Marie Rourke
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    Language Arts Newsletter

    • In reading, we are continuing with book clubs.  Students are enjoying reading together and discussing their books.  Students are annotating their books as they are reading to develop their thoughts and ideas.

    • In writing, we are beginning to write our second literary essays focusing on character analysis.  Students are using their notes from reading to construct their essays.  We are taking it step-by-step so students have a firm understanding of the necessary components of a five paragraph essay.

    • Students have been taught how to play a variety of word games that we will use within our word work study.  This week we are studying Greek and Latin prefixes.  

    • Playing word games at home such as Boggle, WORDLE, Scrabble, and Bananagrams is a GREAT way to practice spelling on family game night.  There are also many apps available such as Word Cookies, Wordscapes, Word Search Pop, Word Trip, WORDLE, Word Search Pro, Scrabble Go, Wheel of Fortune, Boggler, Word Box, etc. that would be enjoyable daily practice for students.  I highly recommend some sort of spelling practice for about 10 minutes each day.

    • Students need to read 30 minutes per night for five days of the week.  The amount of time and number of pages must be recorded in their planners in the LA section.  When I checked last week, many students were still not recording.  Please check in with your child until this becomes a habit.

    • Picture Day is Thursday, September 22nd.  Information with directions for online ordering was sent home.   Yearbook ordering information was included on the same sheet.  If the flyer did not make it home, information is available on the East Woods website.

    • Jasper Herman’s parents are graciously hosting a special night for our team at Sky Zone’s on Friday, September 23rd from 7:00-9:00,  A flyer was sent home on Tuesday with information regarding this wonderful event.

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