A Glimpse into Merriman's Menagerie
This week we began working with historical texts to review some of our most important reading skills. We discussed exactly what historical texts are along with why we would read them. We then began to review main idea and supporting details. We looked at a variety of nonfiction text to work on identifying the main idea of a text and supporting details. We will continue to work on this as we begin reading about going out West in the mid 1800's.
Along with reading skills, we took an indepth look at commas. We reviewed combining sentences with a comma and conjunction (FANBOYS), looked and practiced using commas in a series, learned about using commas in both dates and locations, and finally ended with using commas in direct address. Parents, it was very eventful. :) We even looked briefly at combining sentences using AAAWWUBBIS words (subordinating conjunctions- As, After, Although, When, While, Until, Because, Besides, If, Since). We will continue to practice using these skills in our daily writing. Our next CFA (common formative assessment) will cover using commas correctly, punctuating dialogue, and writing a letter.
Next week we will work on using commas in a letter. We will also continue to review using dialogue in our own writing. This is a very difficult skill to use fluently. The kids are working hard at trying to remember to start a new paragraph when a new person/character is talking. Next week we will also continue to work on main idea and include cause and effect and answering TNReady-type questions.
Our state writing assessment starts February 8. The students will be given 2 75minute writing tasks. These tasks will include a passage of some sort along with a writing prompt/question to answer. There are three types of writing that the state expects them to be able to write: informative (we use TIDE to organize our thoughts for this type), persuasive (we use OREO to organize our opinion), or narrative (we use STORY to organize our story). We will be reviewing these writing styles next week. I expect students to be able to write a well-written solid paragraph. Students will be taking this assessment online and will have to type their responses. Any time you can get your child on the computer to practice typing would be very beneficial. One suggestion is to have your child type up a couple paragraphs from the reading folder book. Typing is similar to reading; the more they type, the better they become.
Next Week's Words
www.spellingcity.com is an option this week. The words are up and running along with the extra words. This week we are working on double consonants.
Next Week's Words
Our Southern Continent
We were introduced to the Northeast region of the US. We have only one more region to go! We will go over the Northeast landforms early next week and take a quiz on Wednesday of next week. Continue to review previous states; we will have a whole 50 states tests at the end of this.
Please continue to encourage your child to read. When completing the reading folders for the week, make sure your child reads out loud for 15 minutes daily. After the 15 minutes of reading out loud, then your child can continue to read to him/herself. Fluency and inflection are important skills to practice.
Our field trip is next Friday! We are going BOWLING!!! Please turn in permission slips, money, and lunch choice ASAP. If you are planning on attending with your child, you can meet us at the Smyrna Bowling Alley. If you are planning on bowling or eating something there, you would purchase what you need at that time. I am very excited for this trip.
I apologize for the lack of pictures this week. Next week will be different:) My iPad was acting up, and I couldn't get onto the internet. This newsletter was written on my phone this week.