Parents: All Homework Must Be Signed
- Students should cover their Reading texts with a book cover; please do not use glue, paste or tape on your book cover
ASSIGNMENT SHEET for READING/LANGUAGE ARTS/WRITING
IMPORTANT NOTES FOR PARENTS!!!
This is your child’s first yellow homework assignment sheet for Rdg./Lang. Arts/Writing. Be sure your child has this sheet in his/her Rdg. folder every day. Ea. Monday, students will receive this yellow assignment sheet outlining all of the hw assignments for the week as well as important notes for parents. Students are receiving this first sheet today. The Reading Tests are comprehensive & do not just cover the plot of the story but also the concepts & skills learned that week.
For Lesson 1 your child will be focusing on story structure: characters, setting, plot, illustrations & mood in Reading and in Grammar- simple sentences. In Writing, we will be working on narratives, writing a descriptive paragraph. The characters are the people or animals in the story. The things characters say & do tell you what they are like. The setting is where and when the story takes place. Where & when a story takes place can be clues to what will happen. The plot is the problem characters face and the events of the story. The illustrations are the drawings or artwork that show a story’s events. The mood is the overall feeling of a story.
Grammar: Students will learn that a sentence is a group of words that tells a complete thought. A sentence fragment is an incomplete thought or not a complete sentence. Statements are sentences (or complete thoughts) that tell something, start with a capital letter and end with a period. Questions are asking sentences that also begin with a capital letter but end with a question mark. Both questions and statements MUST express a complete thought to be correct.
We live in the city of Chicago. (statement)
Does she like to study ? (question)
On the board (fragment or incomplete thought)
A simple sentence has two parts-subject & predicate. The subject tells whom or what the sentence is about; the predicate tells what the subject does or is. The predicate can be one word or more words. The complete predicate includes all the words in the predicate.
Writing: Good writers choose their words carefully so their readers can picture what they are describing. Using exact words is one way writers can make their word choice stronger. Good writers also use a variety of sentence structures to make their writing sound smooth and interesting. We will be working on writing descriptive paragraphs.
Please be sure your child completes the correct hw ea. day, that you check all papers, & sign ea. assignment. Monday’s assignment is due Tues. and Tuesday’s assignment is due Wed. & so on. Also, try to listen to your child read ea. night, for at least 20 min. Ask questions about what was read to reinforce comprehension skills.
There is a Home Letter that will also be sent home ea. Mon. to keep you abreast of what skills/concepts are being covered in Rdg. & what you should be working on at home.
On Fridays, students will receive a book report that is due on Mon. Try to take your child to the library over the weekend to pick up several books that he/she can have available for reports. Students MUST know how to spell ALL of their Spelling words. They must keep track of their assignment sheets. They will also be required, for Monday’s hw, to write their Spelling words in A-B-C order on looseleaf paper and write their Vocab. words on index cards with the definition of each word on the back with a picture to represent the word. Students should punch a hole in the upper left-hand corner of ea. card & attach the cards to the metal ring that they will receive today- Sept. 10. Each week, they will add a new set of 8 to 10 cards with the Vocab. words & def. Students MUST keep track of their ring; they will not be given a 2nd ring. If your child loses his/her Vocab. ring, a new one may be purchased at any office supply store.
Also please encourage your child to use the correct heading (that we learned in class) on his/her loose leaf paper:
Subject- p. #
(We will review how to complete the heading correctly.)
The instructions for logging onto Think Central are on the class website under Links. Students may access the Reading Text on Think Central, the Reader’s Notebook, test scores when we begin to take our weekly Reading & Math Tests online, & many other materials for Reading & Math. Please explore Think Central with your child. In addition, I have also made available the Audio Hub, the Grammar videos, & the Reader’s Notebook on our classroom website but you will also find them on Think Central.
Students will receive a copy of all of their student logins for the websites that we will be using at school. The logins will be sent home today in a plastic Ziploc baggie.
September Reading Logs will be sent home today. The instructions for completing Reading logs and a sample log showing students how to complete them were sent home this past Friday. September Reading logs are due September 28. There is a sample and a blank Reading log on the classroom website.