Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Fall New

Idiom of the week - She's down in the dumps.

Vocabulary word of the week - lollygag

Mrs. Conley is reading - The Seventh Most Important Thing by  Shelley Pearsal

class read aloud =  Animal House and Iz by Betty Hicks - We are working on making inferences and discussing the characterisitc traits of the main characters.

Language Arts classes -

We are busy with Daily oral Language and Wordly Wise lessons!  Our 15 vocabulary words in Wordly Wise can be practiced on Quizlet. Students are working hard on recognizing the different meaning some vocabulary words have. 

Students finished writing a formal paragraph about their favorite holidays.  We have worked on supporting detail. Each of our three details include explanations that match our topic sentences.  I have read about some wonderful holiday traditions including Yankee Swaps and Pickle-in-the-Tree Games. We are also working on strong verbs and figurative language.  These will be sent home to be added to their portfolios.  Also coming home are the vocabulary pages where students created a full page.  Students investigated a new vocabulary word that they found in their books theat thea re reading for class.   The activity includes looking up the definition, part of speech, and how their words are pronounced. Finally, students write a 10 word sentence using their new word.  

We wrote our first pen pal letters to our friends in Uganda!  Mr. Roscoe will be leaving to go to Uganda next week.  Soon after he returns, he will deliver our pen pals' letters for us. :)

In reading we are making inferences and discussing characteristic traits of our main and supporting characters. .  Some of our favorite book titles this fall are:  The Running Dream, Maximum Ride, The Ranger's Apprentice, Nory Ryan's Song, Red Kayak, Fablehaven, and more!!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Wordly Wise and Dance Mat Tyoing

Idiom of the week - I'm all ears.

Word of the week - punctual

class read aloud - Animal House and Iz by Betty Hicks

Mrs. Conley is reading - Penny from Heaven by Jennifer L. Home

Our language arts classes have started Wordly Wise.  The workbooks have assignments in them Monday through Thursday nights.  Each unit has sections A through E .  A rich vocabulary is essential to successful reading comprehension.  Please take a look at this week's 15 new words.

We have begun Dance Mat typing.  The students will be memorizing the rows of the keyboard and practicing with Dance Mat typing.  Extra practice from home is always a good idea. Our link is found off of the helpful links.

Reading classes will be discussing inferencing and working with character traits with our class novels and independent reading books.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

September 2016

Reminder: Open House is Tuesday, September 13 at 6:30

Idiom of the week - It's raining cats and dogs.

Vocabulary Word of the Week - colossal

Class Read aloud - Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days by Stephen Manes

I am looking forward to getting to know the new Tetons and Acadians.  In language arts this week, the students will write about their 'Best Part of Me' which is a prompt from the book The Best Part of me by Wendy Ewald.  I'll have fun pictures and short writing pieces on display for open house.  We will also have our first lesson in Daily Oral Language this week.  In reading I'll help them set up their Reader's notebooks, we will begin discussing theme and figurative language, and we will visit the library for our first lessons this Thursday for the Acadians and Friday for the Tetons.  Everyone will have chapter books to read by the weekend. 

The students will quickly become acclimated to their Blue and White Day schedules.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Read aloud Flush by Carl Hiasson

Vocabulary word of the week = compassion
Idiom of the week = I'm green with envy.

Poem of the week

If I Could Grant a Wish for You This poem is written in rhyming couplets. We will be writing our own Wish Poems for Mother's Day.

In language arts class students are taking dot jot notes about their explorers.  We practiced  pre reading activities for informational reading.  Modeling with Christopher Columbus, classes filled out a graphic organizer.  We looked at the pictures from the article and jotted down what we thought the article was about.  Next, we read the captions and jotted what we learned from the captions.   We looked at maps, charts, and graphs and jotted down information that they showed us.  We then jotted down key ideas we had about the article on Columbus.  Lastly, we looked at the titles, headings, and bold-face words.  We rephrased these into questions.   Student received an article on their own explorer from Biography for Beginners.  The students filled out a graphic organizer on their own explorer before reading the article.  We took dot jots on their explorer's early life, voyages, death and conclusions which includes how his discovery/outcomes changed the world.

We are creating Google My Maps that show where their explorers went  Paragraphs are typed right on this site!