s
boys’
Challenge Words:
country’s    countries’
witness’s    witnesses’
laboratory’s   laboratories
       
Spelling/Phonics:
To form the possessive of singular nouns – add an ‘s; to form the possessive of plural nouns – add only an apostrophe.

 
Strategies:

Examining graphic sources to further text meaning; and studying or noting word structure.
Making generalizations
Grammar tie ins:

irregular verbs
Writing: writing poetry
fantasy
Standards:


RL4.4-determine the meaning of words.
RL4.7-comparing the book to a short presentation of the story
Short Reads:


“The biggest Snake in the World”
“Living in a World of Green!”
poetry- thematic poems

Writing Trait:
conventions
Explicit Vocabulary:

summarize, inference, infer,
generalizations, noting facts

Word structure/word parts

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