• 5/21



    • Poetry
    • Elements of Poetry



     No new words.




     No new words.




    Poetry: The students will be writing their own poetry by sampling different styles. They are working on developing their usage of:

    • - alliteration

      - assonance

      - consonance

      - repetition

      - parallelism

      - end rhyme

      - meter

      And hopefully just having fun expressing themselves in new ways.



    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).



    No new skills 




    No new skills




    Getting Ready for 5th Grade


    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)
    • 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)



    Science Vocabulary Study Guide: Heredity  (Test on Friday, 5/18)                              

    1. heredity: the passing of traits, or characteristics, from parents to their offspring
    2. inherit: when an organism gets certain characteristics and behaviors from its parents
    3. inherited behaviors: behaviors that are passed down from parent to offspring
    4. instinct: complex inherited behaviors that help animals find food, protect themselves, and reproduce (thorns on a rose bush)
    5. learned behaviors: a behavior that is taught to an organism (ex: talking)
    6. characteristics: a feature that describes how a living thing looks or acts
    7. diversity: the difference in characteristics between individuals
    8. acquired characteristic: a feature that is gained due to environmental influences (a flamingo’s feathers turning pink)
    9. inherited characteristic: a feature of an organism that is passed from parent to offspring (a bird’s ability to fly)
    10. camouflage: an inherited characteristic that allows an animal to blend in with its surroundings
    11. migration: an animal behavior of moving from one place to another with the seasons (birds flying south for winter)
    12. hibernation: to spend the winter in close quarters in a dormant condition (bears, etc.)
    13. adaptation: ability of a living thing to adjust to its environment in order to survive




    From Colony to State

    Chapter 5: Conflict and Change