Learning Goals Jan. 20th – 23rd

Math Learning Goal:

Students will learn that a fraction represents a part of a whole. They will also learn to represent fractions with denominators of 2, 3, 4, 6, and 8.

 For Example:



Math Homework:

Lone Staar pg 32 and complete X-chart on back.

Science Learning Goal:

Students will continue our unit on the Solar System.  We will be studying the moon and its phases.

Vocabulary Test ~ Wednesday, April 16th

Notice that this test will take place on WEDNESDAY, NOT FRIDAY (due to the Easter party and holiday). Therefore, there are only 10 words this time.


1. setting – time and place of the story or poem

Example: the forest during the 1800’s

2. antonym– words with OPPOSITE meanings

Examples: polite/impolite   like/dislike   light/heavy  happy/gloomy

3. synonyms –words with the SAME meanings

Examples:   polite/kind         cat/feline          smart/intelligent

4. homophones – words that sound the same but are spelled differently and have different meanings

Examples: sea/see   hair/hare   air/heir  son/sun    right/write

5. simile – a comparison between two things using “like” or “as”

Examples:  Her hair is like silk.     She is as quiet as a mouse.

6.    metaphor –  a comparison between two things NOT using “like” or “as”

Examples: Her hair is silk.    She is a quiet mouse.

7. summary –   tells the 5 w’s of a story, poem, or literary work (WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, & WHY)

** Summary tells a little about the BME (BEGINNING, MIDDLE, and END)

8.event – something that happens and is important
9.theme – the main message of the story

Examples: will to survive, good vs. evil, love, be kind to others, the circle of life

10.author’s purpose – the reason an author writes a selection

Persuade – I need a dog, Mom!

Inform – There are hundreds of dog breeds in the world.

Entertain – One day my dog dug under the fence and got out.

Vocabulary for 3/24 – 4/4

Vocabulary Words – Weeks of 3/24 and 3/31

TEST ON Friday, April 4 – Study hard!

1.constitution – adopted in 1787 and is the supreme law of the United States; many amendments have been added to the original document

**The first ten amendments are known as the Bill of Rights.

2. government – the governing body of a nation, state, or union

3. executive branchexecutes or enforces the laws (makes sure laws get done)

**The president is the head of this branch and is elected by the people.

4.  judicial branch- evaluates the laws

**This branch is made up of the Supreme Court and other federal courts

They are nominated by the President of the United States.

5. legislative branchmakes the laws

**This branch includes the Senate (2 senators per state) and the House of Representatives (number is based on each state’s population)

6.amendmenta minor change made to a document

7.  conflict– a disagreement or struggle

There are 4 types of conflict in literature:

man vs. man – usually good guy vs. bad guy
man vs. self – internal conflict such as choosing between right and wrong
man vs. nature – usually struggles with natural disaster or animal

**Character is usually struggling to survive

man vs. society – Example: fighting for freedom or a cause

8.text features- features such as captions, headings, sub headings, titles, timelines, charts, diagrams, glossary, etc. that help a reader find important information

9.mood – the FEELING created in a reader by a story or poem
10.conclusionsomething you judge to be correct using any evidence and your schema (what you already know)
11.climax the most exciting or suspenseful part of a book, poem, etc.

Example in The Wizard of Oz: When Dorothy spills water on the wicked witch and melts her. She and her friends go to see the Wizard of Oz, only to find out he’s a fraud. Dorothy nearly makes it back to Kansas, but Toto jumps out of the hot air balloon and Dorothy jumps out to get him. The balloon soars into the sky without Dorothy.

12. stanza – paragraphs in poetry

13. line break – a pause that divides a poem into lines; this helps organize the poem and makes it easier to read

14. disadvantage– an unfavorable condition or position

Example: Our team was at a disadvantage because they weren’t used to playing in the cold, snowy weather.

15. graphic- a visual image

Examples: Venn Diagram, chart, photograph, illustration, chart, illustration

Vocabulary ~ Test Feb. 28th


1. first person point of view– narrator tells the story from her/her vantage point based on what he/she knows (use words like “I,” “me,” “we,”, “us”)

2.third person point of view – narrates the story as if they are looking in on the story and seeing the events (uses words like “he,” “she,” “they,” “them”)

3. conflict- a struggle between two opposing forces

Example: Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader had many conflicts.

4. resolution – solving a problem

Example: My dog was becoming obese (problem).

We bought our dog healthy weight dog food and made a commitment to walk her every day (resolution).

5. figurative language – word or phrase that doesn’t have the same basic everyday meaning**figuratively speaking; not literally

Examples of figurative language include: onomatopoeias (sounds), similes (comparison between two things using “like” or “as”), metaphors (comparing two thing NOT using “like” or “as”), idioms (That’s a piece of cake/ It’s raining cats and dogs), hyperboles (If I don’t get a dog, I will die), personification (The stars danced in the sky), etc.

