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Ms. Courtney Garrity, Fourth Grade

Hello and welcome back! My name is Ms. Garrity and I am looking forward to beginning another school year here at St. John Fisher. This is my fifth year here at SJF, and I'm excited to be working with your child in fourth grade this year. Here are a few facts about me. I have worked at a school that specializes in Special Education. I received my teaching degree in Elementary Education from St. Xavier University. I love playing volleyball and watching Chicago sports teams, especially the Blackhawks. I have always had a passion for working with children from working at summer camps to teaching here at SJF. Even though I have just begun my career in the field of education, I continue to love teaching children and helping students to achieve their full potential. I hope you enjoy the rest of the summer! I'm looking forward to meeting you all on August 21, 2018! We are going to have a fantastic school year!

August 21st - The First Day of the 2019-2020 School Year!

Posted on Aug 21, 2019

Hello!

Welcome back to school and welcome to Fourth Grade! I would like to welcome you to the 2019-2020 school year! I hope everyone had a great first day back to school today! My name is Ms. Garrity and I will be teaching Reading and Social Studies this year. I am really looking forward to working with your child in 4th grade this year. I really enjoyed meeting all the new fourth graders today and I am looking forward to a wonderful school year! If you ever have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at cgarrity@sjfschool.net. 

Welcome!

Posted on Aug 21, 2019

Hello and welcome to a new school year!

I can't wait to meet all of the new fourth graders on the first day of school today! The fourth grade students will line up next to the rectory garage in the morning before school. See you all soon! Looking forward to a wonderful year!

:)

June 7th 2019

Posted on Jun 07, 2019

June 7, 2019

Hello!

We had a wonderful last day of the 2018-2019 school year today! I just want to thank you all so much for  your generosity and support throughout this past school year. It is very much appreciated. I have really enjoyed having your children in my homeroom as well as in my Reading and Social Studies classes this year. Watching the students learn and grow over this past school year has been very rewarding! I wish all of the incoming fifth graders good luck in the future! I would also like to wish everyone a safe, happy, fun-filled and relaxing summer break 2019!

Thank you so much again for everything,

Ms. Garrity

Week of May 27th - 31st

Posted on May 28, 2019

Hello!

*I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!*

:)

In Reading class this week, we will continue with and finish up our focus and discussion of our novel: The Lemonade War. This week, we will also work on a Book of Knowledge activity as well as work on presenting our May Book Report activity (our Bookmarks) in class. We will discuss and review our novel by working on some end of the novel worksheets and activities related to our study. Our Book of Knowledge activity will focus on the planets and the Solar System.  We will also be practicing our Reading skills with Raz Kids on the iPads this week as well.

*2 more ARs (for 6 ARs in total) were due by Friday, May 3rd.*

*2 more ARs (for 8 in total including at least 1 NF book) were due by this past Friday, May 24th.*

*Students may choose any kind of book to read and focus on for the May Book Report. Students should have had their book report book read & brought with them to class by this past Monday, May 20th. We worked on our May Book Report activity in class last week & we will be presenting these to the class this week. We will also be recording our interesting facts and comments about the May Book Report presentations in our notebooks as well as participating in question and answer sessions.*

In Social Studies this week, we will continue to focus on the different regions of the United States.  *Last week, students began working on a mini Region Project. Students chose one of the regions of the United States to focus on for their mini project. Also, students researched some interesting facts about their chosen region as well as worked on filling out an informational sheet about their region in class last week as well. *The mini Region Project was due by this past Friday, May 24th.* This week, students will be presenting their mini Region Projects to the class. Students will also be recording their interesting facts and comments about the presentations in their notebooks as well as participating in some question and answer sessions.

In Spelling this week, we will be focusing on our next unit: Unit 35*We will have our test on Unit 35 on Friday, May 31st.*

*Hope you have a great week!*

:)

 

Week of May 20th - 24th

Posted on May 19, 2019

Hello!

*I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!*

:)

In Reading class this week, we will continue with and finish up our focus and discussion of the second half of our novel (Chapters 8-14) called: The Lemonade War. For our novel this week, we will work on, discuss and review our worksheets and activities related to the second half of the chapters of our novel. We will also work on a Book of Knowledge activity, as well as work on our May Book Report activity in class this week. Our Book of Knowledge activity will focus on the planets and the Solar System. For our novel, we will be reading and discussing Chapters 8-14, as well as working on our student packet worksheets and activities related to these chapters. *Students will have a test on Chapters 8-14 this week on Thursday, May 23rd.* Students should study their Student Packets, worksheets, activity sheets as well as their vocabulary list in preparation for the Reading test on Thursday of this week.

*2 more ARs (for 6 ARs in total) were due by Friday, May 3rd.*

**2 more ARs (for 8 in total including at least 1 NF book) will be due by this upcoming Friday, May 24th.**

*Students may choose any kind of book to read and focus on for the May Book Report. Students should have their book report book read & brought with them to class by this upcoming Monday, May 20th. We will work on our May Book Report activity in class this week.*

In Social Studies this week, we will continue to focus on the Southwest Region of the United States. We will be practicing with our state and capital flashcards this week. We will also be reviewing for a test on Tuesday of this week. *Students will have a test on the states and capitals of the Southwest Region this upcoming Tuesday, May 21st.* Students should study their state and capital flashcards, notes, capital clues, and study guide maps in preparation for the test on Tuesday of this week. Students should also be able to spell the states and capitals of the Southwest Region correctly without the use of any word bank at all for the test on Tuesday. *This week, we will also begin working on a mini Region Project. Students will choose and then be assigned one of the regions of the United States to focus on for their mini project. Also, students will be researching some interesting facts about their assigned region as well as working on filling out an informational sheet about their region in class this week as well. *The mini Region Project will be due by this upcoming Friday, May 24th.*

In Spelling this week, we will be focusing on our next unit: Unit 34*We will have our test on Unit 34 on Friday, May 24th.*

*Hope you have a great week!*

:)

 

Week of May 13th - 17th

Posted on May 13, 2019

Hello!

*I hope everyone had a great weekend!*

:)

In Reading class this week, we will be finishing up our focus and discussion of Chapters 1-7 of our novel. We will work on, discuss and review our worksheets and activities related to the first half of the chapters of our novel. We will also work on a Book of Knowledge activity and continue with the second half of our novel called: The Lemonade War. Our Book of Knowledge activity will focus on the planets and the Solar System. For our novel this week, we will begin to focus on the second half: Chapters 8-14. We will be reading and discussing these chapters, as well as working on our student packet worksheets and activities related to these chapters. *Students will have a test on Chapters 8-14 next week.* Students should study their Student Packets, worksheets, activity sheets as well as their vocabulary list in preparation for the Reading test next week.

*2 more ARs (for 6 ARs in total) were due by Friday, May 3rd.*

**2 more ARs (for 8 in total including at least 1 NF book) will be due by next Friday, May 24th.**

*Students may choose any kind of book to read and focus on for the May Book Report. Students should have their book report book read & brought with them to class by this upcoming Friday, May 17th.*

In Social Studies this week, we will begin to focus on the Southwest Region of the United States. We will be making and practicing with our state and capital flashcards this week. We will also be reviewing for a short quiz on Wednesday of this week. *Students will have a short quiz on the states of the Southwest Region this upcoming Wednesday, May 15th.* Students should study their state and capital flashcards, notes, capital clues, and study guide maps in preparation for the quiz on Wednesday of this week. Students should also be able to spell the states of the Southwest Region correctly without the use of a word bank for the quiz on Wednesday.

In Spelling this week, we will be focusing on our next unit: Unit 33*We will have our test on Unit 33 on Friday, May 17th.*

*Hope you have a fantastic week!*

:)

 

Week of May 6th - 10th

Posted on May 06, 2019

Hello!

*I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend!*

:)

In Reading class this week, we will be finishing up presenting our Poetry Book Reports. We will also work on a Book of Knowledge activity and continue our novel called: The Lemonade War. Our Book of Knowledge activity will focus on the planets and the Solar System. For our novel this week, we will be continuing to focus on Chapters 1-7. We will be reading and discussing these chapters, as well as working on our student packet worksheets and activities related to these chapters. *Students will have a test on Chapters 1-7 this week on Friday, May 10th.* Students should study their Student Packets, worksheets, activity sheets as well as their vocabulary list in preparation for the Reading test on Friday.

*2 more ARs (for 6 ARs in total) were due by this past Friday, May 3rd.*

**2 more ARs (for 8 in total including at least 1 NF book) will be due by Friday, May 24th.**

*Students may choose any kind of book to read and focus on for the May Book Report.

In Social Studies this week, we will continue to focus on the West Region of the United States. We will be practicing with our state and capital flashcards this week. We will also be reviewing for the test on Wednesday. *Students will have a test on the states and capitals of the West Region this upcoming Wednesday, May 8th.* Students should study their state and capital flashcards, notes, capital clues, and study guide maps in preparation for the test on Wednesday of this week. Students should also be able to spell the states of the West Region correctly without the use of a word bank for the test on Wednesday.

In Spelling this week, we will be focusing on our next unit: Unit 32*We will have our test on Unit 32 on Friday, May 10th.*

*Hope you have a great week!*

:)

 

Week of April 29th - May 3rd

Posted on Apr 29, 2019

Hello!

*I hope everyone had a great weekend!*

In Reading class this week, we will be finishing up presenting our Poetry Book Reports. We will also work on a book of knowledge activity, a paired passage activity and begin our novel called: The Lemonade War. For our paired passage activity, we will be focusing on some ReadWorks articles about recycling. For our novel this week, we will be focusing on Chapters 1-7. We will be reading and discussing these chapters, as well as working on our student packet worksheets and activities related to these chapters.

*2 more ARs (for 6 ARs in total) will be due by this upcoming Friday, May 3rd.*

In Social Studies this week, we will continue to focus on the West Region of the United States. We will be making and practicing with our state and capital flashcards this week. We will also be reviewing for the quiz on Thursday. *Students will have a quiz on the West Region this upcoming Thursday, May 2nd.* Students should study their state and capital flashcards, notes and study guide maps in preparation for the quiz on Thursday of this week.

In Spelling this week, we will be focusing on our next unit: Unit 31. *We will have our test on Unit 31 on Friday, May 3rd.*

*Hope you have a wonderful week!*

 

Week of April 8th - 12th

Posted on Apr 08, 2019

Hello!

*I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!*

  :)

*In Reading this week, we will be focusing on some reading and writing activities, including a book of knowledge activity, a paired passage CEE activity, as well as some poetry activities. We will be focusing on and working with some ReadWorks articles about some poetry for our paired passage activity. We will be reading, discussing as well as comparing and contrasting these articles. Students will practice with finding a claim and evidence. We will work with and discuss some different poems this week as well as learn about some important aspects about poetry as well. We will also finish up presenting some more of our Fantasy book reports as well as continue to work with our story from our hardcover Reading textbook called: John Henry. We will be focusing on figurative language for our John Henry story this week and practice with locating and discussing some examples of figurative language throughout the John Henry story. This week, we will be discussing our story and reviewing some of our Reading skills that we have been practicing, as well as working with some discussion questions, activities and extended responses that focus on a review of our story and skills for this week. We will also be practicing finding and locating text evidence to support our answers to our questions for this week as well. *We will not have a Reading test on Friday of this week, April 12th.* In Reading this week, some of our skills that we will be focusing on will include working with and reviewing: poetry, figurative language, understanding and practicing using context clues, comprehension and analysis of fiction text,  comparing and contrasting, theme, fact and opinion, as well as practicing locating text evidence to support our answers. We will also be working on and practicing with some skills in our Reading workbook, answering extended responses, as well as working with Raz Kids on the iPads this week.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. The students were assigned their eighth book report last week. For this eighth "April Book Report," students may choose a *poem* from a *poetry* book of their choice. *The Poetry Book Report will be due by this upcoming Friday, April 12th.* Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on *8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading.* There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken. At least *1* of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a *nonfiction book.* *Also, please note that students need to earn a score of 70 percent or higher on their AR quizzes in order for them to receive credit for the ARs.*

*Students can now be reading and working on taking ARs that will count for the third trimester.*

*4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 3rd Trimester So Far*:

*2 books and AR quizzes were due by Tuesday, March 19th.*

*2 more books and AR quizzes (for a total of 4 all together) were due by this past Friday, April 5th.*

Happy Reading! :)

*In Social Studies class this week, we will continue learning about the different regions of the United States. This week, we will continue focusing on our third U.S. region: *the Southeast Region.* We will continue working with the Southeast Region this week by going over and reviewing the states and capitals, as well as discussing the key concepts about this region. We will also be working on reviewing and going over our study guide maps as well as practicing with our flashcards for this region as well. *We will have a test on the states and capitals of the Southeast Region of the United States this week, on Thursday, April 11th.* Students should study their notes and study guide maps, their flashcards, as well as the map displaying all of the different regions of the United States on Page 81 in our hardcover textbook in preparation for the test on Thursday of this  week. Students should also be able to spell all of the states in the Southeast Region correctly without the use of a word bank on the test this week.

*In Spelling this week, we will begin with our *Unit 30* spelling words. *This is a review unit.* We will have our thirtieth spelling test this upcoming Friday, April 12th on Unit 30.

*Reminders*:

  • Friday folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the tests/quizzes that are in the folder. Also, the Friday folder should be signed and returned when we get back from Spring Break. 

*Hope you have a fantastic week!!*

*Happy Easter to all and hope everyone has a wonderful Spring Break!!*

Week of April 1st - 5th

Posted on Apr 01, 2019

Hello!

