Sunday, November 20, 2016

Thanksgiving is Here ?!

Congratulations to these students that put their best effort forward in their spelling homework. They developed unique sentences, modeled correct capitalization, punctuation, and spelled high frequency words correctly. Awesome!

Students have finished their Native American opinion essays. I should have grades posted by the end of the week. You should have seen their previous opinion writing about the Pixar short-films. I met with them providing feedback on either their planning sheet or draft to strengthen and prepare for the Native American essay.  

Thanksgiving Homework :  Due Monday, Nov. 28th
Grandma's Garden passage and recording sheet to identify figurative language. Students have a flip-book which contains all vocabulary, definitions, and examples.
The other reading is application of inferencing with context clues.
Remember to count these for the Thanksgiving Reading Challenge!!

They should also be practicing Greek & Latin Roots anchor chart. We have been integrating them in our spelling for the past 3/4 weeks. However, I want them to really understand the meaning and usage as this is a specific standard. We will be creating our own word wall throughout the next month.

                         Have a wonderful holiday break with family and friends 😄

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Current Happenings

We are currently working on developing our opinion writing. For the past 2 weeks students have been writing about Pixar short films and Go Noddle- Moose Tube. I have been meeting with them to assist in developing genre specific standards. Creative opening paragraphs have been the most difficult for them but many students are showing progress!! Students' goals are to move up in the domain of ideas from 2 to 3 or 3 to 4.

Students will begin their summative essay assessment on Thursday about a Native American tribe.
We continue to develop figurative language (personification) and will move onto alliteration and hyperbole.

Homework: Students should be putting their best effort into homework as this models their independent knowledge and I use this as informal assessments. Reading strategies are focused upon daily specific to our genre. If your child is truly focused on their reading homework, he/she should be successful in identifying evidence with think marks. Please encourage them to take responsibility.

Another fun activity is plan for Friday, Nov. 11th! Please follow this link for information :

Mark you calendar to join us for a Thanksgiving lunch on Thursday, Nov. 16th. 

Mid- quarter progress reports will be sent home before the Thanksgiving break.

Thank you for your support!