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.
Other Important Notes:
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:
Fall Break: No School
Monday September 24th thru Friday September 28th
Concepts of English: Using Adjectives, Pronouns and Prepositions
This week our students will be practicing answers to comprehension questions about short story, The Family Reunion. Students will also learn to use pronouns and prepositions, as they write a summary for the short story.
Resources to study/ review:
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 - also known as prepositions of time, place and location (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 of people. Using a character of their choice, students are going to develop a piece of writing to describe this person according to physical attributes and emotions. They will write at least 3 sentences about the person of their choice.
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.
Describing People and Life Events
This week, students in our class will be learning and using adjectives to describe people.
Students will be using a family tree and writing sentences to explain the relation of the members of their created family. They will be describing each member of their family using adjectives. Students will have a choice to use their own family or create a family for this activity.
Students will also be learning about different life events, important documents and their use (birth certificate, passport, drivers license, etc.). Using a flow map, students will be creating a timeline to illustrate important events and writing sentences to explain the events portrayed in their timeline.
Wednesday August 29 is Early Release Day. Students will be dismissed as follows:
11:30 a.m. - High School
12:30 p.m. - Elementary School
1:30 p.m. - Middle School
If you have any questions, please contact your local school for more information.
Students in our class will be learning vocabulary to identify the members within a family. They are using vocabulary learned from this topic to write sentences and show how members of their family are related to each other.
Students will also be working on a small project to create an illustrated family tree that they will be sharing with the class. This project will be due Friday and will be recorded as a grade.
We will also be reading The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein, to introduce words to describe the appearance of characters as well as their feelings and actions throughout the story. Students will then compare and contrast the characters and learn to map the plot.
Learning about the Calendar
This week, IEL students will be learning vocabulary related to the calendar. They will learn the months of the year and the days of the week. They will practice using sentence frames to say the date as well as asking and answering question about the calendar.
Vocabulary to practice:
Days of the week: Sunday , Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Months of the Year: January, February, March, April, May, June, JUuy, August, September, October, November, December
Students will complete a circle map about the days of the week and a Brace Map for the months and seasons of the year
Thursday we will visit the Learning Commons (school library) for an orientation and to check out books.
School Open House is Thursday, August 16th!
Back to School!
Students in our IEL Communication Skills class are learning basic school vocabulary that includes classroom objects, school places, and school staff.
Students practice daily with the teacher, whole class, small group and in pairs to learn their vocabulary words. There will be a quiz Friday.