Focus Walls, Family Connections, and Spelling City Homework

Journeys, our new core reading curriculum material from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, was designed to meet the diverse needs of all students. This program is completely aligned with the Common Core standards.

Our Journeys Reading Program can be directly linked by clicking on the Think Central link. With their logins, students can access the student anthology, the practice book, and leveled readers. The student anthology is available to view at home. It's a great opportunity for students to listen/read the main selection story again. The leveled readers are available for students to listen/read. They are organized by lessons and include vocabulary for the week. These are an excellent way to hear vocabulary used in context.

Below you will find weekly story selection titles, links to Focus Wall, and links to Spelling City. Focus Wall will give a comprehensive picture of the strategies and concepts that we may cover with each story selection.

Our weekly spelling words are linked to Spelling City below each story selection title. Spellingcity.com is a great spelling and vocabulary online resource. This website makes studying spelling words each week fun and easy. Select Teach Me, Play A Game, or Test Me . You may also print handwriting worksheets and word lists from this website.

Please join me in helping your child become a more confident, successful reader by sharing the activities from Family Connections. These pages provide quick, fun ideas for building vocabulary and reading skills we are working on in class. Family Connections include on-the-go, high interest games, activities, reading to share. Daily suggestions are given, but these activities can be used anytime during the week. Please note the optional suggestions for challenge activities, book titles, and internet activities. 

Enjoy!

1. Henry and Mudge The First Book                  
Focus Wall Lesson 1                                                           
Spelling List for this lesson on Spelling City                                                                    
2. Mi Familia, My Family                                                                                           
Focus Wall Lesson 2   
Spelling List for this lesson on Spelling City                                                 
3. Dogs                                       
Focus Wall Lesson 3
Spelling List for this lesson on Spelling City
4. Diary of a Spider
Focus Wall Lesson 4
Spelling List for this lesson on Spelling City
5. Teacher's Pets
Focus Wall  Lesson 5
Spelling List for this lesson on Spelling City
6. Animals Building Homes
  Focus Wall  Lesson 6
Spelling List for this lesson on Spelling City
7. The Ugly Vegetables
Focus Wall  Lesson 7
Spelling List for this lesson on Spelling City
8. Super Storms
 Focus Wall  Lesson 8
Spelling List for this lesson on Spelling City
9. How Chipmunk Got His Stripes
Focus Wall  Lesson 9
Spelling List for this lesson on Spelling City
10. Jellies: The Life of a Jellyfish
Focus Wall  Lesson 10
Spelling List for this lesson on Spelling City
11. Click, Clack, Moo 
Cows That Type
Focus Wall  Lesson 11
Spelling List for this lesson on Spelling City
12. Ah, Music!
Focus Wall  Lesson 12
Spelling List for this lesson on Spelling City
13. Schools Around the World
Focus Wall  Lesson 13
Spelling List for this lesson on Spelling City
14. Helen Keller
Focus Wall  Lesson 14
Spelling List for this lesson on Spelling City
15. Officer Buckle and Gloria
Focus Wall  Lesson 15
Spelling List for this lesson on Spelling City
16. Mr. Tanen's Tie Trouble
Focus Wall  Lesson 16
Spelling List for this lesson on Spelling City
17. Luke goes to Bat
Focus Wall  Lesson 17
Spelling List for this lesson on Spelling City
18. My Name is Gabriela
Focus Wall  Lesson 18
Spelling List for this lesson on Spelling City
19. The Signmaker's Assistant
Focus Wall  Lesson 19
Spelling List for this lesson on Spelling City
20. Dex: The Heart of a Hero
Focus Wall  Lesson 20
Spelling List for this lesson on Spelling City
21. Penguin Chick
Focus Wall  Lesson 21
Spelling List for this lesson on Spelling City
22. Gloria Who Might Be My Best Friend
Focus Wall  Lesson 22
Spelling List for this lesson on Spelling City
23. The Goat in the Rug
Focus Wall  Lesson 23
Spelling List for this lesson on Spelling City
24. Half Chicken
Focus Wall  Lesson 24
Spelling Lists for this lesson on Spelling City
25. From Seed to Plant
Focus Wall  Lesson 25
Spelling List for this lesson on Spelling City
26. The Mysterious Tadpole
Focus Wall  Lesson 26
Spelling List for this lesson on Spelling City
27. The Dog that Dug Dinosaurs
Focus Wall  Lesson 27
Spelling List for this lesson on Spelling City
28. Yeh-Shen
Focus Wall  Lesson 28
Spelling List for this lesson on Spelling City
29. Two of Everything
Focus Wall  Lesson 29
Spelling List for this lesson on Spelling City
30. Now & Ben
Focus Wall  Lesson 30
Spelling List for this lesson on Spelling City