English Language Arts

Updated 9/18 *5th Grade Library Day w/Gretchen & crew is Wed. at 10:05 am. 

Mon: You will receive a spelling-vocabulary list, and begin generating ideas for a compare & contrast writing piece on the 2 texts we read last week. We will also read from 

Tues: We'll take a short 8-point weekly assessment in the lab, study verb tenses, and continue our compare & contrast writing pieces.

Wed. is our library & independent reading day. :-)

Thurs. & Fri. 9/20 & 9/21 Mr. Jordan Block will be subbing for me and you will read about the Dred Scott [Supreme Court] Decision (1857) -- so get ready to annotate and write the main ideas in another text. (pp. 12-19 in your booklet.) If the students work hard on Th and F, Mr. Block may offer a 20 min. game time at the end of class.

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NEW READING CURRICULUM:  Click HERE to learn more about BENCHMARK.

The week of Sept. 5, ELA the students took a Pre-Assessment test that accompanies our new district-wide reading curriculum, "Benchmark." This assessment will provide a snapshot of where students' reading skills are "right now" as we begin a new school year.  Our new curriculum includes a weekly 10-question assessment to track skills we've been practicing each week. This student data will guide lessons and help facilitate small group instruction.

As we embark teaching this new reading program, Mrs. Peterson and I will make adjustments as necessary to meet the needs of our students. Our curriculum will also include class novels, independent reading, and integrated E.L.A. & S.S. research projects.

Our first unit reviews basic E.L.A. skills (reading, writing, speaking, listening, researching) and daily routines. Students should bring their ELA & SS binder, an agenda book, journal and independent reading book to class daily!  I look forward to an awesome year in E.L.A. class. Please let me know if you have any questions.  

 --Ms. Krawetz

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Q1 English Language Arts Learning Targets:   

  1. I can choose a good book for independent reading.      
  2. I can build good listening habits.    
  3. I can understand the author's purpose, to persuade and to inform.    
  4. I can use a K-W-L chart.