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Letters Home from Yosemite. Compiled by: Terry Sams PES. Written and Illustrated by: Lisa Halvorsen Visit the Author. Summary. Yosemite National Park is an amazing place. In one visit, you can see giant trees, towering mountains, and interesting wildlife. Study Skills.

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Letters Home from Yosemite

Compiled by:

Terry Sams PES

Written and Illustrated by:

Lisa Halvorsen

Visit the Author


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Summary

Yosemite National Park is an amazing place. In one visit, you can see giant trees, towering mountains, and interesting wildlife.


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Study Skills

  • Genre: Narrative Nonfiction

  • Comprehension Skill: Main Idea

  • Comprehension Strategy: Graphic Organizers

  • Comprehension Review Skill: Fact and Opinion

  • Vocabulary: Suffixes


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Genre: Narrative Nonfiction

  • Narrative nonfiction tells the story of real people, places, or events. The narrator, or teller of the story, presents information in sequence. Notice this sequence as you read about Yosemite National Park.


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Comprehension Strategy – Graphic Organizers TE 112

  • Using a graphic organizer can help you to understand what you read.

  • Examples of graphic organizers are webs, charts, and diagrams.

  • A sequence chart can help you see the sequence of an article and often you can fill these charts in as you read.


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Comprehension Skill Review –Fact and Opinion TE 125

  • A fact is a statement that can be proved true or false.

  • Statements of opinion tell about a person’s beliefs, feelings, or way of thinking that cannot be proved.


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Vocabulary Strategy Suffixes –ist and -iveTe 114

  • You can use suffixes to help figure out the meaning of words.

  • The suffix –ist can make a word mean “one who is an expert in____,” as a biologist, an expert in biology.


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Vocabulary Strategy Suffixes –ist and -iveTe 114

  • The suffix -ive can make a word mean “’tending or inclined to_____,” as in active, which means tending to act.”


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Question of the WeekTE 66m

  • How does Yosemite reflect the unique qualities of the West?


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Day 2-Question of the Day

  • Why did Congress establish Yosemite as a national park?


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Day 3-Question of the Day –

  • How does the author support her opinion that Yosemite is “one of the most awesome places on Earth?


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Day 4-Question of the Day - Review

  • What might prompt someone to write a song like “This Land is your Land?


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Weekly Fluency Check -Phrasing TE 133a

  • Phrasing helps to keep related words group together. Phrasing makes sentences easier to understand.

  • Practice reading page 120 using groups of words in phrases to make it easier to understand.


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Research/Study Skill –Print Sources TE 133L

  • Print sources include textbooks, trade books, encyclopedias, dictionaries, almanacs, atlases, magazines, newspapers, newsletters, pamphlets and other printed sources.

  • Think about the purpose of each source when doing research.


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Research/Study Skill –Print Sources TE 133L

  • To find information in a print source, think about its organization.

  • The table of contents, index, or headings show what information the sources includes and how it is organized.


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Research/Study Skill –Print Sources TE 133L

  • As the teacher shows you several types of print sources, decide what the purpose of each is.

  • How is it organized?


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Review Questions

  • How can you tell this was written to inform?

  • What is one way Yosemite is a unique place?

  • What are some impressive wonders in Yosemite?


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Review Questions

  • What is the “time” setting of this story?

  • How did the author organize this story? Why do you think she did that?

  • What attraction did the she go see right after Glacier Point?


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Fun Stuff

  • Yosemite for Kids

  • Photographs of Yosemite

  • Spelling List


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Vocabulary- Say It!

glacier

impressive

naturalist

preserve

slopes

species

wilderness


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More Words to Know

altitudes

formations

reservoir

earthquake

eruptions

volcano


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glacier

a great mass of ice moving very slowly down a mountain or along a valley


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naturalist

a person who studies living things


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impressive

able to have a strong effect on the mind or feelings


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preserve

to keep from harm or change; protect


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species

a set of related living things that share certain characteristic and that can be interbred


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slopes

and that goes up and down at an angle


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wilderness

a wild region with few or no people living in it


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earthquake

a shaking or shifting motion of Earth’s surface. It is caused by the sudden breaking of masses of rock along a fault.


