Thursday, January 19, 2012

Word Study Update

We have begun diagramming sentences in Word Study! The students enjoy the puzzle of figuring out what to do with different words in the sentences. One of the goals in 4th grade is for students to leave with ownership of all 8 parts of speech (noun, verb, pronoun, preposition, conjunction, adjective, adverb, and interjection). We are spending the next two weeks focusing heavily on one part of speech per day -- they can expect a definitions quiz on the 8 parts of speech at the end. We will practice identifying the different parts of speech in sentences, and then apply these rules to sentence diagramming. Our intense study before the Christmas break of subjects, predicates, nouns, and verbs has given the students a terrific edge on identifying compound subjects and verbs. We look forward to further engaging the students in the parts of speech.