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Pushing Up the Sky U3W2
Transcript of Pushing Up the Sky U3W2
This week's question: How do people explain things in nature?
Turn to page 404
Can you name a pattern of stars that you see in the night sky?
Long ago, people probably wondered why there were star patterns in the sky. This must have seemed like a
- a question that needed an
to our concept map!
How did people long ago explain groups of stars in the sky?
They told stories, or myths about how the stars got there.
Let's also add the word myth to our concept map.
This week you will be reading about stories that people make up to explain nature.
more than enough
What is abundant in our classroom?
This week's skill:
unhappy= not happy
Read these words
Let's Practice It
Reader's Writer's Notebook
This week's skill:
Literary Elements: Character, Setting, and Plot
Turn to pg. 409. Read " An Up-And-Down Story".
use facts and details from the author and what you already know to come up with your own ideas. Inferring helps you connect to the story.
* Inferring is like Drawing Conclusions
In the story, what does the author tell about the setting?
The story takes place in the family's backyard.
Look back at the fourth paragraph. What can you infer about Chief Shelton? What clues in the story tell you that?
Chief Shelton must have been an artist, because only an artist could carve a pole to tell a story.
He must care about his community because he worked on it for five years.
bony, branching growths on the head of a male deer, elk, or moose
made a picture or idea of something in your mind
human speech, spoken or written, of different groups or countries
the person who tells a story
over the head, on high, above
pushed with force against someone or something
Skill: Main and Helping Verbs
Main verb- shows action
Helping verb- shows time of the action
How do people explain things in nature?
Read these sentences
"Please bring the balls to us! " the people begged Crow. "It's a miserable existence with no light in the world. We cannot see to hunt, and our food is getting scarce."
What do the people mean when they say the food is getting scarce?
They don't have very much food.
Why might it be a miserable existence without light?
without light, we would not be able to see very well
Why does the author have the people beg crow for light?
to show how important it was for the people to have light
What do you think the word shrivel means?
dried up and wither away
What causes plants and animals to shrivel?
too much sun, not enough water
Sometimes people eat fruit that looks shriveled. What fruits do you know that look shriveled?
Would plants shrivel is they received water? Why or why not?
Let's practice the meanings!
Read these words:
Structural Elements of a Play
Elements of a play include:
a list of characters
dialogue- words for the actors to speak
stage directions- words telling how the actors should act
acts- parts of a play
scenes- smaller parts of a play
Turn to pg. 411
When you come across unknown words, use your context clues to find out the meaning.
Now read " The Class Play".
This week's story:
Pushing Up the Sky
Genre: Drama, or play
Is a story meant to be acted out for an audience
Turn to pg. 412
Reread these sentences from "The Class Play":
She had a lot of lines, but she didn't get to wear a costume. "But I made such a beautiful cape," she wailed.
What does wailed mean?
Is she happy or upset?
What context clues help you understand what wailed means?
What other word or phrase could the author have used instead of wailed?
The Snohomish people felt irritable because the sky was too close.
What do people do when they feel irritable?
Why were the people irritable?
What makes you feel irritable?
The sun can scorch things and cause them to shrivel.
Think about other objects that are hot enough to scorch things.
Some characters in stories and myths look shriveled.
What kind of personality traits might you expect a shriveled-looking character in a story to have?
Now we are going to sort words. We will put words with the prefix un- in the first column. Words with the prefix re- will go in the second column. Words with the prefix mis- will go in the third column, words with the prefix dis- will go in the fourth column, and words with the prefix non- will go in the last column.
Draw this 5-column chart in your Literacy Notebook.
Unclear is made up of the base word clear and the prefix un-, so write unclear in the first column.
Sort these words!
Turn to page 412
Work with your shoulder partner to complete
the "Pushing Up the Sky" Scavenger Hunt. A's will
do odd numbers and B's will do even numbers.
Research and Study Skills