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eruptions

acts or processes of bursting or throwing forth


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volcano

opening in Earth’s crust through which steam, ashes, and lava are forced out in periods of activity


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altitudes

heights about Earth’s surface


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reservoir

a place where water is collected and stored for use





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More than 650 of species of flowering plants live in Denali!.



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The park was established to and animals.preserve the land and the plants and animals.



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That’s what the about this park.naturalist on the guided tour told us about this park.



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We skied up the lower about this park.slopes of Mt. McKinley.



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We could see a giant ice.glacier looking like a huge field of ice.



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The glacier was a very ice.impressivesight.



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The sequoia tree is the largest world.species of tree in the world.






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The rock world. formations were beautiful in the sunlight.


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The rock world.formationswere beautiful in the sunlight.


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Postcard world.TE 87g-h

  • A postcard is a brief message, with a picture on one side, sent by mail to friends or family.

  • Often a post card gives detail about a place you are visiting on vacation and describes your feelings about being there.


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Writing Assignment world.

  • Pretend that you are on vacation. Write a postcard to a friend or family member describing where you are. The place can be real or imaginary.


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Spelling Words world.Long u Sounds

  • cruise

  • juice

  • scooter

  • afternoon

  • threw

  • smooth

  • mood

  • flute

  • huge

  • usual


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Spelling Words world.Long u sounds

  • curfew

  • duty

  • humor

  • confuse

  • groove

  • pupil

  • excuse

  • cruel

  • bruise

  • truth


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CHALLENGE world.

  • influence

  • aluminum

  • nutrition

  • accumulate

  • igloo


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This Week’s Word Wall Words world.

Click and type your own words for this week:


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Let’s review our Spelling words. Watch carefully because they will flash on the screen for just a moment. We can clap as we spell the word, or we might just practice reading the words.


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cruel they will flash on the screen for just a moment. We can clap as we spell the word, or we might just practice reading the words.


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afternoon they will flash on the screen for just a moment. We can clap as we spell the word, or we might just practice reading the words.


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smooth they will flash on the screen for just a moment. We can clap as we spell the word, or we might just practice reading the words.


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truth they will flash on the screen for just a moment. We can clap as we spell the word, or we might just practice reading the words.


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threw they will flash on the screen for just a moment. We can clap as we spell the word, or we might just practice reading the words.


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confuse they will flash on the screen for just a moment. We can clap as we spell the word, or we might just practice reading the words.


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mood they will flash on the screen for just a moment. We can clap as we spell the word, or we might just practice reading the words.


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flute they will flash on the screen for just a moment. We can clap as we spell the word, or we might just practice reading the words.


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groove they will flash on the screen for just a moment. We can clap as we spell the word, or we might just practice reading the words.


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cruise they will flash on the screen for just a moment. We can clap as we spell the word, or we might just practice reading the words.


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excuse they will flash on the screen for just a moment. We can clap as we spell the word, or we might just practice reading the words.


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curfew they will flash on the screen for just a moment. We can clap as we spell the word, or we might just practice reading the words.


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pupil they will flash on the screen for just a moment. We can clap as we spell the word, or we might just practice reading the words.


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bruise they will flash on the screen for just a moment. We can clap as we spell the word, or we might just practice reading the words.


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scooter they will flash on the screen for just a moment. We can clap as we spell the word, or we might just practice reading the words.


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humor they will flash on the screen for just a moment. We can clap as we spell the word, or we might just practice reading the words.


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juice they will flash on the screen for just a moment. We can clap as we spell the word, or we might just practice reading the words.


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huge they will flash on the screen for just a moment. We can clap as we spell the word, or we might just practice reading the words.


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duty they will flash on the screen for just a moment. We can clap as we spell the word, or we might just practice reading the words.


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usual they will flash on the screen for just a moment. We can clap as we spell the word, or we might just practice reading the words.


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GREAT JOB! they will flash on the screen for just a moment. We can clap as we spell the word, or we might just practice reading the words.


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