Information About This Unit
Meet Leigh Botts, a ten-year-old boy who, through a series of letters written to his favorite author, learns about life and growing up. This is a wise and funny book about finding one's own place in the world. "Dear Mr. Henshaw" was written by Beverly Cleary, author of Beezus and Romana. Hands-on activities include listing things that bother you, researching and designing a poster about monarch butterflies, and researching and cooking canapes. You will explore the characteristics and uses of letters, and practice writing letters, too. You will create your own writing journal to store writing assignments throughout the year. Basickeyboarding will be introduced in this lesson as well as learning the home keys. You will continue practicing keyboarding in subsequent lessons. Quizzes, a game, a video, and an audio resource reinforce the objectives. This unit is designed to last one week, depending on how often you teach language arts.
Langauge Arts Year 5, Week 2: Dear Mr. Henshaw: Part 2
Language Arts Year 5, Week 3: Dear Mr. Henshaw: Part 3
|Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary||(no rating)|
Read pages 1-44 of "Dear Mr. Henshaw" by Beverly Cleary.
|What Bothers You||(no rating)|
On pages 27-28, Leigh tells Mr. Henshaw what bothers him. What bothers you?
|Monarch Butterflies||(no rating)|
In the novel "Dear Mr. Henshaw," Leigh goes often to the grove to see the Monarch butterflies. In this activity, you will gather information about Monarch butterflies in order to produce a poster telling about the butterfly.
Leigh’s mother was in catering. One of the foods his mother brought home were canapés.
|Characteristics of Letters||(no rating)|
Learn the different characteristics of letters in this lesson.
|Formal and Informal Friendly Letters||(no rating)|
This lesson focuses on the characteristics of formal and informal friendly letters.
|You Should Write Letters||(no rating)|
This short lesson gives reasons for writing letters.
|Letter Generator||(no rating)|
This interactive lesson will review parts of letters and allow you to practice letter writing.
|Vocabulary Words||(no rating)|
This week's vocabulary words are afford, diary, diorama, experience, disappointed, understanding, urgent, permission, nuisance, logbook, loner, and halyard.
|Writing Journal||(no rating)|
Your child will create a writing journal.
|Letter to a Friend||(no rating)|
You will practice letter writing by writing a letter to a friend.
On pages 14-20, Mr. Henshaw asks Leigh a series of questions in his letter. You will try to answer them.
|Introduction to Keyboarding||(no rating)|
You will begin keyboarding lessons. This is the introductory lesson.
|Learn the Home Keys||(no rating)|
You will be introduced to the home keys this week.
|Dear Mr. Henshaw Letter||(no rating)|
See if you can answer the questions in this online quiz.
|Parts of a Friendly Letter Quiz||(no rating)|
Take this quiz about parts of a friendly letter.
|Vocabulary in Context||(no rating)|
Play this fun vocabulary game about words from pages 1-37 in "Dear Mr. Henshaw."
|Beverly Cleary Mock Interview||(no rating)|
Watch this mock interview of Beverly Cleary set in 1955.
|Beverly Cleary Interview||(no rating)|
Listen to and watch this video interview with Beverly Clearly.
List of any helpful books, games, toys, kits, lapbooks, curriculum, etc., that may be purchased to enhance the learning experience: