Grammar review with Schoolhouse Rock!

Posted on October 11, 2012. Filed under: IRLA Class | Tags: , , |

I’m glad so many of you liked the subject and predicate Schoolhouse Rock video with the story of Mr. Morton and Pearl! ¬†Here are a couple of other fun videos about grammar concepts we’ve covered so far…enjoy!




~Ms. Morris ūüôā

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Concrete and Abstract Nouns

Posted on September 18, 2012. Filed under: IRLA Class | Tags: , , , , |

Since it seemed like our discussion about concrete and abstract nouns was new to many of us, I located a couple of resources that might be helpful to you as you master these concepts.  (These resources are NOT assignments; they are simply additional tools you can refer to as you study.)  

If the idea of concrete and abstract nouns is still a little fuzzy to you, then you might want to check out this short video (1 min) that explains each of these types of noun and gives several basic examples:

When you think you have the hang of concrete and abstract nouns, you can go ahead and take this practice quiz¬†that covers many types of nouns and other grammar concepts, and see how you do! ¬†(NOTE: ¬†After the video a pop-up may appear that asks you to “log in” to see your results. ¬†If you cancel out of that screen, you will see your results anyway! ¬†You do not need to log in to anything.)

If you find either of these resources helpful, please let me know.  Also, if you know of any other links or resources that would be helpful in studying these concepts, please share them in the comments section.

~Ms. Morris ūüôā

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Week at a glance – 9/17/12 to 9/21/12

Posted on September 15, 2012. Filed under: IRLA Class | Tags: , , , |

This week, we will be launching our grammar work, and our reading work, and our word study work, oh my! ¬†ūüôā

OUR GRAMMAR FOCUS:  Nouns and Pronouns

  • What are they?
  • What do they each do in a sentence?
  • Why is knowing the relationship between them important?

In addition to the work for the day, you will receive a paper copy of this Parts of Speech handout¬†in class on Tuesday. This sheet will go in the grammar section of our binder and will be a resource for you to use for the entire year. (You can also access this handout electronically any time throughout the year through the “handouts” tab on this blog.)

OUR READING FOCUS: Comprehension Skills and Strategies 

  • How will we keep track of what we read this year?
  • How is reading interactive?
  • How do strategies help us develop or improve our skills?

Wordly Wise list #1 will be assigned on Wednesday, 9/19, and the assessment will be in class on Wednesday, 10/3.  You can visit the Word Study site any time for resources and links.


  • There is no school on Monday, 9/17.
  • Supply check (5pts) on Tuesday – make sure you have your independent reading book!!!
  • Make-ups for the summer reading essay and ERB will take place during FLEX this week. (Be sure to come get a pass from me in advance.)
  • Keep checking¬†Infinite Campus for HW assignments, grades, and any missing work.
  • FLEX rotation this week will be:
    • Tuesday – period 4
    • Wednesday – period 5
    • Thursday – period 8
    • Friday – period 3
~Ms. Morris ūüôā
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IRLA: Nouns, Pronouns, and Antecedents

Posted on January 31, 2012. Filed under: IRLA Class | Tags: , , , , |

This week, we are paying careful attention to the parts of speech: nouns, pronouns and antecedents.

Remember, a noun can be:

  • a person¬† (like a doctor)
  • a place¬† (like a train station)
  • a thing¬† (like a necklace)
  • an idea¬† (like equality)
  • a quality¬† (like fairness)

Nouns can be proper (like: Grover Middle School, Chicago, Mary) or they can be common (like: school, city, girl).

Pronouns take the place of a noun in a sentence.  (Some examples are: he, she, it, they, us, we, them, ours, my, mine.)

It is also important to remember that the noun that the pronoun replaces is called the antecedent.

For more practice and review with these parts of speech, check out our parts of speech page.  (We will be having a quiz on these parts of speech next week!)

(How many nouns did you count in this blog post?  How many pronouns?)

~Ms. Morris

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