L E X I A L E V E L S 7 - 9 The African Serengeti The South Pole The Egyptian Desert
LEVEL 7 (beg-mid 1st skills)
SKILLS: Reversible Letters Silent E Recognition Contractions & Word Families Picture-Word Match Sentence Comprehension 1
TRY THIS AT HOME: 1. GET SILLY: Write silly sentences together using new words and patterns. Try using word families, like -ack, and contractions (Don’t pack a tack with my snack!). Have your child read them back to you. Choose the best ones to act out or illustrate!
2. REVERSIBLE LETTERS: Get two pieces of paper. Write "p" on one and "q" on the other. Cut them out. Now, challenge your child! Start to flip them, reverse them and ask him/her to make the sound and name the letter. Is it a b, p, d, or q?
3. WATCH A MOVIE SET IN AFRICA: There are multiple versions of The Lion King available on Netflix! Try watching different versions and create a VENN DIAGRAM to compare and contrast them. To add more, ask your child to name the problem, solution, protagonist, antagonist, beginning, middle and end!
SKILLS: Silent E Construction Long Vowel Teams Two Syllable Words Multiple Meaning Words 1 Sentence Comprehension 2
TRY THIS AT HOME: 1. HOMONYM HUNT: Think of multiple meaning words that are spelled the same. These are called homonyms, like bat (animal) and bat (wooden). You could play so many games! First, try drawing small pictures of homonyms (and animal bat and a wooden bat) and scattering them on the floor. Allow your child to match them! Second, try writing the homonym (bat) and challenging your student to name the two meanings of the word!
2. COMPOUND WORD HUNT: Either write a bunch of compound words on strips of paper or brainstorm them with your child. (basketball, cupcake, sunflower, toothpaste). Then, cut the word strip vertically to separate the two full words. Mix them up on the ground and let your child match them!
3. WATCH A MOVIE! So many great animated films feature penguins and frozen climates! Try watching Ice Age, Happy Feet, or even a movie in the North Pole like The Polar Express.
SKILLS: Vowel Combinations R-Controlled Vowels Sight Words 4 Categorizing Words 2 Sequencing Sentences
TRY THIS AT HOME: 1. COOK TOGETHER: Choose a recipe and read it together. Have your child write and categorize the ingredients (dairy, grains, fruit). When you are done, have him/her tell someone else the steps of the recipe using sequence words, like first, then, and finally.
2. PRACTICE SIGHT WORDS: "sight words" are high-frequency words that don't phonetically sound the way they are written. For this reason, you can't sound them out! Instead, you have to know them by sight. Write out your child's sight words and practice them like flashcards. In this level, his/her words are: does, says, yours, why many, goes, very, been, always, first, other, buy, would, before, which, because, friend, write, walk, and orange. 3. WATCH A DOCUMENTARY ON EGYPT: Try typing in "Egypt" to Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, or even youtube. Watch about the real history of Egypt together. Kids are fascinated by Egyptian culture!