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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

Letters Home from Yosemite

Compiled by:

Terry Sams PES

Written and Illustrated by:

Lisa Halvorsen

Visit the Author

summary
Summary

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

study skills
Study Skills
  • Genre: Narrative Nonfiction
  • Comprehension Skill: Main Idea
  • Comprehension Strategy: Graphic Organizers
  • Comprehension Review Skill: Fact and Opinion
  • Vocabulary: Suffixes
genre narrative nonfiction
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.
comprehension strategy graphic organizers te 112
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.
comprehension skill review fact and opinion te 125
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.”
question of the week te 66m
Question of the WeekTE 66m
  • How does Yosemite reflect the unique qualities of the West?
day 2 question of the day
Day 2-Question of the Day
  • Why did Congress establish Yosemite as a national park?
day 3 question of the day
Day 3-Question of the Day –
  • How does the author support her opinion that Yosemite is “one of the most awesome places on Earth?
day 4 question of the day review
Day 4-Question of the Day - Review
  • What might prompt someone to write a song like “This Land is your Land?
weekly fluency check phrasing te 133a
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?
review questions
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?
fun stuff
Fun Stuff
  • Yosemite for Kids
  • Photographs of Yosemite
  • Spelling List
vocabulary say it
Vocabulary- Say It!

glacier

impressive

naturalist

preserve

slopes

species

wilderness

more words to know
More Words to Know

altitudes

formations

reservoir

earthquake

eruptions

volcano

glacier

glacier

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

naturalist

naturalist

a person who studies living things

impressive

impressive

able to have a strong effect on the mind or feelings

preserve

preserve

to keep from harm or change; protect

species

species

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

slopes

slopes

and that goes up and down at an angle

wilderness

wilderness

a wild region with few or no people living in it

earthquake

earthquake

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

eruptions

eruptions

acts or processes of bursting or throwing forth

volcano

volcano

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

altitudes

altitudes

heights about Earth’s surface

reservoir

reservoir

a place where water is collected and stored for use

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Postcard 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.
writing assignment
Writing Assignment
  • 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.
spelling words long u sounds
Spelling WordsLong u Sounds
  • cruise
  • juice
  • scooter
  • afternoon
  • threw
  • smooth
  • mood
  • flute
  • huge
  • usual
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Spelling WordsLong u sounds
  • curfew
  • duty
  • humor
  • confuse
  • groove
  • pupil
  • excuse
  • cruel
  • bruise
  • truth
challenge
CHALLENGE
  • influence
  • aluminum
  • nutrition
  • accumulate
  • igloo
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This Week’s Word Wall Words

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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