Number the Stars: As the German troops begin their campaign to “relocate” all the Jews of Denmark, Annemarie Johansen’s family takes in Annemarie’s best friend, Ellen Rosen, and conceals her as part of the family.
Through the eyes of ten-year-old Annemarie, we watch as the Danish Resistance smuggles almost the entire Jewish population of Denmark, nearly seven thousand people, across the sea to Sweden. The heroism of an entire nation reminds us that there was pride and human decency in the world even during a time of terror and war.
Winner of the 1990 Newbery Medal.
Be sure to ask you child/children what they think of the book, and to summarize what we’ve read of the book each day.
Some of the learning objectives (or WALT as we refer to them in Grade 4; We Are Learning To) that we will cover while reading are:
- Describe the characters’ traits, feelings, and motivations in Number the Stars.
- Refer to the text for evidence to support answers.
- Form an opinion about a character’s trait based on the character’s actions, feelings and motivation.
- Explain how the characters’ actions contribute to the sequence of events.
- Engage in discussions sharing their ideas and listening to others.
- Use context clues to determine the meaning of unknown words or phrases in Number the Stars.
- Distinguish literal and non-literal language and determine its meaning.
- Gain information about the past.
- Build upon their background knowledge of World War II.
- Explore themes of friendship and bravery during the times that scare us the most.
English: – Identify pronouns in sentences. Distinguish between singular and plural pronouns.
– Identify subject pronouns in sentences. Substitute pronouns for nouns as the subjects of sentences.
– Identify object pronouns. Substitute pronouns for nouns in sentences.
Vocabulary: – Study and prepare for our Vocabulary Test on Friday.
1. stricken – deeply affected, as with grief or fear
2. bulky – of relatively large size
3. latticed – crossed wooden or metal strips in a pattern
4. brusque – abrupt in manner
5. battered – damaged by beating or hard usage
6. rustling –slight sounds from parts gently rubbing on another (ex. leaves, silk, grass)
7. tantalize – tease
8. withering – fading, shriveling
9. snarled – speaking in a surly manner
10. concealed – hidden
Math: – Identify and describe 3-D figures, and identify and draw nets.
– Identify, describe, and classify 2-D figures.
– Solve problems by looking for a pattern.
Science: – Describe our solar system.
– Identify the planets and other objects in our solar system.
– FBCS’s Science Fair
Social Studies: – List ways that we can prevent something like the Holocaust from ever happening again.
– Identify major events and battles of WWII.
Bible: – Study Bible verse for Friday. Parents, please encourage your child to study their Bible verse every week. These do impact their Bible grades.
– Define glorify, praise, and worship and discuss ways to glorify God.
“…this happened so that the word of God might be displayed in his life.” John 9:3
ENGLISH: page 94
READ: Read for at least 30 minutes
ENGLISH: page 96
MATH: Homework Practice page 64
ENGLISH: page 98
VOCABULARY: Study Vocabulary
MATH: Homework Practice page 65
VOCABULARY: Study Vocabulary