Week 4

This week in EEL:

We discussed the IMPERATIVE sentence purpose. Imperative sentences give a command. They can be tricky because when compared to a declarative sentence, you are forced to reconstruct the sentence in order to make it imperative. Ex. Caleb sits down. (Dec) Sit down. (Imp) The subject of an imperative sentence is always an implied "You." Also, imperative sentences use present tense verbs.

Interjection: An interjection is a word or phrase used as a strong expression of feeling or emotion.

Interjections are exclamatory words whose sole responsibility is to declare an emotion. They are usually one word, but sometimes they can be a group of words. If the emotion is not quite as strong, they might be followed by a comma as they begin the sentence. Otherwise, they will be followed by a period or an exclamation point. Examples:

Eek! My hair is on fire!

Sweet, my team got picked to go first.

Drat. I wanted to go first.

For fun we watched this funny video about interjections.

Interjections! Schoolhouse Rock

This week in IEW:

This week we reviewed the parts of a Story Sequence Chart. We read together from our source text: The Sword in the Stone (p 66-67 in MHBW). We will take the next two classes (3 weeks since we have next week off) to complete the KWO for this story. In class we started to fill out Part 1 and 2 of the Story Sequence Chart (Characters/Setting and Conflict/Problem)

We also introduced the writing decoration...ALLITERATION (P 59 in MHBW).

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What should we do at home for the next 2 weeks??

As you know, we have next week off from CC. It can be easy to just feel like totally checking out until we meet back up again on October 14. But, my suggestion for you guys is to push through with what we have started on the Story Sequence Chart sooner, rather than later... While the Sword in the Stone story is still fresh in their minds, let them retell you what happened. If they are having trouble remembering the story- read it to them several more times. Repetition is totally fine. We want them to feel successful at retelling a story. Even if their story is very very similar to the original- they can always add those decorations or dress ups to make it "their own."

EEL Suggested homework:

Review charts A-F. No new charts this week... (Yay!) Take this time to allow them to copy the charts we've already earned. If they've already mastered Chart A--have them focus on mastering Chart B next.

Have them do the Analytical Tasks 1-4 for sentences 1-3 on pgs 86-88 in the EEL. Feel free to make up your own simple sentences once you have completed these ones. Ideally you want to spend about 5-10 min/day on doing these Analytical tasks. One sentence a day should be fine. For a reminder on how to do this- see pgs 51-63 in your EEL Guide (Special Section: Analytical Tasks in Detail)

IEW Suggested Homework:

Finish Part 1 and 2 of the Story Sequence Chart for The Sword in the Stone (p 66-67 in MHBW)

Write the rough draft for just the first two parts.

Since we have 2 weeks to fill...utilizing the Brainstorming Elements of Style p.69-71 in MHBW would be a great resource for helping the kids to practice the dress ups and decorations that we have learned so far.

Heading back to Ohio...

The kids and I will be heading back to Ohio to visit my grandparents this upcoming week. If you would think of us in prayer for safety as we travel that would be greatly appreciated. This time with them is so precious, and I am so happy we have the opportunity to see them again this year. Here are a few pics from our trip home last October...

See you in 2 weeks!