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Updated: Feb 13

The parent / teacher and child will:
  1. Read the story of the month “A NEW LANGUAGE”. PreK-2: read aloud with a parent. Grades 3-5: silent read independently

  2. Have your child identify the main idea of the story (tell in their own words what the story was about.)

  3. Ask your child to explain a time when they felt like they couldn’t express themselves.

  4. Ask your child to explain a time when they felt intimidated.

  5. Discuss the 5 vocabulary words below with you child.

  6. Have your child re-tell the definitions of the 5 vocab words in their own words.

  1. Native language - a person’s first language.

  2. Intimidated - Held back by feelings of fear; to be filled with fear.

  3. Stressful - full of stress or tension.

  4. Express - to show, say or reveal ones feelings.

  5. Multilingual - using or able to speak several or many languages with some facility.

Follow-up & Enrichment Activities:

Emotional charades
  1. Prepare some words or phrases beforehand, based on the topic you’re studying.

  2. Divide the class into two groups.

  3. Group 1 sends someone to the front to randomly choos a paper. He/she describes and acts it out to their team to guess.

  4. When the team guesses correctly, the students rotate and the game continues.

  5. Each round is 3 minutes and each team tries to get as many words as possible.

  6. The next team goes, using different words.

  7. You can play as many rounds as you wish. please give a chance to all children who would like to participate

  8. Source:

Word Search

Click here to download the Word Search file and search for the 20 words listed on the page. Once you’re done, try to find additional words that are not listed.

Invent a Word

Make up a word and think of a meaning that you would like to give that word. Watch the video of Pipi Long stocking inventing a new word as your inspiration.


  • Identifying personal, cultural, and linguistic assets

  • Identifying one’s emotions

Social Awareness:
  • Taking others’ perspectives

  • Demonstrating empathy and compassion

  • Showing concern for the feelings of others

  • Identifying diverse social norms, including unjust ones

  • Recognizing situational demands and opportunities

Relationship Skills
  • Communicating effectively

  • Developing positive relationships

  • Demonstrating cultural competency

  • Practicing teamwork and collaborative problem-solving

  • Resolving conflicts constructively

  • Seeking or offering support and help when needed

Responsible Decision-Making:
  • Demonstrating curiosity and open-mindedness

  • Identifying solutions for personal and social problems



The student reads grade-appropriate texts independently.


The student is expected to use appropriate fluency (rate, accuracy, and prosody) when reading grade-level text.


(B) generate questions about text before, during, and after reading to deepen understanding and gain information with adult assistance;

(E) make connections to personal experiences, ideas in other texts, and society with adult assistance;

(G) evaluate details to determine what is most important with adult assistance;

Response Skills:

(A) describe personal connections to a variety of sources;

(D) retell texts in ways that maintain meaning;

(F) respond using newly acquired vocabulary as appropriate.


(A) dictate or compose literary texts, including personal narratives and poetry;

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