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Unit 1
Unit 2
Unit 3
Unit 4
Unit 5
Unit 6





Unit 1
What can we learn from exploring new places and things?

Iris and Walter

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Target Skills for Week 1
  • Spelling Words: drum, rock, list, desk, job, sad, chop, sack, tag, rib, mess, dust, pocket, lettuce, engine
  • High Frequency Words: country, beautiful, front, someone, somewhere, friend
  • Phonics:
    • Short vowels
  • Grammar
    • Sentence - a group of words that tells a complete idea. Usually begins with a capital letter and ends with an ending mark.

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Exploring Space With An Astronaut

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Target Skills for Week 2
  • Spelling Words: tune, page, nose, space, size, fine, mice, late, cube, blaze, home, vote, erase, spice, confuse
  • High Frequency Words: live, work, woman, machines, move, everywhere, world
  • Phonics:
    • Long vowels
  • Grammar
    • Subjects - the subject of a sentence tells who or what does something.

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Henry and Mudge and the Starry Night

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Target Skills for Week 3
  • Spelling Words: stop, strap, nest, hand, brave, ask, clip, stream, mask, twin, breeze, state, browse, straight, skeleton
  • High Frequency Words: bear, build, couldn't, father, love, mother, straight
  • Phonics:
    • Consonant Blends
  • Grammar
    • Predicates - the predicate tells what the subject of a sentence does or is.

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A Walk in the Desert

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Target Skills for Week 4
  • Spelling Words: talked, talking, dropped, dropping, excited, exciting, lifted, lifting, hugged, hugging, smiled, smiling, dragging, amazed, danced
  • High Frequency Words: animals, early, eyes, full, warm, water
  • Phonics:
    • Inflected Endings - s, -ed, -ing
  • Grammar
    • Statements - a statement is a sentence that tells something and ends with a period.
    • Question - a question is a sentence that asks something and ends with a question mark.

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The Strongest One
Target Skills for Week 5
  • Spelling Words: bunch, that, wish, patch, when, what, math, them, shape, whale, itch, chase, whiskers, switch, shrimp
  • High Frequency Words: gone, learn, often, pieces, though, together, very
  • Phonics:
    • Consonant Digraphs - two or three consonants that stand for a single sound.
  • Grammar
    • Commands - a command is a sentence that tells someone to do something and ends with a period.
    • Exclamations - an exclamation shows surprise or strong feelings and ends with an exclamation mark.

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Unit 2
How can we work together?

Tara and Tiree, Fearless Friends

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Target Skills for Week 1
  • Spelling Words: part, hard, born, horse, before, more, smart, farm, proch, corn, chore, score, cardinal, therefore, morning
  • High Frequency Words: break, family, heard, listen, once, pull
  • Phonics:
    • R-Controlled ar, or, ore
  • Grammar
    • Nouns - a noun names a person, place, animal, or thing.

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Ronal Morgan Goes to Bat

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Target Skills for Week 2
  • Spelling Words: I'll, wasn't, it's, he's, I'm, didn't, who's, she's, we'll, isn't, hasn't, hadn't, wouldn't, shouldn't, where's
  • High Frequency Words: certainly, either, great, laugh, second, worst, you're
  • Phonics:
    • Contractions - n't, 's, 'll, 'm
  • Grammar
    • Proper Nouns - proper nouns are special names for people, places, animals, and things. They begin with capital letters.

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Turtle's Race with Beaver

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Target Skills for Week 3
  • Spelling Words: her, person, nurse, dirt, turn, birth, serve, curb, curl, skirt, purse, turtle, hamburger, surface, perfect
  • High Frequency Words: above, ago, enough, toward, whole, word
  • Phonics:
    • R-Controlled - er, ir, ur
  • Grammar
    • Singular Nouns - a singular noun names one person, place, animal, or thing.
    • Plural Nouns - a noun that names more than one person, place, animal, or thing.

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The Bremen Town Musicians
Target Skills for Week 4
  • Spelling Words: note, notes, lunch, lunches, story, stories, tune, tunes, switch, switches, baby, babies, crumbs, supplies, centuries
  • High Frequency Words: bought, people, pleasant, probably, scared, shall, sign
  • Phonics:
    • Plurals -s, -es, -ies
  • Grammar
    • Plural Nouns That Change Spelling - some plural nouns change spelling to anme more than one person, place, animal,or thing.
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A Turkey For Thanksgiving

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Target Skills for Week 5
  • Spelling Words: tail, main, wait, say, away, play, raise, brain, paint, stay, today, tray
  • High Frequency Words: behind, brought, door, everybody, minute, promise
  • Phonics:
    • Long A: a, ai, ay
  • Grammar
    • Possessive Nouns - a noun that chows who or what owns something.

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Unit 3
What does it mean to be creative?

