• My Side of the Mountain Week 2

    Posted by Michelle Smith on 1/12/2018

    Smith’s Newsletter 1-16-18

     

     

    What we are learning this week:

     

    Writing:  We are working on researching birds, animals, and plants native to the Catskills during writing workshop. We are revising, editing, and publishing material to make a class book for all to enjoy.

     

    Social Studies: MS History: Explore European Explorers and settlers in Mississippi. Study Scholastic News magazine will be read to learn about current events.

     

    Reading:  My Side of the Mountain pgs 50-101 this week.

    Skill:  We are identifying figurative language found in our story. Please review the following terms and help your child identify figurative language found on each page. Test Friday

     

    Similes  -comparisons using the words “like” or “as”.   

    Metaphors -is a phrase of words that makes a comparison between two unlike objects without using the words “like” or “as.”

    Personification- A figure of speech in which human characteristics are given to an animal or an object. 

    Onomatopoeia - use of a word to describe/imitate a natural sound or the sound made by an object/action

    Idioms -An expression that cannot be understood from the meanings of its separate words but that has a separate meaning of its own.  Idioms say one thing and mean another & are not meant to be taken literally. 

    Hyperbole -An exaggeration that is so dramatic that no one would believe the statement is true. (EX:Tall tales)

     

    Tuesday- Read 51-67 & discuss. Answer questions

    Wednesday- Read 68-85 & discuss/answer questions ,Study Vocabulary and Spelling

    Thursday – Read 86-101 & discuss/answer questions.

     

    Quizzes and Tests: 

    Thursday- Spelling Test, Mississippi History Chapter 4 Test (Smith’s Homeroom only) Study guide given

    Friday- Reading & Vocabulary Test on pages 51-101, figurative language test

     

     

     


     

    My Side of the Mountain Week 2 Spelling & Vocabulary (pgs 51-101)

    Chapters 9-14 Test Thursday

    Berate (p. 51)- scold or criticize

    Niche (p. 53)- a small suitable place

    Residue (p. p. 53)- the remainder of something

    Poaching (p. 56)- illegally hunting or fishing on another’s property

    Harassing (p. 57)- giving aggressive pressure

    Provoke (p. 55)- to cause one to act, to annoy

    Hysterics (p. 64)- fit of uncontrollable laughter or crying

    Lure (p. 67)- something appealing, bait

    Peculiar (p. 70) odd, different

    Botanical (p. 72)- having to do with plants

    Talons (p. 72)- sharp claws on birds of prey

    Ventilate (p. 93) to cause fresh air to circulate

    Scheme (p. 94) a plan or strategy

    Awkward-clumsy, unbalanced

    Vague- not clear

    Cascade-rushing down in large amounts

    Emphatic- forceful, insisting

    Cavity- an empty space within a solid object

    Latin/Greek Roots:     hypno- sleep      phone-sound

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  • My Side of the Mountain Week 1

    Posted by Michelle Smith on 1/8/2018

    Smith’s ELA Newsletter 1-8-18

     

    What we are learning this week:

    Reading:  We are reading through page 50 of, My Side of the Mountain. Test on pages 1-50 THIS Friday

     

    Skill:  We are identifying figurative language found in our story. Please review the following terms and help your child identify figurative language found on each page.

     

    Similes  -comparisons using the words “like” or “as”.   

    Metaphors -is a phrase of words that makes a comparison between two unlike objects without using the words “like” or “as.”

    Personification- A figure of speech in which human characteristics are given to an animal or object. 

    Onomatopoeia - use of a word to describe/imitate a natural sound or the sound made by an object/action

    Idioms -An expression that cannot be understood from the meanings of its separate words but that has a separate meaning of its own.  Idioms say one thing and mean another & are not meant to be taken literally. 

    Hyperbole -An exaggeration that is so dramatic that no one would believe the statement is true. (EX:Tall tales)

     

    Social Studies: MS History-Students will learn why the first Europeans came to America. Scholastic News magazine will be read to learn about current events.

     

    HOMEWORK- NOT OPTIONAL

    Monday- Read My Side of the Mountain Author’s Preface- page 11. Discuss and orally answer questions given. Discuss Figurative language on these pages and identify types used.