*I hope everyone had a great weekend!*

  :)

*In Reading this week, we will be focusing on some reading and writing activities, including a book of knowledge activity and a paired passage CEE activity. We will be focusing on and working with some ReadWorks articles about some influential women for our paired passage activity. We will be comparing and contrasting as well as discussing these articles. Students will practice with finding a claim and evidence. We will also be presenting some more of our Fantasy book reports as well as beginning to work with our story from our hardcover Reading textbook called: John Henry. This week, we will be discussing our story and reviewing some of our Reading skills that we have been practicing, as well as working with some discussion questions, activities and extended responses that focus on a review of our story and skills for this week. We will also be practicing finding and locating text evidence to support our answers to our questions for this week as well. *We will not have a Reading test on Friday of this week, April 5th.* In Reading this week, some of our skills that we will be focusing on will include working with and reviewing:  informational text, understanding and practicing using context clues, comprehension and analysis of nonfiction text,  comparing and contrasting, theme, fact and opinion, as well as practicing locating text evidence to support our answers. We will also be working on and practicing with some skills in our Reading workbook, answering extended responses, as well as working with Raz Kids on the iPads this week.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. The students will be assigned their eighth book report this week. For this eighth "April Book Report," students may choose a *poetry* book of their choice.  Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on *8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading.* There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken. At least *1* of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a *nonfiction book.* *Also, please note that students need to earn a score of 70 percent or higher on their AR quizzes in order for them to receive credit for the ARs.*

*Students can now be reading and working on taking ARs that will count for the third trimester.*

*4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 3rd Trimester So Far*:

*2 books and AR quizzes were due by Tuesday, March 19th.*

**2 more books and AR quizzes (for a total of 4 all together) will be due by this upcoming Friday, April 5th.**

Happy Reading! :)

*In Social Studies class this week, we will continue learning about the different regions of the United States. This week, we will begin focusing on our third U.S. region: *the Southeast Region.* We will begin working with the Southeast Region this week by going over and reviewing the states and capitals, as well as discussing the key concepts about this region. We will also be working on reviewing and going over our study guide maps as well as making and practicing with our flashcards for this region as well. *We will have a test on the states and capitals of the Southeast Region of the United States next week, on Thursday, April 11th.* Students should study their notes and study guide maps, their flashcards, as well as the map displaying all of the different regions of the United States on Page 81 in our hardcover textbook in preparation for the test on Thursday of next  week. Students should also be able to spell all of the states in the Southeast Region correctly on the test next week.

*In Spelling this week, we will begin with our *Unit 29* spelling words. We will have our twenty-ninth spelling test this upcoming Friday, April 5th on Unit 29.

*Reminders*:

  • Friday folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the tests/quizzes that are in the folder. Also, the Friday folder should be signed and returned on Monday of next week. 

*Hope you have a wonderful week!!*

Week of March 25th - 29th

Posted on Mar 25, 2019

Hello!

*I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!*

  :)

*In Reading this week, we will be focusing on some reading and writing activities, including a book of knowledge activity and we will also begin to work with our story from our hardcover Reading textbook called: Komodo Dragons. *Our skill for this week is: *Context Clues.* This week, we will be discussing and reviewing our story, as well as working with some discussion questions, activities and extended responses that focus on a review of our story for this week. We will also be practicing finding and locating text evidence to support our answers to our questions for this week as well. *We will have a Reading test on Friday of this week, March 29th, that will focus on our story for this week called: Komodo Dragons.* Students should study their vocabulary words as well as their notes and comprehension discussion questions for our story in preparation for the test on Friday of this week. In Reading this week, some of our skills that we will be focusing on will include working with and reviewing:  informational text, understanding and practicing using context clues, comprehension and analysis of nonfiction text,  comparing and contrasting, as well as practicing locating text evidence to support our answers. We will also be working on and practicing with some skills in our Reading workbook, answering extended responses, as well as working with Raz Kids on the iPads this week.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. The students were assigned their seventh book report. For this seventh "March Book Report," students should have chosen a fantasy book of their choice. The Fantasy Book Report was due by this past Wednesday, March 20th. Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on *8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading.* There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken. At least *1* of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a *nonfiction book.* *Also, please note that students need to earn a score of 70 percent or higher on their AR quizzes in order for them to receive credit for the ARs.*

*Students can now be reading and working on taking ARs that will count for the third trimester.*

*4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 3rd Trimester So Far*:

*2 books and AR quizzes were due by this past Tuesday, March 19th.*

**2 more books and AR quizzes (for a total of 4 all together) will be due by next Friday, April 5th.**

Happy Reading! :)

*In Social Studies class this week, we will continue learning about the different regions of the United States. This week, we will begin focusing on our second U.S. region: *the Northeast Region.* We will continue working with the Northeast Region this week by going over and reviewing the states and capitals, as well as discussing the key concepts about this region. We will also be working on reviewing and going over our study guide maps as well as making and practicing with our flashcards for this region as well. *We will have a test on the states and capitals of the Northeast Region of the United States this week, on Friday, March 29th.* Students should study their notes and study guide maps, their flashcards, as well as the map displaying all of the different regions of the United States on Page 81 in our hardcover textbook in preparation for the test on Friday of this week. Students should also be able to spell all of the states in the Northeast Region correctly on the test.

*In Spelling this week, we will begin with our *Unit 28* spelling words. We will have our twenty-eighth spelling test this upcoming Friday, March 29th on Unit 28.

*Reminders*:

  • Friday folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the tests/quizzes that are in the folder. Also, the Friday folder should be signed and returned on Monday of next week. 

*Hope you have a great week!!*

Week of March 18th - 22nd

Posted on Mar 18, 2019

Hello!

*I hope everyone had a great St. Patrick's Day and enjoyed celebrating this past weekend!*

  :)

*In Reading this week, we will be focusing on some reading and writing activities, including a book of knowledge activity and we will also begin to work with our story from our hardcover Reading textbook called: On the Pampas. *Our skill for this week is: *Generalizing.* This week, we will be discussing and reviewing our story, as well as working with some discussion questions, activities and extended responses that focus on a review of our story for this week. We will also be practicing finding and locating text evidence to support our answers to our questions for this week as well. *We will have a Reading test on Friday of this week, March 22nd, that will focus on our story for this week called: On the Pampas.* Students should study their vocabulary words as well as their notes and comprehension discussion questions for our story in preparation for the test on Friday of this week. In Reading this week, some of our skills that we will be focusing on will include working with and reviewing:  informational text, understanding and practicing making generalizations, comprehension and analysis of fiction text,  comparing and contrasting, as well as practicing locating text evidence to support our answers. We will also be working on and practicing with some pages in our Reading workbook, answering extended responses, as well as working with Raz Kids on the iPads this week.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. The students were assigned their seventh book report. *For this seventh "March Book Report," students should have chosen a *fantasy* book of their choice.* Students should be working on reading their fantasy book as well as working on their book report form. *The Fantasy Book Report will be due by this upcoming Wednesday, March 20th.* Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on *8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading.* There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken. At least *1* of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a *nonfiction book.* *Also, please note that students need to earn a score of 70 percent or higher on their AR quizzes in order for them to receive credit for the ARs.*

*Students can now be reading and working on taking ARs that will count for the third trimester.*

*4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 3rd Trimester So Far*:

*2 books and AR quizzes will be due by this upcoming Tuesday, March 19th.*

Happy Reading! :)

*In Social Studies class this week, we will continue learning about the different regions of the United States. This week, we will continue focusing on our first U.S. region: the Midwest Region. We will continue working with the Midwest Region this week by going over and reviewing the states and capitals, as well as discussing the key concepts about this region. We will also be working on reviewing and going over our study guide maps for this region as well. *We will have a test on the states and capitals of the Midwest Region of the United States this week, on Friday, March 22nd.* Students should study their notes and study guide maps, as well as the map displaying all of the different regions of the United States on Page 81 in our hardcover textbook in preparation for the test on Friday of this week. Students should also be able to spell all of the states in the Midwest Region correctly on the test.

*In Spelling this week, we will begin with our *Unit 27* spelling words. We will have our twenty-seventh spelling test this upcoming Friday, March 22nd on Unit 27.

*Reminders*:

  • Friday folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the tests/quizzes that are in the folder. Also, the Friday folder should be signed and returned on Monday of next week. 

*Hope you have a wonderful week!!*

Week of March 11th - 15th

Posted on Mar 10, 2019

Hello!

*I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!*

  :)

*In Reading this week, we will be focusing on some reading and writing activities, including a book of knowledge activity and also begin to work with our story from our hardcover Reading textbook called: Marven of the Great North Woods. *Our skill for this week is: *Drawing Conclusions.* This week, we will be discussing and reviewing our story, as well as working with some discussion questions, activities and extended responses that focus on a review of our story for this week. We will also be practicing finding and locating text evidence to support our answers to our questions for this week as well. *We will have a Reading test on Friday of this week, March 15th, that will focus on our story for this week called: Marven of the Great North Woods.* Students should study their vocabulary words as well as their notes and comprehension discussion questions for our story in preparation for the test on Friday of this week. In Reading this week, some of our skills that we will be focusing on will include working with and reviewing:  informational text, practicing drawing conclusions, comprehension and analysis of fiction text,  comparing and contrasting, as well as practicing locating text evidence to support our answers. We will also be working on and practicing with some pages in our Reading workbook, answering extended responses, as well as working with Raz Kids on the iPads this week.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. The students were assigned their seventh book report. *For this seventh "March Book Report," students may choose a *fantasy* book of their choice.* Students should be working on reading their fantasy book as well as working on their book report form. *The Fantasy Book Report will be due by next Wednesday, March 20th.* Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on *8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading.* There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken. At least *1* of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a *nonfiction book.* *Also, please note that students need to earn a score of 70 percent or higher on their AR quizzes in order for them to receive credit for the ARs.*

*Students can now be reading and working on taking ARs that will count for the third trimester.*

*4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 3rd Trimester So Far*:

*2 books and AR quizzes will be due by next Tuesday, March 19th.*

Happy Reading! :)

*In Social Studies class this week, we will continue focusing on our second lesson in Unit 2 of our textbook as well as the different regions of the United States. We will continue working with Lesson 2 this week by discussing and reviewing the different sections, vocabulary, as well as the key concepts about this lesson. We will also be working on and going over our study guides for this lesson as well. *We will have a test on Lesson 2 of Unit 2 this week, on Wednesday, March 13th.* Students should study their vocabulary words, definitions, notes and study guides, as well as the map displaying all of the different regions of the United States on Page 81 in our hardcover textbook in preparation for the test on Wednesday of this week. We will also begin focusing on and learning about our first U.S. region this week: the Midwest Region.

*In Spelling this week, we will begin with our *Unit 26* spelling words. We will have our twenty-sixth spelling test this upcoming Friday, March 15th on Unit 26.

*Reminders*:

  • Friday folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the tests/quizzes that are in the folder. Also, the Friday folder should be signed and returned on Monday of next week. 

*Hope you have a great week!!*

Week of March 4th - 8th

Posted on Mar 04, 2019

Hello!

*I hope everyone had a great weekend!*

  :)

*In Reading this week, we will be finishing up presenting some of our Biography Book Reports, as well as focusing on some reading and writing activities, including a book of knowledge activity and beginning to work with our story from our hardcover Reading textbook called: The Swimming Hole. Our skill for this week is: themeStudents will be finishing up focusing on some interesting facts about their classmates' book reports and writing about these during the presentations as well. We will also have mini question and answer sessions after the presentations. This week, we will be discussing and reviewing our story, as well as working with some discussion questions, activities and extended responses that focus on a review of our story for this week. We will also be practicing finding and locating text evidence to support our answers to our questions for this week as well. *We will have a Reading test on Friday of this week, March 8th, that will focus on our story for this week called The Swimming Hole.* Students should study their vocabulary words as well as their notes and comprehension discussion questions for our story in preparation for the test on Friday of this week. In Reading this week, some of our skills that we will be focusing on will include working with and reviewing: theme, comprehension and analysis of fiction text, visualizing, comparing and contrasting, as well as practicing locating text evidence to support our answers. We will also be working on and practicing with some pages in our Reading workbook, answering extended responses, as well as working with Raz Kids on the iPads this week.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. The students were assigned their seventh book report. *For this seventh "March Book Report," students may choose a *fantasy* book of their choice.* Students should be working on finding and reading their fantasy book report books. Also, students will finish up presenting their biography book reports in class as well as writing down their interesting facts this week. Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on *8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading.* There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken. At least *1* of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a *nonfiction book.* *Also, please note that students need to earn a score of 70 percent or higher on their AR quizzes in order for them to receive credit for the ARs.*

*Students can now begin reading and working on taking ARs that will count for the third trimester.*

*4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 3rd Trimester So Far*:

*2 books and AR quizzes will be due by Tuesday, March 19th.*

Happy Reading! :)

*In Social Studies class this week, we will begin focusing on our second lesson in Unit 2 of our textbook as well as the different regions of the United States. We will begin working with Lesson 2 this week by reading through the different sections, discussing the key concepts and answering the questions about this lesson. *We will have a test on Lesson 2 of Unit 2 next week, on Wednesday, March 13th.* Students should study their vocabulary words, definitions, notes and study guides, as well as the map displaying all of the different regions of the United States on Page 81 in our hardcover textbook in preparation for the test next week.

*In Spelling this week, we will begin with our *Unit 25* spelling words. ** We will have our twenty-fifth spelling test this upcoming Friday, March 8th on Unit 25.

*Reminders*:

  • Friday folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the tests/quizzes that are in the folder. Also, the Friday folder should be signed and returned on Monday of next week. 

*Hope you have a wonderful week!!*

Week of February 25th - March 1st

Posted on Feb 24, 2019

Hello!

