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Weekly Objectives 

Week of January 16-19




Mentor Text: 

 Richard Wright and the Library Card

Uncle Jed's Barbershop

These books take place in the segregated south. 

SKill: Students will make inferences to understand cause and effect in an expository nonfiction book. 

Students use schema to articulate all they think they know about what they read. 

Students will read independently 

Genre: Historical Fiction

Other Skills:

  • Making inferences about the story's plot, conflict, setting, and characters.
  • discussing character change in the story
  •  comparing two historical fiction books
  • exploring the use of first and third person point of views


  Vocabulary Words:  these words can be found in the forms tab. We will be reviewing weeks 14 and 15 this week.  We will have a test after week 16 words.


 Please post the list in your home where everyone can see it and look for ways to include the words in conversation with your child. 

Try some of these activities: **Talk about the words when you hear them used or see them in storybooks, signs, or posters.  **Make games with them such as: memory, the guess game-which is where you give clues about the word and then try an guess the word. 

**Also have your child make stories in which they use these words or have them create picture cards that illustrate the words.

 ***six words will be given every week related to our read aloud. Students will be tested every four week.




Writing Workshop: 

Writing Focus: Expository Nonfiction

Mentor text:

*I Wonder Why Penguins Can't Fly and other questions about polar land

*I Wonder Why The Sahara Is Cold At Night and other questions about deserts


*Can It Rain Cats and Dogs?

Focus Skills:

*discuss and hear expository nonfiction

*explore different ways to organize and present information in nonfiction

*begin reading and writing about topics that interest them

*use curiousity to drive their research

Students will discuss stories and generate ideas based on topics they are curious about. They will make an I wonder...list. For example, I wonder how polar bears stay warm.


 Social Development Focus: Students learn and practice the procedure for group brainstorming

Students work in a responsible way.

Students develop the skill of including everyone in and contributing to group work.

Students develop the skill of including everyone in and contributing to group work

Students develop the skill of using prompts to extend conversation.



Grammar Focus: irregular verbs/perfect tenses verb unit. They will have a sheet in their folders that they will need to look at to help them with their homework on irregular verbs.  We will extend the quiz until next Monday.



Guided Spelling Focus: 


Weekly Words:  

We will take a pretest on Monday. If your child makes a 100, they will not have to do their test Friday nor will they have to do homework.


***Students have these words in their spelling workbooks


~2 application words will be added to Friday's quiz.  Students will not be given these ahead of time.  These words will be used to see if students can apply the weekly spelling strategies learned. 3 review words from the previous week will also be included. 20 words plus 1 challenge word total will be on quiz.




~ Martin Luther King Jr. will be our focus next week. Together we will research his accomplishments.