Little Log Cottage School

Super Sleuth ELA Vocabulary Packet


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Are you looking for an exciting unit to kick off the beginning of the school year? Do you want a little more rigor and a little less fluff with your 3rd-5th grade children? This Vocabulary ELA Back to School Super Sleuth Unit will provide this and so much more. It contains multi level skills for vocabulary, grammar, reading, and writing!

20 Vocabulary Word Cards Color and B&W
•Vocabulary Map Activity
•Vocabulary Scoot Color and B&W
•Noun, Verb, and Adjective Anchor Chart Posters
•Parts of Speech Sort Activity
•Syllable Sort Activity
•Scavenger Hunt Color and B&W
•2 Comprehension Stories with questions
•Vocabulary Cross Word Puzzle
•Phonics Mystery Word Picture Activity
•Grammar Mad Lib Activity
•Reader’s Theater with Higher Order Thinking Questions
•Narrative Writing Graphic Organizer
•Narrative Writing Writing Paper
•2 Week Lesson Plans
•Assessment Pages

My teaching partner and I use this unit the first two weeks of our school year. This is our complete vocabulary, reading, grammar, and writing lessons for the two weeks. We both find this is a great way to create excitement for the school year and at the same time begin teaching skills right off the bat. The kids love kicking off the unit with the scavenger hunt and working through the activities in cooperative groups.

This unit is mystery themed. It excites students to review nouns, verbs, and adjectives while learning new school related vocabulary words. The mystery theme keeps kids highly motivated and engaged in the reading and writing activities.
Skills covered:

→high quality oral language
→demonstrating knowledge of text
→describing characters
→understanding point of view
→identifying main idea
→determining word meanings from text
→assess fluency
→narrative writing
→identify nouns
→identify verbs
→identify adjectives
→distinguish between long and short vowels
→identify vowel patterns
→read up to 5 syllable words

We created this resource because we felt vocabulary study was overlooked in most curriculum. Definitions were often forgotten when the week was over, and we knew this was because most vocabulary words were taught in isolation and not used in everyday context. Vocabulary activities needed to be fun and practiced daily by applying it throughout all subject areas.

We know how limited teaching time can be, so we created a complete ELA unit that incorporates the vocabulary words. This saves time and energy when trying to put together the perfect unit. We wanted to make sure the activities were challenging enough to keep kids interested and to really be excited about starting the school year. This is what we came up with:

The scavenger hunt activity is the anticipation set of the whole unit. We knew this would excite kids and let them know the theme of the unit. The vocabulary words are all words that have to do with being successful in school. We aligned those in our mystery themed stories and scenarios.

We wanted multiple ways to practice these vocabulary words. We also wanted hands on activities to keep the kids moving and engaged through the whole unit. We also wanted the kids to be accountable for their learning, so we included recording sheets for each activity.

We also know digital resources can take a lot of ink and paper. This is why we included both colored AND black and white options for the cards and activities. Parents have an option on how they display their lessons.

We were successful in providing enough independent activities so it allowed us enough time to spend on assessing individual kids and taking care of many back to school duties. We were tired of the “busy” work most beginning of school units contained, so we made sure this unit contained valuable skills.

At the end of the unit we conducted the Vocabulary Scoot game and the Mystery Reader’s Theater. The kids were even excited to write their mystery narrative after all the activities they had completed over the two weeks.

If you choose to use all the activities contained in this unit, you will have close to 3 weeks of Super Sleuth fun!


Teachers and Parents Who Have Used Our Vocabulary ELA Back to School Super Sleuth Unit Have Said:

“There was a lot to do with this. It was exciting to have beginning of the year things.” -Terri G

“Excellent activities to help students internalize vocabulary-especially the mapping activity.”

“My daughter loves the vocabulary Scoot!” -Emily C.

Check out how we used this packet HERE!

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