Boom TownDay 3 Written by Sonia Levitin Illustrated by John Sandford Skill: Realism and Fantasy Genre: Historical Fiction
Question of the Day • How do towns and cities grow?
Words to Know • boom • business • coins • fetched • laundry • mending • pick • skillet • spell
More Words to Know • bustle • nuggets • prospector
boom • having fast growth
pick a tool with a heavy metal bat pointed at one or both ends, having a long, wooden handle
Skillet a type of frying pan
Small Group • Read “Boom Town”, pages 28 – 36.
Reader Response • Open for Discussion Look back at the story and talk about the businesses you see in Boom Town. What new business would you start in Boom Town? • At the beginning of the story, Amanda was bored. How do the author and the artist show a change in Amanda? Think Like an Author • This story is fiction, but it could have happened. What might the author have done to make it a fantasy? Realism and Fantasy • What do you know or what have you read about starting a business? How did that help you as you read this story? Prior Knowledge • If Amanda were older, she might be elected Mayor of the boom town. Write some sentences that tell why she would be good at this job. Use words from the Words to Know list and from the story. Vocabulary
Selection Test • Do you best- work carefully! • You can use your book!
Fluency • Model Read aloud p. 21. Have students notice how you identify and read every word correctly without omitting any words. Practice as a class by doing three choral readings.
Economists separate all economic activities into goods and services.Boom Town depicts both goods and services.Goods are things that are made. Services are jobs that people perform to help other people. A miller produces flour. A trading post sells supplies. Flour and supplies are goods. A cooper makes and repairs wooden barrels. The barrels are goods. Barrel repair, however, is a service. • Boom Town also shows how producers (people who provide goods and services) and consumers (people who buy goods and services) depend on each other. For instance, when miners prospect for gold, they engage in production-related activities. At other times, miners are consumers, dependent on other businesses for goods and services.
GrammarDay 3 Objectives: Define and identify sentences. Distinguish between sentences and fragments. Use sentences in writing.
A log cabin kept the famly warm A log cabin kept the family warm. • The rodes was muddy in winter. The roads were muddy in winter.
Guided Practice • A sentence begins with a capital letter, ends with an end punctuation mark, and tells a complete thought. • Review something you have written to see if you used complete sentences.
SpellingDay 3 Objective: Spell VCCV words, which usually have short vowel sounds.
Make a Sign • Write a sign using at least five of the spelling words. • The sign can be an advertisement, a warning, or a note for a friend.
Frequently Misspelled Words • then • and • with • was • These words may seem easy to spell, but they are misspelled by third-graders a lot!