Loyola Village Elementary Fine and Performing Arts Magnet School
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My name is Nailah Sankaré and I teach fourth grade. The learning spaces I facilitate are student-led and inquiry based. My program integrates the National Core Arts Standards with the Common Core State Standards and NGSS. I’m committed to establishing positive learning experiences that impact students' academic and social behaviors. Click here to view our class website.

 

 

 



 

 

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January 7 - 11, 2019

Dear Families:

This week our class will focus on the advances of science. We will discuss how science can sometimes be both helpful and harmful.

Below are some activities you can do with your child to help reinforce the skills we’ll be practicing.

Word Workout - Week of January 7, 2019

Word Workout

  • Words to Know: roots in related words In this activity, you and your child will match the list words with the sentences that contain related words. Then you will help your child rewrite the sentence using the list word instead of the underlined word.
  • Spelling/Phonics: compound words Your child will match the first half of a compound word on this week’s spelling list correctly with the second half. You can also have fun coming up with crazy compound words together.

Word Workout - Week of December 10, 2018

  • Words to Know: suffixes In this activity, you will think of a sentence that includes one list word, but you will omit the list word as you say the sentence. Your child will fill in the blank with the list word and then define the word. You’ll continue this until you have used all the words on the list.
  • Spelling/Phonics: plurals You will say the singular form of each list word and then challenge your child to spell the word as a plural.

December 10, 2018

Dear Families:

This week our class will focus on how people’s words can lead to change. We will be discussing the idea that what people say can influence others’ opinions.

Here are some activities you can do with your child to help reinforce the skills we’ll be practicing.

Word Workout

  • Words to Know: suffixes In this activity, you will think of a sentence that includes one list word, but you will omit the list word as you say the sentence. Your child will fill in the blank with the list word and then define the word. You’ll continue this until you have used all the words on the list.
  • Spelling/Phonics: plurals You will say the singular form of each list word and then challenge your child to spell the word as a plural.

Comprehension: fact and opinion

Help your child find the boxed words in the grid, and then use them to fill in the blanks in the sentences. Have your child write F for fact or O for opinion after each statement.

Word Workout - Week of December 3, 2018

  • Words to Know: synonyms and antonyms In this activity, you and your child will take turns defining the list words and then finding words that have the opposite meaning.
  • Spelling/Phonics: soft c and g You will read each word on the list, and your child will spell them as quickly as possible to see how many he or she can spell correctly in one minute. If your child misspells a word, you will stop the clock and start again.

December 3, 2018

Dear Families:

This week we will be focusing on how one person can make a difference in the lives of others. We will also focus on citizenship and the rights and responsibilities that come with it.

Here are some activities you can do with your child to help reinforce the skills we’ll be practicing.

Word Workout

  • Words to Know: synonyms and antonyms In this activity, you and your child will take turns defining the list words and then finding words that have the opposite meaning.
  • Spelling/Phonics: soft c and g You will read each word on the list, and your child will spell them as quickly as possible to see how many he or she can spell correctly in one minute. If your child misspells a word, you will stop the clock and start again.

Comprehension: author’s point of view

After reading a story together about Rosa Parks, help your child write a newspaper article from his or her own point of view.

November 26, 2018

Dear Families:

This week our class will be focusing on our role in the community. We will be talking about how we can help our communities and the idea of public service and the common good.

Here are some activities you can do with your child to help reinforce the skills we’ll be practicing.

Word Workout

  • Words to Know: definitions and restatements Your child will choose a word, define it, and use it in a sentence. You will use the same word plus one other word in a different sentence. Then your child will use your word and one other in another new sentence. Continue until all the words have been used at least once.
  • Spelling/Phonics: words with silent letters You and your child will group words according to their silent letters. Then you will use each of the words in a sentence that also includes a word that begins with that silent letter.

Comprehension: point of view

Have your child rewrite a short paragraph to change it from a first person point of view to a third person point of view.

November 12, 2018

Dear Families,
This week in Language Arts our class will focus on new friends and how our communities can welcome them. We will also be discussing the ways that new friends can add to our lives. In Social Studies we will focus on the Spanish exploration and colonization of California. In Math we will continue to focus on place value and operational thinking.

November 4, 2018

Dear Families,

This week our class will be focusing again on the important skills covered during the last five weeks. Here are some activities you can do with your child to help reinforce the skills we’ll be reviewing and extending.

  • Read together a set of directions from a manual or from a Web site.
  • Write a few sentences together to summarize the directions.
  • Ask your child to present the summary as a short speech to family members.

Before your child presents the speech, discuss this checklist. 

√    Review your written summary. Are the directions clear?

√    Speak so everyone can hear.

√    Ask your audience if they have any questions. 

Showing interest in your child’s reading, writing, and speaking will help his or her progress during the year.

October 28, 2018

Dear Families,
This week our class will be discussing how animals can inspire writers to create stories. We will also be focusing on poetry and poems that include animal characters.
I will send home some activities that you can do with your child to help reinforce the skills we’ll be practicing.