English/Language Arts

 

Week of February 13, 2016

Comprehension Skill:Compare and Contrast-examine how details or ideas are alike and different

 

Comprehension Strategy: Monitor/Clarify-identify passages of text that are confusing and use reading techniques to understand them

 

Target vocabulary: escorted, swelled, relied, reputation, worthy, churning, situation, deserve, defended, satisfied

 

Vocabulary Strategy: Figurative language-similes, proverbs, adages, metaphors

 

Spelling words with /k/, /ng/, and /kw/

risky, track, topic, blank, question, pocket, monkey, junk, equal, ache, public, attack, struck, earthquake, picnic, banker, electric, blanket, mistake, stomach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week of January 30, 2017

Comprehension Skill: Main ideas and details-identifying a topic's main idea and details

 

Comprehension Strategy: Monitor/clarify-recognizing confusing passages as your read and coming up with methods to understand them

 

Target vocabulary: organisms, directly, affect, traces, vast, habitats, variety, species, banned, radiation

 

Vocabulary strategy: using context 

 

grammar: reviewing participles and participial phrases and retesting

 

 

Week of January 23, 2017

Comprehension Skill: Text and graphic features-examining how words and pictures help us understand ideas

 

Comprehension Strategy: Question-asking questions before, during, and after reading

 

Target Vocabulary: social, exchanges, excess, reinforce, sotrage, transport, chamber, scarce, obstacles, transfers

 

spelling: different ways to spell the final long e sound

 

 

 

Week of January 9, 2017

Comprehension Skill: Text and graphic features-examining how words and pictures help us understand ideas.

 

Comprehension Strategy: Infer/predict-using text clues to predict what is coming in the text or what hasn't been directly stated

 

Target vocabulary: whirling, rapidly, condense, source, rotating, rage, experience, ancient, predict, registered

 

Vocabulary Strategy: suffixes -ful, -less, -ness, -ment

 

spelling: compound words

 

Week of January 3, 2017

 

Comprehension skill: Sequence of events- understanding the order in which events in a story take place

 

Comprehension strategy: Visualize- forming pictures in your mind from what you read

 

Target vocabulary: trembles, wreckage, slab, possessions, tenement, crushing, rubble, debris, timbers, constructed

 

Vocabulary strategy: synonyms

 

Grammar: singular and plural possessive nouns

 

spelling: words with an added -ed or -ing

 

 

 

Week of December 5, 2016

 

 

Comprehension Skill: Author's purpose: use text details to figure out the author's reasons for writing

 

Comprehension Strategy: Analyze/Evaluate: think carefully about the text and form an opinion about it

 

Target vocabulary: debut, stubborn, permission, hauling, mournful, towered, triumph, discouraged, toured, border

 

Spelling: more "r controlled" vowels

 

 

 

Week of November 28, 2016

 

Comprehension Skill: Conclusions and generalizations-figure out unstated or broad ideas

 

Comprehension Strategy: Question-ask questions before you read, as you read, and after you read

 

Target vocabulary: fault, borrow, reference, fainted, genuine, local, apologize, proof, slimy, insisted

 

Spelling: r controlled vowels

 

 

Week of November 7, 2016-we will continue and finish what we started last week. Reading and grammar tests on Wednesday. 

 

Week of October 31, 2016

Coming Distractions: Questioning Movies

Comprehension Strategy: Summarize: briefly tell the important parts of the text in your own words

 

Comprehension Skill: Fact and opinion: decide if an idea can be proved or if it is a feeling or a belief.

 

Target vocabulary: entertaining, promote, focus, advertise, jolts, critics, target, thrilling, angles, generated

 

Vocabulary strategy: Greek and Latin word parts: phon, photo, graph, auto

 

Spelling: spelling for the vowel sound /oo/ the words are in the Reader's Notebook page 76

 

 

 

Week of October 24, 2016

Invasion From Mars

Comprehension Skill: story structure: tell the setting, character, and events in a story

 

Comprehension strategy: infer/predict: use text clues to figure out what isn't directly stated by the author

 

Target vocabulary: alarmed, reacted, convey, daring, awe, luminous, indescribable, extraordinary, fade, cnferring

 

Vocabulary strategy: suffixes -y, -ous (suffixes that mean "full of")

 

Spelling: spellings for short and long u

 

Writing: narrative writing: include dialog

 

Week of October 17, 2016

We finished the last lesson in Unit 1 last week.  This week, we'll be reviewing all the skills we learned in Unit 1 and taking the Benchmark test.  We will also begin working in the Common Core Performance Coach  that I showed you at Back to School Night.  

 

Week of October 10, 2016

Stormalong

Comprehension Skill: Understanding characters-examine the characters' relationships and how they change throughout the story.

 

Comprehension Strategy: Infer/predict- use text clues to figure out what isn't directly stated by the author

 

Vocabulary Strategy: using reference materials

 

Target Vocabulary: yearning, memorable, betrayed, condition, seafaring, shortage, tidal, outcast, foaming, horrified

 

Spelling: homophones

 

 

Week of October 4, 2016

The Power of W.O.W.!

Comprehension skill: Theme-examine characters' qualities and motives to recognize the theme of the play

 

Comprehension strategy: Analyze/evaluate- ask questions to analyze and evaluate the text's meaning

 

Vocabulary strategy: prefixes non- and mis-

 

Spelling: short and long o sound

 

Target vocabulary: assist, burglaries, innocent, scheme, regretfully, misjudged, suspect, favor, speculated, prior

 

 

 

Week of September 26, 2016

Week 3:  My Librarian is a Camel

Comprehension Skill: Cause and Effect-tell how events are related and how one event causes another

 

Comprehension Strategy: Visualize-use text details to form pictures in your mind of what you are reading

 

Vocabulary Strategy: using context clues

 

Target vocabulary: isolated, virtual, devour, remote, impassable, access, obtain, preserve, extremes, avid

 

Spelling: week 3: short and long i

 

Writing focus: narrative writing-dialogue

 

Grammar: using quotation marks to show dialogue