Weekly Newsletter, Feb. 21-24

posted Oct 13, 2009, 12:54 AM by Lisa Privia   [ updated Feb 17, 2012, 7:48 AM ]



1.       SPELLING = Unit 4,  Lesson 4 Consonants /j/, /ks/, and /kw/, Test = Friday, Feb. 24TH

village                    excited                         Challenge Words

except                    expect                          expedition

explain                   Texas                           aquarium

quick                      fudge                           inquire

charge                    excellent                      frequent

bridge                    exercise                       advantage

knowledge              quart                            agriculture

question                  liquid                           

equal                      quilt    

queen                     expert 


2.      READING: Unit 4, Lesson C, THE SEEKER OF KNOWLEDGE, pages 470-481, Quiz = Friday, Feb. 24TH.

Ancient = of times long past

Link = anything that joins or connects, as a loop of a chain does

Scholars = learned people; people having much knowledge

Seeker = one who tries to find; one who searches

Temple = building used for the service or worship of God or gods

Translate = to change from one language into another

Triumph = victory; success

Uncover = to make known ; reveal; expose


3.      ISAT TESTS = I am looking for volunteers that could possibly send a morning snack                for the class on these testing days. Please return the bottom of this page with your               child if you are interested. Snacks can be sent anytime next week or on Monday, March           5th. Thanks for your generosity. The children and I really appreciate it!                                   Students will need the following:

·        Six #2 pencils

·        A good night's rest EVERYNIGHT

·        A good breakfast each day

·        A good attitude "Do the best that I can"

·        Be to school on time each day


(Cut off and return the slip below)

                I will be able to send treats for ISAT testing which begins on March 5th.

                I will not be able to send treats for ISAT testing which begins on March 5th.



4.   FEBRUARY BOOK REPORTS: This month’s book report will be tied to this month’s celebration of Black History Month. Students are required to read a biography of a          famous black American.                                                                                                                              ***Students need to complete the poster that was sent home with directions last week.          Be sure to look at the rubric that was attached to the directions to see how student     posters and oral reports will be graded.                                                                                                                                             ***Also students will be required to give an oral report to the class about the person               they read about. Students should write notes on note cards and practice in front of a     mirror or other people prior to giving their report in class. The note cards must be               turned  in with their poster for a portion of their grade.                                                                                                                                                ***Posters will be due on Monday, February 27TH. We will begin giving reports on that               day, also.












































UNIT 4, LESSON 4, Seeker of Knowledge

Ancient = of times long past; antique

Link = anything that connects, as a loop of a chain does

Scholars = people having much knowledge; students

Seeker = one who tries to find; one who searches

Temple = building used to worship God

Translate = to change from one language into another

Triumph = victory; success

Uncover = to make known; reveal; show


1.     From the pictures in the story, what are most of the symbols that are used for hieroglyphs? They are pictures of animals known by Egyptians.

2.    Why did the scholars turn Jean-François away? They were judging him by his age and not his ability.

3.    How were Jean-Francois and Napoleon alike? They both dreamed of doing something great.

4.  What Egyptian symbol is used to show the word ?trouble?? It is a crocodile.

5.    Tell whether the following are main ideas or details:                                                                                                        A. The French leader Napoleon was interested in Egypt?s secrets. Detail

B. Egyptian hieroglyphs were used on the black stone found in Rosetta. Detail

C. Jean-Francois Champollion discovered how to read hieroglyphs. Main Idea

D. Jean-Francois Champollion became an important French general.   Detail                 E. No one was ever able to read the black stone from Rosetta, Egypt. Detail

F. General Napoleon was the French leader when Jean-Francois was a boy. Detail

G. Jean-Francois was determined to read the Egyptian hieroglyphs. Main Idea

H. Jean-Francois met a scientist who had been to Egypt with Napoleon.   Detail  

6.  After the Battle of Waterloo, why did some people call Jean-Francois a traitor? He was friends with Napoleon.

7.  When did Jean-Francois first translate Egypt?s hieroglyphs? It was after a friend left a package for him.

8.    What was the ?key? that Jean-Francois discovered that helped him understand the hieroglyphs? The Egyptian symbols stood for syllables and whole words.

9.    How does the reader know that Jean-Francois worked very hard to reach his goal? He got sick from not eating and sleeping while he was working.

10. Why did the author include hieroglyphs as part of the sentences in the selection? They show that the symbols stood for letters, words, and phrases.

11. Why did the hieroglyph of the two sandals best represent Jean-Francois? It is because he never gave up.

12. What did Jean-Francois have to know about Egypt?s history to read its hieroglyphs? He had to know the names of its rulers.