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a symphony of whales by steve schuch

A Symphony of Whalesby: Steve Schuch


Context Clues


Answer Questions


Vocabulary Strategy:

Comprehension Skill:

Comprehension Strategy:

review concept board
Review Concept Board
  • Question of the day!
  • What other kinds of music might the whales respond to that the people did not try?
more words to know
More Words to Know






to cut or break off a thin piece of something



the food and equipment necessary for an army exercise, camping trip, and so on



a long, complicated musical composition for an orchestra

reader response
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.
reader response13
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
look back and write
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.

Example of a Top-Score Response The beluga whales will not follow the ship out to sea. Glashka listens to the whales and tells the old ones what she hears. The old ones realize that Narna wants to hear the music whales and humans once shared. Narna wants to hear this “other music.” They play some rock music for the whales. This doesn’t work. Then they play some folk music. This doesn’t work. The whales finally follow the ship when they hear classical music.

small group time
Small Group Time
  • Read A Symphony of Whales pages 368-374
test time
Test Time
  • Do your very best!
fluency model
  • Listen as I read aloud the first two paragraphs on p. 366. Noticemy reading rate. We will practice as a class by doing three choral readings.
revisit the concept web
Revisit the concept web
  • Do you have any words to add to our concept web?
language objectives
Language Objectives:
  • Use present, past, and future tenses in writing.
daily fix it
Daily Fix-it
  • Kelly hopped she would seewhales on her trip to hawaii.
  • Last year they visit friendsnear the Pacific ocean.

Kelly hoped she would see whales on her trip to Hawaii.

  • Last year they visited friends near the Pacific Ocean.
use verb tenses in writing
  • Using present, past, and future tensestell readers exactly when an actionhappened.
  • 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.
writing objectives
Writing objectives:
  • Write a news story that answers the questions who, what, where, when, why, and how.
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.
writing test tips
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.
ideas on how to get started
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.
spelling objective
Spelling Objective:
  • Spell words with suffixes -ly, -ful, -ness,-less.
generalization about spelling words with suffixes
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
write a story
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.
frequently misspelled words
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.
  • finallyreally
read the words with me
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