Pearl and Wagner: Two Good Friends

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Target Skills for Week 1
  • Spelling Words: read, feel, easy, deep, seat, party, wheel, leave, windy, sleep, teeth, team, wreath, season, eagle
  • High Frequency Words: guess, pretty, science, shoe, village, watch, won
  • Phonics:
    • Long E: e, ee, ea, y
  • Grammar
    • Verbs - a verb is a word that shows action.
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Dear Juno

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Target Skills for Week 2
  • Spelling Words: goat, hold, show, most, bowl, float, toast, ago, open, told, toad, slow, almost, throat, hollow
  • High Frequency Words: answer, company, faraway, parents, picture, school, wash
  • Phonics:
    • Long O: o, oa, ow
  • Grammar
    • Verbs With Singular Nouns- add -s to a verb to tell what one person, animal, or thing does.
    • Verbs With Plural Nouns - do not add -s to a verb that tells what two or more people, animals, or things do.

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Anansi Goes Fishing

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Target Skills for Week 3
  • Spelling Words: basketball, someone, weekend, something, birthday, riverbank, bathtub, backyard, driveway, bedtime, raindrop, mailbox, grandparent, rattlesnake, earthquake
  • High Frequency Words: been, believe, caught, tomorrow, finally, today, whatever
  • Phonics:
    • Compound Words
  • Grammar
    • Verbs For Past - a verb that ends in -ed tells about the past.
    • Verbs For Present - a verb that ends in -s tells about now.
    • Verbs For Future - the word will before a verb tells about the future.

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Rosa and Blanca

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Target Skills for Week 4
  • Spelling Words: find, child, sky, bright, wild, fly, write, flight, spider, cry, blind, myself, frighten, arrival, identify
  • High Frequency Words: alone, buy, daughters, half, many, their, youngest
  • Phonics:
    • Long I: i, ie, igh, y
  • Grammar
    • Verbs - a verb can show something that happens now, in the past, or in the future.


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A Weed Is A Flower

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Target Skills for Week 5
  • Spelling Words: sooner, soonest, hotter, hottest, busier, busiest, happier, happiest, smaller, smallest, fatter, fattest, angrier, angriest, straighter, straightest
  • High Frequency Words: clothes, hours, money, neighbor, only, question, taught
  • Phonics:
    • Comparative Endings: -er, -est
  • Grammar
    • Verbs - am, is, are, was, were.


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Unit 4
How do things change? How do they stay the same?

The Quilt Story

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Target Skills for Week 1
  • Spelling Words: ankle, title, apple, cable, purple, able, bugle, bundle, bubble, giggle, sparkle, tickle, mumble, scramble, twinkle
  • High Frequency Words: blankets, pretended, quilt, stuffing, trunks, unpacked, wrapped
  • Phonics:
    • Syllables c + le: if a word ends in a consonant plus le, those three letters usually make up the last syllable of the word.
  • Grammar
    • Adjectives - an adjective describles a person,place, animal, or thing. An adjective can tell how something looks, sounds, tastes, feels, or smells.

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Life Cycle of A Pumpkin

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Target Skills for Week 2
  • Spelling Words: put, cook, stood, full, wood, July, shook, push, pull, brook, hook, hood, pudding, cushion, footprint
  • High Frequency Words: bumpy, fruit, harvest, root, smooth, soil, vine
  • Phonics:
    • Vowels: oo, u
  • Grammar
    • Adjectives - an adjective describles a person,place, animal, or thing. An adjective can identify the number, size, or shape of something.

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Frogs

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Target Skills for Week 3
  • Spelling Words: around, about, gown, sound, flower, howl, ground, pound, crown, south, mouse, downtown, mountain, boundary, drowsy
  • High Frequency Words: crawls, insects, pond, powerful, shed, skin, wonderful
  • Phonics:
    • Diphthongs: ou, ow /ou/
  • Grammar
    • Adjectives That Compare: add -er to an adjective to compare two persons, places, animals, or things. Add -est to an adjective to compare three or more.


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I Like Where I Am

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Target Skills for Week 4
  • Spelling Words: joy, noise, royal, moist, broil, cowboy, spoil, joint, foil, enjoy, destroy, loyal, employee, corduroy, turquoise
  • High Frequency Words: block, chuckle, fair, giant, strong, tears, trouble
  • Phonics:
    • Diphthongs oi, o
  • Grammar
    • Adverbs - adverbs tell more about a verb. Some adverbs show when or where.


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Helen Keller and the Big Storm

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Target Skills for Week 5
  • Spelling Words: too, new, fruit, blue, true, cool, suit, spoon, clue, juice, drew, flew, cruise, nephew, shampoo
  • High Frequency Words: angry, branches, clung, fingers, picnic, pressing, special
  • Phonics:
    • Vowel Patterns: oo, ue, ew, ui
  • Grammar
    • Adverbs - an adverb can tell more about a verb by telling how an action is done. Adverbs that tell us how usually end in -ly.


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Unit 5
What does it mean to be responsible?

Fire Fighter

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Target Skills for Week 1
  • Spelling Words: cheerful, visitor, slowly, weekly, teacher, helper, hardly, graceful, yearly, quickly, fighter, sailor, gardener, competitor, extremely
  • High Frequency Words: building, burning, masks, quickly, roar, station, tightly
  • Phonics:
    • Suffixes -ly, -ful, -er, -or
  • Grammar
    • Pronouns - a pronoun is a word that takes the place of a noun or nouns. The words he, she, it, we you, andthey are pronouns.


