“The Tree House” Author: Lois Lowry Genre: Realistic Fiction
Line 1: outside inside shiny dull beautiful ugly • Pairs of words that areantonymsor opposites. • Name some antonyms you know.
Line 2: open close down up wide narrow top bottom • Pairs of words that areantonymsor opposites. • Name some antonyms you know.
Line 3: board bored for four no know hole whole • Homophones: words that sound the same but are spelled differently and have different meanings. • Name other homophones. • (to/too/two, there/their/they’re, here/hear)
Line 4: hung rehung take retake make remake • Verbs with the prefix re-. • What does the prefix re- mean? • (again) • How does the meaning of each word change by adding the prefix?
Line 5: trunk tree branches wood • These words are related. • How are they related? • (all related to trees) • Can you add your own words to the list? • (leaves, buds, birds, squirrels, forest)
branches tree wood trunk
Line 6: into with lift visit window • These words are found in the story, and review the /i/ sound.
Sentence 1: The boards were crooked, and the roof had holes where the pieces of wood didn’t quite meet. • Which word has a homophone? • (hole) • What would the homophone be? • (whole) • Give me a definition for each word.
Sentence 2: Chrissy wondered what Leah had inside her tree house. • Can you find a word line that has words that are related to “tree house”? • (Line 5)
Sentence 3: There was a little porch where you could sit with your legs dangling. • Can you identify a word that has an antonym? • (little) • Can you give its antonym? • (big)
Sentence 4: You can get fresh air if you lift open a window. • Which words contain the /i/ sound spelled i ? • (if, lift, window)
L 1: outside inside shiny dull beautiful ugly L 2: open close down up wide narrow top bottom L 3: board bored for four no know hole whole L 4: hung rehung take retake make remake L 5: trunk tree branches wood L 6: into with lift visit window • Choose a word and only call out the line and the position of the word. (example, “Line 1, Word 3”= shiny) • on dark happy asleep big soft say an antonym for each of these words.