Where to go and What to Wear?
This week students will be learning about changes in seasons and how people adapt to live in different types of weather. Students will practice developing sentences, where they will incorporate previously learned vocabulary to write a paragraph and compare/contrast two different types of weather and how people adapt to live in each one.
Tuesday November 7th is a students holiday- There will be no school
How do changes in weather affect people and how they live?
Our class has been studying about different types of weather and how it affects how people live.
This week, we focused on what people wear. We began studying vocabulary related to every day clothing items. We also studied formal clothing.
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Natural Disasters: Wrapping Up
We are very happy to say that we had a successful Conference Week! Many parents and family members participated in conversations about the academic success of their children. We are off to a good start of our 2nd Quarter.
This week students will be completing a series of Tiered activities, as they conclude their investigation of natural disasters. They will be reviewing vocabulary, completing circle maps, information charts, preparing brochures, and answering a study guide in preparation for the unit test Friday.
Natural Disasters: Researching to Summarize and Synthesize Information
This entire week, due to Conference Week, our students will be on an Early Release Schedule. Middle School students will be dismissed at 1:30 PM.
Our class continues to investigate different natural disasters and practicing the skills of summarizing and synthesizing information. We will complete a variety of short projects, where students summarize in order to inform their readers what the text is about. Then they synthesize to include their own interpretation of the text. When students synthesize, they pull together the most important points from our reading, but we move beyond what's stated by the author.
Natural Disasters: Exploring Volcanoes
This week students will be reading Exploring Volcanoes. As students learn from this topic of high interest, they will learn to identify the most important information from a nonfiction text to summarize it. Students will learn to connect the skill of summarizing with the strategy of synthesizing by applying the skill and strategy before, during, and after reading. They will also learn to study a diagram and determine what they learn from each part: the title of the diagram, the labels, and the drawing.
Thursday, October 12th- Local School Professional Learning Day- Students will be dismissed early:
Introducing Elements of Fiction: Jack and the Beanstalk
This week students are going to learn about the elements in fiction. They will be reading an discussing Jack and the Beanstalk to learn how elements of fiction interact to develop the plot of this wonderful fictional story. As they read the story, students will identify the setting, including place and time. Students will complete a plot map and learn to cite evidence from the text to support claims from the story.
They will work in small groups to identify character traits and find information to support the description of the characters in the text.
Additionally, students will use a double bubble map to compare and contrast the main character with themselves. On Friday, students will take a vocabulary quiz where they will apply the lesson vocabulary.
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Conventions of Standard English: Pronouns, Prepositions, Using Have, Has, and Had
Students continue practicing with the use of pronouns and prepositions in their speaking, listening, reading and writing.
They will also learn the relation between pronouns and the use of 'have, has and had.'
Some points to remember when using 'have, has and had:
Friday students will work on a poster to describe a "Suspect." This will be the firs stages of a project that we will continue after the break.
Concepts of English: Using Adjectives, Pronouns and Prepositions
We hope everyone is safe and ready to resume school this week.
Our students continue reviewing vocabulary related to family relationships and using adjectives to describe physical attributes ant emotions.
Students will also learn to use pronouns and prepositions of time, as they write a summary of a short story.
Subject Pronouns-Pronouns that are the subject of the sentence are called subject pronouns. These are:
I - I love learning English!
You - You are my best student.
She - She has a nice voice.
He - He forgot his textbook.
It - It was on the table.
We - We have to leave soon.
They - They all cleaned up together.
Object pronouns-Object pronouns are used when the person or thing is the object of the sentence:
Me - Can they hear me?
You - I will wait for you.
Her - What's wrong with her?
Him - Mary said she wants to marry him.
It - Who broke it?
Us - She will email us tomorrow.
You - Is anyone sitting next to you?
Them - I will take them.
Prepositions of Time - also known as prepositions of place (in, on, at)
Describing Physical and Emotional States
We hope everyone enjoyed Monday off!
This week our class will be studying physical attributes and emotional states. Using the family tree that they created, students are going to develop a piece of writing to describe the members of their family. They will choose a minimum of five members from their family tree to write at least 3 sentences about each person.
Students will also be reading The Family Reunion, a short story by Paz Gonzalez. They will apply the vocabulary they have learned from family relationships and will also share activities that families from different cultures share when they get together. Students will take a comprehension quiz on Friday.