The Language Arts Lowdown!

Volume 5, Issue 29 March 28, 2014

Here's the Scoop

Happy Friday! We had a great week this week learning about our new research project! Look for a letter coming home with your child today (purple for 5th, blue for 4th) explaining more about our project! (also attached to an email!) Next week, we will be learning more about note taking, citing resources, and how to select good research tools. We will also be revisiting our narrative piece from earlier this semester.


Also, our poetry cafe is TUESDAY, APRIL 1st! Please go to our evite and RSVP whether you will be able to make it!! HERE

4th Grade

Grammar:

This week, we talked about using quotation marks around song titles and article names.


Word Study:

This week, we reviewed words with "ght" and the "aw" sound (ou, au, etc.). Next week, we will review silent letters, such as "l", "g" and "b", within words.


Writing:

This week, we worked on creating questions for our research projects. Next week, we will start taking notes and revisit our narrative piece from earlier this semester.


Reading:

We will work on reading for specific knowledge as we take notes!

5th Grade

Grammar:

This week, we talked about interjections, exclamatory sentences, and the use of exclamation marks.


Word Study:

This week, we reviewed words with suffixes. Next week, we will look at words with the "s" sound made in different ways.


Writing:

This week, we worked on creating questions for our research projects. Next week, we will start taking notes and revisit our narrative piece from earlier this semester.


Reading:

We will work on reading for specific knowledge as we take notes!

Greek and Latin Roots

4th Grade:


This week, our words were:

Dendron--Greek--means tree--some derivative words are dendrite, dendrometer, and rhododendron

Arbor/Arboris--Latin--means tree--some derivative words are arboretum, Arbor Day, and arboraceous

Chronos--Greek--means time--some derivative words are synchronize, chronic, and chronometer

Tempus/Temporis--Latin--means time--some derivative words are temporal, temporary, and tense


5th Grade

This week, our words were:

Quintus--Latin--means fifth--some derivative words are quintile, quintuplet, and quintet

Sextus--Latin--means sixth--some derivative words are siesta, sextant, and sextuplet

Septimus--Latin--means seventh--some derivative words are septimal, septuplet, and September

Octavus--Latin--means eighth--some derivative words are Octavius, octave, and October

Reading Requirements--4th Quarter

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