Welcome to Journeys- Unit 1 Lesson 5 which features the anchor story titled Gus Takes the Train by Russell Benfanti. These five hands-on and interactive activities enhance the key skills for this week’s lessons. Use these activities in your literacy center with
adult support or send black and white copies to parents for home support. Although I am not affiliated with this curriculum, my materials are designed to be used in conjunction with this series. A bookmark for high frequency words is included.
Activity 1: The Nuttiest Squirrel
Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
1 game sheet with cards for the short /u/ sound, 4 squirrel cards for game, blank acorn cards for writing
skill page with directions, teacher tip, worksheet
Activity 2: Respond, Roll It, Read, and Write
Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension
Ask and answer questions about key details
4 games game sheets, 15 comprehension cards for each story, activities/worksheets for the four decodable readers
skill page with directions, answer key
Activity 3: Gus Takes the Train
Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.
1 game sheet with 27 text-based comprehension comprehension questions, worksheet
skill page / directions, answer key,
Activity 4: All Aboard the Adjective Express
Use frequently occurring adjectives.
1 adjective poster, 20 text adjective cards, 18 multiple choice cards, 18 picture cards, train game
skill page with directions, answer key,
Activity 5: Suitcase Synonyms
With guidance and support from adults, demonstrate understanding of word relationships and nuances in
5 “tired” suitcase cards with 25 vibrant adjective cards for matching
skill page with directions, answer key, teacher tip