Reading Strategies:
Good readers use strategies whenever they read. Different strategies are used before, during, and after reading.

Reading Strategies Worksheets Link:
Reading Strategies - Worksheets.pdf

Reading Strategies Power Point Link:
Reading Strategies -Powerpoint.ppt

Reading Strategies Handout:
Follow these tips to help you become an active reader.doc

Theme 1 Nature's Fury

Extended Activities Link:
Reading Theme 1 Extended Activities.pdf

Story 1 - Earthquaker Terror

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Click on the link to listen to the story: 02 Earthquake Terror.wma

Worksheet Links for Earthquake Terror:
Earthquake Terror Worksheets.pdf

Vocabulary words for Earthquake Terror:
Earthquake Terror Vocab.ppt

Eword Glossary and Game Link:

Spelling Link:

The Palmer family is all ready for an exciting camping vacation on an isolated island in northern California. While on a hike, their mother falls and breaks her ankle. The father heads to the nearest hospital with the mother, while twelve-year-old Jonathan stays on the island with his partially paralyzed younger sister, Abby. The family dog is there to help. When an earthquake hits the island, Jonathan is faced with many problems while trying to keep his sister safe.

Beyond the Book- Activites that go along with the story. These activities will be considered extra credit.
  • Write a newspaper article or script for a TV report about the earthquake and the Palmer family adventure.
  • Make a list of items to have available all the time for a weather emergency.
  • Make a list of dog heroes you have read about.
  • Discuss the challenges people with disabilities might face.
  • Identify the most likely places in California for future earthquakes.
  • Find out whether you're likely to have an earthquake in your area.
  • Create a model showing how an earthquake works.
  • Explain the Richter Scale

Links to information on earthquakes:

Video Links:

Theme 1 - Story 2 Eye of the Storm

The exciting, interesting work of professional storm-chaser and photographer Warren Faidley is conveyed well by the vivid photographs and lively commentary of this heavily illustrated book. Lightning, tornadoes and hurricanes are simultaneously frightening and fascinating, and Eye of the Storm, combining elements of biography, science and career exploration, will probably be well received by young readers of various interests and educational levels. The book offers nice layout and organization and a competent glossary, but suffers from the absence of direct photograph identification or an index. Essential safety measures are also discussed.

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Worksheets Link:
Eye of the Storms Worksheet.pdf

Language Review for Test:
Eye of the Storm Language Review.doc

Vocabulary Link:
Eye of the Storm Vocab.ppt

EGlossry and Eword game link:

Spelling Link:

Here are some videos with Warren Faidley and other videos that may interest you.

Beyond the Book- Activites that go along with the story. These activities will be considered extra credit.

  • Compare a tornado, funnel cloud, and a waterspout. You can draw a picture of each and write a caption for each.
  • Explain the Fujita scale of tornado intensity.
  • Make a safety brochure on tornado safety.

Go to these webistes for extra credit:

Here are two links that go along with our series that you can do for extra credit.

Conjunctions- A song by Schoolhouse Rock!!!

Theme 1 - Story 3 Volcanoes

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Click on the link to listen to the story: 04 Volcanoes.wma

Book Description:
Do you think of volcanoes as simply big mountains with lava streaming over their tops? Not all of them are like that. Some are covered in ice, and some look like nothing more than deep blue lakes. Some have not erupted in living memory and still may awaken someday to send red-hot rocks and ash flying through the air for hundreds of miles around. Acclaimed science writer Seymour Simon and the Smithsonian Institution have come together to update this smartly written and beautifully photographed treatment of one of nature's hottest topics.

Worksheets Link:
Volcanoes Worksheets.pdf

​Vocabulary Link:
Volcanoes vocab.ppt

EGlossary and EWord Game link:

Spelling Link:

Related Links:

Quiz on Volcanoes:

Work for extra credit:
  • How often do volcanoes errupt?
  • What causes volcanic erruptions?
  • How are the types of volcanoes different? You can draw a picture and make captions for them.
  • Research and find out how long the longest volcanic erruption was. Hint - Mauna Loa in 1984
  • List 10 facts about volcanoes
  • create a volcanoe

Video Links:

Extra Credit projects for Theme 1

Web Field Trip - Become a Weather Whiz