*I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!*

*Thank you to all who brought in donations for the Get Behind the Vest Fundraiser last week! It is much appreciated!*

 *Thank you for all your support!* :)

*In Reading this week, we will be finishing up presenting our Biography Book Reports, as well as focusing on some reading and writing activities, including a book of knowledge activity and finishing up with our story from our hardcover Reading textbook called: I Love Guinea Pigs. Our skill for this story is: text structure. Students will be finishing up focusing on some interesting facts about their classmates' book reports and writing about these during the presentations as well. We will also have mini question and answer sessions after the presentations. This week, we will be discussing and reviewing our story, as well as working with some discussion questions, activities and extended responses that focus on a review of our story for this week. We will also be practicing finding and locating text evidence to support our answers to our questions for this week as well. *We will have a Reading test on Tuesday of this week, February 26th, that will focus on our story for this week called I Love Guinea Pigs.* Students should study their vocabulary words as well as their notes and comprehension discussion questions for our story in preparation for the test on Tuesday of this week. In Reading this week, some of our skills that we will be focusing on will include working with and reviewing: text structure, comprehension and analysis of nonfiction and fiction text, visualizing, comparing and contrasting, as well as practicing locating text evidence to support our answers. We will also be working on and practicing with some pages in our Reading workbook, answering extended responses, as well as working with Raz Kids on the iPads this week.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. The students were assigned their sixth book report. *For this sixth "February Book Report," students should have chosen a *biography* book of their choice.* The February Biography Book Report was due by this past Wednesday, February 20th. Students will finish up presenting their biography book reports in class as well as writing down their interesting facts this week. Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on *8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading.* There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken. At least *1* of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a *nonfiction book.* *Also, please note that students need to earn a score of 70 percent or higher on their AR quizzes in order for them to receive credit for the ARs.*

*Students should now be finished working on taking ARs that will count for the second trimester.*

*4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 2nd Trimester*:

2 books and AR quizzes were due by Monday, December 3rd.

2 more books (for a total of 4 all together) were due by Friday, January 11th.

2 more books were due (for a total of 6 books all together) and AR quizzes by this past Monday, February 4th.

*2 more books were due (for a total of 8 books including at least 1 nonfiction book all together) and AR quizzes by this past Friday, February 22nd.*

Happy Reading! :)

*In Social Studies class this week, we will continue focusing on the topic of Landforms from our first lesson of Unit 2 as well as the different regions of the United States. *We will have a short quiz on locating and labeling the different landforms of the U.S. on map from Lesson 1 of Unit 2 this upcoming Wednesday, February 27th.* Students should study their landform vocabulary, notes and study guide map in preparation for the Landforms quiz on Wednesday. Also, this week, we will be continuing to learn all about some interesting facts about some additional states this week! We will be discussing information about our different states, as well as working on comparing and contrasting these different states that we chose to research. We will discuss and share our research, interesting facts and compare/contrast findings together in class this week as well. This week, we will also begin to focus on Lesson 2 of the second Unit in our hardcover textbook. We will begin reading, discussing and working with Lesson 2 this week.

*In Spelling this week, we will begin with our *Unit 24* spelling words. *This is a review unit.* We will have our twenty-fourth spelling test this upcoming Friday, March 1st on Unit 24.

*Reminders*:

  • Friday folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the tests/quizzes that are in the folder. Also, the Friday folder should be signed and returned on Monday of next week. 

*Hope you have a fantastic week!!*

Week of February 18th - 22nd

Posted on Feb 18, 2019

Hello!

*I hope everyone had a great weekend!*

*Thank you to all who brought in a donation for Special Olympics last week! It is much appreciated!*

 *Thank you for all your support!* :)

*In Reading this week, we will be focusing on presenting our Biography Book Reports, as well as some reading and writing activities, including a book of knowledge activity and a story from our hardcover Reading textbook called: I Love Guinea Pigs. Our skill for this week is: text structure. This week, we will be focusing on and working with a story from our hardcover book. We will be reading and discussing our story, as well as working with some discussion questions, activities and extended responses that focus on a review of our story for this week. We will also be practicing finding and locating text evidence to support our answers to our questions for this week as well. *We will have a Reading test on Tuesday of next week, February 26th, that will focus on our story for this week called I Love Guinea Pigs.* Students should study their vocabulary words as well as their notes and comprehension discussion questions for our story in preparation for the test on Tuesday of next week. In Reading this week, we will also be reading and discussing a Time for Kids article about some influential people. This week, some of our skills that we will be focusing on will include working with and reviewing: text structure, comprehension and analysis of nonfiction and fiction text, visualizing, comparing and contrasting, as well as practicing locating text evidence to support our answers. We will also be practicing with answering extended responses this week.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. The students were assigned their sixth book report. *For this sixth "February Book Report," students should have chosen a *biography* book of their choice.* *Students should be working on reading their Biography book as well as completing their Book Report form.* Students should have received the form with the format for their book report as well. *The February Biography Book Report will be due by this upcoming Wednesday, February 20th.* Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on *8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading.* There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken. At least *1* of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a *nonfiction book.* *Also, please note that students need to earn a score of 70 percent or higher on their AR quizzes in order for them to receive credit for the ARs.*

*Students may continue working on taking ARs that will count for the second trimester.*

*4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 2nd Trimester*:

2 books and AR quizzes were due by Monday, December 3rd.

2 more books (for a total of 4 all together) were due by Friday, January 11th.

*2 more books were due (for a total of 6 books all together) and AR quizzes by this past Monday, February 4th.*

**2 more books will be due (for a total of 8 books including at least 1 nonfiction book all together) and AR quizzes by this upcoming Friday, February 22nd.**

Happy Reading! :)

*In Social Studies class this week, we will continue focusing on the first lesson of the second unit of our textbook as well as the different regions of the United States. *We will have a test on Lesson 1 of Unit 2 this upcoming Wednesday, February 20th.* Students should study their vocabulary, notes and study guide in preparation for the Lesson 1 test on Wednesday. Also, we will be continuing to learn all about some additional states this week! This week, we will also be continuing to share our research, and learn about some interesting facts about some additional states, other than the one that students chose for their projects. We will be discussing information about our different states, as well as working on comparing and contrasting this different state that we chose to research, with our state that we chose to focus on for our State Project. We will discuss and share our research, interesting facts and compare/contrast findings together in class this week as well. This week, we will also continue to focus on the different regions of the United States.

*In Spelling this week, we will begin with our *Unit 23* spelling words. We will have our twenty-third spelling test this upcoming Friday, February 22nd on Unit 23.

*Reminders*:

  • Friday folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the tests/quizzes that are in the folder. Also, the Friday folder should be signed and returned on Monday of next week. 

*Hope you have a wonderful week!!*

Week of February 11th - 15th

Posted on Feb 10, 2019

Hello!

*I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!*

*Thank you to all who brought in a donation for the Ronald McDonald House last week! It is much appreciated!*

*The students have been doing a great job presenting their Paper Bag Book Report and State Brochure projects! The students have also been enjoying writing down their interesting facts and asking some creative questions during our mini question and answer sessions after our presentations!* :)

*In Reading this week, we will be focusing on some reading and writing activities, including finishing up a CEE activity, a book of knowledge activity, as well as a ReadWorks article about Abraham Lincoln. This week, we will be focusing on and working with an article from ReadWorks called U.S. Presidents: Abraham Lincoln. Students will be focusing on and working with a ReadWorks article and learning all about the life and leadership of Abraham Lincoln. We will be reading and discussing our article, as well as working with some discussion questions, activities and extended responses that focus on a review of our article for this week. We will also be practicing finding and locating text evidence to support our answers to our questions for this week as well. *We will have a test on Friday, February 16th that will focus on our Abraham Lincoln article for this week called U.S. Presidents: Abraham Lincoln.* Students should study their vocabulary words as well as their discussion questions for our article in preparation for the test on Friday. In Reading this week, we will also be reading and discussing some Time for Kids articles about some influential people as well as finishing up working with some paired passages. For our paired passages, we will be finishing up focusing on some ReadWorks articles about health and safety during the season of winter. This week, some of our skills that we will be focusing on will include working with and reviewing: comprehension and analysis of nonfiction text, comparing and contrasting, as well as practicing locating text evidence to support our answers. We will also be practicing with answering extended responses this week.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. The students were assigned their sixth book report last week. *For this sixth "February Book Report," students may choose a *biography* book of their choice.* *Students should be working on reading their Biography book as well as completing their Book Report form.* Students should have received the form with the format for their book report last week as well. *The February Biography Book Report will be due by next Wednesday, February 20th.* Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on *8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading.* There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken. At least *1* of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a *nonfiction book.* *Also, please note that students need to earn a score of 70 percent or higher on their AR quizzes in order for them to receive credit for the ARs.*

*Students may be working on taking ARs that will count for the second trimester.*

*4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 2nd Trimester*:

2 books and AR quizzes were due by Monday, December 3rd.

2 more books (for a total of 4 all together) were due by Friday, January 11th.

*2 more books were due (for a total of 6 books all together) and AR quizzes by this past Monday, February 4th.*

**2 more books will be due (for a total of 8 books including at least 1 nonfiction book all together) and AR quizzes by Friday, February 22nd.**

Happy Reading! :)

*In Social Studies class this week, we will begin focusing on the first lesson of the second unit of our textbook as well as the different regions of the United States. *We will have a test on Lesson 1 of Unit 2 next Wednesday, February 20th.* Also, we will be continuing to learn all about our additional states this week! This week, we will also be continuing to share our research, and learn about some interesting facts about an additional state, other than the one that students chose for their State Brochure Projects. We will be reading and discussing information about our different state, as well as working on comparing and contrasting this different state that we chose to research, with our state that we chose to focus on for our State Brochure Project. We will continue to discuss and share our research, interesting facts and compare/contrast findings together in class this week as well. This week, we will also begin to focus on the different regions of the United States.

*In Spelling this week, we will begin with our *Unit 22* spelling words. We will have our twenty-second spelling test this upcoming Friday, February 15th on Unit 22.

*Reminders*:

  • There will be no school on Monday, February 18th, for President's Day.
  • Friday folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the tests/quizzes that are in the folder. Also, the Friday folder should be signed and returned on Tuesday of next week. 

*Hope you have a great week and a Happy Valentine's Day!!*

Week of February 4th - 8th

Posted on Feb 03, 2019

Hello!

*I hope everyone had a great weekend!*

*We had so much fun celebrating Catholic Schools Week last week! Also, thank you to all who brought in a donation for the Ronald McDonald House last week! It is much appreciated!*

*Also, the students have been doing a great job presenting on their Paper Bag Book Report and State Brochure projects! The students have also been enjoying writing down their interesting facts and asking some creative questions during our mini question and answer sessions after our presentations!* :)

*In Reading this week, we will be focusing on some reading and writing activities, a book of knowledge activity, CEE activity, as well as finishing up presenting our Paper Bag Book Report Projects. This week, we will be focusing on continuing and finishing up presenting our book reports in class, as well as working with some paired passages from ReadWorks. Students will be finishing up focusing on some interesting facts about their classmates' Book Reports and writing about these during the presentations as well. We will also have mini question and answer sessions after the presentations. In Reading this week, we will also be reading some Time for Kids articles about some influential people as well as working with some paired passages. For our paired passages, we will be focusing on some ReadWorks articles about health and safety during the season of winter. We will be reading and discussing our two articles, comparing/contrasting them, as well as working with some questions and extended responses that focus on our articles. We will be discussing and learning about a topic related to winter. This week, some of our skills that we will be focusing on will include working with and reviewing: the elements of plot, comprehension and analysis of nonfiction text, comparing and contrasting, as well as practicing locating text evidence to support our answers. We will also be practicing with answering extended responses this week. *Students will not have a Reading test this week.*

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students should continue to bring their book report book to class with them through the rest of this week. We will be continuing and finishing up presenting our Paper Bag Book Reports in class this week.* *Also, the students will be assigned their sixth book report this week as well. *For this sixth "February Book Report," students may choose a *biography* book of their choice. *Students should be working on finding and reading their Biography book.* Students will be receiving the form with the format for their book report as well. Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on *8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading.* There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken. At least *1* of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a *nonfiction book.* *Also, please note that students need to earn a score of 70 percent or higher on their AR quizzes in order for them to receive credit for the ARs.*

*Students may now be working on taking ARs that will count for the second trimester.*

*4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 2nd Trimester*:

2 books and AR quizzes were due by Monday, December 3rd.

*2 more books (for a total of 4 all together) were due by Friday, January 11th.*

**2 more books will be due (for a total of 6 books all together) and AR quizzes by this upcoming Monday, February 4th.**

Happy Reading! :)

*In Social Studies this week, we will be focusing on continuing and finishing up presenting our State Brochure Projects in class. We will be continuing to learn all about our states this week! Students will finish up presenting their State Brochure Projects to the class this week. Students will also finish up focusing on some interesting facts about their classmates' State Brochure Projects and write about these during the presentations. We will also continue with the mini question and answer sessions after the presentations. This week, we will also be sharing our research, and learning about some interesting facts about an additional state, other than the one that students chose for their State Brochure Projects. We will be reading and discussing information about our different state, as well as working on comparing and contrasting this different state that we chose to research, with our state that we chose to focus on for our State Brochure Project. We will discuss and share our research, interesting facts and compare/contrast findings together in class this week as well. This week, we will also begin to focus on the different regions of the United States.

*In Spelling this week, we will begin with our *Unit 21* spelling words. We will have our twenty-first spelling test this upcoming Friday, February 8th on Unit 21.

*Reminders*:

  • On Wednesday of this week, February 6th, we will have Special Lunch!
  • Friday folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the tests/quizzes that are in the folder. Also, the Friday folder should be signed and returned on Monday of next week. 

*Hope you have a wonderful week!!*

Week of January 28th - February 1st

Posted on Jan 28, 2019

Hello!

*I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!*

*Also, thank you to all who were able to come to Open House this past Sunday! It was great to see everyone and a wonderful way to kick off Catholic Schools Week!*

*In Reading this week, we will be focusing on some reading and writing activities, book of knowledge activities, as well as presenting our Paper Bag Book Report Projects. This week, we will be focusing on presenting our book reports in class, as well as working with an article from ReadWorks. We will be reading and discussing our article, as well as working with some questions and extended responses that focus on our article. We will be discussing and learning about a topic related to winter. This week, some of our skills that we will be focusing on will include working with and reviewing: the elements of plot, comprehension and analysis of nonfiction text, comparing and contrasting, as well as practicing locating text evidence to support our answers. We will also be practicing with answering extended responses this week. *Students will not have a Reading test this week.*

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students were assigned their fifth book report, and also should have received the form with the format for their book report. *For this fifth “January Book Report,” students should have chosen a *fiction* book of their choice. Students needed to have their fiction book chosen and read by Monday, (January 14th). Students should also continue to bring their book report book to class with them through the rest of this week and next week. We will be presenting our Paper Bag Book Reports in class this week.*The final copy of the January Paper Bag Book Report was due by this past Thursday, January 24th.* Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on *8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading.* There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken. At least *1* of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a *nonfiction book.* *Also, please note that students need to earn a score of 70 percent or higher on their AR quizzes in order for them to receive credit for the ARs.*

*Students may now be working on taking ARs that will count for the second trimester.*

*4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 2nd Trimester*:

2 books and AR quizzes were due by Monday, December 3rd.

