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A Symphony of Whales by: Steve Schuch. Fiction Context Clues Generalize Answer Questions. Genre: Vocabulary Strategy: Comprehension Skill: Comprehension Strategy:. Review Concept Board. Question of the week! How can people help animals that are in danger?. Helping Animals.

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A Symphony of Whalesby: Steve Schuch


Context Clues


Answer Questions


Vocabulary Strategy:

Comprehension Skill:

Comprehension Strategy:

Review Concept Board

  • Question of the week!

  • How can people help animals that are in danger?

Helping Animals

  • LOOKING BACK Remind students of the focusquestion of the week: How can people helpanimals that are in danger? Discuss how thisweek’s Concept Web of vocabulary words relates to the theme of helping animals. Ask students if they have any words or categories to add.Discuss whether words and categories are appropriately related to the concept.

Helping Animals

  • MOVING FORWARD Preview the title of the next selection, Volcanoes: Nature’s IncredibleFireworks. Ask students which Concept Webwords might apply to the new selection basedon the title alone. Put a star next to these wordson the web.

Display the Concept Web

Small Group Time

  • Read Leveled Readers


  • Assess Green Group


  • Sometimes when you read ideas aboutseveral things you can see how they arealike in some way. You can make a general statement about all of them together.

  • Clue words such as most, many, all, orfew signal generalizations.


  • Have students work in pairs to find a generalization the author makes on p. 363,paragraph 3. Remind them to look for facts and details that support the generalization.


  • Explain that a generalization is a broad statement or rule thatapplies to many examples. A valid generalization is wellsupported by facts and logic. A faulty one is not well supported.


  • Students should look for clue words that signal generalizationsas they read. List words on the board:

  • allnone

  • mostfew

  • alwaysnever

  • generallyin general

Look at this graphic organizer about generalizations.


  • The setting is the time and place in which a story takes place. The setting can be verygeneral or very specific. Setting can affect many elements of a story, including thecharacters, the plot, and tone, or mood.

    • Looking at visual details like the illustrations can tell us a lot about where and whena story takes place.

    • Visualizing, or picturing, the setting in our heads as we read helps us understand theevents in the story.

  • Look at the illustrations on pp. 358–373 and discuss what they tell us about the settingof the story.

Assess Setting

  • Have students skim pp. 358–373 and identify details that tell about the setting.

Language Objectives:

Daily Fix-it

  • Cant whales hear sounds underwater.

  • A whale blow water from it's spout.

Can’t whales hear sounds underwater?

  • A whale blows water from its spout.

  • Present: Whales swim near the boat.Past: They bumped into the side.Future: They will stay away next time.

Present, past, and future verbs.

Directions Tell the tense of the underlined verb in each sentence. Write present, past, or future.

1. A whale lives at the sea park.

2. It floats under the water.

3. The whale amazed its trainers.

4. People will cheer the clever whale.

Writing objectives:

  • The students will write an essay that compares and contrasts two things in nature.Your subjects could be two plants, animals, seasons, or weather conditions. Use words that showwhat you are describing.

Compare & Contrast Essay

  • A compare and contrast essay uses transitions and details to show likenesses and differences. Like a news story, a compare/contrast essay includes details that show likenesses and differences.

Spelling Objective:

  • Spell words with suffixes -ly, -ful, -ness,-less.

  • Test today! Do your very BEST!


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