     

    Tuesday- Read My Side of the Mountain pages 12- 24. Discuss and answer questions in complete answer sentences. Discuss Figurative language on these pages and identify types used.

     

    Wednesday- Read My Side of the Mountain pages 25-40. Discuss and answer questions orally. Discuss Figurative language on these pages and identify types used.

     

    Thursday –Read My Side of the Mountain pages 41-50. Discuss and answer questions orally with an adult. Discuss Figurative language on these pages and identify types used.

     

    Quizzes and Tests: 

    Thursday- Spelling Test

    Friday-, Reading Test, Vocabulary Test

     


     

    My Side of the Mountain Vocabulary & Spelling-Week 1

    Pgs. 1-50 TEST FRIDAY

    1. diameter(pg. 3)-a straight line passing through the center of a circle
    2. boulder (pg.4)-a very large stone or rounded piece of rock
    3. trousers (pg. 4)-pants
    4. gorge (pg. 6) - a deep, narrow area between hills or mountains
    5. tethers (pg. 7)-a rope or chain
    6. tinder (pg. 10)-dry material (such as wood or grass) that burns easily and can be used to start a fire
    7. whittle (pg.11)- to cut or shape a piece of wood by cutting small pieces from it
    8. congregate(pg. 13)-to come together in a group or crowd
    9. frantic(pg. 15)-having a lot of wild and hurried activity
    10. combustible- (pg. 24)-able to be burned easily
    11. dense(pg. 28)- having parts that are close together
    12. remote(pg. 28)- far away from everything
    13. edible(pg. 25)- safe to eat
    14. primitive(pg. 30)- made or done in a way that is not modern
    15. escort(pg. 39)- to go with
    16. strike(pg. 44)- to attack someone or something suddenly
    17. savory(p. 47)- having a good taste or smell
    18. thirst (spelling only)

    latin roots-  narr-tell                 fract-break 

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  • Number week 4

    Posted by Michelle Smith on 12/11/2017

    Smith’s Last

    Merry Memos

    of 2017

    Reading:  We are finishing Number the Stars this week. The children have been researching a selected topic related to World War 2. This is a fun, easy way to research and share! Please have your child find at least 5 fun and interesting facts about the topic selected. (Ideas include making a powerpoint, a poem, song, art project/model, diorama, mobile, etc…) This is due THURSDAY for the last grade of 2017!

     Review Root words & meanings for end of year matching test THIS Thursday

     

    Greek Roots:

    meter-measure          phob-fear graph-write               biblio-book sub-under

    mania-crazy              mar-sea    pre-before                vid/vis-see         audi-hear

    pater-father             auto-self   ology-study               chrono-time      

    mater-mother            geo-earth

     

     Latin Roots:

    scribe-write              dict-say    terr-land           port-carry         struct-build

    flora-flower              sol-sun      pop-people         spect-see          trans-though

     

    Smith’s Homeroom only- Mississippi History Chapter 3 test this Wednesday 12/13 (Study guide has been given)

     

    Holiday Fun

    Monday- Our Family Traditions

    Tuesday- Denmark

    Wednesday-Sweden

    Thursday- Hannukah

    Friday- PARTY @ 9:00

     

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  • Number the Stars Week 2

    Posted by Michelle Smith on 11/27/2017

    Smith’s Monday Memos

    11-27-17

    Just a few notes:  We are excited to welcome two new students from Bentonia Gibbs to our classroom family; Isabella in Mrs. Smith’s homeroom and Mason in Mrs. Rouser’s homeroom! We know you will love MAUE!

     

    Reading:  We will read Number the Stars chapters 5-8 this week. (pages 39-73) We will practice sequencing and analyzing events, inferencing, cause & effect, and analyzing characters motives. We will research Denmark, World War II, Germany, and additional related topics. Comprehension & Vocabulary Test Friday

     

    Spelling:  pose, tentative, exasperation, shoreline, hazy, relocate, military, imprinted, specter, hobbies, countries, laziest, families, spied, happiest, friendlier, prettiest, noisier, healthier, butterflies  Test Thursday

     

    Social Studies:  Students will learn about the natural resources found in our state.  Scholastic News magazine will be read to learn about current events.

     

    Nightly Homework: Read assigned chapter EVERY night with an adult! Study over spelling/vocabulary words every single night until you know them all. 