*2 more books (for a total of 4 all together) were due by Friday, January 11th.*

**2 more books will be due (for a total of 6 books all together) and AR quizzes by this upcoming Friday, February 1st.**

Happy Reading! :)

*In Social Studies this week, we will be focusing on presenting our State Brochure Projects in class. We will be learning all about our states this week! This week, we will also be researching and learning about some interesting facts about an additional state, other than the one that students chose for their State Brochure Projects. We will be reading and discussing information about our different state, as well as working on comparing and contrasting this different state that we chose to research, with our state that we chose to focus on for our State Brochure Project. We will discuss and share our research, interesting facts and compare/contrast findings together in class this week as well.

*In Spelling this week, we will begin with our *Unit 20* spelling words. We will have our twentieth spelling test this upcoming Friday, February 1st on Unit 20.

*Reminders*:

  • This week is Catholic Schools Week! We are looking forward to all the fun events! Here is the schedule of exciting events for this week: Monday-We will be working on a STEM Project with our Prayer Partners; Tuesday-Carnival games in the gym; Wednesday-Ronald McDonald House Fundraiser (4th Grade-Canned Tuna/Chicken), Students who bring in a donation can be out of uniform this day, Also, the St. Rita Band will perform this day as well; Thursday-We will be making Valentines Day Cards with Prayer Partners for Hope Hospital; Friday-SOAR vs. Faculty Volleyball Game & also, students can be out of uniform this day and dress in SJF Spirit Wear.
  • Friday folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the tests/quizzes that are in the folder. Also, the Friday folder should be signed and returned on Monday of next week. 

*Hope you have a great week and stay warm!!*

Week of January 21st - 25th

Posted on Jan 22, 2019

Hello!

*I hope everyone enjoyed their 3-day weekend!*

*In Reading this week, we will be focusing on some reading and writing activities, book of knowledge activities, as well as the final copy of our Paper Bag Book Report Projects. This week, we will be focusing on the final copy for our book report, as well as working with some paired text articles from ReadWorks. We will be reading and discussing our articles, as well as working with some questions and extended responses that focus on our articles. We will be discussing and learning about topics such as civil rights. This week, we will be reading and learning about two famous historical figures while working on comparing and contrasting our paired passages in our ReadWorks articles. This week, some of our skills that we will be focusing on will include working with and reviewing: the elements of plot, comprehension and analysis of nonfiction text, comparing and contrasting, as well as practicing locating text evidence to support our answers. We will also be practicing with answering extended responses this week. *Students will not have a Reading test this week.* Next week, we will be presenting our Paper Bag Book Report Projects.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students were assigned their fifth book report, and also should have received the form with the format for their book report. *For this fifth “January Book Report,” students should have chosen a *fiction* book of their choice. Students needed to have their fiction book chosen and read by Monday, (January 14th). Students should also continue to bring their book report book to class with them through the rest of this week and next week. We will begin working on the final copy of our Paper Bag Book Reports in class this week.* *The final copy of the January Paper Bag Book Report will be due by the end of class on this upcoming Thursday, January 24th.* Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on *8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading.* There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken. At least *1* of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a *nonfiction book.* *Also, please note that students need to earn a score of 70 percent or higher on their AR quizzes in order for them to receive credit for the ARs.*

*Students may now be working on taking ARs that will count for the second trimester.*

*4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 2nd Trimester*:

2 books and AR quizzes were due by Monday, December 3rd.

*2 more books (for a total of 4 all together) were due by Friday, January 11th.*

**2 more books will be due (for a total of 6 books all together) and AR quizzes by next Friday, February 1st.**

Happy Reading! :)

*In Social Studies this week, we will continue focusing on our State Brochure Projects. This week, we will finish up working on our research as well as also begin working on the final copy for our State Brochure Project. We will be learning all about as well as putting together all the information for our states this week. *The final copy of the State Brochure Project will be due by the end of class on this upcoming Friday, January 25th.*

*In Spelling this week, we will begin with our *Unit 19* spelling words. We will have our nineteenth spelling test this upcoming Friday, January 25th on Unit 19.

*Reminders*:

  • On Wednesday, January 23rd, the St. John Fisher Scholastic Team will be hosting a dress down day fundraiser to participate in a nationally recognized academic competition hosted by Northwestern University. Thank you so much in advance for your generosity!
  • Friday folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the tests/quizzes that are in the folder. Also, the Friday folder should be signed and returned on Monday of next week. 

*Hope you have a fantastic week!*

Week of January 14th - 18th

Posted on Jan 13, 2019

Hello!

*I hope everyone had a great weekend!*

*In Reading this week, we will be focusing on some reading and writing activities, as well as some journal responses and book of knowledge activities. This week, we will be focusing on the rough draft for our book report, as well as an article from ReadWorks that focuses on Martin Luther King, Jr. We will be reading and discussing our article, as well as working with some questions, activities and extended responses that focus on a review of our article for this week. This week, some of our skills that we will be focusing on will include working with and reviewing: comprehension and analysis of nonfiction text, comparing and contrasting, as well as practicing locating text evidence to support our answers. We will also be practicing with some paired passages and extended responses this week. *Students will have a Reading test this week that will focus on our Martin Luther King, Jr. ReadWorks article for this week called Honoring King on Friday, January 18th.* Students should study their vocabulary words as well as their discussion questions for our article in preparation for the test on Friday. This week and next week, we will also be focusing on and working with some paired texts from ReadWorks. We will be discussing and learning about topics such as civil rights as well as why we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This week and next week, we will also be reading and learning about two famous historical figures while working on comparing and contrasting some paired passages in our ReadWorks articles.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students were assigned their fifth book report last week, and will receive the form with the format for their book report this week. *For this fifth “January Book Report,” students may choose a *fiction* book of their choice. Students need to have their fiction book chosen and read by this upcoming Monday, (January 14th). Students should also bring their book report book to class with them starting Monday (1/14) through the rest of the next two weeks. We will begin working on the rough draft of our book reports in class this week.* Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on *8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading.* There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken. At least *1* of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a *nonfiction book.* *Also, please note that students need to earn a score of 70 percent or higher on their AR quizzes in order for them to receive credit for the ARs.*

*Students may now be working on taking ARs that will count for the second trimester.*

*4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 2nd Trimester*:

2 books and AR quizzes were due by Monday, December 3rd.

**2 more books (for a total of 4 all together) were due by this past Friday, January 11th.**

Happy Reading! :)

*In Social Studies this week, we will continue our study of Lesson 5 of the first unit of our textbook. This week, we will also continue working on our research as well as begin working on the rough draft for our State Brochure Project. We will be discussing and learning all about the information in the fifth lesson in Unit 1 of our hardcover this week. We will discuss the sections as well as answer our review questions for this lesson. Also, we will be reviewing the information from this lesson as well as working on and going over our study guides to prepare for our test this week. Students should study their vocabulary, section review questions as well as their study guides. *Students will have a test this week on Thursday, January 17th that will focus on the material in Lesson 5 of the first unit in our textbook.* Students should be able to answer questions about the vocabulary, as well as the information that we have learning about in this lesson. Students should study their vocabulary, notes, as well as their study guides in preparation for the test on Thursday of this week. Last week, students were also assigned their state that they will be researching and focusing on for our State Brochure Project, and we will begin working on our rough draft in class this week.

*In Spelling this week, we will begin with our *Unit 18* spelling words. *This is a review unit.* We will have our eighteenth spelling test this upcoming Friday, January 18th on Unit 18.

*Reminders*:

  • Students will not have school next Monday, January 21st in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Enjoy the day off!
  • Friday folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the tests/quizzes that are in the folder. Also, the Friday folder should be signed and returned on Tuesday of next week. 

*Hope you have a wonderful week!*

Week of January 7th - 11th

Posted on Jan 07, 2019

Hello!

*I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and enjoyed the break!*

*I would like to wish a Happy New Year to all!*

*Also, I want to thank all of you for the wonderful Christmas gifts! That was so thoughtful! I really appreciate all your kindness and generosity.*

*In Reading this week, we will be focusing on some reading and writing activities, as well as some journal responses and book of knowledge activities. This week and next week, we will be focusing on some journal questions and kindness activities, as well as an article from ReadWorks that focuses on Martin Luther King, Jr. We will be reading and discussing our article, as well as working with some questions, activities and extended responses that focus on a review of our article for next week. This week, some of our skills that we will be focusing on will include working with and reviewing: comprehension and analysis of text, figurative language, comparing and contrasting, as well as practicing locating text evidence to support our answers. We will also be practicing with some paired passages and extended responses this week. *Students will not have a Reading test this week.* This week and next week, we will also be focusing on and working with some paired texts from ReadWorks. We will be discussing and learning about topics such as civil rights as well as why we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We will also be reading and learning about two famous historical figures while working on comparing and contrasting some paired passages in our ReadWorks articles.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students will be assigned their fifth book report this week, and will receive the form with the format for their book report next week. *For this fifth “January Book Report,” students may choose a *fiction* book of their choice. Students need to have their fiction book chosen and read by next Monday, (January 14th). Students should also bring their book report book to class with them starting Monday (1/14) through the rest of the next two weeks. We will begin working on the rough draft of our book reports in class next week.* Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on *8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading.* There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken. At least *1* of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a *nonfiction book.* *Also, please note that students need to earn a score of 70 percent or higher on their AR quizzes in order for them to receive credit for the ARs.*

*Students may now be working on taking ARs that will count for the second trimester.*

*4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 2nd Trimester*:

2 books and AR quizzes were due by Monday, December 3rd.

**2 more books (for a total of 4 all together) will be due by this upcoming Friday, January 11th.**

Happy Reading! :)

*In Social Studies this week, we will begin our study of Lesson 5 of the first unit of our textbook. We will be discussing and learning all about the information in the fifth lesson in Unit 1 of our hardcover this week. We will read and discuss the sections as well as answer our review questions for this lesson. Also, we will be reviewing the information from this lesson as well as working on and going over our study guides to prepare for our quiz this week. Students should study their vocabulary, section review questions as well as their study guides. *Students will have a quiz this week on Friday, January 11th that will focus on the material in Lesson 5 of the first unit in our textbook.* Students should be able to answer questions about the vocabulary, as well as the information that we have learning about in this lesson. Students should study their vocabulary, notes, as well as their study guides in preparation for the quiz on Friday of this week. This week, students will also be assigned their state that they will be researching and focusing on for our State Brochure Project that we will begin working on in class next week.

*In Spelling this week, we will begin with our *Unit 17* spelling words. We will have our seventeenth spelling test this upcoming Friday, January 11th on Unit 17.

*Reminders*:

  • This Wednesday, January 9th, we will have Special Lunch.
  • Friday folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the tests/quizzes that are in the folder. Also, the Friday folder should be signed and returned on Monday of next week. 

*Hope you have a great week!*

Week of December 17th - 21st

Posted on Dec 17, 2018

Hello!

*I hope everyone had a great weekend!*

*In Reading this week, we will be focusing on some activities that relate to our Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing novel study, some reading and writing activities, as well as some Christmas activities. This week, we will be working on some different Christmas activities that relate to our skills as well. This week, some of our skills that we will be focusing on will include working with and reviewing: story elements, plot, sequence, comprehension and analysis of text, figurative language, comparing and contrasting, as well as practicing locating text evidence to support our answers. We will also be practicing with some paired passages and extended responses this week. *Students will not have a Reading test this week.*

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students were assigned their fourth book report, and should have received the form with the format for their book report. For this fourth “December Book Report,” students may choose a *Christmas* book of their choice. *The December Book Report will be due on this upcoming Tuesday, December 18th.* Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on *8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading.* There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken. At least *1* of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a *nonfiction book.* *Also, please note that students need to earn a score of 70 percent or higher on their AR quizzes in order for them to receive credit for the ARs.*

*Students may now be working on taking ARs that will count for the second trimester.*

*4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 2nd Trimester*:

2 books and AR quizzes were due by Monday, December 3rd.

**2 more books (for a total of 4 all together) will be due by January 11th.**

Happy Reading! :)

*In Social Studies this week, we will be finishing up with our study of Lesson 4 of the first unit of our textbook. We will be discussing and learning all about the information in the fourth lesson in Unit 1 of our hardcover this week. We will read and discuss the sections as well as answer our review questions for this lesson. Also, we will be reviewing the information from this lesson as well as working on and going over our study guides to prepare for our test this week. Students should study their vocabulary, section review questions as well as their study guides. *Students will have a test this week on Wednesday, December 19th that will focus on all of the material in Lesson 4 of the first unit in our textbook.* Students should be able to answer questions about the vocabulary, as well as the information that we have learning about in this lesson. Students should study their vocabulary, notes, as well as their study guide sheets in preparation for the test on Wednesday of this week. 

*In Spelling this week, we will begin with our *Unit 16* spelling words. We will have our sixteenth spelling test this upcoming Friday, December 21st on Unit 16.

*Reminders*:

  • Friday folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the tests/quizzes that are in the folder. Also, the Friday folder should be signed and returned on Monday after Christmas break. 

*Hope you have a fantastic week!*

*Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas break!*

Week of December 10th - 14th

Posted on Dec 11, 2018

Hello!

