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


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