Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Pourquoi Tales, King in the Kitchen Unit - Slight HW update!

Greetings!

Reading
This week in 4th grade ELA, students will begin reading a drama (or play) titled The King in the Kitchen (which can be found on pages 444-461 of their Reading Street textbooks). Students will learn about the elements of drama - how they're formatted differently than normal stories they read - and we will talk about characters - understanding them better by looking at what they say, what they think, and what others say about them. We will continue to look at vocabulary, and students should study their vocabulary cards at home. They can use their vocabulary cards from their Reading folders to a) match them up, b) play Memory, or c) use them as flashcards.

Writing
This week in 4th grade ELA, students will make their final revisions and edit their pourquoi tale drafts. To completing our Writer's Workshop for now, students will type their drafts, turning them into Google Classroom. Students will not only be publishing their drafts to Google Classroom, but they have an opportunity to publish their books in a class book and purchase a copy through a company called Studentreasures. A letter will be going home addressing some primary points about the process; it will include a question of initial interest in buying books. Official order forms and information will be sent as soon as the kits arrive. (I've never done a professionally made class book before, so we're all learning together!) Note: Please do not send in money until the official order forms go home, as they will contain the exact price and information as to the company that checks should be made payable to. 

Book-It 
Book-It continues with Week 3 for November. Remember, this year, students are required to read a minimum of 1 hour each week. Students must read on multiple nights, read the appropriate amount of time, complete their Book-It charts, and have them when required in order to receive their Book-It reward. Book-It will be checked as we go, so please leave your child's Book-It slip in the Homework folder of their GATOR. Note: Please fill out the page provided, not just check off the days in your child's agenda. Book-It is a graded assignment due the Monday the week after its completion, excluding absences. 

Contact
As always, if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me. The best way to contact me is by email, at sabrandenburg@norwayne.net.

Sincerely,

Miss Brandenburg

Homework this week in Language Arts class will be assigned as follows: 
Nightly: Book-It, read 15 minutes

Monday: None
Tuesday: None
Wednesday: WB pg. 178 (the other side is similar and could be used to help complete)
Thursday: WB pg. 175 - Vocabulary practice Note: This will be postponed until Mon of next week
Friday: None 

Monday, November 5, 2018

Pourquoi Tales

Greetings!

Reading
This week in 4th grade ELA, students will use the knowledge of the pourquoi tale genre (which we read about last week) to create a writing piece, as stated below. A pourquoi tale is a myth or legend that explains how something in nature came to be.

Writing
This week in 4th grade ELA, students will choose a draft from their Writers' Notebooks and begin drafting their pourquoi tales. Students will focus on using the plot diagram (also referred to as a story mountain) to create a focused draft, complete with rising action, a problem, falling action, and a resolution. Students will also focus on creating strong leads and endings. Finally, students will attempt to add thoughtful dialogue and important characters' thoughts into their drafts before we begin their final revisions.

Book-It 
Book-It continues with Week 2 for November. Remember, this year, students are required to read a minimum of 1 hour each week. Students must read on multiple nights, read the appropriate amount of time, complete their Book-It charts, and have them when required in order to receive their Book-It reward. Book-It will be checked as we go, so please leave your child's Book-It slip in the Homework folder of their GATOR. Note: Please fill out the page provided, not just check off the days in your child's agenda. Book-It is a graded assignment due the Monday the week after its completion. 

Contact
As always, if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me. The best way to contact me is by email, at sabrandenburg@norwayne.net.

Sincerely,

Miss Brandenburg

Homework this week in Language Arts class will be assigned as follows: 
Nightly: Book-It, read 15 minutes

*Note: Homework this week will be completing tasks that were supposed to be completed in class, if a student got behind or had a difficult time deciding what to choose. 
Monday: Students who have not chosen their drafts need to choose a draft to revise for homework
Tuesday: None
Wednesday: Students who haven't found a lead they liked, need to choose their lead
Thursday: Students who haven't found an ending they liked, need to choose their ending
Friday: None

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

"How Night Came from the Sea" and Pourquoi Tales

Greetings!

Reading
This week in 4th grade ELA, students will finish our Reading unit on How Night Came from the Sea, which can be found on pages 318 - 331 of their Reading Street textbooks. Students are continuing to work on the vocabulary skill of context clues (which are using pieces of information found in the text to help them determine an unknown word's meaning), and should use their vocabulary cards to practice, as well as the idea of similes and metaphor (these are types of figurative language; a simile is a comparison using like or as, while a metaphor is a comparison not using these words).