*I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!*

*In Reading this week, we will be focusing on some reading and writing activities as well as finishing up with our Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing novel study. This week, as we are finishing up our focus on Chapters 7-10 of our novel, we will be working on some different activities that relate to our novel as well. This week, some of our skills that we will be focusing on will include working with and reviewing: our vocabulary, story elements, plot, sequence, comprehension and analysis of the chapters, figurative language, compare and contrast, as well as practicing locating text evidence to support our answers. We will also be practicing with some extended responses this week. *Students will not have a Reading test this week.* We will finish up going over our vocabulary, notes, as well as information from our student packets and worksheets as well.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students were assigned their fourth book report, and should have received the form with the format for their book report last week. For this fourth “December Book Report,” students may choose a *Christmas* book of their choice. *The December Book Report will be due on Tuesday, December 18th.* Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on *8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading.* There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken. At least *1* of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a *nonfiction book.* *Also, please note that students need to earn a score of 70 percent or higher on their AR quizzes in order for them to receive credit for the ARs.*

*Students may now be working on taking ARs that will count for the second trimester.*

*4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 2nd Trimester*:

2 books and AR quizzes were due by this past Monday, December 3rd.

**2 more books (for a total of 4 all together) will be due by January 11th.**

Happy Reading! :)

*In Social Studies this week, we will begin our study of Lesson 4 of the first unit of our textbook. We will be discussing and learning all about the information in the fourth lesson in Unit 1 of our hardcover this week. We will read and discuss the sections as well as answer our review questions for this lesson. Also, we will be reviewing the information from this lesson to prepare for our quiz on Friday of this week as well as working on and going over our study guides to prepare for our test next week. *Students will have a short quiz on the material from Lesson 4 on Friday of this week, December 14th.* Students should study their vocabulary, section review questions as well as their study guides in their notebooks for the quiz on Friday. *Also, students will have a test next week on Wednesday, December 19th that will focus on all of the material in Lesson 4 of the first unit in our textbook.* Students should be able to answer questions about the vocabulary, as well as the information that we have learning about in this lesson. Students should study their vocabulary, notes, as well as their study guide sheet in preparation for the test on Wednesday of next week. 

*In Spelling this week, we will begin with our *Unit 15* spelling words. We will have our fifteenth spelling test this upcoming Friday, December 14th on Unit 15.

*Reminders*:

  • Thank you so much to all who helped with chaperoning for our field trip last week! We had so much fun!
  • Friday folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the tests/quizzes that are in the folder. Also, the Friday folder should be signed and returned on Monday of next week. 

*Hope you have a great week and enjoy the upcoming weekend!*

Week of December 3rd - 7th

Posted on Dec 02, 2018

Hello!

*I hope everyone had a great weekend!*

*In Reading this week, we will be focusing on some reading and writing activities as well as continuing with our Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing novel study. This week, we will be continuing to focus on *Chapters 7-10* of our novel. This week, some of our skills that we will be focusing on will include working with and reviewing: our vocabulary, story elements, plot, sequence, comprehension and analysis of the chapters, figurative language, compare and contrast, as well as practicing locating text evidence to support our answers. We will also be practicing with some paired passages and extended responses this week. *Students will have a Reading test this week that will focus on Chapters 7-10 of our novel on Thursday, December 6th.* Students should study their vocabulary, notes, as well as information from their student packets and worksheets.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students were assigned their fourth book report last week, and will receive the form with the format for their book report this week. For this fourth “December Book Report,” students may choose a *Christmas* book of their choice. December Book Report due date coming this week. Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on *8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading.* There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken. At least *1* of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a *nonfiction book.* *Also, please note that students need to earn a score of 70 percent or higher on their AR quizzes in order for them to receive credit for the ARs.*

*Students may now be working on taking ARs that will count for the second trimester.*

*4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 2nd Trimester*:

**2 books and AR quizzes will be due by this upcoming Monday, December 3rd.**

Happy Reading! :)

*In Social Studies this week, we will continue and finish up our study of Lesson 3 of the first unit of our textbook. We will be discussing and learning all about the information in the third lesson in Unit 1 of our hardcover this week. We will read and discuss the sections as well as answer our review questions for this lesson. Also, we will be reviewing the information from this lesson as well as working on and going over our study guides to prepare for our test this week. *Students will have a test this week on Wednesday, December 5th that will focus on Lesson 3 of the first unit in our textbook.* Students should be able to answer questions about the vocabulary, as well as the information that we have learning about in this lesson. Students should study their vocabulary, notes, as well as their study guide sheet in preparation for the test on Wednesday of this week. 

*In Spelling this week, we will begin with our *Unit 14* spelling words. We will have our fourteenth spelling test this upcoming Thursday, December 6th on Unit 14.

*Reminders*:

  • Our field trip to the Museum of Science and Industry is this upcoming Tuesday, December 4th. Students should wear their gym uniforms. Also, students should bring a brown bag lunch with them to the field trip (no glass please). Thank you!
  • Also, thank you so much to all who volunteered to chaperone for our field trip this week! We are not able to take all volunteers, but if you are chaperoning for our field trip, please be at the school office at 8:30 AM.
  • Students will not have school this Friday, December 7th! Enjoy the day off from school!
  • Friday folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the tests/quizzes that are in the folder. Also, the Friday folder should be signed and returned on Monday of next week. 

*Hope you have a wonderful week and enjoy the upcoming weekend!*

Week of November 26th - 30th

Posted on Nov 25, 2018

Hello!

*I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and a relaxing break!*

*In Reading this week, we will be focusing on some reading and writing activities as well as continuing with our Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing novel study. This week, we will be focusing on *Chapters 7-10* of our novel. This week, some of our skills that we will be focusing on will include working with and reviewing: our vocabulary, story elements, plot, sequence, comprehension and analysis of the chapters, figurative language, compare and contrast, as well as practicing locating evidence to support our answers. We will also be practicing with some paired passages and extended responses this week. *Students will have a Reading test next week that will focus on Chapters 7-10 of our novel on Thursday, December 6th.* Students should study their vocabulary, notes, as well as information from their student packets and worksheets.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. For this past “November Book Report,” students chose a *fiction* book of their choice. *The November Book Report was due on Tuesday, November 20th.* Students will be assigned their fourth book report this week, and will receive the form with the format for their book report next week. For this fourth “December Book Report,” students may choose a *Christmas* book of their choice. December Book Report due date to be determined. Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on *8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading.* There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken. At least *1* of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a *nonfiction book.* *Also, please note that students need to earn a score of 70 percent or higher on their AR quizzes in order for them to receive credit for the ARs.*

*Students may now be working on taking ARs that will count for the second trimester.*

*4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 2nd Trimester*:

**2 books and AR quizzes will be due by Monday, December 3rd.**

Happy Reading! :)

*In Social Studies this week, we will finish up our study of Lesson 2, as well as begin to focus on Lesson 3 of the first unit of our textbook. We will be reading, discussing and learning all about the information in the third lesson in Unit 1 of our hardcover this week. We will read and discuss the sections as well as answer our review questions for this lesson. Also, we will be reviewing the information from this lesson as well as working on and going over our study guides to prepare for our test next week. *Students will have a test next week on Wednesday, December 5th that will focus on Lesson 3 of the first unit in our textbook.* Students should be able to answer questions about the vocabulary, as well as the information that we have learning about in this lesson. Students should study their vocabulary, notes, as well as their study guide sheet in preparation for the test on Wednesday of next week. 

*In Spelling this week, we will begin with our *Unit 13* spelling words. We will have our thirteenth spelling test this upcoming Friday, November 30th on Unit 13.

*Reminders*:

  • Friday folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the tests/quizzes that are in the folder. Also, the Friday folder should be signed and returned on Monday of next week. 

*Hope you have a great week and enjoy the upcoming weekend!*

Week of November 12th - 16th

Posted on Nov 13, 2018

Hello!

*I hope everyone had a great weekend!*

*Also, thank you so much to everyone for sending in their donations last week to raise money for Honor Flight Chicago. Your support and generosity is much appreciated!*

*In Reading this week, we will be focusing on some reading and writing activities as well as continuing with our novel study. This week, we will be continuing to focus on *Chapters 1-6* of our novel. This week, some of our skills that we will be focusing on will include working with and reviewing: our vocabulary, story elements, plot, sequence, comprehension and analysis of the chapters, figurative language, compare and contrast, as well as practicing locating evidence to support our answers. We will also be practicing with some extended responses this week. *Students will have a Reading test this week that will focus on Chapters 1-6 of our novel on Friday, November 16th.* Students should study their vocabulary, notes, as well as information from their student packets and worksheets.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students were assigned their third book report last week. Also, students should have received the form with the format for their book report last week as well. For this third “November Book Report,” students may choose a *fiction* book of their choice. *The November Book Report will be due by Tuesday, November 20th.* Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on 8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading. At least 1 of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a nonfiction book. There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken.

*4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 2nd Trimester*:

Coming soon...

*Students may now be working on taking ARs that will count for the second trimester.*

Happy Reading! :)

*In Social Studies this week, we will begin to focus on Lesson 2 of the first unit of our textbook, as well as continuing to focus on our study of Native Americans. We will be continuing to focus on and learn all about the characteristics of several different Native American groups. We will be reading and discussing the second lesson in Unit 1 of our hardcover this week. We will read and discuss the sections as well as answer our review questions for this lesson. Also, we will be reviewing the information from this lesson as well as working on and going over our study guides to prepare for our test next week. *Students will have a test next week on Tuesday, November 20th that will focus on Lesson 2 of the first unit in our textbook.* Students should be able to answer questions about the vocabulary, as well as the information that we have learning about in this lesson. Students should study their vocabulary, notes, as well as their study guide sheet in preparation for the test on Tuesday of next week. 

*In Spelling this week, we will begin with our *Unit 12* spelling words. *This is a review unit.* We will have our twelfth spelling test this upcoming Friday, November 16th on Unit 12.

*Reminders*:

  • The first trimester ended this past Friday, the 9th. The second trimester begins on Monday of this week. Report cards will be distributed and sent home this week on Wednesday, November 14th.
  • Friday folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the tests/quizzes that are in the folder. Also, the Friday folder should be signed and returned on Monday of next week. 

*Hope you have a wonderful week and enjoy the upcoming weekend!*

Week of November 5th - 9th

Posted on Nov 05, 2018

Hello!

*I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!*

*Also, thank you so much to everyone for sending in all the candy and treats last week for Halloween! We had a lot of fun celebrating with our classmates!*

*In Reading this week, we will be focusing on some reading and writing activities, reviewing some of our skills, working with some paired passages and continuing with our novel study. This week, we will be focusing on *Chapters 1-6* of our novel. This week, some of our skills that we will be focusing on will include: working with our vocabulary, story elements, plot, sequence, comprehension and analysis of the chapters, compare and contrast, as well as practicing locating evidence to support our answers. We will also be focusing on and practicing with some different kinds of study skills and extended responses this week. *Students will not have a Reading test this Friday, the 9th.* The test on Chapters 1-6 of our novel will be next week.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students will be assigned their third book report this week. Also, students will receive the form with the format for their book report this week as well. For this third “November Book Report,” students may choose a *fiction* book of their choice. Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on 8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading. At least 1 of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a nonfiction book. There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken.

*4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 1st Trimester*:

*2 books and AR quizzes were due by Tuesday, September 18th.*

*2 more books were due (for a total of 4 books all together) and AR quizzes by Monday, October 1st.*

*2 more books were due (for a total of 6 books all together) and AR quizzes by Monday, October 22nd.*

*2 more books will be due (for a total of 8 books all together including at least 1 nonfiction book) and AR quizzes by this Monday, November 5th.*

Happy Reading! :)

*In Social Studies this week, we will be continuing and finishing up our focus on Lesson 1 of the first unit of our textbook, which focuses on the First Americans, as well as beginning to focus on Lesson 2. We will be continuing to focus on and learn all about the characteristics of several different Native American groups. We will be discussing and reviewing the first lesson in Unit 1 of our hardcover this week. We will discuss the sections as well as answer our review questions for this lesson. Also, we will be reviewing the information from this lesson as well as working on and going over our study guides to prepare for our test this week. *Students will have a test this week on Tuesday, November 6th that will focus on Lesson 1 of the first unit in our textbook.* Students should be able to answer questions about the vocabulary, as well as the different Native American groups that we have learning about in this lesson. Students should study their vocabulary, notes, as well as their study guide sheet in preparation for the test on Tuesday of this week. We will also be working with timelines this week as well.

*In Spelling this week, we will begin with our *Unit 11* spelling words. We will have our eleventh spelling test this upcoming Friday, November 9th on Unit 11.

*Reminders*:

  • On Wednesday, November 7th, we will have Special Lunch.
  • On Friday, November 9th, we will have an all-school Prayer Service at 1:15 for Veterans Day. All are welcome to join us to honor our veterans. Also, on Friday, we will be collecting money for "Honor Flight Chicago." If students bring in a donation, they may be out of uniform in red, white and blue attire. Thank you in advance for your support.
  • Also, the first trimester ends this Friday, the 9th. Report cards will be distributed and sent home next Wednesday, November 14th.
  • Friday folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the tests/quizzes that are in the folder. Also, the Friday folder should be signed and returned on Monday of next week. 

*Hope you have a fantastic week and enjoy the upcoming weekend!*

Week of October 29th - November 2nd

Posted on Oct 29, 2018

Hello!

*I hope everyone had a great weekend!*

*In Reading this week, we will be focusing on some Halloween themed reading and writing activities, reviewing some of our skills, working with some paired passages and beginning our novel study. This week, some of our skills that we will be focusing on will include: working on a SLAM, working with story elements, sequence, compare and contrast, as well as locating evidence to support our answers. We will also be focusing on and practicing with some different kinds of study skills and extended responses this week. *Students will not have a Reading test this Friday, the 2nd.* 

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students were assigned their second book report. For this second “October Book Report,” students chose a *mystery* book of their choice. *The October Book Report was due on Friday, October 19th.* Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on 8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading. At least 1 of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a nonfiction book. There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken.

