We have been working to expand our vocabulary and improve our spelling during word work. We have added new words like agile, exclaimed, balance, and biome to our vocabulary.
Here students are sorting words with vowel-R combinations. We talked about how vowels with r can sometimes sound the same, such as -ir (girl), -er (nervous), -or (working), and -ur (purple). We also looked -ar and -ir, and noted how the sound changes with another vowel like -ear in hear and -air in pair.
In writing, we are pulling apart and ordering stories to better help us understand how we organize writing in this form. We are working to ensure our story beginnings have well developed characters, descriptive settings, and a problem or action that will move us into the middle of the story.
To put practice applying our recent sentence writing lessons, we wrote letters for our school Valentine’s post office today.
As you may know, the grade 7 and 8’s have organized a Valentine’s post office. Students can purchase stamps for 10 cents to have a kind letter sent to another student in the school. The money raised will add to our fundraising causes that support school needs, such as buying technology or special class supplies.
We will add names to our letters on the last day before the post office closes. Our letters will be sent to grade 1 and 2 students who did not have a letter mailed to them by a friend. This way we helped have fewer students feel left out. I have purchased enough stamps for each student in our class to create one of these letters. If you wish to contribute to our class’ good deed, please feel free to send in some change and we will add another letter to the pile. Any support is appreciated.
We still have a few corrections to make before they can be sent out, but here are a few examples of what we started.
For those who wish to participate, we will still do a regular Valentine exchange in our class on Valentine’s Day and have a small celebration. Here is a list of our class names:
Many of our students are unsure of where to put periods when editing their work. This is a very important skill and one that students should be mostly comfortable with by grade four. So, today we went back to basics and looked at building a sentence.
We learned that every sentence should have a subject and a predicate.
We have been working on Personal Narratives for the past few weeks now. We have been using personal narratives as a tool to work on many elements of our writing:
- Using paragraphs
- Using lots of detail to create a picture in our readers head (visualize)
- Using adjectives (describing words) to add voice to our writing
- Using transition words such as first, then, after, next, finally to organize and order our writing
- Revising – This is when we make changes in our writing to add sections to improve our readers picture of what happened and to help them better understand how we felt. Revising is also taking out unimportant or repetitive detail
- Editing – This is when we fix spelling, make sure things make sense, and check for capitals and periods
Currently, most students are typing up their finished product and we are conferencing about what they can do better on their next personal narrative story.
Check out all of the support resources for this and the marking rubric in the HUB.