Grace and the Time Machine Compiled by: Terry Sams PES from Starring Grace by Mary Hoffman adapted for Story Theater by Donald Abramson illustrated by Matthew Faulkner
Summary Grace and her friends build a time machine powered by imagination. Using the memories of Grace’s grandmother and Mrs. Myerson, a neighbor, everyone has fun experiencing far-off places such as Gambia, Trinidad, and Heidelberg.
Study Skills • Genre: Fiction • Comprehension Skill: Drawing Conclusions • Comprehension Strategy: Answer Questions • Comprehension Review Skill: Compare Contrast • Vocabulary: Prefixes
Genre: Play • A play has all the elements of a story-characters, setting, plot, and theme- but it doesn’t look like a story because it’s written to be performed. As you read, think about how this play might be different as a chapter in a book.
Comprehension Skill Tested –Draw Conclusions TE 211a • When you draw conclusions, you use details and what you already know to form opinions or make decisions about characters and events. • The facts and details are small pieces of information in the story.
Comprehension Skill Tested –Draw Conclusions • Facts and details “add up” to a conclusion. • A flashback briefly “pauses” the present-time events of the story. • A flashback helps explain something that is happening now in the story.
Comprehension Skill Review: Compare andContrast • A Comparison tells how two or more things are alike. • A Contrast tells how they are different • Clue words such as like or as show comparisons • Clue words such as but or unlike show contrasts.
Vocabulary Strategy Prefixes - • Prefixes are letters added to the beginning of a word that change its meaning. • The prefixre- means “again.” If you retie a knot, you tie it again. • The prefix a means “on, in or at”. If you are abed, you are in bed.
Research/Study Skill –Advertisement • All advertisements sell a product or service. • Advertisements want their product or service to appear the best.
Research/Study Skill –Advertisement • There are four parts to an advertisement: -photo or illustration -a headline in large type -information about the product -who makes the product or service
Question of the WeekTE 142 m • What can we accomplish by using our imaginations?
Day 2-Question of the Day • What happens when Grace and her friends use their imaginations?
Day 3 - Question of the Day • How did using her imagination affect Mrs. Myerson?
Day 4-Question of the Day - Review • What do you think is the best way to spend a summer day with friends?
Weekly Fluency Check -Characterization/Dialogue TE 211a • Read aloud “Journal of a Teenage Genius” on p. 188m. Explain how you use what you know about the characters to choose a voice for each one and make the dialogue more interesting.
Review Questions • How did grace show she was capable of taking care of Nana? • How were the trips to The Gambia and Trinidad alike? • What does this story teach about inventions? • How did Mrs. Myerson fell about the children?
Review Questions • Why do you think the author wrote this story? • How might Mrs. Myerson’s imaginary trip affect her present life? • Would you like to time travel? Why or why not? • How were the imaginary trips to Trinidad and Heidelberg alike?
Vocabulary - Say It • awkward • miracle • mechanical • capable • chant • aboard • vehicle • atlas • reseats
More Words to Know contraption pantomime excursion invention research
vehicle device for carrying people or things, such as a car, bus, airplane, etc.
reseats sits again
miracle a wonderful happening that is contrary to, or independent of, the known laws of nature
chant to call over and over again
capable having fitness, power, or ability; able; efficient; competent
awkward not graceful or skillful in movement or shape; not easily managed
atlas book of maps
aboard on board; in or on a ship, train, bus, airplane, etc.
contraption device or gadget
pantomime to express by gestures
excursion a short trip taken for interest or pleasure, often by a group of people together
invention something made for the first time
research the act of hunting carefully for facts or truth
We will look in the atlas to see what country is the farthest away.