*This week focused on the long i sound spelled: i-consonant-e; igh; and y
* When spelling long i in the middle of a word, it may be spelled as igh or i-e
* When spelling long i at the end of a word it is probably spelled y.
*We continued practicing with poetry. Children finished up the poems they began with Lyn Hoopes last week. These poems will be displayed with children’s art work next Thursday, April 19th for Arts and Poetry Night.
*Children have also been exploring their poet’s ear through the opportunity to write poetry during language arts time. Writing poetry is another option children have when working with their Language Arts Choice Menu. One type of poetry we explored this week, is a Cinquain poem which consists of a specific arrangement of words and lines. We began this lesson with a review parts of speech: noun, adjective, and verb.
Line 1: noun
Line 2: 2 describing (adjectives)
Line 3: 3 verbs (action or doing words) ending in ing
Line 4: 4 words describing how you feel about the noun in line 1
Line 5: another word for the noun in line 1
Standing, swaying, growing
Beautiful art in nature
When students are not in book club or immersed in writing workshop, they are doing a Language Arts Choice Menu. This balanced literacyapproach allows for children to strengthen both their reading and writing skills during our language arts block. One option on theLanguage Arts Choice Menu is Inquiry. Inquiry allows the children to choose topics that they would like to learn more about and independently research the topics. Students document this process in a KWLH chart (What I Know, What I Want to Know? What I HaveLearned, and How I Have Learned). Students then decide a way to showcase what they have learned to informally share with their classmates. Finally, students will complete a reflection on the entire process. This is an ongoing project therefore there is no due date.
I have discussed with the class that it is better to complete one KWLH to the best of their ability than to
complete many that reflect little or no effort.
As a class, we discussed the goals and expectations of inquiry-based learning: