Dear Family Member,

“What’s the best way to get things done?” That is the big question we are exploring in this unit. To answer it, we are reading, writing, and talking about how working together can make things better. Be a part of our exploration! With your student, read the New Words on the next page. Then follow these directions.


  1. Talk together about activities your family does at home. Which ones are good to do together? Share why you think so. Try to use some of the New Words in your discussion.
  2. In the space below, work together to draw a picture of your favorite family activity. Use the New Words when you can to add labels to the drawing.
  3. Remind your student to bring the completed drawing to class.

What We’re Reading

“Mama Panya’s Pancakes”

by Mary and Rich Chamberlin

This story tells how a boy organizes a feast by getting everyone to contribute to it.

“Ba’s Business”

by Grace Lin

This story tells how two sisters help their father with his business.

“A Better Way”

by Juan Quintana

In this persuasive article, the author describes the work of two Explorers who teach farmers.

“The Ant and the Grasshopper”

retold by Shirleyann Costigan

In this fable, Grasshopper learns why it’s important to plan for the future.

And more!