Thursday, September 3, 2015

Friday/Tuesday, September 4/8, 2015

Announcements and Reminders:

There will be no school on Monday, September 7, 2015 because of Labor Day.

     We will begin the Cave Time schedule 

when we come back from Labor Day Weekend.
Remember to be reading your book for the September Book-of-the-Month assignment: Book of the Month Assignment.docx

Also, remember to learn how to ALWAYS recognize when these words are spelled correctly: your/you're, there/their/they're. (Test September 4 and 8)    

Targets for Today:
I will participate appropriately in class
        (Utah State Core Language Arts: Speaking and Listening, Standard 1)

 I can demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English spelling for two sets of commonly confused words. (Utah State Core Language Arts: Language, Standard 2)

I can recognize specific elements of literature.
 (Utah State Core Language Arts: Reading Literature, Standards 3 and 4)

Today’s  Agenda:
Pick up your composition book, and have your novel out and ready to be read.
If you haven't yet, you could sign up for your Book of the Month today.

1. Time to read your novel for the Book of the Month.

2. Star Students
 Drawings on Friday only
3. Spelling Test on your/you're and they're/there/their

4. Next set of spelling words --
Test September 11/14:
a lot/allot/and NOT alot

Copy these into your composition book under Spelling -- about page 3.
     5. a lot/allot/ alot
        I’m reading a lot of books.
       The teacher will allot one pencil to each student.
       (There is no word spelled alot.)  

         You may love this link: A Lot of Information about A Lot

Here is the recipe for the root beer cookies I would allot to you if I could: 

Note: Instead of using buttermilk, I added a tablespoon of lemon juice to milk.  Making any butter cooky a day ahead is a good idea because the taste improves.  I made mine ahead, kept them in sealed container after they cooled,  and waited to frost them until the next day. 

     6. cause/because
        Smoking can cause cancer.
        He left because he was angry at her.

5. Preparing for the Post Test on Literary Terms and Their Definitions
Receive a handout of the terms you need to know. (A1 next time.)

Lesson on Figurative Language  
Receive a handout of the lyrics and exercises to increase understanding of figurative language.   -- Friday: Work in Birth Month Groups of 3-4

Crossword for Figurative Language 
The words for the crossword are these:



If time, play Grammar Punk -- All Alliteration (We didn't do this.)

If You Were Absent:
  • Arrange a time with the teacher to take your spelling test.
  • Pick up the handout with the lyrics of the song about figurative language, and complete the crossword puzzle.  
  • Begin studying the spelling words for our next test. See above. 
  • Don't forget to read your Book of the Month and prepare for the small group discussions on September 23/24.
  • For your information, we used Cave Time today for a practice emergency evacuation -- fire drill.  At any time we evacuate the school, find your A1 teacher on the playing fields.  Line up alphabetically by last name.