Word Work for 1/6-1/10

Spelling: Words with Long a: ai, ay

  1. daydream
  2. exclaim
  3. failure
  4. gains
  5. mainly
  6. painful
  7. payment
  8. playful
  9. raising
  10. saint
  11. straight
  12. stray
  13. unpaid
  14. vain
  15. x-ray

Watch-Out Words

  • lay
  • lie
  • plane
  • plain


Grammar: Verbs

  • If the subject tells about one other person or thing, add -s to an action verb. For other subjects, do not add -s.
  • Most verbs are action verbs. And action verb tells what the subject does.
  • To show the present tense for the subject he, she, or it, add -s to the end of most action verbs.
  • If a verb ends in x, ch, sh, ss, or z, add -es.


Social Studies and Academic Vocabulary:

advertisement, buyer, market, money, pay, seller, accomplish, cooperation, determine, paraphrase, planety, purpose, theme, plenty

Word Work 12/9 – 12/13

Spelling: Plurals with -s and -es

  1. acres
  2. bananas
  3. branches
  4. bulbs
  5. bunches
  6. bushes
  7. carrots
  8. floods
  9. labels
  10. meadows
  11. melons
  12. messes
  13. patterns
  14. recesses
  15. speeches

Watch-Out Words

  • sew
  • sow
  • so

Vocabulary Strategy: Suffixes

A suffix is a word part that comes at the end of a word. It changes the word’s meaning.

Some common suffixes are:

-y (full of)

-less (without)

-ness (the state of)

-er (someone who)

-tion (state of)

-ful (full of, with a lot of)

-est (the most or best)


Grammar: Noncount Nouns

A noncount noun: cannot be counted, has one form that does not change,

Do not use  or an before a noncount noun.

Use a singular verb with a noncount noun.


Word Work for 12/2 – 12/6

Spelling: Words with VCe and long and short vowels

  1. alive
  2. awaken
  3. decorate
  4. entire
  5. grape
  6. hike
  7. lonely
  8. mole
  9. prune
  10. quite
  11. roses
  12. spruce
  13. stake
  14. twice
  15. volume

Watch-Out Words

  • rose
  • rows
  • die
  • dye


Grammar: Irregular Plurals and Noncount Nouns

Some nouns show the plural in different ways (ex: child – children, foot – feet, mouse – mice).

Some nouns use the same form for singular and plural (ex: deer, fish, sheep, moose).

Some nouns cannot be counted. They have only one form for singular or plural (ex: wood, snow, rain, sunshine).


Scientific and Academic Vocabulary: city, desert, rainforest, vine, weed, main idea, details, diversity, environment, organism, protect, unique

Word Work 11/18-11/22

Spelling: Multisyllabic Words
Practice online at Spelling City: https://www.spellingcity.com/users/AGould3B

  1. autumn
  2. bamboo
  3. couple
  4. entrance
  5. familiar
  6. greenery
  7. hobby
  8. magnify
  9. ordinary
  10. poison
  11. powder
  12. properly
  13. recognize
  14. scatter
  15. separate

Watch-Out Words

  • berry
  • bury
  • beet
  • beat


Grammar: Count Nouns

singular noun names one person, place, or thing. A plural noun names more than one.

Add -s to most nouns to show more than one. Add -es to nouns that end in ch, sh, ss, x, z, and sometimes o.

For count nouns that end in a consonant plus y, change the y to i and add –es. For nouns that end in a vowel plus y, just add -s.

Never change the base spelling of a proper name. Just add -s or -es depending on the final consonant.


Vocabulary Strategy: Multiple Meaning Words

Some words have more than one meaning. You can use context, or the words near the word, to figure out the correct meaning.

Word Work for 11/11-11/15

Spelling: Words with long e, i and o

  1. armload
  2. beaming
  3. carefree
  4. clover
  5. delight
  6. event
  7. feature
  8. fiber
  9. greenhouse
  10. local
  11. odor
  12. peanut
  13. potato
  14. tidal
  15. zebra

Watch-Out Words

  • heal
  • heel
  • he’ll


Grammar: Complex Sentences

  • A complex sentence has an independent clause and one or more dependent clauses.
  • A conjunction joins the dependent clause to the independent clause.
  • If the dependent clause come first, put a comma after it.



Science Vocabulary:

blossom, cycle, root, seed, soil, sprout, event, order, sequence


Academic Vocabulary:

characteristic, conditions, depend, growth, produce, inference

Word Work for 11/4-11/8

Spelling: Consonant Blends

  1. claws
  2. clumps
  3. consist
  4. drank
  5. entrap
  6. grunt
  7. hound
  8. pleasant
  9. refresh
  10. result
  11. sleek
  12. smear
  13. sneak
  14. stray
  15. trend

Watch-Out Words

  • be
  • bee
  • hair
  • hare


Grammar: Dependent/Independent Clauses; Compound Sentences

An independent clause can stand alone as a sentence.

dependent clause cannot stand alone. A signal word connects it to an independent clause. Some signal words include: although, before, after, because, if, even if, unless, until, since.

Two independent clauses can be joined together to make a compound sentence. Join clauses with a comma and the conjunctions and, but, or or.


Vocabulary Strategy: Pronunciation

If you are unsure of how to say a word, the dictionary can help you determine the pronunciation.

The pronunciation guide helps you know how many syllables there are and which syllable gets the stress.

Word Work 10/28 – 11/1

Unit 2, Week 3 Word Work

Spelling: Words with digraphs th and ng

  1. although
  2. belong
  3. during
  4. feathers
  5. fitting
  6. nothing
  7. rather
  8. springing
  9. strength
  10. stung
  11. surroundings
  12. therefore
  13. thorny
  14. throughout
  15. together

Watch-Out Words

  • neither
  • nor
  • either
  • or

Grammar: Contractions, Compound Subjects and Predicates

  • Contractions combine two words and use an apostrophe to mark where letters were removed.
  • Simple sentences that have the same subject or predicate can be combined into a compound sentence.


Science Vocabulary: drought, ecosystem, food chain, level, river

Academic Vocabulary: cause, competition, effect, nature, negative, positive, resources


Word Work, Unit 2 Week 2, 10/21 – 10/25

Spelling: Words with digraphs ck and sh

  1. attack
  2. buck
  3. clash
  4. flesh
  5. livestock
  6. quickness
  7. shallow
  8. sharpen
  9. shed
  10. shout
  11. sickness
  12. speckled
  13. thrash
  14. tricky
  15. vanish

Watch-Out Words

  • blew
  • blue
  • fir
  • fur



There are four kinds of sentences. Each kind has its own purpose:

  • A statement tells something and ends with a period.
  • A question asks something and ends with a question mark.
  • An exclamation shows feeling and ends with an exclamation mark.
  • A command give direction and ends with a period.


Vocabulary Strategy:

Each syllable in a word contains one vowel sound (there may be more than one vowel).

The dictionary entry for a word shows the number of syllables.

Word Work for 10/14 – 10/18

Spelling: Words with short e

  1. central
  2. connect
  3. correction
  4. element
  5. enemy
  6. everywhere
  7. exception
  8. exist
  9. insect
  10. messy
  11. pester
  12. several
  13. stem
  14. upset
  15. whenever

Watch-Out Words

  • ant
  • aunt
  • deer
  • dear

Science Vocabulary: amount, behavior, decrease, increase, supply
Academic Vocabulary: balance, compare, contrast, control, inreact, react, scarce

Grammar: Capitalization in titles, commas in addresses, and punctuation of dialogue

  • capitalize the first, last, and any key words in a title
  • italicize or underline titles of books, movies, plays, magazines, newspapers, tv series, and long poems
  • use quotation marks for songs, poems, short stories, chapter titles, articles, or episode titles
  • use commas to separate the parts of an address: street address, city, state, country
  • when writing dialogue, put quotation marks around the speaker’s exact words. Use commas to offset the dialogue from the sentence.

Spelling and Grammar for 9/23-9/27

Spelling Unit 1, Week 4: Words with digraphs ch, tch

  1. approach
  2. catch
  3. change
  4. charming
  5. chosen
  6. coach
  7. ditch
  8. itching
  9. latch
  10. pitched
  11. pouches
  12. reach
  13. riches
  14. searching
  15. watchful

Watch-Out Words

  • this
  • these
  • that
  • those

Grammar: Subject-Verb Agreement; Compound Subjects

The verb is the most important word in the predicate and must agree (singular/plural) with the simple subject. A singular subject needs a singular verb and a plural subject needs a plural verb.

A compound subject is when two subjects share the same predicate. If they are joined by and, the verb must be plural. If they are joined by or the verb matches the last subject.


Vocabulary Strategy: Using a Dictionary

If you don’t know the meaning of a word, you can use a dictionary or glossary to help. 

Dictionary entries are in alphabetical order and typically give the following information:

  • Syllables
  • Pronunciation
  • Word type (part of speech)
  • definition