Week of October 5

posted Oct 5, 2015, 2:38 PM by Holly Spriggs   [ updated Oct 5, 2015, 2:38 PM by Lisa Griffin ]
This week we will begin our first novel study.  Most of the class will be reading Holes by Louis Sachar, and others will be reading Surviving the Applewhites by Stephanie S. Tolan. Both of these books involve characters whose lives are changed by unfortunate circumstances in their life, and how they use their problems to become better people.
Monday: Introduce the books and assign vocabulary graffiti.
Tuesday: Class time to work on vocabulary graffiti.
Thursday: Vocabulary graffiti due.  Share their graffiti and pass out the vocabulary list.  A test over the vocabulary will be at the end of the month.
Friday: Holes: Read chapters 1-4.  Surviving the Applewhites: Read chapters 1-3

Wednesdays will be devoted to specific grammar lessons For the next month, students will focus on prepositions.  They will be required to memorize all 53 prepositions.  Here are links to a couple of videos using song and motion to learn the prepositions.They will have a quiz on Wednesday over all prepositions.  
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXL6vnby6po -Classical Conversations Preposition Song
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pB7ajGzPR_0 -Classical Conversations Preposition Song Slow Mo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRHMLpBgHlc  -Preposition song to Yankee Doodle

Students have been given an assignment they will continue all year.  They have set aside one of their composition books as a Writer's Notebook for use at home.  This is a place to record thoughts, ideas, pondering, wondering, observations, etc. They need to write in it 2 times a week for 20 minutes each time, which should consist of a page. They may also type their entries, but the typed pages must be cut neatly and glued or taped into the notebook. I will give them due dates each quarter with how many entries they should have.  The due date is next Wednesday. October 14.  They should have 15 entries.

Students received permission slips for our next field trip to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science to see the Sherlock Holmes exhibit.  These are due by October 16 and your child will be receiving a responsibility grade for turning these in on time.
I will put all homework assignments on my calendar at the bottom of the page. Please check it daily.