Monday, September 28, 2015

Week of September 28

idiom of the week  -I'm all ears

vocabulary word = punctual

Read aloud = Alabama Moon by Watt Key

Hi Parents,

Thank you for helping you children remember their favorite books.  We have been busy working on our Reading Timelines.

This week we set up our daily oral language notebooks in class. Each class begins with two sentences that contain a few various grammatical and spelling errors. We correct the sentences together.  Along with capitals for the beginning of a sentence and for proper nouns, we will work on we dropping the  before adding suffixes like (adoreable = adorable). 

We will edit our paragraphs that we wrote last week in class.  During class we will talk about the parts of a paragraph and add the pieces that we may be missing from our first drafts.  For example, we will begin with an indent.  We will check to make sure there is an introduction.  Our paragraph rubrics can be located on the helpful links from our homework page.

 This week's Friday poem is My Little Brother.  We will be introducing similes and metaphors.

My teacher says to sue
metaphors and similes
whenever we write poems.

My brother Tom swoops in
like an F5 tornado
and destroys my bedroom.

He's a human wrecking ball
that crashes through my room
leaving trampled toys behind.

But I'd rather write it like this:
I've got an evil little brother.
And just
that. -by Ralph Fletcher

In library this week we will begin the Inquiry Process. The inquiry process it a tool we find useful throughout our lives. ( We CONNECT  - WONDER  - INVESTIGATE  - CREATE MEANING - EXPRESS AND REFLECT)  The students selected 4 topics they are interested in from the informational books in our library.  ( such as whales..)  What are some questions that I could ask that I would like to know?  For example - Did whales always swim in the sea? Next week we will investigate our topics.

In Wordly Wise we are making our way through Wordly Wise unit 1. The students can review rhe words on quizlet.  (Book 5 unit 1)  We haven't done this yet in class, but some kids in study hall have tried this link.

I appreciate your with making sure your child is reading 20 minutes each night.  Weekends are busy times for many families.  I am requiring 20 minutes total for the weekend.  We are continuing to work on our reading stamina.

Have a wonderful week!

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