6. idioms – a phrase or expression with a meaning that’s different than the meaning of its separate words

Examples: Best of both words, the ball is in your court, cant judge a book by its cover, feeling a bit under the weather

7. mostly about– when deciding what a paragraph or story is mostly about, decide what idea/topic is being repeated. If it’s barely mentioned or is just a small, supporting detail, then that’s NOT what the paragraph, or story, is mostly about.

8. similarities – when two or more things are alike or resemble one another

Examples: Fish and whales are similar in that they can both swim and live in water.

9. rephrase – to phrase again (usually in a different way)
Example: He rephrased his question so his teacher could understand exactly what he meant.

10. genre – a classification of literature, music, art, or poetry

Examples of genres: science fiction, adventure, folklore, mystery, biography

11. convey – to make something known to someone

Nathan’s mother conveys (shows) her love for him by making his lunch every day.

12. prefix – letter or letters added to the beginning of a word that changes the word’s meaning

Example: like DISlike (adding the prefix DIS means you do NOT like it)

13. suffix – letter or letters added to the end of a word that changes its meaning

Example: kindness joyous wonderful

14. root word/base word – the base part of a word without the prefix and/or suffix

Example: mistreated (root word is TREAT) unbelievable (root word is believe)

15. determine – to decide

Example: I determined that she was a great friend because of her kindness and loyalty.

Vocab Test – Thursday 2/13

Text Structure and Summary Vocabulary

Test on Thursday,  2/13 NOT Friday

1. structure  –   how a written piece is put together (constructed)

2.cause and effect – _ one event occurs because of another

**Look for words such as “because,” “since,” “if/then” etc.

 cause – the WHY something happens

effect– the WHAT happens

Example:  Since the wind was fiercely blowing (CAUSE), the trees fell over. (EFFECT)

 3. problem and solution – text that presents a problem that needs to be solved

**Look for words such as “the problem,” “the solution,” “puzzle is solved,” etc.

4. problem – something that is hard to deal with and must be overcome

Example: Susan kept forgetting to complete her homework.  (PROBLEM)

Susan and her mom came up with an afternoon schedule where she completed homework first before doing anything else. (SOLUTION)

5.  solution –  solving a problem

 6.  chronological order – the order in which events occur

**Look for words such as “first,” “then,” “next,” “after that,” “next,” etc.

7. compare & contrast –  text that gives similarities and differences about people, places, events, or things

**Look for words such as “although,” “similarly,” “differences,” “in contrast,” etc.

8.description – the author describes a topic by giving its characteristics or features

**Look for wards like “for example,” “for instance,” “to illustrate,”

9.  selection –    a written or spoken text

10 . event – an important happening in a selection

11. summarize – to write or tell the main idea and the most important details in a selection  **Tells the “who,” “what,” “when,” “where,” and “why” and includes a little about the BEGINNING, MIDDLE, and END of the story

12. plot- the sequence of events or actions in a story

13. theme- the central message or idea found throughout a story (the heart of the story)

Examples:    friendship, good vs. evil, circle of life, facing reality, will to survive

14. conclusion – a judgment or decision made after consideration or by reasoning

**Use the clues in the text and your SCHEMA (what you already know) to draw a reasonable conclusion.

15. future event – an event that is expected to occur in the future (has not occurred yet)

Reading Homework ~ Feb. 3-7

READER’S CAFE (DESSERT) is due THIS Wednesday 2/5 (Diamante Poem with main character as the topic/subject)


1. Read 15-20 minutes every night.


2. Study vocabulary words (test on 2/13).


3. Study spelling words (test THIS Thursday)


4. Reading h.w. (please sit down with your child and let him/her read to you). Please sign the page stating that you worked with your precious child.


Make sure your child uses our reading strategy CRASH to prove answers (see below).


C- Circle important information/pictures


R – Read and reread


A – Answer the questions


S- Show work (prove answers)


H – Have you shown your work and made sure you’ve answered all questions?

Building Vocabulary Skills


BIGbot by Merriam-Webster is a wonderful game that will help students build their understanding of antonyms and synonyms.  The discovery of this game could not come at a better time. Students are gearing up to take the STAAR assessment and by engaging in this game, they will be able to increase their vocabulary while having fun at the same time.

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Main Dish ~ Due Tomorrow (Jan. 22nd)

MAIN DISH (Choose 1) **Worth 10 points toward total grade of 100 for the entire Menu

  • Fill in a story map based on the book you read. **Graphic organizer provided by your child’s teacher
  • Write a story including the main parts of a Story Map (main characters, setting, supporting characters, problem, and solution)

If your child forgot to bring home a story map, just include the following on a piece of paper: title, author, main characters, setting, supporting characters, problem, and solution.