News from Mrs. Drudy 01/18/2016

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What We're Learning in Language Arts

Black Frontiers

This week's story, Black Frontiers, is another expository text. We've learned that, after the Civil War, many African Americans moved out to the open land of the West. Land was free and plentiful there, and people truly lived off it. During this time period, the first all-African American communities were established. African American soldiers, nicknamed Buffalo Soldiers, protected frontier outposts for the U.S. Army.

This story addresses the following Indiana Academic Standards:

  • "Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what a text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
  • Determine how a central idea of a text is conveyed through particular details; provide an objective summary of the text.
  • Analyze in detail how a key individual, event, or idea is introduced, illustrated, and elaborated in a text (e.g., through examples or anecdotes)."

Spelling: Words with ci and ti

Generalization The sounds /sh/ and /ch/ can be spelled ci and ti: especially, ancient, friction.

Phonics Words

1. precious

2. commercial

3. especially

4. ancient

5. gracious

6. position

7. question

8. suggestion

9. friction

10. lotion

11. potion

12. digestion

13. artificial

14. glacier

15. cautious

16. efficient

17. sensational

18. vicious

19. official

20. ration

Challenge Words

21. fictitious

22. vaccination

23. beneficial

24. precocious

25. emancipation

As always, I'd encourage those students with Internet access to visit for additional practice with the weekly phonics/challenge words.

Notes from the Teacher

Coming Up:

Monday, January 18th-21st Scholastic Book Fair

Tuesday, January 19th A.P.P.L.E.S. meeting CANCELLED

Thursday, January 28th: Club/Activities Picture Day