Marie Rourke
       This week in Mrs. Rourke's class...
    We are on the last bend of our Argument and Advocacy Unit. Students are currently researching an alternative energy source and will write an argumentative essay with their findings.  This essay will be a part of the Energy Books that they are creating for Mrs. VanderSchie.  When we wrap up this unit, we will begin Poetry.  
    We have been doing a lot of word work in class.  Each week we are focusing on a Latin or Greek root, as well as a common spelling pattern.  Activities include WORDLE, Boggle, Anagrams, creative writing, and other word games.  If you would like to reinforce spelling and vocabulary work at home, games are a fun and effective way to practice.  WORDLE, Boggle, Scrabble, Bananagram, crossword puzzles, and word searches are all great games to play! 
    Students should continue reading 30 minutes at home.  Even if they read at school, they still need to do this at home in order to become even better readers.  If your child is struggling to read at home, try mixing it up a little.   You can break the reading into 10 or 15 minute chunks, read aloud with your child, or start a family book club.  It is also fun to read a book that has been turned into a movie.  This often motivates kids to quickly finish a book so they can watch the movie and compare the interpretation.
    As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via email at rourkem@hudson.k12.oh.us
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