January 8-12, 2018
This week students will learn about immigration and the history of Ellis Island. We will be continuing to read the novel, "Molly's Pilgrim", a fictional story about a modern day pilgrim that came to America in search of religious freedom. To honor those who came before us, we will create clothespin dolls that represent the immigrants that made the difficult journey to America. We will conclude our unit by writing a narrative about the journey and arrival of a fictional passenger.
Our goals in reading this week will include: answering text dependent questions, and describing characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explaining how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.
Home Support Resources
Games are a great way to reinforce a strategy and there are plenty of games that help students understand the concept of Character Traits. The following link is from teachingideas.co.uk, and it includes cards to play a memory matching game with text descriptions and Character Traits:
This next link from brain pop provides several different Character Traits-themed games and activities that students can play: http://www.brainpop.com/educators/community/lesson-plan/character-as-a-story-element-activities-for-kids/?bp-jr-topic=character. There are tons of great resources online for this important concept.