Week 21- 4.1: “Animals in Camouflage”

News & Calendar:

  • Log your “Reading Days” Homework from last week on RTSUtah.com or record in your planner on the January calendar ASAP if you haven’t already. The goal is to have them in by Monday each week.
  • Thank you to all of you who have already signed up for S.E.P. Conferences! If you haven’t yet, please click here and use the password skyhawks.
  • We are starting a new 5 week science unit: “Look Again.”
  • This is the last week for the Box Top contest! Please turn then in to your homeroom bucket before Friday!


Main Objectives for this week:4.1-Animals in Camouflage

Students will be able to…

… read and comprehend this week’s selection, “Animals in Camouflage,” focusing on the comprehension skill “Main Idea and Details.”

… learn and use these new vocabulary words: protection, camouflage, mimicry, patterns, surroundings pretenders, and blend

… learn about and use pronouns.

… read and retell the decodable story #32: “Under the Moon”

…continue to work on our “House is a House” class book.

… read and practice this week’s poem: “Pronoun Bells,” sung to the tune of “Jingle Bells”


  • Pronouns are the words
  • That take the place of nouns
  • They fit right in place
  • When you write them down
  • Some fit in subjects
  • Others predicates
  • Possessives are the final ones
  • And they show ownership
  • Ohhhhh, I, you, he, she, and it
  • We and you and they (Subject!)
    Me, you, him, her, it, and us
  • You again and them (Object!)
  • My and your, his, her, its
  • Our and your and their (Possessive!)
  • Pronouns help improve your writing
  • So use them everywhere
  • (Correctly!)





Objectives from our “Imagine It!” Program:

Reading Informational Text:

  • I can describe key details in an informational text using the questions who, what, when, where, why and how.
  • I can identify the main idea of a paragraph, chapter or selection in an informational text.
  • I can use context clues and word structure to determine the meaning of vocabulary.
  • I can use headings to locate key facts or information in a text.
  • I can understand and discuss how photographs help me understand more about informational text.
  • I can comprehend informational text by asking/answering questions, Making Connections, and Clarifying words and phrases.


Reading Foundational Skills:

  • I can read words with /oo/ like “goo,” spelled oo both in isolation and in text.
  • I can identify long and short sounds made by vowel teams
  • To comprehend, I can identify the purpose of a text and check my understanding as I read.
  • I can use context clues to help me figure out word meaning.


  • When I write, I can explain a process by including a topic, listing and explaining steps, and concluding with a statement.
  • I can improve my summary by revising and editing content, spelling, punctuation, and grammar.
  • In a group, I can choose a topic and ask questions to research about this topic.


Speaking and Listening:

  • I can follow rules for participating in discussions including listening, asking appropriate questions, building upon others comments, and staying on topic.
  • I can retell key ideas and details from a text read aloud or as a whole group.



  • I can follow spelling rules and patterns for /oo/ spelled oo when I write.
  • I can identify and use context clues to find the meanings of unknown or multiple meaning words.
  • I can use words and phrases acquired through conversations, reading, being read to, and responding to texts.




  1. food
  2. soon
  3. hoop
  4. room
  5. pool
  6. tooth
  7. mood
  8. igloo
  9. bloom
  10. pooch
  11. noodle
  12. rooster
  13. school
  14. bedroom
  15. school



Spelling Homework this week:

Monday– “Copy 3x”= copy the words you missed on the pretest 3 times
Tuesday-Wednesday– Choose any two:

“ABC Order”= list the spelling words in ABC order

“Syllables”= sort your words by how many syllables are in the words.  For words that have more than one, place a large dot or slash in between each syllable, such as “ba/sic”
“Quiz”= have a partner quiz you on the words
Thursday– Test!


Common Core Standards we are focusing on that match this week’s objectives:

RI 2.1:    Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.

RI 2.2:    Identify the main topic of a multiparagraph text as well as the focus of specific paragraphs within the text.

RI 2.4:    Determine the meaning of words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 2 topic or subject area.

RI 2.5:    Know and use various text features (e.g., captions, bold print, subheadings, glossaries, indexes, electronic menus, icons) to locate key facts or information in a text efficiently.

RI 2.7:    Explain how specific images (e.g., a diagram showing how a machine works) contribute to and clarify a text.

RI 2.10:  By the end of year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, in the grades 2-3 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.


RF 2.3:    Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.

RF 2.4:    Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.

W 2.2:    Write informative/explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section.

W 2.5:    With guidance and support from adults and peers, focus on a topic and strengthen writing as needed by revising and editing.

W 2.7:    Participate in shared research and writing projects (e.g., read a number of books on a single topic to produce a report; record science observations).


SL 2.1:    Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 2 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.

SL 2.2:    Recount or describe key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.


L 2.2:      Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

L 2.4:      Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 2 reading and content, choosing flexibly from an array of strategies.

L 2.6:      Produce complete sentences when appropriate to task and situation in order to provide requested detail or clarification. (See grade 2 Language standards 1 and 3 for specific expectations.)


Mystery Question!

Your student will receive a Skyhawk HERO Ticket if he or she can answer the “Mystery Question” in his or her planner or on a piece of paper sometime before Friday:


**Can you name the 8 “subject” pronouns from the “Pronoun Bells” song above?

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