A Symphony of Whales by: Steve Schuch

A Symphony of Whales by: Steve Schuch

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1. A Symphony of Whales by: Steve Schuch Genre: Vocabulary Strategy: Comprehension Skill: Comprehension Strategy:

2. 6/7/2012 2 Review Concept Board Question of the day! What other kinds of music might the whales respond to that the people did not try?

3. More Words to Know neighboring waterproof yelping

4. anxiously uneasily; with fear of what might happen

5. bay a part of a sea or lake surrounded by land

6. blizzards blinding snowstorms with very strong, cold winds

7. channel a body of water joining two larger bodies of water


9. melody a pleasing or easily remembered series of musical notes; tune

12. 6/7/2012 12 Reader Response What did you think was the most exciting part of the story? Why was that part exciting? MODEL I think the most exciting part was when the Russian ship was trying to get the whales to follow it out of the frozen bay. I liked it because I really wanted to know what was going to happen.

13. 6/7/2012 13 Reader Response The author begins his story with Glashka hearing music inside her head. How does that beginning get you ready for the rest of the story? Author Think about the lives of the villagers and the lives of the whales. What does that say about how people and nature are connected? Generalize At the end of the story, Glashka tells the sled dogs that they are good dogs. Why does she believe they are good dogs? Answer Questions The list words symphony and melody are related to music. What other words from the story could you include in that group? Vocabulary

14. 6/7/2012 14 Look Back and Write The old ones talk about "other music." What is the "other music," and why is it important? Use story details to support your answer.

15. 6/7/2012 15 Small Group Time Read A Symphony of Whales pages 368-374

16. 6/7/2012 16 Test Time Do your very best!

17. 6/7/2012 17 FLUENCY - Model Listen as I read aloud the first two paragraphs on p. 366. Notice my reading rate. We will practice as a class by doing three choral readings.

18. 6/7/2012 18 Revisit the concept web Do you have any words to add to our concept web?

19. 6/7/2012 19 Language Objectives: Use present, past, and future tenses in writing.

20. 6/7/2012 20 Daily Fix-it Kelly hopped she would see whales on her trip to hawaii. Last year they visit friends near the Pacific ocean.

21. 6/7/2012 21 USE VERB TENSES IN WRITING Using present, past, and future tenses tell readers exactly when an action happened. The whales will return to warm water in the winter. By using the future tense in this sentence, the writer tells readers that the action will happen in the future.

22. 6/7/2012 22 Present, past, and future verbs.

23. 6/7/2012 23 Writing objectives: Write a news story that answers the questions who, what, where, when, why, and how.

24. 6/7/2012 24 READING-WRITING CONNECTION A Symphony of Whales describes an event in a small village that could be the subject of a real-life news story. Think about an event that took place in your town or neighborhood. Now write a news story about it that answers the 5 Ws and How. You can use page 375 in your book.

25. 6/7/2012 25 Writing Test Tips Begin by summarizing what happened. Then tell who, what, where, when, why, and how. Add details about each part of the story. Put events in time order and use time-order words.

26. 6/7/2012 26 Ideas on how to get started. Brainstorm a list of events in your school that would make good feature articles. Write the article topic at the top of a page, then complete a chart answering who, what, when, where, why, and how.

27. 6/7/2012 27 Spelling Objective: Spell words with suffixes -ly, -ful, -ness, -less.

28. 6/7/2012 28 Generalization about spelling words with suffixes When adding -ly, -ful, -ness, or -less, most base words stay the same: safely. When the base word ends in y, change y to i: beautiful. Adding suffixes usually does not change the pronunciation of the base word

29. 6/7/2012 29 Write a story You will write a story using at least four of the spelling words. Later, you can share your stories with the class by reading them aloud.

30. 6/7/2012 30 Frequently misspelled words These words are difficult for third-graders to spell because of the added suffix. Notice these frequently misspelled words and I encourage you to think carefully before you write them. finally really

31. 6/7/2012 31 Read the words with me. 1. beautiful 9. daily 2. safely 10. suddenly* 3. kindness 11. wireless 4. finally* 12. quietly* 5. spotless 13. fairness 6. worthless 14. cheerful 7. illness 15. painful 8. helpful

32. 6/7/2012 32 Let?s do this part together.


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