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:- Read a published model of a persuasive essay.

– Identify key points in creating a persuasive writing piece.

– Persuade Mrs. Suckoo to have a hotdog instead of a turkey for Thanksgiving.

Vocabulary: – Study and review vocabulary words for our test on Friday.

1. forgiveness (page 207) – to forgive someone and not have hard feelings towards them

2. ignorant (page 194) – having no knowledge or education about something

3. defiant (page 193) – when you resist or challenge something or someone

4. covert (page 184) – done in secret

5. quest (page 218) – an adventurous journey by a knight

6. inspiring (page 227) – to move or guide someone to have greater things

7. anxiously (page 233) – afraid or nervous about what may happen

8. devious (page 237) – sneaky and deceptive

9. surrender (page 241) – to give up your power or control of something

10. torment (page 264) – to cause extreme pain in the body or in the mind

Math: – Take a class survey.

– Organize data into a bar graph.

– Identify the mode, median and outlier.

– Solve problems by making a table.

NOTE: Quiz on Friday, covering the above mentioned objectives.

Science: – Review learned objectives.

NOTE: CHAPTER 2 Test on Thursday.

Social Studies: – Identify means of communication 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.

– Identify descriptions for the categories of the books of the Bible.

– Express several purposes of the Bible.

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6


WONDER BOOK REPORT – Due November 17.


VOCABULARY: Complete handout


MATH: Handout

SCIENCE: Study for Chapter 2 Test
MATH: Handout
Objectives and Lesson Plans – November 14-17, 2017
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