Food and Nutrition
During the next several weeks our class will embrace in one of our favorite unit topics: Food and Nutrition.
Students will be learning vocabulary related to grocery shopping, creating a grocery list, and engaging in conversations to practice new vocabulary. We will also incorporate some units of measurement that apply to food, such as: pounds, ounces, dozen, etc. Since the topic is so extensive, the lessons will be focused in food categories:
How do changes in weather affect people and how they live?
We hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving break!
IEL students will be studying about different types of weather and how it affects how people live.
We will be learning vocabulary related to clothing and different types of weather. We will be learning about everyday clothing , formal clothing. Students will be comparing and contrasting people lifestyles and preferences during different seasons and occassions.
tuxedo tie bow tie
vest evening gown cocktail dress
flat shoes dress shoes high heels
How does the human body work?
Our students will be learning about the different systems of the human body.
This week our students will be working on a series of learning activities to learn and apply vocabulary related to the human body systems. Students will work in small groups to complete a project and label basic parts of each system. They will then use complete sentences to explain the function of each system.
The Skeletal System
The Human Heart
The Human Brain
The brain is part of the nervous system in the human body. It has two hemispheres. The right hemisphere controls the actions of the left side of your body. The left hemisphere controls the actions of the right side of your body. The brain stem controls your breathing, your blinking and your heartbeats. You don't have to tell your body to so this things, your brain automatically does them.
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. As they work in small groups, 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.
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.
beanstalk market halter milker swap scraps ogre doze snore
tiptoe harp chop
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:
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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)