Category Archives: Language Arts
Our Fifth graders have spent the past month or more reading and analyzing works of poetry from poets such as Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, and Denise Levertov. Students learned about different poetry forms as well as extensive use of literary devices. Their experience culminated with a poetry party complete with hot chocolate, doughnut holes, solo readings, and sharing of their poems in small groups. If you have a fifth grader, be sure to have your child share their work with you. Our students wrote some amazing poetry!
Our fifth graders studied the Renaissance in their language arts classes in April. To gain appreciation of Michelangelo’s artistic efforts in painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, students composed a piece of themed artwork on the underside of their desks. Needless to say, it was a challenging effort and their arms were a little sore after the experience, which of course reinforced the learning!
We have just concluded reading and writing narrative stories in our CKLA reading curriculum, and we have taken a few days to focus more on literary story elements by viewing Pixar movie shorts before moving on to our next CKLA unit. We have analyzed the movie shorts whole class, collaboratively, and individually. As you may have guessed based on the content, our kids have been very engaged in this study.
Summer Math and Reading Opportunities
Dear Parents of EY 4th and 5th graders,
Summer is a great time to shift gears to other activities, spend more time with family, and recharge for the return to school in the fall. Research shows, however, that student achievement in reading and math can decline by one-month’s worth of school learning or more over the summer.
Fortunately for this year’s 4th and 5th graders, they will have access over the summer to reading and math online programs that they have used during the school year. The programs available online are:
Kids A-Z (also known as Raz Kids)
Zearn (skills and concepts- this will be set to fractions this summer)
Xtramath (math fact fluency)
If possible, we encourage you to have your child access these programs over the summer to keep their reading and math skills fresh. This will help them start their 5th or 6th grade year with confidence.
Thank you. Have a great summer!
Our fifth graders have been reading portions of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” this year. This unit begins with a review of Shakespeare’s life, and it emphasizes how his plays were popular and written for everyone. Through some close reading, discussion, and a variety of language games, students have become more comfortable with Shakespeare’s language and performing. The culmination of the unit was to act out one of the scenes in the play.
Mrs. Keyser, Mrs. Reed, Mrs. Davies, and Mr. Evers would like to wish our EY intermediate grades community a very happy holiday season and a restful winter break. We hope our students are able to enjoy some good times with family and friends as they have worked very hard this year.
We also know that it is important to keep skills in reading and math fresh during a significant time away from school, especially with the added snow days. Here are a few ways students can move forward with their math and reading during some of the down times over the break.
- Math practice with the Zearn program. Students log in using their school district username and password. Students will receive an incentive for each lesson completed beginning today through the break.
- Scholastic Reading Counts (SRC) tests. Students have been taking tests on books in their Lexile range this year . As has been the case the whole school year, students can take tests at home. Students will receive an incentive for each test passed beginning today through the break.
We just learned that the Cascadia Poetry Contest is taking place again this year. We had one student who was published last year, and it would be great to have some submissions from EY again this year. Our fourth and fifth graders are currently reading, analyzing, and writing poetry in the CKLA program, and there have been many fabulous poems written by our students thus far in their poetry books. Students can use the poems they have already written. They just need to be typed according to the the specifications in the contest rules. Teachers will be introducing this contest and sending home a flier as well. The submission deadline is December 31st, 2016.
Congratulations to Alivia! Earlier this year while studying poetry in her language arts class, she began writing her own poems and publishing them in Google Docs. She wrote a poem titled “Story of My Life” and entered it in the Oregon Poetry Association’s student poetry contest. Part of her poem was published in the Memorable Lines section of the student poetry book Cascadia. Congratulations, Alivia.