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                   WELCOME TO MCKENZIE'S KIDS!!!
January 4th: 1st Day Back- Report Cards go home
January 15th: Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday-no school
February 16 & 19

Reading:  Our curriculum is Making Meaning. We are beginning a new unit. This unit focuses on making inferences. The other strategies that are also taught are visualizing, questioning, using text features, determining important ideas, summarizing, and analyzing text structure. Our vocabulary always coincides with the book we are reading. Students are also given independent reading time almost daily, this is monitored by Letters to the Queen (reader's journal).  If your child is or is not reading-this shows in their reader's journal.

*Vocabulary- a new set of words is given every 2 weeks. Students study antonyms, synonyms, parts of speech, and root words. (prefixes and suffixes,too) Students are taught how to use each word in sentences.

List tested on 1/18 (Thursday): wise, unwise, pursue, greedy, crouch, deceive, secure, thoroughly, indignantly, sustain, stalk, serene


Spelling: A spelling list is in their ELA folder.  It is pink, in a protected cover sheet, and the date of the test is written above the list. (next test is 1/19)

Grammar: Grammar is studied almost daily. We do this using mentor sentences and also practice in their writer's journal.There is a grammar section in their ELA folder.

Being a Writer: We use our Writer's Journals almost daily. Students write based on texts we are studying in class. Opinion Writing will be our focus for the next 3 weeks. Students will be reading persuasive essays and writing their own.

Social Studies: We  use Scholastic News in our classroom. We will also be beginning a unit on Mississippi studies, that we will be discussing for several weeks.

Current Event: please look at the 'assignment' section    Due 1/19