The Language Arts Lowdown!

Volume 5, Issue 26 March 7, 2014

Here's the Scoop

Yet another busy week at Craig Elementary! This week, we all finished our novels, and are ready to finish our poetry anthologies next week! The end of the quarter is TUESDAY, so all books, book reports, and outstanding work is due NO LATER than then. Please check with your child to make sure they are on track and ready to turn things in :)

Also, the Glossary for our poetry anthology is due on MONDAY.


I am looking to schedule our Poetry Cafe before Spring Break. We have the option of doing it one evening after school at a local business, or one day during school. Please take the following brief survey so that I can determine what will work best for our families!

4th Grade

Grammar:

No specific grammar study this week--working on writing!!


Word Study:

This week, looked at words with the "oi" sound and the "ow" sound. Next week, we will review different ways we make words with the "f" sound.


Writing:

We are continuing to work on our poetry unit. Please remind your child that the poetry glossary is due on Monday, March 10. We will be working on their final drafts of their poems all week next week.


Reading:

This week, we completed our reading of The Witch of Blackbird Pond. After next week's poetry blast, we will begin working on our newspaper!

5th Grade

I am so proud of your children!! This week, we completed the writing test, something that we have been working hard to prepare for all year. They did an AMAZING job!!!!! I saw completely focused, dedicated writers during the entire testing period, and was able to see how seriously they took the test. I am so proud of all their hard work and dedication. HOORAY 5th GRADE!!!


Grammar:

No specific grammar study this week.


Word Study:

This week, we looked at suffixes. Next week, we'll focus on reviewing consonant digraphs (such as sc, th, etc.)


Writing:

We are continuing to work on our poetry unit. Please remind your child that the poetry glossary is due on Monday, March 10.


Reading:

We completed our novel this week, and will be working on our newspaper after we complete our poetry unit.

Greek and Latin Roots

4th Grade


No roots due to 5th grade writing test


5th Grade


Novus--Latin--means new--seen in words such as novel, nova, and novelty.

Ordo/Ordinis--Latin--means row, array command-- seen in words such as orderly, ordinal, and extraordinary.

Saeculum--Latin--means age, century--seen in words such as secular, siecle (French for century), and secule.

Reading Requirements-3rd 9 weeks

4th grade:


1-Myth/Fable/Folk/Fairy Tale

1-Fantasy

2- Non-fiction

1-Historical Fiction

2-Realistic Fiction

1-Choice


5th grade:


2-Non-fiction

1-Historical Fiction

2-Realistic Fiction

1-Biography

2-Poetry (poems of at least 10 lines)

1-Fantasy

1-Choice