April 2020

Hi Families,

Here are two more read aloud stories for your children.

The Word Collector by Peter H. Reynolds

In this story, we read about Jerome who likes to collect words the way some people collect baseball cards or rocks. He collects short one syllable words and long multisyllabic words with four and five syllables in them. What is a syllable? Listen to this lesson to find out. More importantly, what can you do with special words you collect? Listen to find out what Jerome does with his word collection.

Click on the link below to listen to the story

Click to hear The Word Collector


Mrs. Artman reads The Word Collector


One Word from Sophia by Jim Averbeck and Yasmeen Ismail

In this story, Sophia tries to find the right words to convince her family to let her have a pet giraffe for her birthday. Will she use the right words in her persuasive arguments to get her wish? We’ll also talk about the glossary at the end of the story and about what synonyms are using examples in this book.

Click on the link below to hear the story:

Click to hear One Word from Sophia

Mrs. Artman reads
One Word from Sophia

I hope you enjoy these lessons. I miss you very much Bennie Bobcats!

Lesson extension ideas –

Create your own word collection. Start a list or notebook and write down the interesting words you see as you read other books and class work. You can use your words when writing a story or poem.

On a paper organize words according to how many syllables they have – 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 5+
Give yourself a point for each syllable. How many points can you score? Play against someone in your family.  (Can be timed) Who scores the most points by collecting words with the most syllables?

Write a persuasive argument for something that you’d like to be allowed to have or do. It can be something real (like staying up late) or something imaginary (like a pet dinosaur or unicorn.)

If you started a word collection, now you can see if you can think of synonyms to go with any of the words in your collection. Remember, synonyms are words that mean the same thing.

Start a new list of words and their synonyms. How many can you think of in one minute? 5 minutes? Make your very own Synonym Game Rules and play with your family.

fast – rapid

cold – freezing

hungry – starving



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