4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 1st Trimester:

*2 books and AR quizzes were due by Tuesday, September 18th.*

*2 more books were due (for a total of 4 books all together) and AR quizzes by Monday, October 1st.*

*2 more books were due (for a total of 6 books all together) and AR quizzes by this past Monday, October 22nd.*

*2 more books will be due (for a total of 8 books all together including at least 1 nonfiction book) and AR quizzes by next Monday, November 5th.*

Happy Reading! :)

*In Social Studies this week, we will be practicing with our Map Skills. We will be practicing with cardinal directions as well as using these skills to work on a Fall/Halloween themed map plan activity. Students will be constructing their own map plan instructions for this activity. We will also be focusing on Lesson 1 of the first unit of our textbook, which focuses on the First Americans, and this will also begin our study of Native Americans. We will begin to focus on and learn all about the characteristics of several different Native American groups. We will be reading and discussing the first lesson in Unit 1 of our hardcover this week. We will read and discuss the sections as well as answer our key questions for this lesson. We will also be working with timelines this week as well. Later in the week, we will be reviewing the information from this lesson and working on our study guides to prepare for our test next week. *Students will have a test next week on Tuesday, November 6th that will focus on Lesson 1 of the first unit in our textbook.* Students should be able to answer questions about the vocabulary, as well as the different Native American groups that we have learning about in this lesson. Students should study their vocabulary, notes, as well as their study guide sheet in preparation for the test on Tuesday of next week.

*In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 10 spelling words. We will have our tenth spelling test this upcoming Friday, November 2nd on Unit 10.

*Reminders:

  • On Wednesday, October 31st, students may dress up in their costumes and can also bring in treats or candy to pass out to their classmates for Halloween! We have 20 students in our homeroom class.
  • On Thursday, November 1st, we will have the All Saints Day Mass at 1:00.
  • Friday folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the tests/quizzes that are in the folder. Also, the Friday folder should be signed and returned on Monday of next week. 

*Happy Halloween to everyone!*

*Hope you have a wonderful week and enjoy the upcoming weekend!*

Week of October 22nd - 26th

Posted on Oct 22, 2018

Hello!

*I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!*

In Reading this week, we will begin to focus on our second story in Unit 2 of our hardcover Reading book: The Cricket in Times Square. Our skill that we will be focusing on this week is: Visualizing. This week, we will also be reviewing our vocabulary words. We will also be focusing on and practicing with some different kinds of study skills. *Students will have their Reading test this Friday, October 26th.* Students should study their vocabulary words, notes and comprehension review questions about our story for the test on Friday of this week.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students were assigned their second book report. For this second “October Book Report,” students chose a *mystery* book of their choice. *The October Book Report was due by this past Friday, October 19th.* Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on 8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading. At least 1 of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a nonfiction book. There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken.

4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 1st Trimester:

*2 books and AR quizzes were due by Tuesday, September 18th.*

*2 more books were due (for a total of 4 books all together) and AR quizzes by Monday, October 1st.*

*2 more books are due (for a total of 6 books all together) and AR quizzes by this upcoming Monday, October 22nd.*

*2 more books will be due (for a total of 8 books all together including at least 1 nonfiction book) and AR quizzes by Monday, November 5th.*

Happy Reading! :)

In Social Studies this week, we will be finishing up and reviewing our study of the Earth and Map Skills. We will be reviewing and practicing with cardinal directions, hemispheres, and latitude and longitude, as well as how to use these skills to locate and identify certain places on a map. Students will be practicing using all of these map skills to locate and identify certain places correctly on a map for some different activities. We will also begin reading and discussing the first lesson in Unit 1 of our hardcover this week. We will also be discussing and working with timelines this week as well.

In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 9 spelling words. We will have our ninth spelling test this upcoming Friday, October 26th on Unit 9.

*Reminders:

  • Students may bring in their dollar donation for the Chicago Diabetes Project on Friday, October 26th, and may be out of uniform on that day as well.  
  • Friday folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the tests/quizzes that are in the folder. Also, the Friday folder should be signed and returned on Monday of next week. 

*Hope you have a fantastic week and enjoy the upcoming weekend!*

Week of October 15th - 19th

Posted on Oct 12, 2018

Hello!

*I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend!*

In Reading this week, we will begin to focus on our first story in Unit 2 of our hardcover Reading book: A Big City Dream. Our skill that we will be focusing on this week is: Cause and Effect. This week, we will also be reviewing our vocabulary words. We will also be focusing on some different kinds of study skills. *Students will have their Reading test this Friday, October 19th.* Students should study their vocabulary words, notes and comprehension review questions about our story for the test on Friday of this week.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students were assigned their second book report. For this second “October Book Report,” students may choose a *mystery* book of their choice. *The October Book Report will be due by this upcoming Friday, October 19th.* Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on 8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading. At least 1 of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a nonfiction book. There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken.

4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 1st Half of the Trimester:

*2 books and AR quizzes were due by Tuesday, September 18th.*

*2 more books were due (for a total of 4 books all together) and AR quizzes by Monday, October 1st.*

*2 more books are due (for a total of 6 books all together) and AR quizzes by next Monday, October 22nd.*

Happy Reading! :)

In Social Studies this week, we will continue and finish up our study of the Earth and Map Skills. We will be reviewing and practicing with cardinal directions, hemispheres, and latitude and longitude, as well as how to use these skills to locate and identify certain places on a map. *Students will have a Map Skills Test this week on Tuesday, October 16th, that will focus on all of the map skills that we have been practicing and learning about: (cardinal directions, hemispheres, latitude and longitude).* Students should know their vocabulary words as well as be be able to use all of these map skills to locate and identify certain places correctly on a map using these skills for their test.  Students should study their vocabulary notes, maps and review questions in preparation for the test on Tuesday of this week.

In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 8 spelling words. We will have our eighth spelling test this upcoming Friday, October 19th on Unit 8.

Reminders:

  • We will have Picture Day on Tuesday of this week, October 16th.
  • Friday folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the tests/quizzes that are in the folder. Also, the Friday folder should be signed and returned on Monday of next week. 

*Hope you have a wonderful week and enjoy the upcoming weekend!*

Week of October 8th - 12th

Posted on Oct 05, 2018

Hello!

*I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend and enjoyed the beautiful weather!*

In Reading this week, we will begin to focus on our fifth story in Unit 1 of our hardcover Reading book: Train to Somewhere. Our skill that we will be focusing on this week is: Sequence. This week, we will also be reviewing our skills that we have been practicing throughout Unit 1 which are: setting, sequence, compare and contrast, author's purpose and character. We will also be focusing on some different kinds of letter and word patterns. *Students will have their Unit 1 Reading Skills test this Friday, October 12th.* Students should study their skill notes and practice using these skills to answer comprehension questions about different stories for the test on Friday of this week.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students were assigned their second book report last week. For this second “October Book Report,” students may choose a *mystery* book of their choice. *The October Book Report will be due by next Friday, October 19th.* Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on 8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading. At least 1 of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a nonfiction book. There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken.

4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 1st Half of the Trimester:

*2 books and AR quizzes were due by Tuesday, September 18th.*

*2 more books were due (for a total of 4 books all together) and AR quizzes by this upcoming Monday, October 1st.*

*2 more books are due (for a total of 6 books all together) and AR quizzes by Monday, October 22nd.*

Happy Reading! :)

In Social Studies this week, we will continue our study of the Earth and Map Skills. We will be learning about and reviewing latitude and longitude, as well as how to use these to locate and identify certain places on a map. *Students will have a test next week on Tuesday, October 16th, that will focus on all of the map skills that we have been practicing and learning about: (cardinal directions, hemispheres, latitude and longitude).* Students should know the vocabulary words as well as be be able to use all of these map skills to locate and identify certain places correctly on a map using these skills for their test.  Students should study their vocabulary notes, maps and review sheet in preparation for the test on Tuesday of next week.

In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 7 spelling words. We will have our seventh spelling test this upcoming Friday, October 12th on Unit 7.

Reminders:

  • Friday folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the tests/quizzes that are in the folder. Also, the Friday folder should be signed and returned on Monday of next week. 

*Hope you have a fantastic week and enjoy the upcoming weekend!*

Week of October 1st - 5th

Posted on Sep 25, 2018

Hello!

*I hope everyone had a fantastic Homecoming weekend and enjoyed the beautiful weather!*

In Reading this week, we will begin to focus on our fourth story in Unit 1 of our hardcover Reading book: Addie in Charge. Our skill that we will be focusing on this week is: Character. *Students will have their fourth Reading test on Friday, October 5th.* Students should study their vocabulary, skill notes and comprehension questions for the test on Friday of this week.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students will be assigned their second book report this week. For this second “October Book Report,” students may choose a *mystery* book of their choice. *The October Book Report will be due by Friday, October 19th.* Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on 8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading. At least 1 of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a nonfiction book. There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken.

4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 1st Half of the Trimester:

*2 books and AR quizzes were due by Tuesday, September 18th.*

*2 more books are due (for a total of 4 books all together) and AR quizzes by this upcoming Monday, October 1st.*

Happy Reading! :)

In Social Studies this week, we will continue our study of the Earth and Map Skills. We will be learning about and reviewing latitude and longitude, as well as how to use these to locate and identify certain places on a map. *Students will have a quiz this week on Thursday, October 4th, that will focus on latitude  and longitude.* Students should know the vocabulary words as well as be be able to use these map skills to locate and identify certain places correctly on a map using latitude and longitude for their quiz.  Students should study their vocabulary notes, maps and review sheet in preparation for the quiz on Thursday of this week.

In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 6 spelling words. *This is a review unit.* We will have our sixth spelling test this Friday, October 5th on Unit 6.

Reminders:

  • Students will not have school on this upcoming Monday, October 8th for the Columbus Day holiday.
  • Friday folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the tests/quizzes that are in the folder. Also, the Friday folder should be signed and returned on Tuesday of next week. 

Hope you have a wonderful week and enjoy the upcoming 3-day weekend!

Week of September 24th - 28th

Posted on Sep 21, 2018

Hello!

*I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and enjoyed the beautiful weather!*

In Reading this week, we will be beginning to focus on our third story in Unit 1 of our hardcover Reading book: Family Pictures. Our skill that we will be focusing on this week is: Author's Purpose. *Students will have their third Reading test on Friday, September 28th.* Students should study their vocabulary, skill notes and comprehension questions for the test on Friday of this week.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students were assigned their first book report. For this first “September Book Report,” students may choose a fiction book of their choice. *The September Book Report will be due by this upcoming Wednesday, September 26th.* Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on 8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading. At least 1 of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a nonfiction book. There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken.

4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 1st Half of the Trimester:

*2 books and AR quizzes were due by this past Tuesday, September 18th.*

*2 more books are due (for a total of 4 books all together) and AR quizzes by next Monday, October 1st.*

Happy Reading! :)

In Social Studies this week, we will continue our study of the Earth and Map Skills. We will be learning about and reviewing the cardinal directions, intermediate directions and hemispheres, as well as how to use these to locate and identify certain places on a map. *Students will have a quiz this week on Tuesday, September 25th, that will focus on cardinal directions and hemispheres.* Students should know the vocabulary words as well as be able to locate and label the cardinal directions and hemispheres for the quiz. Students should also be able to use these map skills to identify and locate certain places correctly on a map for their quiz. Students should study their vocabulary notes, maps and review sheet in preparation for the quiz on Tuesday of this week. This week, we will also begin learning about latitude and longitude.

In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 5 spelling words. We will have our fifth spelling test this Friday, September 28th on Unit 5.

Reminders:

  • Friday folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the tests/quizzes that are in the folder. Also, the Friday folder should be signed and returned on Monday of next week. 

Hope you have a fantastic week!

Week of September 17th - 21st

Posted on Sep 14, 2018

Hello!

*I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend and enjoyed Fisher Fest!*

In Reading this week, we will be beginning to focus on our second story in Unit 1 of our hardcover Reading book: Yingtao's New Friend. Our skill that we will be focusing on this week is compare and contrast. *Students will have their second Reading test on Friday, September 21st.* Students should study their vocabulary, skill notes and comprehension questions for the test on Friday of this week.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students were assigned their first book report. For this first “September Book Report,” students may choose a fiction book of their choice. *The September Book Report will be due by next Wednesday, September 26th.* Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on 8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading. At least 1 of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a nonfiction book. There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken.

4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 1st Half of the Trimester:

*2 books and AR quizzes are due by this upcoming Tuesday, September 18th.*

*2 more books are due (for a total of 4 books all together) and AR quizzes by Monday, October 1st.*

Happy Reading! :)

In Social Studies this week, we will continue our study of the Earth and Map Skills. We will be learning about and reviewing the cardinal directions, intermediate directions and hemispheres, as well as how to use these to locate and identify certain places on a map. *Students will have a quiz next week on Tuesday, September 25th, that will focus on cardinal directions and hemispheres.* Students should know the vocabulary words as well as be able to locate and label the cardinal directions and hemispheres for the quiz. Students should also be able to use these to identify and locate certain places correctly on a map for their quiz. Students should study their vocabulary notes, maps and review sheet in preparation for the quiz on Tuesday of next week.

In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 4 spelling words. We will have our fourth spelling test this Friday, September 21st on Unit 4.

Reminders:

  • Friday folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the tests/quizzes that are in the folder. Also, the Friday folder should be signed and returned on Monday of next week.
  • Thank you so much again for all your support and generosity with sending in all of your donations last week. 

Hope you have a wonderful week!

Week of September 10th - 14th

Posted on Sep 10, 2018

Hello!

*I hope everyone had a great weekend!*

In Reading this week, we will be continuing to focus on our first story in Unit 1 of our hardcover Reading book: A Visit with Grandpa. Our skill that we will be continuing to focus on this week is setting. *Students will have their first Reading test on Thursday, September 13th.* Students should study their vocabulary, skill notes and comprehension questions for the test on Thursday of this week.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students were assigned their first book report last week. For this first “September Book Report,” students may choose a fiction book of their choice. *The September Book Report will be due on Wednesday, September 26th.* Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on 8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading. At least 1 of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a nonfiction book. There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken.

4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 1st Half of the Trimester:

*2 books and AR quizzes are due by next Tuesday, September 18th.*

2 more books are due (for a total of 4 books all together) and AR quizzes by Monday, October 1st.

