Unit 1 Lesson 3
Why is volunteering good for a community and its people?
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Written By Natasha Anastasia Tarpley
Illustrated By Adjoa J. Burrowes
Target Skill: Understanding Characters
In most stories, the words and pictures tell about what the characters are doing, but how can we tell what they are thinking or feeling? Authors have many ways to tell about the characters in a story. They use clues such as action words, descriptions, illustrations, and facial expressions. We can also use what we know about real people and what the story characters say, think, and do as clues about the characters' feeling and motives, or the reasons they act in certain ways.
As you read a story, you should ask yourself, "How would I feel? Why might I think or act that way? Why might a real person talk or act that way?"
Character Check Sheet and Trait List
Character Traits List
Target Skill: Story Message
Target Strategy: Analyze/Evaluate
Good readers analyze or study what they read. When you analyze the characters in a story, you think about what they did. Then you evaluate or make judgements about their actions.
Antonyms are words that have opposite, or very different, meanings.
Word Frog Antonym Game
Antonym Memory Match (Challenging)
Antonym Line Match
1. contacted - got in touch with someone
2. afford - to be able to pay
3. customers - people who buy something at the store
4. block - the section of a street between two other streets
5. raise - to collect money
6. figure - to think
7. earn - to get something by working
8. spreading - stretching something out
Vocabulary Concentration/Word Cards
Common Vowel Pairs
ai, ay, ee, ea
The common vowel pairs ai, ay, ee, and ea make the long vowel sound.
The letters ai make the long a sound (The i is silent.).
The letters ay make the long a sound (The y is silent.).
The letters ee make the long e sound (The second e is silent.).
The letters ea make the long e sound (The a is silent.).
**There are exceptions to the ea rule (bread, head).
ai Poem Activity
Two Vowels Go Walking
Double E Song