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    • Explaining an author's reasons and evidence
    • Determining the theme of a story
    • Determining the theme of a poem



     No new words this week.




     No new words this week. 




    • how to write a strong five-paragraph essay
    • using the text to cite evidence and using their brain to give elaboration



    1. Journal:  Daily, students will write at least five complete and interesting sentences to a given prompt.  They will be graded on their focus, organization, support, and conventions.
    2. Handwriting:  Once we have finished learning all cursive letters, students will practice through spelling and select classroom assignments.  FYI:  Their trace-and-copy cursive papers are highlighted based on how they are forming their letters.  The following are some of the reasons their words may get highlighted:  for going above or below the lines; not retracing over their lines, but instead forming a loop where there shouldn’t be one; not dotting i’s or crossing t’s; picking up the pencil and making stray marks that make the letters look “hairy”; not slanting their letters properly, etc.  They have been told to look at my example and trace it before writing their own. They may retrace my example as many times as needed in order to get the right feel of the letter(s).




    (1) The words a, an, and the are special adjectives called articles

    (2) Use a and an with singular nouns. 

    (3) Use a if the next word starts with a consonant sound (a glass). 

    (4) Use an if the next word starts with a vowel sound (an elephant). 

    (5) Use the with singular nouns that name a particular person, place, or thing (the wedding). 

    (6) Use the before all plural nouns (the townspeople). 

    (7) For their test on Friday, the students will have to choose the sentence that uses articles correctly.  They will also have to choose the article that correctly completes select sentences.



    Unit 5 Review:


    (1) Adjectives are words that describe nouns or pronouns.  For example, adjectives may tell what a noun or pronoun looks, sounds, smells, tastes, or feels like.  (Ex.: Florida has big mosquitoes.)

    (2) Adjectives may be placed before a noun or pronoun. 

    (3) Adjectives may come after the words a, an, and the.  (Ex.: The large dog had a tiny bone.)

    (4) Adjectives may follow a linking verb. (Ex.: This book is difficult.)

    (5) Proper adjectives are formed from proper nouns.  (Ex.: They couldn’t get used to Florida summers.)

    (6) A proper adjective begins with a capital letter. 

    (7) Common adjectives are not formed from proper nouns.  Do not capitalize common adjectives.

    (8) Do not use a comma to separate a single adjective from a noun.  When only two adjectives are used together, separate them with a comma or and.  Do not use both.  (Ex.: The dog had clean, sharp teeth.)

    (9) Use commas to separate three or more adjectives in a series.  When you are using only two adjectives before a noun, some adjectives do not need to be separated with commas.  These adjectives describe color, size, or age. (Ex.: She was a woman with short gray hair.)

    (10) Do not use commas or and to separate a common adjective from a proper adjective. (Ex.: They couldn’t get used to the hot Alabama summers.)

    (11) For their test on Friday, they will have to complete each sentence with an adjective from the given word bank.  They will have to capitalize any proper adjectives.  They will also have to choose the group of adjectives that best completes each sentence paying attention to mechanics (see #8-10 above).



    (1) Use a comma before and, but, or or when you join two sentences to form a compound sentence.

    (2) Do not use a comma before and when you combine two subjects or two predicates.

    (3) All sentences begin with a capital letter and end with punctuation.

    (4) You can sometimes correct a sentence fragment by adding a subject or a predicate.

    (5) A comma tells the reader to pause between the words that it separates.

    (6) Use commas to separate three or more words in a series.

    For example: We enjoyed the mountains, the trees, and the clouds in the park.

    (7) Do not use a comma after the last word in a series.

    (8) Use quotation marks at the beginning and end of a speaker’s exact words.

    (9) Begin a quotation with a capital letter.

    (10) Do not use quotation marks when you do not use the speaker’s exact words.

    (11) A contraction is a shortened form of two words.

    (12) A contraction can be made by combining certain verbs with the word not.

    (13) An apostrophe (‘) shows that the letter o has been left out. (Or other letters as well!)

    Examples of contractions: is + not = isn’t, did + not = didn’t




     Chapter 9: Relate Fractions and Decimals

    • Relate tenths and decimals
    • Relate hundredths and decimals
    • Equivalent fractions and decimals
    • Relate fractions, decimals, and money


    Multiplication Tables: Weekly Multiplication Tests: The students voted on the following schedule:

    • 0’s, 1’s, 2’s (already tested)
    • 5’s (tested 8/28--due to Silver River Field Trip on 8/25)
    • 10’s (tested 9/1)
    • 9’s (tested 9/18)
    • 11’s (tested 9/22)
    • 3’s (tested 9/29)
    • 4’s (tested 10/6)
    • 7’s (tested 10/13)
    • 6’s (tested 10/20)
    • 8’s (tested 10/27)
    • 12’s (tested 11/3)



    Heat and Sound Energy


    Science Sound Energy Vocabulary Study Guide (Tested on Friday, 2/16)

    1. vibration: a quick back and forth movement
    2. pitch: the degree of highness or lowness of a tone
    3. oscilloscope: an instrument used to measure sound waves
    4. frequency: the rate at which a vibration occurs
    5. sound: noise that is created by the vibration of matter
    6. wave: a pattern created by vibrations
    7. sonar: a system for detection of objects and for measuring depth by emitting sound pulses and measuring their return
    8. decibel: a unit used to measure the intensity of a sound
    9. intensity: the quality of strength or depth
    10. echo: sound caused by the reflection of sound waves from a surface back to the listener


    Science Heat Energy Vocabulary Study Guide (Tested on Thursday, 2/1)

    1. heat: energy that is transferred from a hotter substance to a cooler substance
    2. hydroelectric power: moving water used to create electrical energy
    3. insulate: to prevent the transfer of heat
    4. turbine: a tool used to create electricity from the wind
    5. radiation: energy that can travel through space
    6. conduction: the way heat travels through materials that are touching
    7. geothermal energy: energy from heat inside the Earth
    8. friction: the force that acts to slow the motion of things that are moving
    9. absorption: the process of taking in or soaking up
    10. reflection: bouncing back of a wave from a surface
    11. renewable resource: a resource that can be readily replaced by nature
    12. convection: a form of heat transfer in which heat moves through a substance because of the movement of the substance




    Chapter 4: Europeans Come to Florida


    Chapter 4 Vocab. Study Guide (Tested on Thursday, 2/8)

    1) artisan - skilled worker               

    2) chickee - Seminole house made of a log frame with a thatch roof

    3) colony - settlement of people set up by one country in another country                     

    4) convert - to change from one religion to another                                                    

    5) expedition - journey made for a special purpose

    6) friars - men who performed Roman Catholic services

    7) militia - army of citizens trained for war

    8) mission - church and settlement where religion is taught

    9) sofkee - Seminole drink made from corn and water                                                

    10) thatch - plant material, such as straw or palm leaves, used to cover a roof