Welcome to Week 8! URGENT NOTICE OF SCHEDULE CHANGE!! DUE TO "STEM-STORM" ON FRIDAY THIS WEEK (10/3) - OUR READING QUIZZES AND SPELLING TESTS WILL BE GIVEN ON THURSDAY (10/2.)
READING LOGS WILL BE DUE ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 1!!
Our story for Week 8 will be Knots on a Counting Rope, by Bill Martin, Jr. This is our first Native American tale that is based on a true story. It's a little bit different from the others we've been reading. We will be doing some supplementary non-fiction reading about the Navajo tribe as well.
We will have another picture dictionary due on Thursday, October 2. As this assignment is intended for quiz preparation and study, it doesn't make any sense for students to attempt to finish it up and turn it in late. It won't serve its purpose. The quiz on Knots on a Counting Rope, both vocabulary and comprehension, will be on Thursday, October 2. Here are the words that were introduced in class today, Friday, Sept. 26: wounded (adj.) slightly hurt ceremony (n.) an event held to mark a special occasion foal (n.) baby horse granite (n.) very hard stone tribal (adj.) having to do with a tribe surround (v.) to go completely around something hogan (n.) dome-shaped Navajo home made of clay and straw packed together (adobe) For those of you who enjoy reading along with us at home, after Knots on a Counting Rope, our story will be Legend of the Bluebonnet by Tomi De Paola, followed by The Stranger by Chris Van Allsburg. After these stories, we'll start our first novel study of the year: Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare. There is a class set available for use at school, but there are not enough to check out for home study and review. It's my hope that by letting you know a few weeks in advance, you might have the opportunity to purchase or order this book from area bookstores. (Second and Charles on Barrett Parkway has some ridiculously good deals, IF they have any copies of the book!) Sign of the Beaver is also available electronically, if you have access or allow your student to use e-readers. In English grammar, we continue to review basic parts of speech. We will talk about pronouns a bit more - possessive pronouns and contractions - and will be doing activities with pronouns in class. There will be a quiz on Thursday, Oct. 2. Many of you are asking for more review activities, and one good source we like to use is www.grammarworkshop.com. Sign in as "student" and go to the Games and Activities section. All games and activities are automatically and instantly scored, so you can see your progress!
Kids doing Moby Max are already advancing at an amazing rate! On Fridays, the kids who've spent the most time on Moby Max during the week will earn free ice cream at lunch. So keep those daily totals rolling! We're checking! And students, this week's mystery word is Rainbow, the name of the horse in this week's story. Put your whole name on a slip of paper, and quietly bring it to me first thing Monday morning! It will be held in a secure location until the prize drawing, Monday during carpool! Good luck, everyone! This week's spelling list will emphasize the sounds of /oo/ and /u/. Here is a copy of the words that were distributed to your students today: boot balloon took room foot spool hoop booth stoop hoof gloomy cushion fulfill proofread raccoon salute through pollute include rumor Spelling test will be Thursday, Oct. 2. Agendas were to have been fully and completely updated for Reading, ELA/English Grammar, and spelling before dismissal today so families would have access to the plans for the upcoming week!