Spelling - We will not have a spelling test this short week, but I did go ahead and give the next list of words list #14 to students today to tape into next weeks pages in their planners as next week is a short week as well. A spelling list can also be found here on my website by following the homework link to the right, then scroll down to see the list.
This week in:
Reading - we started our poetry unit today. This week we will discuss free verse and lyrical poetry. We will be learning about: lines, stanzas, line breaks, punctuation in poetry, and rhyme and meter. This unit will go quickly and we are looking at a test date of Thursday, January 25.
Writing - Students will also begin to write poetry this week. We will start by collecting ideas and writing poetry nuggets that we can later add to and use in longer poems. We will also practice rhyming words. They will turn in completed poetry to be graded with a district poetry writing rubric. The rubric will be shared with students before actual writing takes place this Friday.
Today we also discussed expectations for revising and editing exercises in preparation for our Writing STAAR test in April. Be looking for our completed classroom practice (some graded and some checked together) to come home in Wednesday folders. This will give you a better idea of what is expected of your student, where their strengths are, and potential areas that may need additional support.
Social Studies - Texas Revolution - our test will be some time next week. I will be planning with other grade level team members tomorrow and we will firm up the exact test date. I will start sending their social studies INB home daily tomorrow, Thursday, January 11, in order for them to have a full week to study.