Language Arts Week of 10/17/16

This week we are continuing to work on adverbs and will be focusing on their function in a sentence. We will use the question and answer flow to classify sentences with adverbs. Here is an example of what this looks like:

Jaguars hunt silently.

What hunts silently? Jaguars (Subject Noun - SN)

What is being said about jaguars? Jaguars hunt. (Verb - V) Hunt how? Silently (Adverb - Adv)

For adverbs, we go to the verb and ask three questions - How? When? Where? Right now, we are focusing only on how adverbs modify (or describe verbs), although students have been introduced to the fact that adverbs also modify adjectives and other adverbs.

We have read two chapters in My Side of the Mountain, and I have LOVED seeing the students' excitement over the novel. They would love to spend the entire class period reading, but I keep reminding them we actually have to study the novel during our novel study. :) For each chapter, we are discussing vocabulary and tying it to grammar, engaging in class discussion, and then responding in written form.

The students have really impressed me with their ability to self-assess with the participation rubric. They are doing a wonderful job stretching themselves to think deeply, use evidence from the text to support their thinking, and then ask questions that further our discussion. I will begin taking a weekly participation grade next week by averaging together the points from the week using the self-assessment forms the students fill out in class.

The graded paragraphs the students wrote about what they would bring to survive in the wilderness will be coming home in Thursday's weekly folder so be on the lookout for that. Also, I will be collecting Reading Response Journals to grade tomorrow after class. They will be returned during the students' next period class. I was unable to do it today due to an appointment right after class. You can look back in the journals to see the comments I make.

I look forward to talking with you all at conferences next week!