News from Mrs. Drudy 01/11/2016

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What We're Learning in Language Arts

The Chimpanzees I Love: Saving Their World and Ours

This week's story, The Chimpanzees I Love: Saving Their World and Ours, is written by famous primatologist and anthropologist, Jane Goodall. We are discovering that chimpanzees are smart and emotional creatures just like humans. Yet many chimpanzees living in captivity at zoos and circuses are mistreated. Chimpanzees living in the wild are also in danger because of hunting practices and forest destruction. As we read Goodall's works, we realize that it is important to learn about chimpanzees in order to find solutions to these problems.

This story addresses the following Indiana Academic Standards:

  • "Explain how an author develops the point of view of the narrator or speaker in a work of literature and how the narrator or speaker impacts the mood, tone, and meaning of a text.
  • Determine an author’s perspective or purpose in a text, and explain how it is conveyed in the text."

Spelling: Prefixes

Generalization: The prefixes dis-, de-, out-, and un- change the meaning of the base word.

Phonics Words

1. discontent

2. decline

3. outward

4. dispatch

5. unwavering

6. destruction

7. disintegrate

8. outstanding

9. uncommon

10. outburst

11. outrageous

12. defensive

13. unappetizing

14. disillusioned

15. disarray

16. unconscious

17. outskirts

18. unfasten

19. disenchanted

20. decompose

Challenge Words

21. unbusinesslike

22. disembark

23. deactivate

24. disenfranchise

25. outlandish

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

Spelling Bee

Speaking of spelling...on Friday, January 22, we will hold a spelling bee. Students were given a study guide on Friday with words for consideration. Top spellers from the sixth grade will be identified from a pretest that will be administered before the actual bee. I think we just might have some very serious contenders among us. Good luck to all!

Notes from the Teacher

Coming Up:

Monday, January 18: Snow Make Up Day (As of now, we should have his day off since we've not yet had any snow days.)