The Language Arts Lowdown!

Volume 5, Issue 12 October 25, 2013

Here's the Scoop

Happy Friday, Parents! We are all glad to say that the ITBS is now behind us! We took advantage of our very confused schedule due to testing to spend some time working on our novel projects! While we had time throughout the week, we may still need an additional day next week to complete them. So far, they're looking great!


4th Grade

Grammar:

This week, we talked about prepositions! These handy words show relationships between nouns and pronouns and other parts in the sentence. Often, they answer questions like "where?", "how?", and "when?".


Word Study:

No spelling rule this week! We reviewed the use of dictionaries to spell words we are unsure of.


Writing:

This week's writing was integrated in our projects. The students will be writing 8 paragraphs explaining why they chose the items they created for their paper bag project


Reading:

This week, we have been using our novel as a resource as we work on completing our Paper Bag projects for Hatchet. Next Monday, we will have our test on the novel. Look for the study guide coming home today. (Also attached)


Hatchet Study Guide

Parents:

Below is a copy of the test your child will take on their novel on MONDAY. They will be able to use their book for the test. If they would like, they may prepare for these questions this weekend by taking notes, placing sticky-notes in the novel to mark important passages, looking up words, etc. They may NOT, however, “pre-answer” the questions. The test will be graded based on how well their answers reflect their knowledge of the book, as well as on their writing style (ability to support their answer, using examples from the text, writing conventions, etc.)

Hatchet Test

Answer TWO of the following questions in a well thought-out essay. Be sure to use supporting details from the text, giving examples and/or quotes. You may use your novel during the test. Each essay should be about one page in length.

1. What is the most important asset Brian has in the wilderness? Why do you think that? Give details and examples from the text to support your answer.

2. What is the turning point of the novel? How does Brian change afterward? Give details and support from the text to support your answer.

3. How is Brian able to find the survival kit? What are two important things he finds in the kit? What is one more item that you think should have been in the kit that wasn’t? Why do you think that item would have been important?

Use the following vocabulary words from the novel to write new sentences showing me that you understand their meaning.

1. Kindling _____________________________________________________________

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2. Tattered _______________________________________________________________

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3. Dormant ______________________________________________________________

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4. Shelter ________________________________________________________________

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5. Altitude _______________________________________________________________

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5th Grade

Reading:

This week, we have been using our novels as a resource as we complete our projects. Our novel test is on Monday. Look for the study guide to come home today! (Also attached)


Grammar:

This week, we reviewed prepositions. We looked at how they relate within sentences to answer questions we might have of the nouns in the sentence.


Word Study:

No spelling words or rule this week due to testing! We are reviewing how to use dictionaries as a resource!




Secret Garden Study Guide

Parents:

Below is a copy of the test your child will take on their novel on MONDAY. They will be able to use their book for the test. If they would like, they may prepare for these questions this weekend by taking notes, placing sticky-notes in the novel to mark important passages, looking up words, etc. They may NOT, however, “pre-answer” the questions. The test will be graded based on how well their answers reflect their knowledge of the book, as well as on their writing style (ability to support their answer, using examples from the text, writing conventions, etc.)

The Secret Garden Test

Answer TWO of the following questions in a well thought-out essay. Be sure to use supporting details from the text, giving examples and/or quotes. You may use your novel during the test. Each essay should be about one page in length.

1. At the start of the novel, Mary is quite selfish and cut off from others. What helps her to become more happy and involved with others? Identify at least 5 things, giving support and details from the text.

2. Is it right for Mary to enter the secret garden without permission? Think of reason both for and against her decision. Give specific reasons for each position using what you know about other characters in the novel.

3. Colin starts to believe that if he thinks good thoughts, good things will happen. Do you agree? Give examples of this, using both the text and your own personal experiences.

4. Stories are not necessarily only for entertainment. Often, they have a message or something to teach their readers, as well. What have you learned from this story? What do you think the author was trying to “teach” you when writing this story?

Use the following vocabulary words from the novel to write new sentences showing me that you understand their meaning.

1. Desolation_____________________________________________________________

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2. Vexed_________________________________________________________________

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3. Recluse________________________________________________________________

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4. Imperiously____________________________________________________________

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5. Incantations___________________________________________________________

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Greek and Latin Roots

No new roots this week due to ITBS testing :)

Reading Requirements-2nd 9 weeks


4th grade:

1-Realistic Fiction

1-Historical Fiction

2-Non-fiction (Informational)

2-Biography

1-Choice

1-Poetry (in class)


5th grade:

all of 4th PLUS


1-myth/fable/fairy tale

1-Drama (in class)