Starfall Activity Index

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We Saw a Hawk

Matt's family enjoys birdwatching at dawn. Introduces /ŏ/ (aw, au).

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Nan Drags Her Dolls

Kim and Sam teach Nan the value of taking care of one's possessions. Introduces initial blends with consonant r in short vowel words and high-frequency words even, every, house, quite, may, right, and through.

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Eat Greek

Pete is invited to Sam's house for dinner and is uncertain if he will like the food. Introduces initial blends with consonant r in long vowel words and high-frequency words heard, many, and while.

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All About Shrews

Informational text about shrews. Introduces /oo/ as in "hoop" (ew, ou) and the frequency word "four".

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The Red-Eyed Tree Frog Club

The children explain why the red-eyed tree frog inspired the name of their club. Introduces initial blends with consonant l in short vowel words and high-frequency words another, thing, and why.

Pale Male, the Red-Tailed Hawk

Informational text about Manhattan sensation Pale Male, the red-tailed hawk. Introduces initial blends with consonant l in long vowel words and high-frequency words high, home, and place.

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Sledding

Matt goes sledding with his little sister Nan. Introduces initial blends with consonant l in short vowel words and high-frequency words girl and nothing.

My First Flight

Kim takes her first flight over the ocean to visit her grandparents. Introduces initial blends with consonant l in long vowel words and the high-frequency word "play".

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Chapter Book 5: Pete's Day at the Zoo

Pete spends the day at the zoo with his classmates. Cumulative review. All sound spellings from the previous units and /ā/ ai, ay; /ē/ ea; /ō/ oa; /t/ _ed; /d/ _ed, /ŏ/ aw, au; /oo/ as in "hoop" ew, ou; initial blends with r; initial blends with l; rimes -ought and -aught; contractions with have, is, and am.. All High-Frequency Words from the previous unit and another, came, even, ever, every, eyes, found, four, girl, heard, high, himself, home, house, if, many, may, might, night, nothing, once, own, people, place, play, quite, right, say, so, still, such, these, thing, through, took, turn, upon, want, while, why.

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Insects

Informational text about insects. Introduce initial blends with "s" in short vowel words and high-frequency words face, find, help, and round.

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Snowmen

Joe makes his first snowman with his friend Pete. Introduce initial blends with "s" in long vowel words, and the high-frequency words because, door, face, knew, and men.

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Many Small Clues

Informational text about spiders. Introduce initial blends with "s" in short vowel words.

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Scale the Ridge

The children go mountain biking and are rewarded with an excellent view. Introduce initial blends with "s" in long vowel words, and the high-frequency word "going".

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The Spruce Beetle

Informational text about the environmental impact of the Spruce Beetle. Introduce initial consonant clusters spr, scr.

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Mom Likes to Grow Things

Tate is shocked when her mother begins to shred the lawn to plant a garden. Introduce initial consonant clusters str, spl and high-frequency words began, left, next, soon, and walk.

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Do You Like to Bounce?

Pam has a surprise in her backyard and her neighbor has a surprise for her! Introduce diphthong /ow/ spelled ou and high-frequency words children('s), friend(s), room, and without.

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How the Fox Got the Grapes

A retelling of Aesop's classic tale. Introduce diphthong /ow/ spelled ow.

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At the Toy Store

Tim, Joe, and Tate choose the perfect gift for their friend Pam. Introduce diphthong /oi/ spelled oi and oy.

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Bound for the City

The Steel family travels to the city to participate in an urban clean up project. Introduce final blends and /s/ spelled c_ and high-frequency words along, always, under, and done.

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Milk, Eggs, and Flour

Sam and Pam learn a baking trick from Sam's mother. Introduce final blends, the rimes -alt, -alm, and -alk, and high-frequency words does and there.