Jeopardy Review Game: Use either of these links (or both) to help you study for tomorrow's test! https://jeopardylabs.com/play/how-night-came-from-the-sea; https://jeopardylabs.com/play/how-night-came-from-the-sea2

Writing
This week in 4th grade ELA, students will begin to brainstorm ideas for pourquoi tales. A pourquoi tale is a myth or legend that explains how something in nature came to be. Next week, students will begin writing a pourquoi tale from a draft that they have created during our brainstorming sessions.

Book-It 
This week begins our second month of Book-It. This year, students are required to read a minimum of 1 hour each week. Students must read on multiple nights, read the appropriate amount of time, complete their Book-It charts, and have them when required in order to receive their Book-It reward. Book-It will be checked as we go, so please leave your child's Book-It slip in the Homework folder of their GATOR. Note: Please fill out the page provided, not just check off the days in your child's agenda.

Contact
As always, if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me. The best way to contact me is by email, at sabrandenburg@norwayne.net.

Sincerely,

Miss Brandenburg

Homework this week in Language Arts class will be assigned as follows: 
Nightly: Book-It, read 15 minutes

Monday: None
Tuesday: None
Wednesday: Study for "How Night came from the Sea" Final Assessment
Thursday: "How Night came from the Sea" Final Assessment TODAY
Friday: None

Monday, October 22, 2018

"How Night Came from the Sea" Unit

Greetings!

Reading
This week in 4th grade ELA, students will begin our Reading unit on How Night Came from the Sea, which can be found on pages 318 - 331 of their Reading Street textbooks. Students are continuing to work on the vocabulary skill of context clues (which are using pieces of information found in the text to help them determine an unknown word's meaning), and should use their vocabulary cards to practice, as well as the idea of similes and metaphor (these are types of figurative language; a simile is a comparison using like or as, while a metaphor is a comparison not using these words).

Book-It 
This week finishes off our first month of Book-It. This year, students are required to read a minimum of 1 hour each week. Students must read on multiple nights, read the appropriate amount of time, complete their Book-It charts, and have them when required in order to receive their Book-It reward. Book-It will be checked as we go, so please leave your child's Book-It slip in the Homework folder of their GATOR. Note: Please fill out the page provided, not just check off the paper in your child's agenda.

Contact
As always, if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me. The best way to contact me is by email, at sabrandenburg@norwayne.net.

Sincerely,

Miss Brandenburg

Homework this week in Language Arts class will be assigned as follows: 
Nightly: Book-It, read 15 minutes

Monday: Students needing to finish their essays, should do so at home
Tuesday: WB pg. 125
Wednesday: None
Thursday: Metaphors WS
Friday: None

Monday, October 15, 2018

Adelina's Whales Review, Test, and Writing

Greetings!

Reading
This week in 4th grade ELA, students will wrap up our Reading unit on Adelina's Whales, which can be found on pages 296 - 308 of their Reading Street textbooks, by reviewing and taking a test. Students are working on the vocabulary skill of context clues (which are using pieces of information found in the text to help them determine an unknown word's meaning), and should use their vocabulary cards to practice, as well as main ideas and supporting details (a main idea is what a paragraph or passage is mostly about, and supporting details are pieces of information that support, or add to, the main idea).

Jeopardy Game Link: https://jeopardylabs.com/play/adelinas-whales-ces-4th-grade

Field Trip 
This week in 4th grade, students will travel to the Wilderness Center for our field trip on Wednesday, October 10th. Be sure to have your child bring a sack lunch (that is entirely disposable) and dress appropriately for the weather, as students will take classes outside. As the facility has teachers and we will only be split into three groups, there are plenty of staff and teachers to act as chaperones on the trip, but we will have a spring field trip that will likely need parent chaperone help!

Book-It 
This month starts off Book-It. This year, students are required to read a minimum of 1 hour each week. Students must read on multiple nights, read the appropriate amount of time, complete their Book-It charts, and have them when required in order to receive their Book-It reward. Book-It will be checked as we go, so please leave your child's Book-It slip in the Homework folder of their GATOR.

