Sunday, January 29, 2012

Figurative Language

What is Figurative Language?
Whenever you describe something by comparing it with something else,
you are using figurative language. 

A simile uses the words “like” or “as”
to compare one object or idea with another to suggest they are alike.
Example: busy as a bee

The metaphor states a fact or draws a verbal picture by the use of comparison.
A simile would say you are like something; a metaphor is more positive - it says you are something.
Example: You are what you eat.

A figure of speech in which human characteristics are given
to an animal or an object. Example: My teddy bear gave me a hug.

The repetition of the same initial letter, sound, or group of sounds in a series of words.
Alliteration includes tongue twisters. Example: She sells seashells by the seashore.

The use of a word to describe or imitate a natural sound or the sound
made by an object or an action. Example: snap crackle pop

An exaggeration that is so dramatic that no one would believe the statement is true.
Tall tales are hyperboles.
Example: He was so hungry, he ate that whole cornfield for lunch, stalks and all.

According to Webster's Dictionary, an idiom is defined as: peculiar to itself
either grammatically (as no, it wasn't me) or in having a meaning
that cannot be derived from the conjoined meanings of its elements
(as Monday week for "the Monday a week after next Monday")

A cliché is an expression that has been used so often that it has become trite
and sometimes boring. Example: Many hands make light work.


Play Figurative Language Games:


This week we will be recognizing how -ing is added to words with a
                                                       VCe or VVC spelling pattern:
VCe  - drop e     add ing
close                   closing
trade                   trading
skate                   skating
write                   writing
wave                  waving

VCC                   add ing
moan                  moaning
dream                 dreaming
meet                   meeting
mail                    mailing
clean                  cleaning

1. Read at home each night (20 minutes) choose 1 non- fiction activity
2. Word study one activity each night                                                             
3. Math Coach Book pgs 245-250
Home Links each night - starting Tuesday 6.1                                            
4.  Vocabulary (tba)                                                                                               
5.  Grammar     (tba)                                                                                              
6.  Social Studies Unit 3 Lesson 3 worksheet                                                  
7.  Book Card Due - Monday February 6, 2012   *non-fiction*                  
Students have GYM Tuesday, Library Read & Return Wednesday


We are getting ready for unit 6: GEOMETRY (ms.vecchio's favorite!)
 TEST your GEOMETRY skills here:

Friday, January 6, 2012

class 3-1 LOVES playing Island

This game is called Island or Cross The River: (our favorite)  
The object of the game for all team members to get across to the next island, with out falling in the water.
   First: Set up 3 square mats for each team. 
   Then:Give the team a scooter, hoop and jump rope
   Next: All team members try to get each other to the next island without touching the floor (water). 
   Last: Enjoy watching your class work together as a team to try and get everyone safely across to the next island.  
           The cheers,laughs, and good sportsmanship is priceless!