Fourth week! Wow! Almost halfway through our first grading period! It's very important that the reading logs be updated accurately, as they will be due on Tuesday, Sept. 2. It's often difficult to remember a long-range assignment like this, especially when it's due after a holiday weekend! The reading logs DO NOT HAVE TO BE SIGNED by a parent. They do not have to have every line filled out. I am looking for consistent, on-level habits. The reading log will be entered as a Reading HOMEWORK grade, and even one zero can have a major negative impact on a student's overall average. There will be a written reminder on the agenda board, and I will be reminding the students in class each day. NO READING LOGS WILL BE ACCEPTED LATE except in the case of student absence.
Our story next week will be Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters by John Steptoe. This beautiful book contains elaborate illustrations of plant and animal life in Zimbabwe and would be a great addition to a child's personal library. The story itself continues to emphasize the life lessons of generosity, kindness, compassion and forgiveness. We will have daily activities and discussion about this book in class, and I encourage you to ask about it at home. In English grammar, we continue to review simple subjects (nouns) and simple predicates (verbs.) There will be ongoing practice in class each day, and a quiz on Friday that will include a few sentence-types and punctuation questions as well. (8/30/14) ADDITIONALLY, NOW THAT THE STUDENTS HAVE SUCCESSFULLY LOGGED ON AND COMPLETED THEIR MOBY-MAX MATH ASSESSMENT, EVERYONE NEEDS TO LOG ON AND COMPLETE THEIR ENGLISH-LANGUAGE ARTS PLACEMENT ASSESSMENT. As with math, we ask that the students do this task independently, since we are using the results to group children for instructional purposes.
Our spelling list this week will review the rule that says "G" and "C" followed by "E" or "I" will have the "soft" sound. There are a few words that review the double-consonant rule as well. Please print off as many copies of this week's list as you like. I'll provide the children with a printed copy, but it's imperative that they maintain these lists in their binders for use during class activities. Here are the words for Week 4: dance space age once large fence race slice chance circus face house message arrange cabbage promise manage compass sentence confess Our spelling tests will be on Fridays this year, unless otherwise noted.