Happy Reading! :)

In Social Studies this week, we will continue our study of the Earth and Map Skills. We will be learning about and reviewing the continents and oceans, as well as how to locate and label them on a map. *Students will have a test this week on Wednesday, September 12th that will focus on all the continents and oceans.* Students should be able to locate, label and spell all the continents and oceans correctly on a map for their test. Students should study their maps and review sheets in preparation for the test on Wednesday of this week.

In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 3 spelling words. We will have our third spelling test this Thursday, September 13th on Unit 3.

Reminders:

  • Friday folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the tests/quizzes that are in the folder. Also, the Friday folder should be signed and returned on Monday of next week.
  • On Tuesday, September 11th, we will have a Patriotic Dress Day. Students can bring in donations to be out of uniform on Tuesday. Thank you so much for your support and generosity. 

Hope you have a fantastic week!

Week of September 3rd - 7th

Posted on Sep 03, 2018

Hello!

*I hope everyone had a wonderful Labor Day Weekend!*

*Also, it was so nice meeting everyone last week at the Back to School Curriculum Night!*

In Reading this week, we will be finishing up sharing our Summer Break writing activities. This week, we will also begin our first story in Unit 1 of our hardcover Reading book: A Visit with Grandpa. Our skill that we will be focusing on this week is setting. *Students will have their first Reading test on Thursday, September 13th.* Students should study their vocabulary, skill notes and comprehension questions for the test next Thursday.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students will be assigned their first book report this week. For this first “September Book Report,” students may choose a fiction book of their choice. Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on 8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading. At least 1 of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a nonfiction book. There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken.

4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 1st Half of the Trimester:

*2 books and AR quizzes are due by Tuesday, September 18th.*

2 more books are due (for a total of 4 books all together) and AR quizzes by Monday, October 1st.

Happy Reading! :)

In Social Studies this week, we will continue our study of the Earth and Map Skills. We will be learning about and reviewing the continents and oceans, as well as how to locate and label them on a map. *Students will have a test next week on Wednesday, September 12th that will focus on all the continents and oceans.* Students should be able to locate, label and spell all the continents and oceans correctly on a map for their test. Students should study their maps and review sheets in preparation for the test on Wednesday of next week.

In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 2 spelling words. We will have our second spelling test this Friday, September 7th on Unit 2.

Reminders:

  • Friday folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the tests/quizzes that are in the folder. Also, the Friday folder should be signed and returned on Monday of next week.

Hope you have a great week!

August 21st - The First Day of the 2018-2019 School Year!

Posted on Aug 21, 2018

 

Hello!

Welcome back to school and welcome to Fourth Grade! I would like to welcome you to the 2018-2019 school year! I hope everyone had a great first day back to school today! My name is Ms. Garrity and I will be teaching Reading and Social Studies this year. I am really looking forward to working with your child in 4th grade this year. I really enjoyed meeting all the new fourth graders today and I am looking forward to a wonderful school year! If you ever have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at cgarrity@sjfschool.net. I will also be including the 4th Grade Information Letter in the Important Documents section. 

Week of May 21st - 25th

Posted on May 21, 2018

Hello!

*I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!*

*In Reading this week, students will be finishing up focusing on and working with a novel called: Who Is Neil Armstrong? on the iPads. Also in Reading this week, we will begin focusing on our next novel called: The Lemonade War. Some of our skills that we will be working on and practicing for this week include working with our vocabulary words, figurative language, compare and contrast, as well as finding, locating and using key details. We will be reading and discussing Chapters 1-7 of our novel, as well as working with some discussion and comprehension questions, activities and extended responses that focus on a review of our chapters and skills for this week. We will also be practicing finding and locating text evidence to support our answers to our questions for this week as well. *We will have a test on Friday of this week, May 25th that will focus on Chapters 1-7 of our novel.* *Students should study their study guide review questions as well as their discussion questions for our novel in preparation for the test on Friday of this week.* *In Reading this week, we will also be working on making and designing the final copies of our bookmarks. *The Bookmark Book Reports will be due by the end of class on Tuesday, May 22nd.* We will also be working with and practicing in our workbook this week. 

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading.  Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on 8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading. At least 1 of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a nonfiction book. There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken.

4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 3rd Trimester:

2 books and AR quizzes were due by Friday, March 23rd.

2 more books (for a total of 4 books all together) and AR quizzes were due by Friday, April 13th.

2 more books (for a total of 6 books all together) and AR quizzes were due by Friday, May 4th.

*2 more books are due (for a total of 8 books all together including at least 1 Nonfiction Book) – All 8 books (including at least 1 NF book) and AR quizzes for the trimester are due by this upcoming Friday, May 25th.*

*Students may continue taking ARs that will count for the 3rd trimester.*

Happy Reading! :)

*In Social Studies this week, we will be continuing to focus on the West Region. We will be studying the states and capitals of this region. We will be working with our study guides as well as practicing with our flashcards and going over our maps for this region. We will also be preparing for our test next week. *We will have our West Region States and Capitals test next week, on Tuesday, May 29th.* *Students should study their flashcards, maps study guides, and review sheet in preparation for the test on Tuesday of next week.* *In Social Studies this week, we will also be continuing to work on our Region Projects. We will be researching information about our regions and working on our rough drafts and final copies. *The Region Project will be due on Friday, May 25th.*

*In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 35 spelling words. We will have our thirty-fifth spelling test this Friday, May 25th on Unit 35.

*Reminders*:

  • We will have Spirit Week this week. Students can be out of uniform all this week with a theme for each day.
  • Also, we will have our rocket building day this Thursday. Students will need to make sure they bring in liquid glue. If you are helping to build rockets with us on Thursday, please come to school by 8:30. Thank you so much!
  • Students will not have school on Monday for Memorial Day.
  • Friday Folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the quizzes/tests that are in the folder. Also, the Friday Folder should be signed and returned on Tuesday of next week. 

*I hope you have a great week and enjoy your Memorial Day weekend!!* :)

Week of April 30th - May 4th

Posted on Apr 30, 2018

Hello!

*I hope everyone had a great weekend!*

*In Reading this week, students will be focusing on and working with a novel called: Who Is Neil Armstrong? on the iPads. Some of our skills that we will be working on and practicing for this week include sequence, compare and contrast, as well as finding, locating and using key details. We will be reading and discussing Chapters 1-5 of our novel, as well as working with some discussion and comprehension questions, activities and extended responses that focus on a review of our chapters and skills for this week. We will also be practicing finding and locating text evidence to support our answers to our questions for this week as well. *We will have a test on Friday of this week, May 4th that will focus on Chapters 1-5 of our novel.* *Students should study their study guide review questions as well as their discussion questions for our novel in preparation for the test on Friday of this week.* *In Reading this week, we will also be working with a poem. We will read, discuss and answer some comprehension questions about our poem. We will also be finishing up presenting our Poetry Book Reports to the class as well as working with and practicing in our workbook this week. 

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading.  Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on 8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading. At least 1 of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a nonfiction book. There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken.

4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 3rd Trimester:

2 books and AR quizzes were due by Friday, March 23rd.

2 more books (for a total of 4 books all together) and AR quizzes were due by Friday, April 13th.

*2 more books (for a total of 6 books all together) and AR quizzes are due by this upcoming Friday, May 4th.*

2 more books are due (for a total of 8 books all together) – All 8 books (including at least 1 NF book) and AR quizzes for the trimester are due by Friday, May 25th.

*Students may continue taking ARs that will count for the 3rd trimester.*

Happy Reading! :)

*In Social Studies this week, we will be continuing to focus on the Northeast Region. We will be studying the states and capitals of this region. We will be working with our study guides as well as practicing with our flashcards and going over our maps for this region. We will also be preparing for our test this week. *We will have our Northeast Region States and Capitals test this week, on Thursday, May 3rd.* *Students should study their flashcards, maps study guides, and review sheet in preparation for the test on Thursday of this week.*

*In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 32 spelling words. We will have our thirty-second spelling test this Friday, May 4th on Unit 32.

*Reminders*:

  • We will have Special Lunch on Wednesday, May 2nd.
  • Also, students can bring in $1 or more on Thursday, May 3rd, and can be out of uniform to show their support for the project "Kids Helping Kids" for Special Olympics. Also, students are encouraged to wear red on Thursday.
  • This Friday, May 4th is May Crowning. It will be a half day of school for students. Students will be dismissed at 11:45 AM.
  • Friday Folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the quizzes/tests that are in the folder. Also, the Friday Folder should be signed and returned on Monday of next week. 

*I hope you have a wonderful week!!* :)

Week of April 16th - 20th

Posted on Apr 16, 2018

Hello!

*I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!*

*In Reading this week, students will be focusing on and working with some articles in our Time for Kids magazines. Some of our skills that we will be working on and practicing for this week include cause and effect, compare and contrast, as well as main idea and details. We will be reading and discussing our articles, as well as working with some discussion questions, activities and extended responses that focus on a review of our articles and skills for this week. We will also be practicing finding and locating text evidence to support our answers to our questions for this week as well. *In Reading this week, we will also be working with and practicing in our workbook. 

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students were assigned their eighth book report. *For this “April Book Report,” students should have picked a Poetry book of their choice.* *Students should be continuing to work on reading the poems in their Poetry book and completing their Book Report form.* Students should have also received the form with the format for their book report last week. *The Poetry Book Report will be due by next Wednesday, April 25th.* Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on 8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading. At least 1 of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a nonfiction book. There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken.

4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 3rd Trimester:

2 books and AR quizzes were due by Friday, March 23rd.

2 more books (for a total of 4 books all together) and AR quizzes were due by Friday, April 13th.

*2 more books (for a total of 6 books all together) and AR quizzes are due by Friday, May 4th.*

2 more books are due (for a total of 8 books all together) – All 8 books (including at least 1 NF book) and AR quizzes for the trimester are due by Friday, May 25th.

*Students may continue taking ARs that will count for the 3rd trimester.*

Happy Reading! :)

*In Social Studies this week, we will be continuing to focus on the Midwest Region. We will be studying the states and capitals of this region. We will be working with our study guides as well as practicing with our flashcards and going over our maps for this region. We will also be preparing for our test next week. *We will have our Midwest Region States and Capitals test next week, on Tuesday, April 24th.* *Students should study their flashcards, maps and study guides in preparation for the test on Tuesday of next week.*

*In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 30 spelling words. *This is a review unit.* We will not have a spelling test this week.

*Reminders*:

  • Friday Folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the quizzes/tests that are in the folder. Also, the Friday Folder should be signed and returned on Monday of next week. 

*I hope you have a fantastic week!!* :)

Week of February 19th - 23rd

Posted on Feb 16, 2018

Hello!

*I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend!*

*In Reading this week, students will be focusing on and working with a story from our hardcover textbook called A Cricket in Times Square. Our skill for this week is visualizing. We will be reading and discussing our story, as well as working with some discussion questions, activities and extended responses that focus on a review of our story for this week. We will also be practicing finding and locating text evidence to support our answers to our questions for this week as well. *We will have a test on Tuesday of next week, February 27th that will focus on our story.* *Students should study their vocabulary words as well as their discussion questions for our story in preparation for the test on Tuesday of next week.* *In Reading this week, we will also be reading and discussing some articles in our Time for Kids magazines. 

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students were assigned their sixth book report. *For this sixth “February Book Report,” students should have picked a Biography book of their choice.* *Students should be continuing to work on reading their Biography book and completing their Book Report form.* Students received the form with the format for their book report last week. *The Biography Book Report will be due by this upcoming Thursday, February 22nd.* Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on 8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading. At least 1 of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a nonfiction book. There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken.

4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 2nd Trimester:

2 books and AR quizzes were due by Friday, December 8th.

2 more books (for a total of 4 books all together) and AR quizzes were due by Thursday, January 11th.

2 more books (for a total of 6 books all together) and AR quizzes were due by Friday, February 2nd.

*2 more books were due (for a total of 8 books all together) – All 8 books (including at least 1 NF book) and AR quizzes for the trimester were due by this past Friday, February 16th.*

*This week, on Thursday, February 22nd, students may begin taking ARs that will count for the 3rd trimester.*

Happy Reading! :)

*In Social Studies this week, we will be continuing to focus on and review Lesson 4 of Unit 1 of our textbook. Students will be discussing and answering questions about this lesson.  We will be working with our Study Guide review questions as well as discussing and going over our Study Guides for this lesson. We will also play a review game to prepare for our test. *We will have our Lesson 4 test this week, on Wednesday, February 21st.* *Students should study their vocabulary, section review questions and study guides in preparation for the test on Wednesday of this week.* This week, we will also begin our focus on our next lesson in Unit 1 of our textbook, Lesson 5. We will begin working with the vocabulary in this lesson. We will also begin reading, discussing and answering questions about this lesson.

*In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 24 spelling words. *This is a review unit.* We will have our twenty-fourth spelling test this Friday, February 23rd on Unit 24.

*Reminders*:

  • Friday Folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the quizzes/tests that are in the folder. Also, the Friday Folder should be signed and returned on Monday of next week. 

*I hope you have a fantastic week!!* :)

Week of February 12th - 16th

Posted on Feb 12, 2018

Hello!

*I hope everyone had a great weekend and enjoyed their snow day!*

*In Reading this week, students will be focusing on and working with a ReadWorks article all about the life and leadership of Abraham Lincoln. We will be reading and discussing our article, as well as working with some discussion questions, activities and extended responses that focus on a review of our article for this week. We will also be practicing finding and locating text evidence to support our answers to our questions for this week as well. *We will have a test on Thursday, February 15th that will focus on our Abraham Lincoln article for this week called U.S. Presidents: Abraham Lincoln.* Students should study their vocabulary words as well as their discussion questions for our article in preparation for the test on Thursday. *In Reading this week, we will also be reading and discussing some articles in our Time for Kids magazines. 

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students were assigned their sixth book report last week. *For this sixth “February Book Report,” students should pick a Biography book of their choice.* *Students should be continuing to work on finding and reading their Biography book.* This week, students will receive the form with the format for their book report. *The Biography Book Report will be due by next Thursday, February 22nd.* Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on 8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading. At least 1 of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a nonfiction book. There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken.

