worldI’m on top of the world! The first full week of school was a success!

Am I literally on top of the world? Of course not, that expression is an idiom.

An idiom is a commonly used expression whose meaning does not relate to the literal meaning of the words. Idioms are classified as figurative language, which is the use of words in an unusual or imaginative manner.

Here is a cute video that illustrates the actual meaning of this commonly used idiom.

Have you ever heard or used this idiom?

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This is a link to some online games that focus on idioms.

Our first reading comprehension test will be Friday, August 21st. To prepare for your test read, read, and read some more. There is no way to “study” for a reading comprehension test in 5th grade, but here are some things the test will focus on:

  1. Be able to recognize the sequence of events in the text.
  2. Be able to identify the main problem / conflict in the text.
  3. Be able to use context clues to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words.
  4. Be able to explain the meaning of common idioms or use context clues to determine the meaning.

practicebookpicHomework: Practice Book Pages 13-17 in Complete Sentences Due Friday / READ . . . The #1 Key to Reading Success is to READ. DON’T LIMIT YOURSELF to 5th grade level books. Expand your mind by reading news articles or informational magazines such as TIME or National Geographic. If your parents or grandparents have old encyclopedias around, read those. They are packed with knowledge and the text will challenge your brain!