ESL News--1st, 3rd, & 5th Graders

Weekly Newsletter from Mrs. Dianne Anderson

Complete Sentences

We work hard every day to build strong vocabulary skills. One of the things we learn is how to use complete sentences when we talk together in class. I am so proud of the boys and girls in my classes because they are doing such a great job with this.


Sometimes, we will use sentence starters like the ones below. These help us to talk about our learning.


  • I think this means that __________.
  • I learned that _________.
  • The word, __________, means ___________.
  • An example of something that is _______ is _____________.
  • I'd like to add on to what ____________ said about ___________.


If you are working with your child on homework, you might want to ask him/her to use these sentence starters to talk about their learning.


I am thankful for the growth I see in my students, and I wish all of you a wonderful week!


~Mrs. Dianne Anderson

What are we learning this week? September 22-26, 2014

Expanding English 12:25-1:15

Unit 1: The Big City


Vocabulary-buy, favorite, holiday, restaurant, noisy, crowded, move, our, through


Genre: Realistic Fiction

Strategy: Ask & Answer Questions

Skill: Identify Setting

Grammar: Plural Nouns, Proper Nouns, and Possessive Nouns

Critical Thinking: Classify

Phonics: Short /a/ and Long /a/ Word Families


Word List:

hat, bat, rat, mat, sat

tray, play, pay, spray, day

rake, cake, make


Content Objectives:


  • I can use new vocabulary when I talk, read, and write.
  • I can ask and answer questions when I read.
  • I can find the setting in realistic fiction.
  • I can classify words that go together.



Language Objectives:


  • I can read words with short and long /o/.
  • I can talk to my classmates about what I read.
  • I can use complete sentences when I talk and write.

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Thank you!

Mrs. Dianne Anderson

Teacher of English as a Second Language