Quarter 3 Week 8 February 25 – March 1, 2019

TeacherMelissa Forney
Subject AreaELA/Reading
Grade Level7
Week #25
Unit of InstructionWe are reading a novel, The Astonishing Journey of Teddy Bodain, working on iReady workbooks, and vocabulary from the novel.
Standard(s) Taught

LAFS.7.RI.1.1 Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text. 
LAFS.7.RI.1.2 Determine two or more central ideas in a text and analyze their development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text. 
LAFS.7.RI.1.3 Analyze the interactions between individuals, events, and ideas in a text (e.g., how ideas influence individuals or events, or how individuals influence ideas or events). 
LAFS.7.RI.2.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone. 
LAFS.7.RI.2.5 Analyze the structure an author uses to organize a text, including how the major sections contribute to the whole and to the development of the ideas. LAFS.7.RI.2.6 Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how the author distinguishes his or her position from that of others.

Learning Targets and Learning Criteria


  1. mortar and pestle – a small, heavy bowl with a grinding handle to mix foods, herbs, or medicines
  2. corral – a temporary enclosure
  3. axle – the long pole that goes under a wagon or car to connect the wheels to each other and to the wagon 
  4. osprey – a hunting bird that looks like an eagle and eats only fish
  5. heirloom – a treasure that is passed down from generation to generation
  6. Florida Cracker – a nickname given to early Florida settlers because of the cracking noises they made in the air with bullwhips in order to drive cattle down ahead of them into the state. Today it refers to native Floridians who were born here and identify with the pioneer spirit of the early settlers.
  7. stockman – a person who feeds and waters the cattle, oxen, mules, horses, and other animals. The stockman had to check the animals for ticks, bad hooves, disease, injuries, and had to make sure they were fastened correctly to the wagons to pull their heavy loads.
  8. ferry – a wooden platform lashed to floating barrels underneath that transported passengers, boxes, and animals across a river
  9. mingle – to mix with other people
  10. sum – an amount of money
  11. spell – a short period of time
  12. unyoked – to take off the yoke that binds two oxen together at their necks
Classroom Activities

My students will read The Astonishing Journey of Teddy Bodain.

My students will learn 12 vocabulary words that come from the novel we are reading. In addition to the 12 they will be tested on, they will learn many other words as we read aloud each day. After every 2-4 pages of text, I urge students to go back through the text and tell me words they do not know or words they cannot pronounce. I identify those on the spot. Students write down unfamiliar words on a 3 x 5 index card.

My students will spend time in independent reading for their next book report. 

My students will play a vocabulary/novel detail game with colored balls and buckets.

My students will have a Town Hall Meeting to discuss facets of their lives such as accomplishments, vacations, competitions, etc.

My students will listen to each other in Town Hall Meeting and give appropriate responses and feedback to each other. 

Assignments Due

There will be a summative spelling test on Friday.

There will be a summative vocabulary test on Friday. 

Our next book report will be March 13, which is a Wednesday. 

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