Language Arts Loop
Your News for What's Happening in Room 404-Jan 5, 2016
Facts & Opinions
In writing, we ended the six weeks trying out the different strategies that make up the How and Why CAFE for adding supporting details to our expository pieces. We learned each strategy and practiced using each one with a variety of sentences and paragraphs. Looking ahead, we will begin disecting the format of the STAAR expository writing test, specifically the section in which we will write our expository essay. Students will become familiar with the format of the prompt, the paper used and how to use their space for planning and to go through the writing process to create a strong piece that will receive a score that is their personal best. We are beginning this week looking at the following prompt: Write about a place that is important to you. Explain why it is special. You will notice in this prompt students not only have to be able to name their special place but also must explain well the reason(s) it is important. This is the area that is sometimes tricky for students and the area we will work hard to improve.
Students received their new spelling list this week. We are working on Plurals, plurals made by adding an -s, or -es. Extra copies of these lists can be sent home with students at your request.
Fun, Fun, Fun
Reading Log Homework begins again this week. Students are expected to decide on a book and carry the book between school and home as many nights as necessary until the book has been completed. Students are encouraged not to have too many books going but rather, to work to build stamina within the same text over time. Reading Logs are checked each morning for out of class reading. You can help your child by setting aside some nightly reading time. Reading Logs are kept in the red Homework folder and are to be filled in daily. Remember you can check book levels at http://www.scholastic.com/bookwizard/
There is even a handy app that can be downloaded to your phone, iPad or other device.
Thursday, January 7 - 9:30 Golden GATOR Ceremony
Monday, January 18 - MLK Day, School Holiday
Wednesday, January 27 - Early Release
Tuesday, February 2 - Practice Writing STAAR Test