The Houdini Box
Unit 4.1 (BL 5.0)


Unit 4.1  The Houdini Box                                             genre: Historical fiction
 
Words to know-definitions:

 
  1. appeared: came into sight; was seen. The boy appeared in the doorway.
  2. bustling: being nosily busy and in a hurry.  The students were bustling into the classroom.
  3. crumbled: fell into pieces; decayed
  4. escape: to get out and away, get free
  5. magician: person who entertains by creating illusions
  6. monument: something set up to honor a person or an event
  7. vanished: disappeared, especially suddenly
Spelling Words:
contractions
 don’t     
won’t
wouldn’t
there’s
we’re
you’re
doesn’t
I’ve
here’s
wasn’t
shouldn’t
couldn’t
where’s
hadn’t
aren’t
they’re’
it’s
we’ve
when’s
haven’t
Challenge Words:
It’ll    who’ll
might’ve    mustn’t
we’d          
Spelling/Phonics:
In contractions, an apostrophe replaces omitted letters; do not becomes don’t; there is becomes there’s.
Strategies:
Students will compare and contrast paragraphs; they will also examine plot and character.
Making generalizations
Grammar tie ins:

singular and plural pronouns
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:


“A Little Magic”
“How did He Do That”
“So You Want to Be An Illusionist!”

Writing Trait:
Sentences: Vary the sentences.  Include dialogue, questions, and exclamations.
Explicit Vocabulary:

summarize, inference, infer,
generalizations, noting facts

Compare and contrast.

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