The Language Arts Lowdown!

Volume 5, Issue 30 April 4, 2014

Here's the Scoop

This week, we had quite a bit of "catch up" work and began our research for our independent project. The students MAY work on their research over the break if they'd like!!! We will spend time over the next two weeks in class working on their projects. They will need to note each of their sources, so please make sure that your student marks down where he or she gets his or her information. Bibliography forms are available on my website, or here.


Thank you to all of you who came to our Poetry Cafe! We had a wonderful time! If you happen to have any pictures from the event that you wouldn't mind sharing, I would love them! You can email them to me at nicole_landon@gwinnett.k12.ga.us.


Have a wonderful spring break!!

4th Grade

Grammar:

This week, we discussed compound sentences, the use of commas before conjunctions, and contractions.


Word Study:

This week, we reviewed words with "ght" and the "aw" sound (ou, au, etc.) We will be on week 24 when we return.


Writing and Reading:

This week, we worked on finding sources for our research projects. We talked about how to take notes, and how to make sure we were not plagiarizing.


5th Grade

Grammar:

This week, we discussed the use of commas in relation to conjunctions and independent clauses. We also reviewed contractions within our subject and predicate.


Word Study:

This week, we reviewed words with the "shun" sound. We will be on week 24 when we return.


Writing and Reading:

This week, we worked on finding sources for our research projects. We talked about how to take notes, and how to make sure we were not plagiarizing.

Greek and Latin Roots

4th Grade:


This week, our words were:

Para--Greek--means beside, along with--some derivative words are parable, parachute, and parenthesis

Inter--Latin--means between, among, amid--some derivative words areinternational, interjection, and interlude

Techne--Greek--means art, skill--some derivative words are technology, technique, and architect

Ars/Artis--Latin--means art, skill--some derivative words are art, artificial, and intertia


5th Grade

This week, our words were:

Nonus--Latin--means ninth--some derivative words are nonagenarian, nonet, and noon.

Decimus--Latin--means tenth--some derivative words are decimate, decimal, and dime

Elektron--Greek--means amber--some derivative words are electricity, electron, and electric

Gradus--Latin--means step, degree--some derivative words are grade, graduation, and regress

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