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Mrs. Urquiza

Hi parents! Here's my schedule for the next two weeks:

I will be out on Thursday and Friday (3/12 and 3/13) - the kids will have a sub and work on Study Island catch up, grammar worksheets and cursive writing

Spelling test = 3/12 Vocabulary test = 3/12
Comprehension test = 3/12 Writing assignment = 3/3 (practice for AZ Merit)
Expository essays = 3/5 and 3/10 (in class)

Spelling:
anagram
diagram
epigram
grammar
mechanic
mechanical
mechanism
mechanized
metropolis
metropolitan
monogram
philosopher
philosophy
policy
political
politician
seismogram
sophisticated
sophomore
telegram

Challenge Words:
cardiogram
cosmopolitan
grammatical

Vocabulary:
1) pushcart – a small cart that is pushed by hand; a wheelbarrow
2) market square – an area in a town or city where merchants sell goods from stalls
3) enterprise – something that a person strives to do, often referring to a business
4) keen – eager or interested in
5) camaraderie – friendship
6) oath – a statement in which one promises that what one says is true
7) outgoing – friendly and talkative
8) suspicion – an emotional state characterized by doubt about a person or thing
9) blockade – to shut off an area to keep people or supplies from leaving or coming
10) freely – done without concern or worry
11) frigid – very cold
12) checkpoint – a barrier along a route that is guarded
13) hull – the sides and bottom of a boat
14) gruff – not friendly or polite
15) befriend – make a friend of

For the next two weeks, your students will be writing two expository essays. Details are below:

Expository essay prompt 1 (March 4th classwork):

Subject: a favorite game
Form: expository paragraph
Purpose: to explain the rules
Audience: classmates
Planner: cluster
Total points possible: 50

FCA’s:

1) spelling = 10
2) handwriting = 10
3) use of at least one advanced vocabulary word = 10
4) indented paragraphs = 10
5) planner = 10
6) clear understanding of rules by reader = 20

Expository essay prompt 2 (March 10th classwork):
Subject: sometimes I wish I could tell my friend....
Form: expository paragraph
Purpose: to inform
Audience: your friend
Planner: cluster
Total points possible: 70

FCA’s:

1) spelling = 10
2) handwriting = 10
3) use of at least one advanced vocabulary word = 10
4) indented paragraphs = 10
5) planner = 10
6) clear understanding of message by reader = 20
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Hi parents!  Happy Tuesday – here's my schedule for the next two weeks: 

Spelling test = 2/27                                                                                              Vocabulary test = 2/27 

Comprehension test = 2/28                                                                                Writing assignment = 2/26 

allergist 

antagonist 

astrology 

audiology 

biology 

cardiology 

cartoonist 

chemist 

cryptology 

dermatology 

ecology 

florist 

geologist 

journalist 

mythology 

paleontology 

protagonist 

psychology 

typist 

vocalist 

Challenge Words: 

anthropology 

archaeology 

meteorologist 

 

 
 
Vocabulary: 
1) immunity – the ability of the body to resist a disease 
2) chartered – to create an official document that establishes rights and obligations for a person, a group of people, or company 
3) precious metals – rare metals that have a high price 
4) artisan – a person who is skilled in a particular craft 
5) navigation – the art or science for figuring out the position and courses of boats, ships, and aircraft 
6) propulsion – the force that moves something forward or onward 
7) irrigate – to supply land with water through streams, channels or pipes 
8) strategic – relating to a plan for achieving a goal 
9) hamper – to get in way of action or progress 
10) massive – of great size or extent 
11) dwindle – to become less or smaller 
12) succumb – not able to resist a force 
13) depletion – a serious decrease of a quantity 
14) emaciated – made very thin due to a lack of nourishment 
15) agricultural – having to do with farming 
16) permanence – a state of lasting a long time 

 

For the next two weeks, your students will be writing a 5 paragraph persuasive essay. The topic is: The school day should be shorter. Your students will be graded on the following: 
1) 5 paragraphs = 10 points 
2) 5 sentences per paragraph = 10 points 
3) indented paragraphs = 10 points 
4) neat handwriting = 10 points 
5) clear statement of student's belief on topic = 10 points 
6) introductory paragraph = 10 points 
7) supporting paragraph 1 = 10 points 
8) supporting paragraph 2 = 10 points 
9) supporting paragraph 3 = 10 points 
10) concluding paragraph = 10 points 
The kids will be working on this in class 

Due:

Parents - the next two weeks are going to be reteach and review. On Friday, February 14, we will be doing a spelling and vocabulary test that will encompass all of the words from the past few weeks. The lists are below:
Spelling:
1) abrupt
2) amphibious
3) audience
4) audiobooks
5) audiovisual
6) audit
7) auditorium
8) audiology
9) auditory
10) bankrupt
11) biography
12) biology
13) disrupt
14) eruption
15) inaudible
16) microbiologist
17) rupture
18) aggressive
19) antibiotic
20) autobiography
21) biodiversity
22) chronicle
23) continuous
24) courteous
25) deduct
26) feverish
27) graduation
28) intermediate
29) interruption
30) millimeter
31) nutritious
32) supervise
33) symbolism
34) synonym
35) transformation
36) vaccinate

Vocabulary:
1) expressway - wide road with several lanes used for automobile traffic
2) gradually - happening little by little
3) welled - rise to the surface
4) melancholy - deep sadness
5) insurance - protection against loss or damage
6) clearing - piece of land free from trees or large plants
7) shogun - one of the many military rulers of Japan who served before the revolution of 1867-1868
8) regularly - done over and over at about the same time
9) verse - section of a poem or song
10) fiddled - to aimlessly play around with
11) pondered - to think carefully
12) charming - attractive or appealing
13) solar – having to do with, or coming from, the sun
14) refugee – a person who flees from a place in search of safety or protection
15) isolated – apart from other people or communities
16) devour – to consume quickly
17) promote – to contribute to the growth of or endorse
18) archipelago – a large group of islands, or the body of water in which the islands are located
19) consists – to be made up of
20) economical – requiring a relatively small amount of money
21) nomadic – characterized by moving from place to place
22) caravan – a group of vehicles travelling together
23) refurbished – to make useful again
24) capabilities – able to be done