A book is a magical thing that lets you travel to far-away places without ever leaving your chair.
~ Katrina Mayer
Welcome to the story of Despereaux Tilling, a mouse who is in love with music, stories, and a princess named Pea. It is also the story of a rat called Roscuro, who lives in the darkness and covets a world filled with light. And it is the story of Miggery Sow, a slow-witted serving girl who harbors a simple, impossible wish. These three characters are about to embark on a journey that will lead them down into a horrible dungeon,up into a glittering castle, and, ultimately, into each other’s lives. What happens then? As Kate DiCamillo would say: Reader, it is your destiny to find out.
Here are Some Examples of Common Core Standards Covered in this Unit:
★Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
★Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.
★Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.
★Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.
★Determine the meaning of words and phrases in a text
★Identify the main purpose of a text, including what the author
wants to answer, explain, or describe.
Here are Some Examples of Comprehension Strategies Covered
in this Unit:
- ★ Text-to-Self Connections
- ★ Visualizing
- ★ Inferring
- ★ Predicting
- ★ Cause and Effect
- ★ Vocabulary
- ★ Defining Character Traits
- ★ Using Schema
- ★ Asking Questions/Wondering
- ★ Using Text Evidence
- ★ Compare and Contrast
- ★ Changing Mental Images
- ★ Taking a Character’s Perspective
- ★ Answering Comprehension Questions
- ★ Change over Time
- ★ Identifying Story Elements
English:- We will be testing past objectives this week.
Vocabulary: – Study and review vocabulary words for our test on Friday.
- inordinate (page 88) – going beyond reasonable limits
- illumination (page 88) – light
- confessor (page 90) – someone who confesses (tells the truth
about something secretive)
- obsession (page 95) – an idea or feeling that you constantly
- solace (page 99) – something that gives comfort
6. chandelier (page 106) – a lighting fixture, usually hanging from a ceiling
7. revelation (page 109) – an act of revealing the truth
8. watercress (page 110) – a plant often used in soups & salads that
has crisp, peppery-tasting leaves 9. dire (page 117) – causing horror or disaster
10. consequences (page 120) – results of choice
Math: – Solve problems by looking for a pattern.
– Identify addition and subtraction rules.
– Identify multiplication and division rules.
– Recognize the order of operations.
– Demonstrate equations with two operations.
Science: – Describe the stages in the life cycle of flowering plants.
– Describe how plants reproduce using only spores.
– Observe how seeds germinate.
Social Studies: – Identify numerous ways that people earn a living in the Caribbean.
Bible: – Study Bible verse for Friday. Parents, please encourage your child to study their Bible verse every week. These do impact their Bible grades.
– Examine and analyze information from a concordance.
– Apply contextual reading skills.
“Because your heart was responsive and you humbled yourself before the Lord…I
also have heard you, declares the Lord.” (2 Kings 22:19)
READING: Read for at least 20 minutes.
VOCABULARY: Complete page 11-12 in handout
MATH: Workbook page 449-450 (Fire Crackers 1, 3, 5, 7)