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Island of the Blue Dolphins. By Scott O’Dell Illustrated by Russ Walks. Focus Questions… What basic needs must be met for people to survive? Why do some people try harder than others to survive?. Presentation by Redwood Jordan, 4 th grade, Porter Elementary, Fontana Unified School District.

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island of the blue dolphins
Island of the Blue Dolphins

By Scott O’Dell

Illustrated by Russ Walks

Focus Questions…

What basic needs must be met for people to survive? Why do some people try harder than others to survive?

Presentation by Redwood Jordan, 4th grade, Porter Elementary, Fontana Unified School District

word knowledge location words
Word Knowledge… location words

between behind beyond among against

among the penguins

against the wall

behind bars

Beyond the horizon

Between the walls

All these words show place and location. Other examples are under, beside, and near.

Can you come up with more “place” words? How many?

word knowledge multiple meaning words
Word Knowledge… multiple meaning words

rose

The rose looked beautiful. ….. The balloon rose into the air.

dip

There is a dip in the road. ….. Do you dip your French fries in ketchup?

color

What is your favorite color? ….. The first grader can color well.

rock

Marble is a type of rock. ….. Rock the baby to sleep.

handle

Push the handle on the door. ….. You shouldn’t handle the snake.

word knowledge letter c pronounced s
Word Knowledge… letter “c” pronounced /s/

advice medicine decide ancestors circle

Notice the letter “c” is pronounced /s/ when followed by “e, i, or y”

Find the /s/ sound in these words: distance, icicle, cymbal

word knowledge plurals that just add s
Word Knowledge… plurals that just add “s”

arrow + s …. arrows

age + s …. ages

time + s …. times

tide + s …. tides

cliff + s …. cliffs

Can you think of additional examples of plural words?

word knowledge sentences
Word Knowledge Sentences…
  • The sea was calm behind the high cliffs.
  • Try to identify the long vowel sounds in this sentence. Look for the long “e” spelled (ea, e) and the long “i” spelled (i, igh).
  • 2. Now I spent most of my time on the rock.
  • Look for the pronouns in this sentence. Which is a subject pronoun and which is a possessive pronoun?
word knowledge sentences7
Word Knowledge Sentences…

3. They turned around in a great circle and began to

follow me.

What tense is used for the verbs in this sentence? A: Past

Notice how “turned” is a regular past tense… -ed ending.

“Began” is an irregular past tense… begin to began

4. All cliffs are made of rocks.

Which words in this sentence are plural?

selection vocabulary
Selection Vocabulary

be-fall

pur-sued

de-sert-ed

id-ly

chaf-ing

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Selection Vocabulary: befallUse context clues, word structure, and/or apposition to determine the meaning.

Whatever might befallme on the endless waters did not trouble me.

Thomas hoped that no harm would befallhis lost puppy.

Befall: (verb) to happen to

p. 324

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Selection Vocabulary: pursuedUse context clues, word structure, and/or apposition to determine the meaning.

It meant far less than the thought of staying on the island alone, pursued by wild dogs.

The cat pursued the mouse and finally caught it.

Pursued: (verb) chased,

followed, or hunted. p.324

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Selection Vocabulary: desertedUse context clues, word structure, and/or apposition to determine the meaning.

Even greater was the thought of the deserted island I would return to.

Jack felt desertedwhen his brother went to the game without him.

Deserted: (verb) abandoned

p. 329

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Selection Vocabulary: idlyUse context clues, word structure, and/or apposition to determine the meaning.

The canoe drifted idly on the calm sea.

Cara daydreamed as she swayed idly in her hammock.

Idly: (adverb) lazily, slowly. p. 329

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Selection Vocabulary: chafingUse context clues, word structure, and/or apposition to determine the meaning.

My hands had begun to bleed from the chafing of the paddle.

The tight shoes were chafing the back of her feet.

Chafing: (verb) rubbing so as to make sore. p. 330