Answer key: Are Kids Falling Behind in School?

Lesson Plan: Ways to Help Your Kids From Falling Behind in School

II. While Reading Activities

Word Inference

  1. thorax  |ˈTHôrˌaks| noun (plural thoraxes or thoraces |ˈTHôrəˌsēz| ) Anatomy & Zoology –the part of the body of a mammal between the neck and the abdomen, including the cavity enclosed by the ribs, breastbone, and dorsal vertebrae, and containing the chief organs of circulation and respiration; the chest.
  2. angst |äNG(k)st| noun  a feeling of deep anxiety or dread, typically an unfocused one about the human condition or the state of the world in general: adolescent angst.
  3. panic   |ˈpanik| verb sudden uncontrollable fear or anxiety, often causing wildly unthinking behavior: she hit him in panic | [in singular] : he ran to the library in a blind panic.
  4. ensure  |inˈSHo͝orenˈSHo͝or| verb [with object]  make certain that (something) shall occur or be the case: [with clause] : the client must ensure that accurate records be kept.
  5. opportunity  |ˌäpərˈt(y)o͞onədē| noun (plural opportunities) a set of circumstances that makes it possible to do something: we may see increased opportunities for export | the collection gives students the opportunity of reading works by well-known authors.
  6. informal inˈfôrməl| adjective   having a relaxed, friendly, or unofficial style, manner, or nature: an informal atmosphere | an informal agreement between the two companies.
  7. prompt   |präm(p)t| verb [with object]  assist or encourage (a hesitating speaker) to say something: [with direct speech] : “And the picture?” he prompted.
  8. * bounce  back phrasal verb (bounced back; bouncing back; bounces back) to return quickly to a normal condition after a difficult situation or event She bounced back easily from her surgery. After losing the first three games of the series, they bounced back to win their next eight games.
  9. flourish |ˈfləriSH|  verb [no object] (of a person, animal, or other living organism) grow or develop in a healthy or vigorous way, especially as the result of a particularly favorable environment: wild plants flourish on the banks of the lake.
  10. Affluent  |ˈaflo͞oəntəˈflo͞oənt| adjective —  (especially of a group or area) having a great deal of money; wealthy: the affluent societies of the western world | (as plural noun the affluent) : only the affluent could afford to travel abroad.



New Oxford American Dictionary


 Grammar Focus: Structure and Usage


When kids go back to school they’ll learn to share.

II – 2-letters

See how many letters they recognize on a billboard.

III – 1- Parents

Parents shouldn’t stress over hard-hitting academics for the pre-K level.


Reading Comprehension

Identify The  Speakers

  1. Deborah Stipek, Ph.D., a professor at Stanford’s Graduate School of Education: “I think a more useful one is, ‘How do we ensure that our children get the best possible opportunities to learn under these challenging circumstances?”
  2. Elisabeth Jones, a preschool teacher at the Child Development Center at Texas State University: “At home, board games are an easy way to reinforce turn-taking etiquette. Parents can also work on delaying gratification. If your child asks for a snack, stretch out the time between them asking and you giving it to them.”
  3. Britt Menzies, a preschool teacher in Atlanta, Ga.,: “Have a child count their peas while they’re eating dinner,” she said. “See how many letters they recognize on a billboard. Ask them what shapes are in that picture they drew.”
  4. Emily Levitt, vice president of education for Sylvan Learning: “Weave in playful learning activities, like “baking sheets filled with lentils to give kids a multi-sensory way to trace shapes and numbers.”
  5. Jennifer Carlin, a stay-at-home mom in Sandy, Utah: “She can’t read yet, so she can’t get through the computer work without assistance. She zones out if I’m not sitting next to her. And I can’t sit next to her all the time because I have three other children who need me.”