We hope everyone had a great and restful winter break!
In celebration of Read Across America this week, our students are reading "The Lorax." Dr. Seuss' creative way of writing inspired this wonderful classic, which many readers enjoy through the years.
As students read the story, they will be practicing vocabulary in context and comprehension skills. They will describe the setting and how it changes as the plot progresses in the story. They will describe the main characters and their traits and learn to explain how the characters influence the development of the story.
Students will identify and provide examples of sensory images from the story. Next Monday, students will go to the computer lab to complete some assignments about The Lorax.
A Ship Lost
Much has been written about the mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle and the unexplainable disappearance of many ships and vessels in this intriguing area of the Atlantic Ocean.
This week our students will read and discuss A Ship Lost. This short story relates how the U.S. Navy, Cyclops, vanished without a trace in the Bermuda Triangle during a voyage from the island of Barbados to Norfolk, Virginia. The Cyclops still remains the largest navy ship ever lost without leaving the a clue to her fate.
Students will identify new vocabulary words and find their meaning in context. They will provide an illustration and write a sentence using each word. Students will answer comprehension questions about the story. They will study a map to find the location of the Bermuda Triangle and formulate their own hypothesis regarding this mysterious place in the ocean.
Titanic's Last Meal
This week our students will be working on skill maintenance around the topic of Titanic. We will be reviewing and practicing the use of uppercase/capital letters in sentences. Students will also review and practice the use of verbs in present and past tense.
We will also read and discuss Titanic's Last Meal article to create a writing plan using a flow map that will help students write a short essay about the topic of what passengers from each class ate on their last day on board the ocean liner.
ACCESS for ELLs 2.0
This week ESOL/IEL students will be taking ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 online test. ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 is a secure large-scale English language proficiency assessment administered to Kindergarten through 12th grade students who have been identified as English language learners (ELLs). It is given annually to monitor students' progress in acquiring academic English. For more information.please contact the ESOL department at our district (tel) 770-426-3410.