The Language Arts Lowdown!

Volume 5, Issue 31 April 18, 2014

Here's the Scoop

What a busy week! We've been working hard on our independent projects this week--lots of lessons on citing our sources, finding valid information, and getting our information written down! We've pushed back the due date of the projects to the week of April 28, so the kids will have a little extra time to work on it!

4th Grade

Grammar:

This week, we continued to discuss compound sentences, and reviewed "you" implied subjects in imperative sentences.


Word Study:

This week, we reviewed words with the "shun" sound. Next week, the words will review long and short "a" sounds.


Writing and Reading:

This week, we worked on our independent projects!

5th Grade

Grammar:

This week, we discussed the words adjectives describe, and how to determine placement of the adjectives in our diagrams.


Word Study:

This week, we reviewed words with silent letters. Next week, we will review words with prefixes.


Writing and Reading:

This week, we worked on our independent projects!

Greek and Latin Roots

4th Grade:


This week, our words were:

Bios--Greek--means life--derivative words are biology, autobiography, and amphibian.

Vivo/Victum--Latin--means live--derivative words are vivid, survive, and convivial

Mikros--Greek--means small--derivative words are microphone, microfilm, and microscope

Megas--Greek--means great, large, big--derivative words are megaphone, megalith, and megalomania

Magnus--Latin--means big, large, great--derivative words are magnify, magnate, and magnificent


5th Grade

This week, our words were:

Plus/Pluris--Latin--means more, many--derivative words are plus, plural, and surplus

Akros--Greek--means topmost, high point, extreme--derivative words are acrobat, acronym, and acrophobia

Kata--Greek--means down, against--derivative words are catalog, catapult, and cataclysm

Ana--Greek--means up, back again, along, through--derivative words are analysis, anatomy, and analogy

Duco/Ductum--Latin--means draw, attract, lead--derivative words are aqueduct, conduct, and produce

Reading Requirements-4th 9 weeks

4th Grade:


2 Informative Non-Fiction

1 Realistic Fiction

1 Myth/Folk/Fairy Tale/Fable

1 Biography

1 Historical Fiction

2 Choice


5th Grade:



2 Informative Non-Fiction

2 Choice

1 Myth/Folk/Fairy Tale/Fable

1 Biography

1 Historical Fiction

1 Fantasy/Science Fiction

2 Realistic Fiction