Sergeeff's Weekly Literacy Blog! (Nov. 7 - 11)

posted Nov 7, 2016, 9:41 AM by   [ updated Nov 7, 2016, 9:41 AM by Lisa Griffin ]
This week we will be completing our chapter book ("Cam Jansen And The Mystery Of The Stolen Diamonds") and finishing our Case File. The students will be packing up their notebooks, briefcases, and magnifying glasses and moving onto a different unit. The next unit is a "mystery" (dun, dun, dun)... Stayed tuned for my next blog to find out what our exciting topic will be! :) As always, we will continue meeting with our book groups and working on different reading strategies. 

In writing, we will begin writing full paragraphs! Our first paragraph will be an opinion paragraph. The students will get to choose any topic that they would like to write about. They will choose a side and tell whether their topic is the "best" or "worst". They will give two reasons and a detail within each reason. We will begin by completing a t-chart outline to organize our thoughts and then begin drafting. We are hoping to have our final copy by the end of this week! 

Due to the short week, our spelling test will be on Wednesday, November 9th. I have not assigned a Spelling Menu this week so it is highly encouraged to have your child complete some activities on Spelling City as well as sorting their words at home. If they would like to complete a pretest on Spelling City that would be great! Please be sure they are completing the "pretest" however and not the actual test. Also, because of the shortened schedule this week, the Reading Log will not be due until Monday, November 14th

On Thursday, my father-in-law (Levon Sergeeff) will be joining us in honor of Veteran's Day. This courageous man has served in the army during Vietnam.

To all of you who serve and have served our country, THANK YOU! <3
Home Enjoyment
Reading Log - Due: Monday, 11/14
Spelling Test - Wednesday, 11/9
*End of first trimester = Thursday, 11/10*

Dinner Table Talking Points

We know that kids often say they have nothing to talk about when asked about their day at school. Here are a few suggestions to help get them talking about what they learned and experienced this week. Ask your child...

1. To tell you how the mystery was solved in "The Mystery of the Stolen Diamonds".

2. To tell you about the topic they chose for their opinion paragraph.

3. To tell you what the different branches of military are.

4. To tell you about their special guest who came in for Veteran's Day.

5. To tell you how they are going to study for their spelling test this week.