     

    Monday- Read Chapter 5 pages 39-49 & answer oral & written questions with a parent, take a practice spelling test, & look over vocabulary definitions.

     

    Tuesday: Chapter 6 pages 50-59 & answer oral & written questions using RACE. Study the vocabulary definitions then spelling words you missed on your practice test from Monday night.

     

    Wednesday & Thursday: Chapter 7 pages 60-66 & Chapter 8 pages 67-73 & answer oral & written questions using RACE. Get a parent to check for 100% accuracy! Study spelling, & vocabulary words

     

     

    NUMBER THE STARS Chapters 5-8 Pages 39-73

    SPELLING:  pose, tentative, exasperation, shoreline, hazy, relocate, military arrest, imprinted, specter, hobbies, countries, laziest, families, happiest, friendlier, prettiest, noisier, healthier

     

    Latin/Greek Roots Pop-people   spec- see

     

    Vocabulary Week 2-NUMBER THE STARS

     

    1. Star of David pg.41- A symbol for the Jewish people. The Nazis made the Jews wear them on their clothes.
    2. 2. pose46-to pretend to be something one is not.

    3.tentatively pg.50-hesitant, uncertain

    4.exasperation pg.57-annoyed, irritated

    5.shoreline pg.62- the line where the ocean meets the land.

    6.hazy pg.62-vague, partially hidden by mist or fog

    7.relocate pg.69- to move to a different location

    8.military arrest pg.69- forcefully arrested by military instead of local police.

    9.imprinted pg.49- to mark by applying pressure

    10.specter pg. 69- something that bothers the mind like a ghost.

     

     

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  • Number the Stars & Mississippi Program week!

    Posted by Michelle Smith on 11/13/2017

      Smith’s Monday       Memos   11/13/17

    Dates to Remember:

    November 15 & 16- Fourth grade students have play practice at MCHS.

    ****A sack lunch and drink will be needed for both days.*****

    November 13-17th- Scholastic Book Fair (Our day to shop is Tuesday-Send money)

    MAUE McAllister’s Night- The class with the most customers gets a cookie/sweet tea party! (Be sure to tell them which class you are from)

    November 16- Fourth Grade ‘MS My Home’ play (Kids in seat at MCHS at 5:40

    November 17 – Please come to our Thanksgiving feast around 11:15, We will also have Technology Morning BYOD (Bring your own device)

     

    Just a few notes:  Our Mississippi Play is THIS Thursday! It is time for all of the children’s hard work to pay off! Students must be IN THEIR SEATS by 5:40. Traffic will be heavy so please allow extra time for delays. We will begin the program on time at exactly 6:00.

     

    Reading:  We are finishing up Number the Stars Chapters 1-4. We will be primarily focusing on play practice this week!

    Language/Writing:  We are editing our five paragraph essays in class.

    Social Studies:  Holocaust, World War II, Mississippi History, & Scholastic News, Students will learn about the first people of Mississippi (Native Americans). Scholastic News will be used to learn about current events.

     

     This Week’s Homework:. Please finish Friday’s assignment sheet. Check for complete sentences using RACE with NO ERRORS. Please make your child correct all errors before signing.

     

    Quizzes and Tests: 

    Tuesday: Spelling, Vocabulary, and Comprehension tests

    T-shirts will be sent home for all students. If you are not assigned a costume for the play, wear your new shirt tucked in with blue jeans and tennis shoes.

     

    Number the Stars Week 1 Spelling & Vocabulary Definitions

    TEST Tomorrow! (Same words as last week)

     

    Lanky  p.  1-  ungracefully thin or tall

    Civilized  p.  1- to an advanced stage of social, cultural, and moral development

    Hesitate p. 1- To be slow to act, speak, or decide

    Halte p. 2 -is an order a soldier gives you which means stop, (halt)

    Nazi p. 6 - a member of the National Socialist German Workers' Party.

    Occupation p. 6-  being occupied by military force

    Resistance p. 8 refusal to accept or comply with something; the attempt to prevent something by action or argument

    Sabotage p. 8- deliberately destroy, damage, or obstruct something.

