Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Letter Writing, Young Author's Projects, and AIR prep

Greetings!

This week in 4th grade ELA, students will be working on a letter writing assignment, a Young Authors' Project, and some AIR test preparation. 

Reading
First, we will close out the The Great Kapok Tree unit (which is found on pages 364-377 of their Reading Street textbooks) by writing a letter from the perspective of one of the characters from the story.  We will write our rough drafts in class on Tuesday, and peer revise and begin our final drafts in class on Wednesday.

Young Authors' Projects
This week for the Young Authors' Projects, students will be walked through how to complete a plot diagram in class.  Any portion of the Plot Diagram that is not completed in class will need to be completed by next Monday (2/12/18), and their papers will need to be signed.  If you would like more information on this topic, you can use the following link to view a PowerPoint that will continue to be revised and updated with each new step of the writing process (https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/19BeG9ZYzN4IauSbOqfQc57N5jr8OOi6MAey8Ho-ZjRM/edit?usp=sharing). *Please note that this PowerPoint presentation will continue to be changed with each new step in the process of writing our story.

AIR
Lastly, every Friday students will continue to work through some AIR prep materials in Language Arts class.  This week, we will be going over Lesson 3: the Elements of Fiction.  Please look over these papers as they come in.

Sincerely,

Miss Brandenburg

Homework this week will be assigned as follows:
Monday: N/A
Tuesday: Rough draft due tomorrow (if not completed in class)
Wednesday: Finish final draft (if not completed in class)
Thursday:
Friday: Have your Plot Diagram for Young Authors' story (w/ signature) for Monday 2/12!

Monday, January 29, 2018

The Great Kapok Tree

Greetings!

This week in 4th grade ELA, students will close out their The Great Kapok Tree unit (which is found on pages 364-377 of their Reading Street textbooks).  We will review on Wednesday, and have a test on Thursday. In this unit, we are focusing on the vocabulary words (from the cards that students should be studying from), the suffixes -ous (full of) and -ate (to make or do), and cause and effect (the events that cause other events to happen).  Students have worksheets in the Reading folders that should help them to be able to review these concepts.

Last week, students were given an introduction for their Young Authors' projects.  Students are expected to decide what they will be writing about by Monday, Frbruary 5th (2/5/2018) and have this box on their Young Author assignment grid initialed by parents.  Next week, we will be filling out a plot diagram for the Young Authors' stories to begin this unit.  The Young Authors' unit will take all of the 3rd nine weeks and will extend into the 4th 9 weeks.

Lastly, every Friday or so for the next several months, students will begin to work through some AIR prep materials in Language Arts class.  Students will go through a lesson or two each week emphasizing concepts that may appear on their AIR test in preparation for the mid-April state tests.  This week's lesson is Story Details (character, setting, plot).  Please look over these papers as they come in.

The following links can be used to study for Thursday's test:



Sincerely,

Miss Brandenburg

Homework this week will be assigned as follows:
Monday: Cause & Effect WS pg. 58
Tuesday:
Wednesday: Study for the The Great Kapok Tree Final Assessment tomorrow
Thursday: The Great Kapok Tree Final Assessment TODAY!
Friday: Have an example one-sentence summary of an idea for Young Authors' story (w/ signature) for Monday 2/5!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

So You Want to Be President?

Greetings!

This week in 4th grade ELA, students will close out their So You Want to Be President? unit (which is found on pages 244-256 of their Reading Street textbooks).  We will finish reading Wednesday, review on Thursday, and have a test on Friday, barring unforeseen circumstances. In this unit, we are focusing on the vocabulary words (from the cards that students should be studying from) and Main Idea.  Students have a Main Idea foldable in their Language Arts notebooks and a couple of worksheet examples in the Reading folders. Next week, we will be writing opinion essay about whether or not we would like to be president some day.

Examples of Jeopardy review games:


Sincerely,

Miss Brandenburg

Homework this week will be assigned as follows:
Monday: None - MLK, Jr. Day
Tuesday: Main Idea WS pg. 98
Wednesday:
Thursday: Study for the So You Want to Be President? Final Assessment tomorrow
Friday: So You Want to Be President? Final Assessment TODAY!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Because of Winn-Dixie Essay Writing

Greetings!

