Beginning Language Arts
Literature studies, vocabulary, grammar/mechanics, intro to writing
minimum 8, maximum 14
Class time: (Meets once/week)
Pre-requisites for class:
This beginning language arts class will reinforce basic language arts skills for 4-5th grade students. This introductory class is designed to give students experience in an engaging and fun group setting. We will cover many concepts in the class, but parents may choose to supplement with additional language arts instruction at home.
Literature Studies: Students will read and interact with 4-5 age-appropriate chapter books, discuss basic story elements, practice reading strategies, identify the author's purpose, and explore points of view.
Vocabulary/Mechanics: Students will develop these skills using context clues, building vocabulary through reading, and practicing correct punctuation and capitalization rules.
Writing: Students will develop writing skills through freewriting, journaling, and responding to reading selections.
Classwork / Homework
Class time will consist of literature discussions, guided note-taking, and guided skills practice. Throughout the week, students will complete reading assignments, engage in skills practice, and keep a (simple) journal.
All of the skills and literature will first be introduced in class. Students will print the homework posted weekly to Google Classroom.
Students will enjoy the "class pet" (small stuffed animal) that will travel to their homes in a rotation. Each week, the "pet" writes a brief diary entry of what he experienced while at your home.
Required Books & Materials
by Richard Atwater and Florence Atwater
by Andrew Clements
by Ruth Stiles Gannett
Novels listed above* (Subject to change before May 1)
Single subject spiral (for journal)
Periodic internet access for skills practice
Printer for homework