    Intricate p. 14- very complicated or detailed

    Rationed p.  18- allow each person to have only a fixed amount of

    Kroner p. 20- the basic monetary units of Denmark and Norway

    Swastika p. 21- an ancient symbol in the form of an equal-armed cross with each arm continued at a clockwise right angle, used as the emblem of the German Nazi Party

    Disdainfully p. 29- feeling strong dislike or disapproval for something or someone you think does not deserve respect

    Submerged p. 32- cause to be under water

    Synagogue p. 33- the building where a Jewish congregation meets for religious worship and instruction

    Rabbi  p. 35- a Jewish scholar,  teacher, or leader who teaches Jewish law.

     

     

    Spelling only:  starry, melody, chimney, injury

     

    Greek root: geo-earth    Latin root:  sol-sun

     

     

     

     

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  • Number the Stars Week 1

    Posted by Michelle Smith on 11/3/2017

      Smith Monday Memos      11/6/17

    Dates to Remember:

    November 8 – Veteran’s Day program

    November 9- Field trip to Ag and Forestry Museum A sack lunch and drink are needed. Send a note ASAP if you can chaperone at the AG Museum THIS THURSDAY!

    November 15 & 16- Fourth grade students have play practice at MCHS. A sack lunch and drink will be needed for both days.

    November 13-17th- Scholastic Book Fair (Our day to shop is Tuesday)

    November 16- Fourth Grade ‘MS My Home’ play (MCHS 6:00 p.m.)

    November 17 – Thanksgiving feast at MAUE (in cafeteria)

     

    Just a few notes:  Our field trip to the Agriculture Museum is THIS Thursday. Parents are encouraged to join us for the AG Museum. ! Please let me know if you can join us/ lead a group! We need lots of help!

     

    Reading:  We will begin Number the Stars chapters 1-4 this week.  This is a wonderful story about a young girl’s bravery and a country’s courage during World War II.  We will practice sequencing and analyzing events, inferencing, cause & effect, and analyzing characters motives. We will research Denmark, World War II, Germany, and additional related topics.

    Language/Writing:  We are editing our Delicious Dinner Gum Descriptions. We are also writing a story from another character’s point of view.

    Social Studies:  Holocaust, World War II, Mississippi History, & Scholastic News, Students will learn about the first people of Mississippi (Native Americans). Scholastic News will be used to learn about current events.

     

     This Week’s Homework:. Please read chapters 1-4 of Number the Stars this week. Use post it notes to mark vocabulary words, figurative language, and possible questions.

     

    Quizzes and Tests: 

    Thursday- Spelling Test

    This Friday’s tests will be given on MONDAY because of the field trip and play practice. - Chapters 1-4 Number the Stars Comprehension & Vocabulary Tests

     

    Number the Stars Week 1 Spelling & Vocabulary Definitions

    Lanky  p.  1-  ungracefully thin or tall

    Civilized  p.  1- to an advanced stage of social, cultural, and moral development

    Hesitate p. 1- To be slow to act, speak, or decide

    Halte p. 2 -is an order a soldier gives you which means stop, (halt)

    Nazi p. 6 - a member of the National Socialist German Workers' Party.

    Occupation p. 6-  being occupied by military force

    Resistance p. 8 refusal to accept or comply with something; the attempt to prevent something by action or argument

    Sabotage p. 8- deliberately destroy, damage, or obstruct something.

    Intricate p. 14- very complicated or detailed

    Rationed p.  18- allow each person to have only a fixed amount of

    Kroner p. 20- the basic monetary units of Denmark and Norway

    Swastika p. 21- an ancient symbol in the form of an equal-armed cross with each arm continued at a clockwise right angle, used as the emblem of the German Nazi Party

    Disdainfully p. 29- feeling strong dislike or disapproval for something or someone you think does not deserve respect

    Submerged p. 32- cause to be under water

    Synagogue p. 33- the building where a Jewish congregation meets for religious worship and instruction

    Rabbi  p. 35- a Jewish scholar,  teacher, or leader who teaches Jewish law.

     

     

    Spelling only:  starry, melody, chimney, injury

     

    Greek root: geo-earth    Latin root:  sol-sun

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  • Charlie Week 2

    Posted by Michelle Smith on 10/17/2017

    Smith’s Weekly News

    Everyone has been assigned parts for the play that tried out or wanted one. Please be sure you order/make the costume your child has been assigned, take a picture of it, and send it to us. Everyone will receive a program t-shirt purchased with class fees.

     Dates to Remember: October 18th-JAG STORE, October 19th-community wide pep rally for MCHS Homecoming October 23- 27 - Red Ribbon week, Monday 10/23 Wear RED, Tuesday 10/24 Wear fav college shirt, Wednesday 10/25 Wear Camo, Thursday 10/26 ear CRAZY socks,  Friday 10/27 Show your JAG spirit in Orange & blue! October 26- Adventure Night (So much fun!)

     

    *Students should have information coming home in the near future concerning our School-wide field trip to see Seussical at MCHS! (We will get to see my own daughter act for the first time on stage!) We also will be sending home information about our Fourth Grade field trip to the Ag Museum and our play practice days at MCHS. 

     

    Reading/Language Arts: This week we are reading chapters 8-14 of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. We are analyzing characters, discussing important events in the story, and reading examples of descriptive writing. We are writing personal narrative fictional stories. 

    HOMEWORK:   Read assigned chapters & discuss using question prompts on the bookmark (even if read aloud in class)

    Tuesday –Read & discuss Chapters 8-11 of Charlie using bookmark, Take practice spelling test, look over vocabulary words and definitions, make flash cards with the definitions for vocabulary words you do not know.

    Wednesday/Thursday – Read & discuss Chapters 12-14 of Charlie using bookmark. Study spelling.  Read and discuss chapters & review flashcards for Friday’s test.

     

    Test Schedule: Thursday-Spelling, Friday-Vocabulary, and Comprehension Tests 

     

    (Smith’s Homeroom only) Social Studies: MS History: Students will about important geography in Mississippi. Scholastic News magazine will be read to learn about current events. Scholastic News is given every Monday and due each Friday for a grade. Use study guide to prepare for chapter 1 test on October 24th.

     

    Charlie & the Chocolate Factory Week 2

    Vocabulary & Spelling List

    (Both Spelling and Vocabulary)

    ferociously p. 31-fierce                                     

    pandemonium p. 53- wild uproar

    criticize p. 31- to find fault with                       

    peculiar p 45-strange/different           

    despicable p. 32- deserving to be despised          

    procession p. 50- continuous forward movement

    stilettos p. 34- a slender pointed dagger       

    clustered p. 44- grouped closely together

    precious p. 44- very valuable                    

    envious p. 45- feeling jealous, showing envy

    sensation p 45 an indefinite bodily feeling

    corridor p. 60-a passage or hallway into which rooms open

    clatter- to make a loud, rattling sound or to cause something to make a rattling sound

    Latin/Greek Rootsalti-height, junc-join

     

    SPELLING only- celebrity, recipe, bounce, juice, advice, bicycle

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  • Escape week 4

    Posted by Michelle Smith on 9/26/2017

    Smith’s ELA News 9/25/17

    Mrs. Smith’s motto:  “Anything worth doing is worth doing well.” Please help your child check his/her work for errors. Thank you for reinforcing good reading & writing habits with your child.

     

    Thank you for working hard to help us with Boosterthon!  This fundraiser is going towards much needed technology updates in our very own classroom! Please help! This will help OUR classroom get chrome books for YOUR 4th grade children. . Reminder-Donations from businesses are tax-deductible!

    THIS FRIDAY September 29- Boosterthon Fun Run

     

    Reading: We are finishing our Escaping the Giant Wave Book! What an awesome story! Skills this week include theme, character analysis, summarizing, and point of view.

    DUE FRIDAY:  Write a short story about Escaping the Giant Wave from Daren’s point of view. Be sure to include details that occurred in the story.

    Monday- Read chapter 10 of Escaping the Giant Wave & Discuss, Make Flash cards of vocabulary to help you study. Work on writing down ideas from Daren’s point of view to create your story.

     

    Tuesday- Math worksheet pages 132/133, Read chapter 11 of Escaping the Giant Wave & Discuss, study spelling words missed. Study vocabulary. Work on adding dialogue from the story that supports Daren’s feelings.

