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Houghton Mifflin Reading Curriculum Resources

 

Grade 4, Theme 1: Journeys

 

Teacher Read Aloud: Paca and Beetle

Teacher Read Aloud: Paca and Beetle aligned to Common Core Standards

Presentation resources that include Common Core Standards:

 

Houghton Mifflin Reading: Akiak

Reading Selection: Akiak aligned to Common Core Standards

Presentation resources that include Common Core Standards:

Houghton Mifflin Reading Web Resources Houghton Mifflin Fourth Grade Theme 1 Web Resources

Tortoise and the Hare: The famous Aesop's fable from StoryArts.com.

Iditarod Race Across Alaska:  Information about the race, the dogs and Alaska from Scholastic.

Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race: Official website of the Iditarod race.

Sled Dogs: An Alaskan Epic: Information, pictures and an animation from PBS (go to Dogsledding 101 link).

Federal Aviation Administration, Alaskan Region's Weather Cameras: View current weather conditions in various parts of Alaska.

All About Snow: Information from the National Snow and Ice Data Center.

Dogsledding 101: Animation and information about dog sledding.

Web Cams: Video available during the race only.

Robert Blake: Information about the author of "Akiak" from Eduplace.

eWord Game: An interactive word game to reinforce the Key Vocabulary for "Akiak."

Alaskan Adventures: Students can experience Alaska through a web field trip from Eduplace.

Houghton Mifflin Reading Video Resources Houghton Mifflin Sixth Grade Theme 1 Video Resources

Discovery Education Streaming: Search for The Jeff Corwin Experience: Alaska: An Extreme Environment and National Parks: Alaska’s National Parks

Learn 360: Search for Iditarod (clip on Dog Sled Racing)

* Additional subscriptions required at individual video services.

Houghton Mifflin Reading: ReadingHoughton Mifflin Fourth Grade Theme 1 Reading Resources

Preparing to Read/Key Vocabulary Graphic Organizer Inspiration V8 / Inspiration V7 / PDF

Build background for "Akiak," page 27A:

2005 Jr. Iditarod: Pictures and information from the official site of the junior race

Federal Aviation Administration, Alaskan Region's Weather Cameras: View current weather conditions in various parts of Alaska.

Challenge: Social Studies, page 57:

Challenge students can use online resources to find information about the terrain and climate of Alberta, Canada:

Alberta: How the West Was Young: For information about the terrain, click on the Archaeology and Pre-Contact link and then the Site Profiles link.

Classroom Management Handbook, page 1-1 #2:

Five questions about snow: Use the following site for information:

All About Snow: Information from the National Snow and Ice Data Center

ELL Handbook, pages 18-19:

Pictures of Iditarod race, dogs and winner:

Dogsledding 101: Animation and information about dog sledding.

Web Cams: Video available during the race only.

Photo Gallery: Pictures from the 2005 race.

Writer's Craft Lesson, Setting, page 31 Inspiration V8 / Inspiration V7 / PDF

Comprehension Skill Lesson, Cause and Effect, page 37 Inspiration V8 / Inspiration V7 / PDF

Responding: Have a Panel Discussion, page 53:

The panel discussion could take place by videoconference with another class.

Responding: Make a Poster About Sled Dogs, page 53:

The poster could be created using a word processing or graphic design program, with images of huskies downloaded from the Internet and Word Art to make the poster look professional

Classroom Management Handbook, page 1-3 #6:

The poster announcing the Iditarod race could be created using a word processing or graphic design program

Houghton Mifflin Reading: Word Work Houghton Mifflin Fourth Grade Theme 1 Word Work Resources

Expanding Your Vocabulary: Cold weather words, page 57J Inspiration V8 / Inspiration V7 / PDF

Houghton Mifflin Reading: Writing & Language Houghton Mifflin Fourth Grade Theme 1 Writing & Language Resources

Writing Skills: A News Article, pages 57M-N:

Apply: Publish news articles written about an interesting or unusual event at school or in their neighborhood using a newsletter template in a word processing program. Add clip art or digital images, if relevant.

Skill Reminder: Multimedia Resources, page 57Q:

Discuss relevant online resources for writing a report about the Iditarod

Iditarod Race Across Alaska: Information about the race, the dogs and Alaska from Scholastic.

Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race: Official website of the Iditarod race.

Sled Dogs: An Alaskan Epic: Information, pictures and an animation from PBS.