We have four days this week, and in the language arts block, I will be administering the DRA each day, hoping to get them done this week. Students are building their reading stamina at school, reading books of their choices, and working toward reading at least 30 books this year, some from each genre. ( Ask them about the 30 book challenge.) Our read aloud is Roxie and the Hooligans by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. We are over half way through the book and having some interesting conversations about characters and how bullies are created in this world.
We have also had some mini-lessons and writing assignments in our reading logs about character descriptions and predictions. We will be doing mini lessons on making connections (text to self, text to text and text to world) this week along with other response options from the reading log. Hopefully everyone is doing well with the four nights of reading 20 minutes (at least) and responding on the logs. These are due the first day of each week for the previous week.
Word study will truly begin after DRAs are complete. Word study skills are also woven into each day with our Daily Language Review packets. Our first completed packet should have come home last Friday. Those packets help up focus on CUPS (capitalization, usage of words and grammar, punctuation and spelling), synonyms, antonyms, prefixes, suffixes, using reference materials and so much more.
Our first writing assignment will be a personal narrative. We will do smaller writing assignments in the next few weeks to warm us up, and then start the personal narrative after that.
Spanish - each Thursday and continue through November 14th, the end of the 1st trimester.
Curriculum Night is September 12th - 6:30 in the commons, 6:45-7:30 first session, 7:45-8:30 second session
Picture day - September 18th
Leeds Farm Family Outing - Sunday, September 27th 5-8pm
Related Arts Schedule This Week:
Tuesday - Library Wednesday - Music Thursday - Art Friday - PE
* Scholastic book orders can be made online by clicking on the link on the right have side of this blog. I'll be placing an order on September 11th.