The Language Arts Lowdown!

Volume 5, Issue 28 March 21, 2014

Here's the Scoop!

Happy Friday! This week we were busy working on our newspapers! We talked a lot about what went into a newspaper, how articles are distinguished from opinion pieces, and the "other" stuff that fills the pages! We will be completing the work on our paper next week, and hope to send it to press by next Friday!

4th Grade

Grammar:

This week, we discussed paragraphs and the use of quotation marks.


Word Study:

This week, we reviewed the different ways we make the "f" sound. Next week, our rule will focus on words with "ght" and the "aw" sound (ou, au, etc.)


Writing:

We completed our poetry unit last week. This week, we were writing articles, ads, and cartoons for our newspaper!


Reading:

Our reading this week focused on proofreading our own work :)

5th Grade

Grammar:

This week, we focused on proofreading and using quotation marks appropriately.


Word Study:

This week, was a tough spelling week! We reviewed homophones (which required that we listen closely to determine meaning!) Next week, our study will review suffixes, such as "ful", "ment", and "less".


Writing:

We completed our poetry unit, and are moving into article, ad, and op/ed writing!


Reading:

This week, we just read for pleasure! :)

Greek and Latin Roots

4th Grade


Lithos--Greek--means rock--seen n words such as lithosphere, lithology, and monolith.

Petros--Greek--means stone, rock--seen in words such as petrify, petroleum, and Peter

Astron--Greek--means star--seen in words such as astrology, aster, and astronaut.

Stella--Latin--means star--seen in words such as stellar, constellation, and Stella!


5th Grade


Primus--Latin--means first--seen in words such as primary, primative, and primate.

Secundus--Latin--means second--seen in words such as secondary, second, and secondhand.

Tertius--Latin--means third--seen in words such as tertiary and tertial

Quartus--Latin--means fourth--seen in words such as quarter, quart, and quartet