• ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR 1/23-1/27

    We have a special guest coming to our class on Friday! Mizuki Umebara, an international student at DSU, is coming to teach us a little bit about Japan and to do an origami project with us! Please be aware that your children have 24-hour access to a tutoring resource called PAPER. Students can access it using Clever on any device; it connects them to a trained tutor who can help them think (not just provide the answers)! Please mark your calendars for May 15-17, our new field trip days! If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at any time: jshy@cleveland.k12.ms.us

    Reading

    We are really enjoying The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, by Kate diCamillo. It's the story of a toy rabbit who gets separated from his owner and the journey that follows. It has beautiful themes of love and self-discovery. 

    This week, we'll read through chapter 12. Students will complete response papers after every few chapters we read together. We're focusing especially on describing characters, settings and events, and on drawing inferences from the text. 

    We'll also continue writing an expository essay that responds to multiple texts. We have just begun to outline our essays; this week, students will begin their first drafts. This will be an ongoing assignment, and we'll use the PAPER tutors to help us as we did with our personal narratives.

    AR tests may not be taken outside school hours, but your child can show you their progress on the website at any time. Renaissance Learning may be accessed using the Quick Links menu on the Cleveland School District website. The deadline for this nine weeks is March 9

    English

    We raced through Chapter 11, which included interjections and possessive nouns. We'll do a little review on Monday and Tuesday, and our Chapter Test will be on Wednesday, 1/25. The vocabulary words for this chapter are colossal and generous.

    Spelling

    Every week, we get a new list of words. Students have homework every night to practice the words, and on Fridays, we have a spelling test. We also have a dictation test every other Thursday. We spend very little time in class on spelling, so it is important for students to study the words at home and to do their homework carefully.  

    This week's words have VCCV (vowel, consonant, consonant, vowel) patterns. They are million, collect, lumber, pepper, plastic, borrow, support, thirty, perfect, attend, canyon, traffic, fortune, danger, soccer, engine, picture, survive, seldom, effort.

    Here's the homework: On Tuesday, write the words three times each. On Wednesday, write ten sentences (six words or longer), correctly using a spelling word in each. Sentence 1 should have a compound subject, Sentence 2 should have a compound verb, Sentence 3 should be compound, and Sentence 4 should be complex. We'll have the dictation test Thursday and the word test Friday.  

    Vocabulary Workshop

    Each Vocabulary Workshop unit lasts for two weeks. We work with the words every day in class, and students should study them each night at home. During the two weeks, we have practice papers, the students create a Google Slide to illustrate a word, we watch the slide show they have created, and we do enrichment activities with vocabulary strategies.

    Unit 10 words are distress, drench, dwell, juvenile, outstanding, proceed, register, sift, spree, tardy, unfit, variety. You can find them here.

    Synonyms/Antonyms will be on Friday, 1/27. Completing the Sentence will be on Thursday, 2/2. The Unit 10 Test will be on Friday, 2/3.

     ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR 1/16-1/20

    We have no school on Monday, 1/16, for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Please be aware that your children have 24-hour access to a tutoring resource called PAPER. Students can access it using Clever on any device; it connects them to a trained tutor who can help them think (not just provide the answers)! Please mark your calendars for May 15-17, our new field trip days! If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at any time: jshy@cleveland.k12.ms.us

    Reading

    This week, we are beginning a new novel. It is called The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, by Kate diCamillo. It's the story of a toy rabbit who gets separated from his owner and the journey that follows. It has beautiful themes of love and self-discovery. We'll do the reading together during class, and students will complete response papers in class or for homework. This week, we will have a comprehension quiz on Friday on Chapters 1-5.

    We're also going to tackle some writing that addresses two texts. This will be an ongoing assignment, and we'll use the PAPER tutors to help us as we did with our personal narratives.

    AR tests may not be taken outside school hours, but your child can show you their progress on the website at any time. Renaissance Learning may be accessed using the Quick Links menu on the Cleveland School District website. The deadline for this nine weeks is March 9.

    English

    We have introduced interjections and possessive nouns. We'll practice with those this week and will be ready for our Chapter Test early next week. The vocabulary words for this chapter are colossal and generous.

