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

Spelling and Grammar 9/16 – 9/20

Spelling: Words with short i and short u

  1. awful
  2. citizen
  3. conduct
  4. decision
  5. disagree
  6. establish
  7. hectic
  8. inquire
  9. interrupt
  10. opinion
  11. results
  12. submit
  13. success
  14. suggestion
  15. witness

Watch-Out Words

  • could have
  • should have
  • would have
  • might have



  • The complete subject  of a sentence includes all of the words that tell about the subject. (My aunt’s heroism inspired many people.)
  • The complete predicate of a sentence includes all of the words that tell about the predicate. (Today I follow her brave example)
  • The simple subject is the most important word in the subject. It can be a noun or pronoun. (My grandpa volunteers every week.)
  • The simple predicate is the most important word in the predicate. It is the verb. (He found volunteering to be rewarding.)
  • phrase is a group of words that does not have a subject and a predicate.
  • dependent clause has a subject and verb, but does not express a complete thought.



improve, individual, neighborhood, offer, volunteer, benefit, clarify, comparison, duty, identify, impact, learn, point of view, narrator

Word Work for 9/9-9/13

Spelling: Words with short a and short o

  1. advice
  2. bothered
  3. busybody
  4. common
  5. conference
  6. dollars
  7. honest
  8. jobless
  9. manage
  10. model
  11. onward
  12. problem
  13. promise
  14. satisfy
  15. transform

Watch-Out Words

  • you’re
  • your
  • eye
  • I



pronoun takes the place of a noun. Some pronouns are: I, you, he, she, it, we, they

complete sentence has two parts:

  • the subject tells whom or what the sentence is about (usually a noun or pronoun)
  • the predicate tells what the subject is, has, or does.



Words in a dictionary are arranged in the same order as the letters in the alphabet.

In order to look up words, you need to know alphabetical order.

Spelling, Grammar, and Vocabulary for 9/3-9/6

We are beginning our first Language Arts unit this week. In addition to reading and writing work, here are the skills we’ll be practicing:

Spelling: Words with short a and short o

  1. action
  2. bonds
  3. chance
  4. confident
  5. doctor
  6. example
  7. follow
  8. grand
  9. happen
  10. humanity
  11. longing
  12. outstanding
  13. possible
  14. talent
  15. tasks

Watch-Out Words

  • a while
  • awhile
  • accept
  • except


Social Studies and Academic Vocabulary:

action, difference, gift, problem, receive, solution, kindness, need, plot, prediction, preview, understand, value, want


Grammar: Nouns

A noun names a person, animal, place, or thing.

common noun names any person, animal, place or thing. A proper noun names a particular person, animal, place, or thing. All important words in a proper noun start with a capital letter.

concrete noun names something you can see, hear, smell, taste, or touch. An abstract noun names something you can think about, but cannot see, hear, smell, touch, or taste.