Common Core Standards will guide instruction throughout the year. Students will use Journeys and other exemplary texts to support the learning goals. These reading standards will be taught through 6 integrated units which focus on Science and Social Studies Objectives!
Each day Spalding and Journeys will guide our grammar lessons. The students will learn about parts of speech: nouns, verbs, adjectives, and personal pronouns. Learning will also include capitalization and punctuation rules including the correct usage of commas and quotation marks. We will also study abbreviations, contractions, prefixes and suffixes.
The writing process will progress through the year from the construction of compound and complex sentences to building cohesive paragraphs on a single, narrowed topic. The students will work on writing narrative texts with clear characters, setting, and sequence of events and expository texts such as labels, lists, and journals. Also, the students will learn to write research papers on a topic of instruction. In addition to paragraphs, we will also learn to write friendly letters and thank-you notes as well as formulating written responses to literature texts.