Knodel's Keynote

What's up in our classroom

Week of April 11th

Reading and Writing

*Our new class novel, Island of the Blue Dolphin by Scott O'Dell, is turning out to be a great read leading to many deep discussions and reflections.

*We begin a poetry unit this week. Our study focuses first on reading and analyzing poetry. Then we'll move to using poems as mentor texts to write our own poetry.


Our Reading Log will be kept in our planners for the rest of the year. Individual students will set their own minutes goal, with a minimum of 60 minutes for the week for me. No need to sign every day for this--once a week is plenty.

We will study vocabulary for the rest of the school year. Spelling patterns will be discussed during writing class, but our tests will solely focus on vocabulary.

Vocabulary--This week our study is frail-, fract-, frag- meaning break or shatter. Here is a link to the vocabulary slide show.