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    ~Weekly Objectives (9/18-9/22)~



Unit 3: Questioning (Expository Nonfiction)

During this unit, the students use wondering and questioning to help them understand expository nonfiction texts. 

Week 3: Mentor Text - Animal Senses: How Animals See, Hear, Taste, Smell and Feel

Comprehension Focus -

  • use questioning to help make sense of texts
  • use schema to articulate all they think they know about a topic before they read
  • read independently

Social Development Focus -

  • develop the skill of explaining their thinking



Unit 2: Personal Narrative

During this four-week unit, the students explore the genre of personal narrative and write about significant topics and events from their lives.

Weeks 1 & 2: Mentor Texts - Childtimes: A Three-Generation Memoir; The Moon and I

Writing Focus -

  • hear and discuss personal narratives
  • learn about a professional author's writing practice
  • generate writing ideas from their own lives
  • visualize sensory details
  • draft personal narratives, focusing on single, interesting events or topics from their own lives
  • explore transitional words or phrases

Social Development Focus -

  • build the writing community
  • listen respectfully to the thinking of others and share their own
  • express interest in and appreciation for one another's writing



Vocabulary: We will have a vocabulary quiz every other Friday.  Students must be able to use the words in sentences.  Our next quiz will be Friday, September 29th.

1. nosing around - snooping, or searching in a sneaky way

2. edible - safe to eat

3. inedible - not edible, or not safe to eat

4. consistent - always the same

5. inconsistent - not consistent, or not always the same

6. consistently - in a consistent way, or in a way that is always the same

7. keen - sharp, quick, or alert

8. ideal - perfect; the best that it can be

9. flee - run away from danger

10. resemble - look or be like something or someone else

11. blotch - spot or stain

12. lethal - deadly, or able to kill

Spelling: We will have a spelling test every other week.  Our next test will be Friday, September 22nd.

1. complete      

2. between    

3. reason    

4. probably   

5. separate

6. whether

7. weather 

8. first

9. hurt   

10. America



Each week we will learn different grammar skills using a sentence from text.  Our next test will be Friday, September 22nd.

Weekly Mentor Sentence -


This week's grammar focus is dialogue.