We had a great day in the Language Arts hub as students performed their figurative language raps! Then, this afternoon we enjoyed more performances by all of the fourth and fifth grade classroom speech winners as they competed in the school contest. Congratulations!
Language truly is an art and it is encouraging to see our students creating and sharing ideas as they develop their language skills. Even though grammar gets a “bad rap” as being boring, students have been recognizing that selecting the correct verb forms and tenses helps to convey exactly what they want to communicate. Effective communication surely is a craft. As you are aware, we have been spending a significant portion of the Language Arts block working on grammar skills. These skills require deeper thinking than you may first assume, and encourage our students to pay attention to details. This week we have been focused on verbs, and next week we will review commas and other parts of speech including prepositions, conjunctions, and interjections. Be aware that students should be completing skills practice for homework each night. On Friday, April 13, there will be a skills test to cover all of this. By the way, the Language Editing Task on the FSA comprises 15-20% of the ELA FSA, so students should be well-prepared for this portion.
Speaking of the FSA, it’s coming soon! We are scheduled to test in ELA on Thursday, April 19th and Friday, April 20th. Over the next couple of weeks, we will work through the computer-based practice test in class. For the practice, as well as the actual test, students need headphones or earbuds. Only about half of the students had them in class this week. Please send them in with your child daily! We appreciate your support with this. Also, you are encouraged to check out the practice tests, too. Details about where and how to access them have been described in the Pirate Post. Let us know if you have any questions.
The Anchor: A Legacy Gift from the first class to progress through Palencia from Kindergarten to Fifth Grade…
We have told students about an authentic anchor that will soon be located at the front of our school. There is a writing contest, sponsored by Ripley’s Believe It or Not, that we have encouraged students to participate in. Please encourage your child to participate! So that students feel ownership over this “legacy gift,” there will be a dollar drive to cover associated costs with transporting the anchor and purchasing plaques. Please click on the files below to check out the contest and fundraiser. A copy of the fundraiser flyer will be sent home next week!
5th Grade Anchor Dollar Drive PDF
Believe It or Not Writing Prompt – 5th Grade Anchor PDF
Have a fantastic weekend!
Edwards and Landsman