     

    Wednesday-  Read chapter 12 of Escaping the Giant Wave & Discuss, study spelling words, Study vocabulary. Write your short story from Daren’s point of view. Read your story to your parents to be sure it makes sense. Include events from the beginning, middle, and end of the book from Daren’s point of view. Smith’s Homeroom-Study for MS History Test on key terms

     

    Thursday- Review chapters 10-12 of Escaping the Giant Wave & Discuss, Study vocabulary. Go over your story with an adult and try to find all errors in capitalization, spelling, and grammar!

     


     

    Escaping the Giant Wave Ch 10-12 Spelling & Vocabulary

    1. Shield (p. 116) protect (someone or something) from a danger, risk, or unpleasant experience
    2. Pathetic (p. 118) arousing pity  through vulnerability or sadness
    3. Debris (p. 127) pieces of something wrecked or destroyed.
    4. Haphazard (p. 118) careless, without organization
    5. Resistance (p. 122) a force that stops motion
    6. Survivor (p. 135) a person remaining alive after an event in which others have died.
    7. Droned (p. 135) make a continuous low humming sound
    8. lope (p. 133) run or move with a long bounding stride.
    9. Souvenirs (p. 132) a reminder of a person, place, or event.
    10. Controversy (p. 150) heavy disagreement

    Spelling Only:  couple, pause

    Greek Roots-  vid/vis-see, audi-hear

    Review Vocabulary & Spelling: 

    Premonition (p.  113) a strong feeling that something is about to happen

    Fret (p. 123) to worry or be anxious

    Optimistic (p. 130) hopeful and confident about the future

    Remorse (p. 124) feeling deep guilt and regret

    Familiar (p. 137) well known

    Coward (p. 125) without courage, excessively afraid of danger

     

     

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  • Escaping the Giant Wave Chapters 1-3

    Posted by Michelle Smith on 8/25/2017

    Smith ELA News 8/28/17

    Friendly Reminders:

    • Read Escaping the Giant Wave nightly & discuss using RACE format. We will cover chapters 1-3 this week.
    • Study spelling and know the meanings of the 14 vocabulary words. Your child is using the context of the way the word is used in the story to know which definition to use.

    What we are learning this week:

    Reading: Escaping the Giant Wave: Cause/effect, sequence events, analyzing character’s motives, Making reading resolutions Chapters 1-3 Test Friday

     

    Writing:  Answering questions in RACE format, writing informative paragraphs

     

    Spelling:  tsunami, mischief, devious, ambition, brochure, frugal, accumulate, obnoxious, indent, confront, coast, locate, remote, boast, known, slope, shown, fellow, solve, shock Vocabulary on back

     

    Greek Root:  phob-fear  Latin Root:  décor-ornament

     

    Social Studies:  MS History: Adventures in Time and Place- Students will learn about our local government. Scholastic News magazine will be read to learn about current events.

    Monday- Read Chapter 1 of Escaping the Giant Wave & discuss. Research Tsunamis and bring 5 facts to school to share with your classmates,

    Tuesday-. Read chapter 2 of Escaping the Giant Wave & discuss using RACE format. Students who are not doing homework or who struggle with RACE will have additional assignments.

    Wednesday- Review vocabulary & spelling, Students who are not doing homework or who struggle with RACE will have additional assignments

    Thursday- Read Chapter 3  of Escaping the Giant Wave and review using RACE. Discuss vocabulary and meanings with an adult. Students who are not doing homework or who struggle with RACE will have additional assignments

     

    Escaping the Giant Wave Vocabulary

    1. Tsunami (p. 0) is a series of destructive ocean waves, usually started by earthquakes. Tsunamis can also be caused by underwater landslides or volcanic eruptions.
    2. mischief (p. 2) playful behavior causing harm, damage, or trouble

    “I think Mrs. Hoke’s goal was to keep the class out of mischief without having a bunch of papers to grade.”

    1. devious (p. 4) crafty, dishonest, or sneaky

    “He never hurt me enough that I had to go to the school nurse- he was much too devious for that.”

    1. indentation (p.4)  a notch , deep hole, or act of indenting

    His punches stung but didn’t bruise me; his pokes left an indentation but never broke the skin.”

    1. confrontation (p. 4)to face boldly in a challenge

    “I dislike confrontations of any kind and avoid physical conflict most of all.”

    1. compromise (p. 4) to agree to accept something that is not exactly what you wanted

     “When I’m dealing with reasonable people I can settle any discussion with discussion and compromise.”