This week in 4th grade ELA, students will close out their Because of Winn-Dixie unit (which was from a novel we read and the movie we watched before break) by writing an essay comparing and contrasting the book and the movie (or an alternative assignment for those students who were not here to view the movie). 

On Friday. weather permitting, we will begin a new unit on So You Want to Be President from the Reading Street textbooks. 

Sincerely,

Miss Brandenburg

Homework this week will be assigned as follows:
Monday: None - Christmas Break
Tuesday: None - Christmas Break
Wednesday: Rough draft -- Finish the first 1/2 of the compare/contrast essay (approximately 2 paragraphs, varies per class)
Thursday: Final draft -- Finish the first 1/2 of the final draft of the compare/contrast essay (approximately 2 paragraphs, varies per class)

Monday, November 13, 2017

Encyclopedia Review, Test, and Writing

Greetings!

This week in 4th grade ELA, students will close out their Encyclopedia and the Case of the Slippery Salamander unit (which is on pages 492-500  of their Reading Street textbooks) by reviewing on Monday and taking the test on Tuesday.  After this, we will begin the writing for our story, a newspaper article about the case.

Students should continue studying their vocabulary cards as they should have done in the last unit.  Students should also review and study by using their Think Guides and re-reading their story a couple of times throughout the unit.  For Encyclopedia, the skills we will focus on inferencing (taking information from the text, adding what you know about a topic, and drawing a logical conclusion) and prefixes (parts of words that are added to the beginning of a base word to change its meaning).  We will also review context clues (using the words around an unknown word to help you determine its meaning).

A link to the Jeopardy game we played in class can be found here: https://jeopardylabs.com/play/encyclopedia-brown-test-review3

Sincerely,

Miss Brandenburg

Homework this week will be assigned as follows:
Monday: Study for the Encyclopedia and the Case of the Slippery Salamander Final Assessment
Tuesday: Encyclopedia and the Case of the Slippery Salamander Final Assessment TODAY!
Wednesday: Work on Rough Drafts
Thursday: FIELD TRIP TODAY! (Remember to bring a sack lunch and dress warmly!)
Friday: Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Marven Postcard Writing & Encyclopedia Brown

Greetings!

This week in 4th grade ELA, students will close out their Marven of the Great North Woods unit (which is on pages 216-233 of their Reading Street textbooks) by writing a postcard to their family.  On the front of the postcard, students must choose a scene from the story as the illustration.  After this, we will begin reading the next story, Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Slippery Salamander (which is on pages 492-500 of their Reading Street textbooks).

Students should continue studying their vocabulary cards as they should have done in the last unit.  Students should also review and study by using their Think Guides and re-reading their story a couple of times throughout the unit.  For Encyclopedia, the skills we will focus on inferencing (taking information from the text, adding what you know about a topic, and drawing a logical conclusion) and prefixes (parts of words that are added to the beginning of a base word to change its meaning).  We will also review context clues (using the words around an unknown word to help you determine its meaning).


Sincerely,

Miss Brandenburg

Homework this week will be assigned as follows:
Monday: Work on Postcard (Due Wednesday)
Tuesday: Work on Postcard (Due Wednesday)
Wednesday: WB pg. 195
Thursday: 
Friday:

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Marven of the Great North Woods

Greetings!

This week in 4th grade ELA, students will close out their Marven of the Great North Woods unit (which is on pages 216-233 of their Reading Street textbooks).  We will finish reading the text, review previous concepts, and take our test on Friday.

Students should continue studying their vocabulary cards as they should have done in the last unit.  Students should also review and study by using their Think Guides and re-reading their story a couple of times throughout the unit.  For this story, the skills we will focus on are setting, character traits, and dictionary definitions.  Setting is where a story takes place, character traits are how we describe who a character is (for example resourceful or hard-working), and when we practice dictionary definitions, students are given multiple definitions, a word in a sentence, and the students must choose the definition from the list that best fits the way the word is used in the sentence. We will review Main Ideas & Supporting Details.

Link to jeopardy game: jeopardylabs.com/play/marven-review2.

Sincerely,

Miss Brandenburg

Homework this week will be assigned as follows:
Monday: Dictionary Skills WS
Tuesday:
Wednesday: Main Idea WS pg. 48
Thursday:  Study for Marven of the Great North Woods Final Assessment
Friday: Marven of the Great North Woods Final Assessment TODAY