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Here are ways to help your child practice Name


skills while having fun!

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Day 1
Write these words: raking, saved, trimming,
walks, waving. Have your child read each word
and name the base word.

Day 2 You a re your child’s firs


Your child has been identifying the main idea t and
and supporting details. Read a story with a
best teacher!
diagram or chart to your child. Ask what the
This week we’re
story is all about. Then ask what the diagram
or chart tells about the story’s details.
Reading A Walk in the Desert

Day 3
Write these words on strips of paper: animals,
early, eyes, full, warm, water. Have your child
read the words. Cut up each word into letters.
Ask your child to arrange the letters to spell
the words.

Day 4
Have your child write these spelling words:
dropped, dropping, excited, exciting, hugged,
hugging, lifted, lifting, smiled, smiling, talked,
talking. Take turns making up sentences using
the words. Talking About W
 hat we can learn
by exploring the desert
Day 5 Learning About I nflected Endings
This week your child learned about main
ideas and details. Have your child write three Main Idea and Details
details about deserts.
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Sailing with Endings
Materials red and yellow crayons
Game Directions
For two players
1. Players take turns reading a word on the chart.
2. If the base word did not change when the
ending was added (as in talked), the player
colors the space red.
needs bragged
3. If the base word changed when the ending was
added (as in dropped or smiling), the player
running walked
colors the space yellow.
kicked hugging
diving asking
worked riding
exciting jumped
lifted swimming
trading stops

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Name
Say the word for each picture.
Pick the letters from the box that finish each word.

bl  br  nd  sk  st  sp  spr  str  mp  spl

Write the missing letters to finish each word.

1. 2. 3.

ba sk et ne st br ick

4. 5. 6.

bl ack sp in ba nd
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Read each sentence. Add the missing letters to the word or words.
Use the box above for help.

7. Did you spl atter that paint on the rug?

8. I need to fix the str ap on my pack.

mp ing.
9. Skip and I like to go ca

10. The best time for me is in the spr ing.


Home Activity  Your child wrote words that started or ended with consonant blends, such as stop, hand,
and strap. In a favorite story, have your child point to words that start or end with the consonant blends
shown in the box on this page. Have your child read each word.

 Phonics  Consonant Blends Review  DVD•33

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A Walk in the Desert
Name
Look for ways in which the cactus is not like the tree.
Write a word from the box to finish each sentence.

leaves  taller
needles  branches

1. The cactus hasneedles .


2. The cactus has only a few branches

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.

3. The tree has many leaves .

4. The tree is taller than the cactus.

5. Write a sentence that tells how these two things are alike.

They are both tall plants.


They both have thick trunks.
Home Activity  Your child described ways in which two things are alike or different. Ask your child to
describe specific differences and similarities between some plants near or in your home.

DVD•34  Comprehension  Compare and Contrast Review

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A Walk in the Desert
Name

Inflected Endings
Generalization Some base words do not change when -ed or -ing is added:
talked, lifting. Others do change: dropped, smiling.

Sort the list words by type of ending. Spelling Words


-ed with no -ing with no 1. talked
base word change base word change

talked talking
2. talking
1. 7. 3. dropped

2. lifted 8. lifting
4. dropping
5. excited
-ed with -ing with
6. exciting
base word change base word change

3. dropped 9. dropping 7. lifted


8. lifting

4. excited 10. exciting


9. hugged
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10. hugging

5. hugged 11. hugging 11. smiled


12. smiling
6. smiled 12. smiling Words to Read

Words to Read 13. early

13. early 14. warm 14. warm

Home Activity  Your child is learning to spell words with -ed and -ing. To practice at home, have your child
study the word, noting the ending, and then spell the word with eyes closed.

 Spelling  Inflected Endings  DVD•35

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A Walk in the Desert
Name

Inflected Endings
Spelling Words
talked talking dropped dropping excited exciting
lifted lifting hugged hugging smiled smiling

Write a list word that rhymes with the underlined word.

1. Mom popped in the door just as


I ___ the plate. dropped
2. We were just walking and ___. talking
3. Tom kept ___ while he was filing
the papers. smiling

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Read the clue. Write the list word
t a l k e d
4. 5. 6.

that means the opposite.


Across i r
4. was speechless f o
8. boring s t 7.
p
Down
m i p
5. dropping
6. picking up
8.
e x c i t i n g i
7. frowned l g n
e g
d
Home Activity  Your child has been learning to spell words with -ed and -ing. Have your child circle the
spelling words with double consonants. (dropped, dropping, hugged, hugging)

DVD•36  Spelling  Inflected Endings

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Name

Declarative and Interrogative


Sentences
Write two statements and two questions about this picture.

Possible answer: The cactus


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is tall. Do animals live there?

There are hills. Will the snake

get back home?


Home Activity  Your child learned how to use statements and questions in writing. Tell your child to imagine
that you are going on a sailing trip. Ask your child to write a statement and a question about the trip.

 Conventions  Declarative and Interrogative Sentences  DVD•37

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A Walk in the Desert
Name

Declarative and Interrogative


Sentences
Write each sentence correctly.

1. cactus plants grow in the desert

Cactus plants grow in the desert.


2. lizards like the warm sun

Lizards like the warm sun.


3. do rattlesnakes scare people

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Do rattlesnakes scare people?
4. jack rabbits eat plants

Jack rabbits eat plants.


5. why does a coyote howl

Why does a coyote howl?


Home Activity  Your child reviewed statements and questions. Choose a story to read to your child.
Say a sentence that is a statement or a question and have your child tell which it is. Continue with
other sentences.

DVD•38  Conventions  Declarative and Interrogative Sentences

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Read the story and the chart. Follow the directions below.

  Some clouds are white, thin, and high in the sky. Other clouds
are gray and spread out like a blanket near the ground. One kind of
cloud is thick and looks like puffs of cotton. A thundercloud is very
tall and dark. Clouds are different colors and shapes.
Clouds and Weather
Type of Cloud Name Kind of Weather
thin and white cirrus fair
low and gray stratus misty, foggy
thick and puffy cumulus fair
tall and dark nimbus rainy, stormy

1. Write the sentence from the story that tells the main idea.

Clouds are different colors and shapes.


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2. Underline the sentences that tell details about the main idea.
3. Write the words that tell what kind of weather dark clouds bring.

rainy, stormy
4. Write the words that describe the type of cloud that comes
with foggy weather.

low and gray (or stratus)


5. Circle the name for puffy clouds.
cumulus stratus cirrus
Home Activity  Your child identified the main idea and supporting details of a story and interpreted
information from a chart. Work with your child to make a chart and write a story about the day’s weather.
Have your child identify the story’s main idea and details.

 Comprehension  Main Idea and Details  DVD•39

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