    1. brawn (p. 5) strong muscles, strength

    “I used to tell myself that brains are more important than brawn and that avoiding a fight I was outsmarting Daren.”

    1. ambitions (p. 5) strong desire to succeed or achieve a goal

     “Good luck with achieving your ambitions.”

    1. accumulation (p. 5) gathering things over time

    “That afternoon I took home an accumulation of items from my locker.”

    1. brochure (p. 11) a pamphlet containing advertising or information about a topic.

     “I had been contributing my major babysitting skills to the good of the family for about a month when dad brought home a handful of travel brochures.”

    1. frugality (p. 18) careful with money, thrifty

    “I appreciate your frugality in wanting to save money.”

    1. nonchalant (p.17) acting cool or unconcerned

    ” I tried to look nonchalant at the airport, as if I flew somewhere every week.”

    1.  maimed (p. 21) to badly injure or violently cripple

    I should be able to talk back to Daren without getting maimed.

    1. obnoxious (p. 24) annoying, offensive

    A few get obnoxious and insist that they are going to stay at the new hotel whether rooms are ready or not.”

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  • Frindle Week 1

    Posted by Michelle Smith on 8/14/2017

        Weekly News 8/14

        We are learning about each other this week. We are working on creating a loving, safe environment where our children can come home everyday saying, “Today I had a great day with all of my best friends.”

         We are reading the book Frindle this week. Frindle is an awesome story about the power of words and the power we have to change our world. We will be reading the book in class. The students will be asked to reread assigned chapters at home. Please discuss the story with your child nightly. I love this story and I hope you do too!

     

    Parent Open House will be on August 21st  at 6:00. This is an EXTREMELY important night when we will discuss our plans for the year. (Mandatory)

     

         Our spelling and vocabulary words are located on the back of this newsletter and on our website each week. The words are taken from the story Frindle. Encourage your child to look for these words while reading Frindle and discuss their meanings in context.

    Social Studies: MS History: Adventures in Time and Place 

    Students will demonstrate their knowledge of using maps.

     Math: Multiplication and Division Students will use multiplication properties to simplify computation. They will also learn to use patterns to find products.

    Science: Life Science/Inquiry Students will learn about the two major groups into which plants are classified and how they reproduce.

    Homework assignments are subject to change according to the lessons completed in class. It is the student’s responsibility to copy the homework, along with its specific instructions, from the front board on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

    EVERY night read for thirty minutes & review vocabulary & spelling. Review multiplication facts for 15 minutes nightly.

    Monday: Read chapters 3-5 of  Frindle & discuss the plot of the story so far with an adult, Math workbook Practice page 1-1

     Tuesday:  Read chapters 6-7 of  Frindle & discuss with an adult, compare Mrs. Granger and

                      Mrs. Smith using a venn diagram, Math workbook Practice page 1-2

    Wednesday: Study vocabulary & spelling (On back of newsletter)

    Thursday:  Read chapter  8 of Frindle and review chapters 1-8 for Friday’s comprehension test.  

                      Math workbook Practice page 1-4

    Weekly Testing schedule:  Thursdays-Spelling test, Fridays- Reading and vocabulary tests

    *******Summer readiing book, Trumpet of the Swan Test will be given Friday.

     

    Frindle Spelling & Vocabulary

    Thursday SPELLING test

    Friday Vocabulary & Comprehension Tests

    Week 1

    1. Crimson p. 4- deep red in color
    2. hesitate p. 15- to pause
    3. procedure p. 13- a method of doing something
    4. essential p.11- necessary or fundamental
    5. acquire p. 11- to gain or get as one’s own
    6. delight p. 2- to be highly pleased, rejoice
    7. liven p. 3- cheer
    8. jumble p.- mix of jump & tumble, to mix in a confused heap
    9. frantically p. 12-wild with excitement
    10. Glance p. 3, 15 – to take a quick look
    11. profound - deeply felt
    12. complex - two or more parts, complicated
    13. innocently (back)- knowing no evil, not guilty
    14. properly p11- in the appropriate or correct manner
    15. unfortunate p. 15- unlucky
    16. 6- exclusive control
    17. acquainted p. 13-to make familiar
    18. promptly p 4- punctual, on time

    Greek Roots

    1. graph- write
    2. biblio- book
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