RESEARCH WRITING: Then we took a field trip down to the library to begin our scientist research. Teams of research used the print encyclopedias as the starting point. This allows researchers to get a general idea about their assigned scientist so that interests can be piqued and questions about further researching developed. Tomorrow in science class, research teams will continue to explore their topic.
GRAMMAR: Our second teaching team presented "comparing with adjectives" today. We learned about positive forms (just the plain version, like "tall") and comparative (with er, like "taller") and superlative (with est, like "tallest"). We learned that some comparative forms are regular, which means they follow the er and est rules and patterns; others are irregular, which means that there's a completely new form of the word. For example, good --> better --> best. We were taught that the comparative form is used when there are only two things being compared and that when there are three or more, the superlative form is needed. If the adjective is more than two syllables (and even for some of those words), the word is made comparative by adding the word "more" (instead of using the comparative ending). For example, one ride could be MORE THRILLING than another at the amusement park, but it wouldn't be "thrillinger." (That just sounds wrong.)
Homework: A short practice sheet on comparing with adjectives and reviewing act 2 of Julius Caesar for tomorrow's quiz.