The Way to Go Books:
Students will be expected to finish reading their Way to Go books bu this Wednesday. The following are the assignments for finishing their reading of  The Way to Go:

Monday 10/15: "Mrs. Hawkins & the 4th Graders: A Story"
Tuesday 10/16: Complete the book


Contact
As always, if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me. The best way to contact me is by email, at sabrandenburg@norwayne.net.

Sincerely,

Miss Brandenburg

Homework this week in Language Arts class will be assigned as follows: 
Nightly: Book-It, read 15 minutes

Monday: Study for the Adelina's Whales test (which is TOMORROW)
Tuesday: Adelina's Whales Test TODAY
Wednesday: None
Thursday: None
Friday: None

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Adelina's Whales Unit & Field Trip

Greetings!

Reading
This week in 4th grade ELA, students will continue our Reading unit on Adelina's Whales, which can be found on pages 296 - 308 of their Reading Street textbooks. Students are working on the vocabulary skill of context clues (which are using pieces of information found in the text to help them determine an unknown word's meaning), and should use their vocabulary cards to practice, as well as main ideas and supporting details (a main idea is what a paragraph or passage is mostly about, and supporting details are pieces of information that support, or add to, the main idea).

Field Trip 
This week in 4th grade, students will travel to the Wilderness Center for our field trip on Wednesday, October 10th. Be sure to have your child bring a sack lunch (that is entirely disposable) and dress appropriately for the weather, as students will take classes outside. As the facility has teachers and we will only be split into three groups, there are plenty of staff and teachers to act as chaperones on the trip, but we will have a spring field trip that will likely need parent chaperone help!

Book-It 
This month starts off Book-It. This year, students are required to read a minimum of 1 hour each week. Students must read on multiple nights, read the appropriate amount of time, complete their Book-It charts, and have them when required in order to receive their Book-It reward. Book-It will be checked as we go, so please leave your child's Book-It slip in the Homework folder of their GATOR.

The Way to Go Books:
This year in fourth grade, sponsors have provided us with books called The Way to Go. These books emphasize making good choices on topics such as friendship, bullying, forming good habits, helping others, and staying safe in our increasingly cyber world. Students can read their The Way to Go books as a part of Book-It. The students are expected to read the stories with a parent or guardian, as they do contain information their parents will likely want to discuss with them, such as bullying and staying safe online. At the end of the book, students will write a Thank You note in their homeroom class, using something from the book in the Thank You note. The following are the assignments for reading The Way to Go:

Monday 10/8: "Our Great Town"
Tuesday 10/9: "Luis and His Choices"
Wednesday 10/10: "The Jackson's New TV"
Thursday 10/11: "Uncle Cap Lives On"
Friday 10/12: "Toby & His Decisions"

Contact
As always, if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me. The best way to contact me is by email, at sabrandenburg@norwayne.net.

Sincerely,

Miss Brandenburg

Homework this week in Language Arts class will be assigned as follows: 
Nightly: Book-It, read 15 minutes

Monday: Context Clues WS (pg 11)
Tuesday: Bring a sack lunch & dress for the weather outside
Wednesday: None
Thursday: None
Friday: None

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Storm Chaser Opinion Writing & "Adelina's Whales" Unit

Greetings!

Reading
This week in 4th grade ELA, students will begin a new Reading unit by starting Adelina's Whales, which can be found on pages 296 - 308 of their Reading Street textbooks. Students are working on vocabulary skills, and should use their vocabulary cards to practice, as well as asd.

Writing 
This week in 4th grade ELA, students will continue working on an opinion writing piece related to the story from our books, "Eye of the Storm." Students will get to choose whether or not they'd want to become a storm chaser, and explain why they feel that way in their opinion pieces. Students will learn to integrate evidence from what they have read to back up their opinions.

Book-It 
This month starts off Book-It. This year, students are required to read a minimum of 1 hour each week. Students must read on multiple nights, read the appropriate amount of time, complete their Book-It charts, and have them when required in order to receive their Book-It reward. Book-It will be checked as we go, so please leave your child's Book-It slip in the Homework folder of their GATOR.

As always, if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me. The best way to contact me is by email, at sabrandenburg@norwayne.net.

Sincerely,

Miss Brandenburg

Homework this week in Language Arts class will be assigned as follows:
Nightly: Book-It, read 15 minutes

Monday: None
Tuesday: Finish Drafts
Wednesday: None (Cores 1 & 3- Finish Final Drafts)
Thursday: WB pg. 115
Friday: None