This week, our students will be watching "The Lorax." Dr. Seuss' creative way of writing inspired this wonderful classic, which many readers enjoy through the years. Students will also read portions of the poem version to focus on vocabulary, reading comprehension and character traits.
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.
Three Stories About Vikings
In the early age of transportation, the easiest way of transportation was by ship and the contact between one country to another was only made possible by ship. The Viking ships also allowed for both trade and war to be expanded to other countries, for instance England. The Vikings were able to build magnificent ships that allowed them to travel far and rule great areas.
This week, IEL students will be reading three different short stories about early transportation to find out what made Vikings ships so important in the history of trade and transport.
Students will learn and apply vocabulary words and practice answering questions using evidence from text.
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.
February 18th through February 22nd- No School- Enjoy Winter Break!
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
ESOL/IEL Students continue to take 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.
Last Titanic Survivors
This week, our students will begin ACCESS Testing. They will be completing the following sessions:
We will also read the testimonial article of The Last Titanic Survivor. Students will create a timeline of the major events related to the Titanic. They will use the timeline of events to write an organized piece of writing using transition words.
Return to the Titanic
Monday- MLK Holiday/No School
We hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend!
This week, students in our class will be reading Return to the Titanic by Susan Goodman. As they read and research about this important event and its impact in history, students will practice some writing skills as well.
Students will prepare a mini-book with the vocabulary for the story. The will complete a flow map that will help them develop an organized writing piece about the story. Students will identify important information from the article and develop a topic sentence for a piece of writing. Students will need to provide a reason for their writing and write examples to support their claim.
Additionally, students will write a conclusion for their paragraph.
Vocabulary: vessel, passport, passenger, crew, supplies, glacier, collision, iceberg, life saver, rescue, telegraph, survivor
Ships, Boats and Vessels
We will begin our unit of Ships, Boats and Vessels. Students will continue to apply vocabulary that relates to transportation They will be reading informational articles to learn how Vikings built their different types of vessels. Students will practice identifying information from pictures and captions to answer question. They will be able to explain the reason their ships are so important in history.
Vocabulary: navigate, vessel, longship, fjord, knorr, hull, galley, mast, keel, prow, stern, steering oar, tiller, row, shield, sail
We hope everyone had a great Holiday break!
This will be a very exciting week, since we begin the second half of our school year.
We will begin our unit of Transportation. Students will be learning vocabulary that relates to transportation. They will be identifying different ways of transportation and reading informational articles to compare the speed and effectiveness of each vehicle.
Students will also review comparative and superlative adjectives as they read and write about transportation vehicles.
Vocabulary: transports, navigate, vehicle, car, automobile, passenger, taxi, train, airplane, ship, boat, truck, bus, helicopter, motorcycle, bicycle, subway, subway station, airport, shuttle, etc.
Friday January 11th- First Semester Report Cards will be available in Parentvue and Studentvue. Envelopes will be sent home with pertinent information. The envelope needs to be signed to indicate that you have seen your student’s report, and returned to your child’s homeroom teacher.
Singular and Plural Nouns
Students in the IEL communication class will be reviewing singular and plural nouns. this week. They will be learning to categorize plural forms by similar patterns . They will also practice using singular or plural nouns in sentences. Students will take a quiz on these skills ,Wednesday.
Most singular nouns form the plural by adding -s.
A singular noun ending in a consonant and then y makes the plural by dropping the y and adding-ies.
There are some irregular noun plurals. The plural form for these is unusually different from regular nouns. The most common ones are listed below.
Thu, Dec 20, 2018 & Fri, Dec 21, 2018
11:30 a.m. - High School
12:30 p.m. - Elementary School
1:30 p.m. - Middle School
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: