Monday, November 9, 2009

Language Arts - Ivy

Here is a list of some of the novels Ivy has read this term (books with stars are ones Ella has listened to as well):

*Island of the Blue Dolphins, Scott O'Dell
First Light, Rebecca Stead
City of Ember, Jeanne DuPrau (book & movie)
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, J.K. Rowling
Savvy, Ingrid Law
The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien
*Gaia Girls: Enter the Earth, Lee Welles
*Molly Moon, Georgia Bing
The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey, Trenton Lee Stewart
*Birchbark House, Louise Erdrich
*Secret of Roan Innish, Rosalie K. Fry (book & movie)
A Wrinkle In Time, Madeleine L'Engle

Supplementary novel work:
- Gaia Girls discussion & activity pages
- comparison study of City of Ember and First Light
- contrast between Ivy & Bilbo (The Hobbit)
- group read aloud, discussion and posters for Birchbark House
- A Wrinkle In Time study sheets (here and here, adapted to appropriate level)

Other language arts activities:
- creative writing (halloween math story, posters & magazine pages)
- spelling & vocabulary (mostly oral, some written)
- editing own work with help, particular attention given to sentence structure & use of capitals
- extensive non-fiction reading for fun as well as on the topics of stuctures and the solar system

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