    Spelling

    Every week, we get a new list of words. Students have homework every night to practice the words, and on Fridays, we have a spelling test. We also have a dictation test every other Thursday. We spend very little time in class on spelling, so it is important for students to study the words at home and to do their homework carefully.  

    This week's words have suffixes -ful, -ment, -less, and -ness. They are colorful, weakness, movement, endless, truthful, illness, cheerful, useless, beautiful, restless, clumsiness, pavement, peaceful, fondness, neatness, speechless, statement, wasteful, penniless, treatment.

    Here's the homework: On Tuesday, write the words three times each. On Wednesday, write ten sentences (six words or longer), correctly using a spelling word in each. Sentence 1 should have a compound subject, Sentence 2 should have a compound verb, Sentence 3 should be compound, and Sentence 4 should be complex. We'll have the word test Friday.  

    Vocabulary Workshop

    Each Vocabulary Workshop unit lasts for two weeks. We work with the words every day in class, and students should study them each night at home. During the two weeks, we have practice papers, the students create a Google Slide to illustrate a word, we watch the slide show they have created, and we do enrichment activities with vocabulary strategies.

    Unit 9 words are convict, discipline, dungeon, earnest, enclose, gradual, grumble, jagged, nourish, provision, treaty, uneasy. You can find them here.

    Completing the Sentence will be on Thursday, 1/19. The Unit 9 Test will be on Friday, 1/20.

     ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR 1/9-1/13

    Happy New Year! We have hit the ground running, with new AR goals for this nine weeks and the celebration for those who met their goals in the last nine weeks! We have a regular, five-day week. Report cards will go home on Friday, 1/13. Please mark your calendars for May 15-17, our new field trip days! If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at any time: jshy@cleveland.k12.ms.us

    Reading

    This week, we'll be reading a narrative nonfiction passage from our new reading book, and we'll continue working on our own personal narratives using a personalized tutoring service called PAPER. Students have access to this service any time they want, through Clever, but we're practicing using it at school so they'll be familiar with how to use it. 

    The reading selection is called "Rare Treasure: Mary Anning and Her Remarkable Discoveries" and is about a woman who became famous for discovering fossils. We'll have a test on this story on Friday, 1/13.

    We have taken the STAR reading test and set new goals for the new nine weeks. Notes with students' new goals will come hom in their Tuesday folders this week. AR tests may not be taken outside school hours, but your child can show you their progress on the website at any time. Renaissance Learning may be accessed using the Quick Links menu on the Cleveland School District website. The deadline for this nine weeks is March 9.

    English

    Having spent a few days reviewing how to punctuate dialogue, we are now moving to the next chapter in our English book. This is a short chapter which introduces the last part of speech: interjections. It also introduces possessive nouns. The vocabulary words for the new chapter are colossal and generous.

    Spelling

    Every week, we get a new list of words. Students have homework every night to practice the words, and on Fridays, we have a spelling test. We also have a dictation test every other Thursday. We spend very little time in class on spelling, so it is important for students to study the words at home and to do their homework carefully.  

    This week's words have prefixes re-, un-, and dis-. They are unused, refresh, dislike, replace, unpaid, redo, disorder, unplanned, distrust, rewind, untrue, unload, recall, displease, uneven, rebuild, restart, uncover, untidy, discolor.

    Here's the homework: On Monday, write the words three times each. On Tuesday, complete Proofreading for Spelling. On Wednesday, write ten sentences (six words or longer), correctly using a spelling word in each. Sentence 1 should have a compound subject, Sentence 2 should have a compound verb, Sentence 3 should be compound, and Sentence 4 should be complex. We'll have the dictation test Thursday and the word test Friday.  

    Vocabulary Workshop

    Each Vocabulary Workshop unit lasts for two weeks. We work with the words every day in class, and students should study them each night at home. During the two weeks, we have practice papers, the students create a Google Slide to illustrate a word, we watch the slide show they have created, and we do enrichment activities with vocabulary strategies.

    Unit 9 words are convict, discipline, dungeon, earnest, enclose, gradual, grumble, jagged, nourish, provision, treaty, uneasy. You can find them here.

    Synonyms/Antonyms will be on Friday, 1/13. Completing the Sentence will be on Thursday, 1/19. The Unit 9 Test will be on Friday, 1/20.