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One Dark Night

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Target Skills for Week 2
  • Spelling Words: unsafe, preheat, rerun, disappear, unlock, retie, rewind, unpack, unplug, regroup, preschool, disagree, prehistoric, unfortunate, reunion
  • High Frequency Words: flashes, lightning, pounds, pours, rolling, storm, thunder
  • Phonics:
    • Prefixes: un-, re-, pre-, dis-
  • Grammar
    • Pronouns - He, she, and it are pronouns that name only one. We and they are pronouns that name more than one.


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Bad Dog, Dodger!

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Target Skills for Week 3
  • Spelling Words: knock, sign, knee, wrong, write, climb, wrap, wren, gnat, lamb, comb, knob, knuckle, plumber, wrestle
  • High Frequency Words: chased, chewing, dripping, grabbed, practice, treat, wagged
  • Phonics:
    • Silent Consonants
  • Grammar
    • Pronouns I and me- The pronouns I and me take the place of your name. Use I in the subject os a sentence. Use me after an action verb.


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Horace and Morris but Mostly Dolores

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Target Skills for Week 4
  • Spelling Words: phone, enough, stuff, laugh, puff, giraffe, graph, tough, photo, rough, cough, cliff, dolphin, physical, autograph
  • High Frequency Words: adventure, climbed, clubhouse, exploring, greatest, truest, wondered
  • Phonics:
    • ph, gh /f/
  • Grammar
    • Different Kinds of Pronouns- the pronouns I, he, she, we, and they are used as subjects. Me, him, her, us, and them are used after action verbs. You and it can be used anywhere in a sentence.

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The Signmaker's Assistant

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Target Skills for Week 5
  • Spelling Words: talk, because, August, caught, draw, walk, chalk, auto, taught, thaw, fault, launch, applause, awkward, audience
  • High Frequency Words: afternoon, blame, idea, important, signmaker, townspeople
  • Phonics:
    • Vowels: aw, au, augh, a
  • Grammar
    • Contractions - a contraction is a short way to put two words together. An apostrophe (') takes the place of one or more letters.

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Unit 6
How are traditions and celebrations important to our lives?

Just Like Josh Gibson

Just Like Josh Gibson
Just Like Josh Gibson

Target Skills for Week 1
  • Spelling Words: we're, I've, don't, can't, he'd, you're, won't, they're, I'd, they'd, she'd, we've, could've, should've, would've
  • High Frequency Words: bases, cheers, field, plate, sailed, threw
  • Phonics:
    • Contractions: 're, 've, 'd
  • Grammar
    • Using Captial Letters - Sentences always begin with a capital letter. Days of the week, months of the year, holidays, and titles for people begin with capital letters.

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Red, White, and Blue

Red, White, and Blue: The Story of the American Flag
Red, White, and Blue: The Story of the American Flag

Target Skills for Week 2
  • Spelling Words: tried, trying, planned, planning, liked, liking, hiked, hiking, cried, crying, skipped, skipping, danced, dancing, replied, replying
  • High Frequency Words: America, birthday, flag, freedom, nicknames, stars, stripes
  • Phonics:
    • Inflected Endings: -er, -est, -s, -es, -ing, -ed
  • Grammar
    • Quotation Marks - quotation marks (" ") show the beginning and ending of the words someone says. The speakers name and words such as said or asked are not inside the quotation marks.

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A Birthday Basket For Tia

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Target Skills for Week 3
  • Spelling Words: mixture, nation, section, future, picture, action, caution, station, fixture, motion, nature, feature, furniture, adventure, tuition
  • High Frequency Words: Aunt, bank, basket, collects, favorite, present
  • Phonics:
    • Syllables: -tion, -ture
  • Grammar
    • Use Commas - commas are used in addresses, dates, to begin and end a letter, and to seperate three or more things in a sentence.
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Cowboys

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Target Skills for Week 4
  • Spelling Words: kindness, careless, goodness, useless, fearless,darkness, sadness, sickness, helpless, thankless, fitness, weakness, awareness, eagerness, wireless
  • High Frequency Words: campfire, cattle, cowboy, galloped, herd, railroad, trails
  • Phonics:
    • Suffixes: -ness, -less
  • Grammar
    • Commas in compound sentences - sometimes two sentences have ideas that go together. These sentences can be combined using a comma and a connecting word, such as and or but.

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Jingle Dancer

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Target Skills for Week 5
  • Spelling Words: midair, misplace, mislead, midway, misprint, midday, midweek, misbehave, midyear, mismatch, misdeed, mistake, midstream, midnight, misbehavior
  • High Frequency Words: borrow, clattering, drum, jingles, silver, voice
  • Phonics:
    • Prefixes: mis-, mid-
  • Grammar
    • Indent Paragraphs - a paragraph is a group of sentences about the same idea. The first sentence of a paragraph is indented.

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