Week of 12/11
Students will take their Wordly Wise vocabulary and Spelling tests Monday since Friday was a special mass day. They will continue to read and learn about Advent and the meanings of the candles. They will also work on Reading Skills practices to help build comprehension, synonym/antonym, dictionary, and analogy skills and to prepare for the ACT Aspire testing. Students should be completed with their science fair research essay. Any last minute corrections will be made this week.
Week of 12/4
Students will begin studying and practicing with possessive and reflexive pronouns. Wordly Wise 10 is due Thursday. Spelling and vocabulary test Friday. Students need to finish with science fair research essay.
Week of 11/27
Students will continue practice parts of sentence and correct pronoun usage. Wordly Wise 9 is due Thursday. Spelling and Vocabulary test will be Friday.
Week of 11/13
Students will continue working on their paragraphs for the Background Research paper. Wordly Wise 8 is due Thursday. Test will be Friday.
Week of 11/06
Students will continue working on background research science fair essay and make corrections. Wordly Wise 7 is due Thursday. Test is Friday. Spelling test only will be Wednesday so there is more than one spelling grade on progress reports.
Week of 10/30
English - Students will continue practicing with correct pronoun usage and test on Thursday. Students should continue working on their background research essay paragraphs.
Daily Language Reviews
Please note that DLR's were graded for completion the first 9 weeks in order to practice with basic Language Arts skills. Students were notified that they would now be graded for accuracy the second 9 weeks and will be done in class. These are basic grammar and sentence structure skills that have been covered and reviewed for years (capitalization, punctuation, complete sentence, synonyms, antonyms, etc.). They are still only counted as a daily grade, which is only 20% of their grade.
Wordly Wise 2nd 9 Weeks
WW6 - due 10/16 test 10/27
WW7 - due 11/09 test 11/10
WW8 - due 11/16 test 11/17
WW9 - due 11/30 test 12/01
WW10 - due 12/07 test 12/08
Students should be reading over the vocabulary words, definitions, and examples daily for the week of the test. They should look at the part of speech and relate the definition to the example sentence. Reading out loud is best for studying because it engages three parts of the brain instead of just one.
Students should also use the website www.wordlywise3000.com if they need extra help.
Reading and AR
We use Accelerated Reading at Sacred Heart to help improve reading skills. AR goals are set in my classroom based on individual reading levels. I allow students to read any book they choose, as long as it is within their ZPD range. Reading of any kind continues to develop fluency and comprehension. Students are allowed to use apps like "Audible" in order to listen to a book as they are reading. Please note, students MUST have the book in front of them to follow along, whether it is a paperback or e-reader. The whole goal is to increase READING skills. Following along with audible narration models fluency and intonation. However, just listening to a book on "tape" is NOT reading, therefore, not improving reading skills. Students are allowed to bring e-readers to school for reading purposes (Kindles, tablets, etc. - not phones) as long as they have headphones.
Spelling Help App
Anyone interested in spelling help, there is a free app called Vocabulary Spelling City. You need to create an account online at http://www.spellingcity.com then you can upload your spelling words into the app.
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