Language Arts

Writing

Writers are practicing research based argument/opinion writing. 

Ask them how they feel about year round school, and discuss other topics how they may feel opinionated on!

Reading
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We have created our teams for Battle of the Books!

Learners are working together to read a total of twelve books with their team! The list includes a wide range of books including, The War with GrandpaTuck EverlastingStarry River of the Sky, The Red Pyramid, and Dear Mr. Henshaw among others.

Learners have committed to books they want to read for their team but are welcome to read more!!

Each team will be involved in a classroom battle with other teams to show what they know about the books. The winning classroom team will go on to battle the other fifth grade classes at South; AND the winner of that battle will go to a district wide battle at the middle school!! 
Happy Reading!

Word Study

Learners in the 3rd - 12th grades should be learning 2,000 new words per year. This is approached by reading, direct vocabulary instruction, and enriching oral language in school, and home environments.
 
While we have studied quite a bit of content vocabulary, our next few vocab lists will be based around our next read aloud Because of Mr. Terrupt (which is a battle book)

If you are looking to enrich your learner's vocabulary at home, some great ways to do this are:

- Talking to them with enriching vocabulary and figurative language.

- Reading above grade-level (appropriate) texts aloud to them.

Some Recommendations:

Fantasy - 
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon - Grace Lin
Harry Potter - J.K. Rowling 
Holes - Louis Sachar

Realistic Fiction - 
Hoot - Carl Hiaasen
Soar - Joan Bauer (about a boy's love for baseball)

Difficult Situations - 
Tiger Rising -Katie D. Camillo (deals with grief)

Historical Fiction-
Number the Stars -Lowis Lowry (not truly above grade level, but a WWII book that deals with some more complex topics)
Chains -Laurie Halse Anderson