4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 2nd Trimester:

2 books and AR quizzes were due by Friday, December 8th.

2 more books (for a total of 4 books all together) and AR quizzes were due by Thursday, January 11th.

2 more books (for a total of 6 books all together) and AR quizzes were due by Friday, February 2nd.

*2 more books are due (for a total of 8 books all together) – All 8 books (including at least 1 NF book) and AR quizzes for the trimester are due by this upcoming Friday, February 16th.*

*This week, students may continue taking ARs that will count for the 2nd trimester.*

Happy Reading! :)

*In Social Studies this week, we will be continuing to focus on Lesson 4 of Unit 1 of our textbook. Students will be discussing and answering questions about this lesson. We will be working on practicing with and going over our SLAM questions for some of the lesson review questions. We will also be reviewing Lesson 4 this week. We will be working on our Study Guide review questions as well as discussing and going over our Study Guides for this lesson. *We will have our Lesson 4 test next week, on February 21st.* *Students should study their vocabulary, section review questions and study guides in preparation for the test on Wednesday of next week.*

*In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 23 spelling words. We will have our twenty-third spelling test this Friday, February 16th on Unit 23.

*Reminders*

  • On Tuesday, February 13th, we will celebrate Valentines Day! Students may wear a touch of red with their uniform on Tuesday. Also, students may bring in treats, candy and/or Valentines. We have 23 students in our homeroom. Thank you!! :)
  • We will have a fundraiser on Friday to support the Behind the Vest Campaign. Students will be out of uniform and will also participate in playing a game of BINGO for "Play for the Police" Day on Friday of this week. Students can bring in a suggested donation of $2 or more to raise money to purchase protective vests for Chicago Police Officers. Thank you for your generosity!!
  • Also, the 19th Ward is hosting the "Behind the Vest" Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, February 18th at 8 a.m.
  • There will be no school on Monday, February 19th for President's Day.
  • Friday Folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the quizzes/tests that are in the folder. Also, the Friday Folder should be signed and returned on Tuesday of next week. 

*I hope you have a wonderful week and a Happy Valentines Day!!* :)

Week of February 5th - 9th

Posted on Feb 05, 2018

Hello!

*I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!*

*The students have been doing a great job presenting on their Paper Bag Book Report and State Brochure projects! The students have also been enjoying writing down their interesting facts and asking some creative questions during our mini question and answer sessions after our presentations!* :)

*In Reading this week, students will be finishing up presenting their Paper Bag Book Reports to the class. Students should continue to bring their book report book with them to class this week while we are presenting on our projects. Students will be finishing up focusing on some interesting facts about their classmates' Book Reports and writing about these during the presentations as well. We will also have mini question and answer sessions after the presentations. *In Reading this week, we will also be reading some articles about some influential people in our Time for Kids magazines as well as working with some paired passages. For our paired passages, we will be focusing on some ReadWorks articles about health and safety during the season of winter.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students will be assigned their sixth book report this week. *For this sixth “February Book Report,” students should pick a Biography book of their choice.* *Students should be working on finding and reading their Biography book.* Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on 8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading. At least 1 of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a nonfiction book. There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken.

4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 2nd Trimester:

2 books and AR quizzes were due by Friday, December 8th.

2 more books (for a total of 4 books all together) and AR quizzes were due by Thursday, January 11th.

2 more books (for a total of 6 books all together) and AR quizzes were due by this past Friday, February 2nd.

*2 more books are due (for a total of 8 books all together) – All 8 books (including at least 1 NF book) and AR quizzes for the trimester are due by next Friday, February 16th.*

*This week, students may continue taking ARs that will count for the 2nd trimester.*

Happy Reading! :)

*In Social Studies last week, we continued focusing on our State Brochure Projects. Students presented their State Brochure Projects to the class last week. Last week, students also focused on some interesting facts about their classmates' State Brochure Projects and wrote about these during the presentations. We also had mini question and answer sessions after the presentations. *In Social Studies this week, students will finish up presenting their State Brochure Projects to the class. Students will also finish up focusing on some interesting facts about their classmates' State Brochure Projects and write about these during the presentations. We will also continue with the mini question and answer sessions after the presentations. *In Social Studies this week, we will also be continuing to focus on Lesson 4 of Unit 1 of our textbook. Students will be reading, discussing and answering questions about this lesson. We will also be working on practicing with SLAM for some of the Lesson 4 review questions this week.

*In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 22 spelling words. We will have our twenty-second spelling test this Friday, February 9th on Unit 22.

*Reminders*

  • Friday Folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the quizzes/tests that are in the folder. Also, the Friday Folder should be signed and returned on Monday of next week.

*I hope you have a fantastic week!*

Week of January 29th - February 2nd

Posted on Jan 29, 2018

Hello!

*I hope everyone had a great weekend!*

*In Reading this week, we will be continuing to focus on our Paper Bag Book Reports. Students will be presenting their Paper Bag Book Reports to the class this week! The Paper Bag Book Report was due on Thursday of last week. Students should continue to bring their book report book with them to class this week while we are presenting on our projects. Also, students will be focusing on some interesting facts about their classmates' Book Reports and writing about these during the presentations. We will also have mini question and answer sessions after the presentations. 

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students were assigned their fifth book report. *For this fifth “January Book Report,” students should have chosen a fiction book of their choice. Students should have had their fiction book chosen and read by Tuesday (1/16). Students should also continue to bring their book report book to class with them this week for their presentation. We will be presenting our book reports in class this week. *The Book Report was due by this past Thursday, January 25th by the end of class.* Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on 8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading. At least 1 of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a nonfiction book. There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken.

4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 2nd Trimester:

2 books and AR quizzes were due by Friday, December 8th.

2 more books (for a total of 4 books all together) and AR quizzes were due by Thursday, January 11th.

*2 more books (for a total of 6 books all together) and AR quizzes are due by this upcoming Friday, February 2nd.*

2 more books are due (for a total of 8 books all together) – All 8 books (including at least 1 NF book) and AR quizzes for the trimester are due by Friday, February 16th.

*This week, students may continue taking ARs that will count for the 2nd trimester.*

Happy Reading! :)

*In Social Studies last week, we focused on the final copies of our State Brochure Project. Last week, students also finished up working on some MLK activities. *In Social Studies this week, we will continue to focus on our State Brochure Projects. The State Brochure Project was due on Friday of last week. Students will be presenting their State Brochure Projects to the class this week! Students should continue to bring any materials with them to class this week while we are presenting on our projects. Also, students will be focusing on some interesting facts about their classmates' State Brochure Projects and writing about these during the presentations. We will also have mini question and answer sessions after the presentations.

*In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 21 spelling words. We will have our twenty first spelling test this Friday, February 2nd on Unit 21.

*Reminders*

  • This week is Catholic Schools Week! We are looking forward to all the fun activities for this week!
  • Schedule for Catholic Schools Week: Monday: Partner Reading; Tuesday: "Trivia Tuesday"; Wednesday: Celebrating a "Community of Service" with a food drive collection for the Ronald McDonald House - Students that bring in their set food for their grade can be out of uniform - Ronald McDonald Collection: 4th Grade: Kleenex or Toilet Paper; Thursday: We will be celebrating today with the St. Rita Band Performance this afternoon at 1:15 and we will also have a Mystery Jar Game for today; Friday: Students are out of uniform in Fisher gear and we will have a Catholic Schools Week Carnival today!
  • Friday Folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the quizzes/tests that are in the folder. Also, the Friday Folder should be signed and returned on Monday of next week.

*I hope you have a wonderful week!*

Week of January 22nd - 26th

Posted on Jan 22, 2018

Hello!

*I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!*

*In Reading this week, we will be continuing to work on our Paper Bag Book Reports as well as continuing to focus on, read and learn about Martin Luther King, Jr. We will continue working on the final copies for the different parts of our book report in class this week. *The Paper Bag Book Report will be due by the end of class on this upcoming Thursday, January 25th.* This week, we will also be continuing to work on finishing up with some worksheets and activities that are all about MLK, Jr.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students were assigned their fifth book report. *For this fifth “January Book Report,” students should have chosen a fiction book of their choice. Students should have had their fiction book chosen and read by Tuesday of last week (1/16). Students should also continue to bring their book report book to class with them this Monday through the rest of the next two weeks. We will continue working on our book reports in class this week. *The Book Report will be due by this upcoming Thursday, January 25th by the end of class.* Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on 8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading. At least 1 of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a nonfiction book. There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken.

4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 2nd Trimester:

2 books and AR quizzes were due by Friday, December 8th.

2 more books (for a total of 4 books all together) and AR quizzes were due by Thursday, January 11th.

*2 more books (for a total of 6 books all together) and AR quizzes are due by next Friday, February 2nd.*

2 more books are due (for a total of 8 books all together) – All 8 books (including at least 1 NF book) and AR quizzes for the trimester are due by Friday, February 16th.

*This week, students may continue taking ARs that will count for the 2nd trimester.*

Happy Reading! :)

*In Social Studies last week, we focused on the research for our State Brochure Project. Last week, students also began working on some MLK activities. *In Social Studies this week, we will continue to focus on our State Brochure Project. This week, we will begin to work on the final copies of our State Brochure Projects in class. We will also be continuing to work on finding pictures for our brochure as well. *The State Brochure Project will be due by the end of class on this upcoming Friday, January 26th.* *In Social Studies this week, we will also be continuing to discuss, read and learn all about Martin Luther King, Jr. We will be continuing to focus on and work with some worksheet activities that we began working on in class last week. We will continue working on our MLK timelines as well as continue to work on our activity about some important places that focuses on Martin Luther King, Jr. as well. *The MLK worksheet about important places will be due by the end of class on this upcoming Wednesday, January 24th. The MLK Timeline worksheet will be due by the end of class on this upcoming Thursday, January 25th.*

*In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 20 spelling words. We will have our twentieth spelling test this Friday, January 26th on Unit 20.

*Reminders*

  • This upcoming Sunday, January 28th, is Open House. All are welcome to come and visit our classrooms to check out the wonderful projects that the students have been working on after the 10 AM Mass. I am looking forward to seeing everyone on Sunday!
  • Friday Folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the quizzes/tests that are in the folder. Also, the Friday Folder should be signed and returned on Monday of next week.

*I hope you have a great week!*

Week of January 15th - 19th

Posted on Jan 16, 2018

Hello!

*I hope everyone enjoyed their 3-day weekend!*

*In Reading this week, we will be continuing to focus on some journal questions and kindness activities that relate to Wonder as well as beginning to work on our Paper Bag Book Reports. We will begin working on the rough drafts for the different parts of our book report as well as begin to work on our final copies in class this week. *The Paper Bag Book Report will be due by next Thursday, January 25th.* This week, we will also be continuing to discuss, read and learn about Martin Luther King, Jr. We will be focusing on and working with some worksheets and activities that are all about MLK, Jr.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students will be assigned their fifth book report this week. *For this fifth “January Book Report,” students may choose a fiction book of their choice. Students should have their fiction book chosen and read by Tuesday of this week (1/16). Students should also bring their book report book to class with them starting this Tuesday through the rest of the next two weeks. We will begin working on our book reports in class this week. *The Book Report will be due by next Thursday, January 25th.* Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on 8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading. At least 1 of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a nonfiction book. There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken.

4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 2nd Trimester:

2 books and AR quizzes were due by Friday, December 8th.

2 more books (for a total of 4 books all together) and AR quizzes were due by this past Thursday, January 11th.

*2 more books (for a total of 6 books all together) and AR quizzes are due by Friday, February 2nd.*

2 more books are due (for a total of 8 books all together) – All 8 books (including at least 1 NF book) and AR quizzes for the trimester are due by Friday, February 16th.

*This week, students may continue taking ARs that will count for the 2nd trimester.*

Happy Reading! :)

*In Social Studies last week, we focused on Lesson 4. Last week, students also chose the state that they will be focusing on for our State Brochure Project that we will begin working on in class this week.*In Social Studies this week, we will begin to focus on our State Brochure Project as well as begin to work on researching our states for our project. We will also be working on finding pictures for our brochure. We will begin working on our final copies of our brochures in class as well. *The State Brochure Project will be due by next Friday, January 26th.* *In Social Studies this week, we will also be continuing to discuss, read and learn about Martin Luther King, Jr. We will be focusing on and working with some worksheet activities. We will begin working on an MLK timeline as well as begin to work on an activity about important places that focuses on Martin Luther King, Jr. as well.

*In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 19 spelling words. We will have our nineteenth spelling test this Friday, January 19th on Unit 19.

*Reminders*:

  • Friday Folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the quizzes/tests that are in the folder. Also, the Friday Folder should be signed and returned on Monday of next week.

*I hope you have a wonderful week!*

Week of January 8th - 12th

Posted on Jan 08, 2018

Hello!

*I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and enjoyed the break!*

*I would like to wish a Happy New Year to all!*

*Also, I want to thank all of you for the wonderful Christmas gifts! That was so thoughtful! Thank you also for the generous class Christmas gift! I really appreciate all your kindness and generosity.*

*In Reading this week, we will be continuing to focus on some journal questions and kindness activities that relate to Wonder as well as an article from ReadWorks that focuses on Martin Luther King, Jr. We will be reading and discussing our article, as well as working with some questions, activities and extended responses that focus on a review of our article for this week. We will also be practicing finding and locating text evidence to support our answers to our questions for this week as well. *We will have a test on Friday, January 12th that will focus on our Martin Luther King, Jr. article for this week called Honoring King.* Students should study their vocabulary words as well as their discussion questions for our article in preparation for the test on Friday. This week, we will also be focusing on and working with some paired texts from ReadWorks. We will be discussing and learning about topics such as civil rights as well as why we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We will also be reading and learning about two famous historical figures while working on comparing and contrasting some paired passages in our ReadWorks articles.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students will be assigned their fifth book report this week. *For this fifth “January Book Report,” students may choose a fiction book of their choice. Students should have their fiction book chosen and read by Tuesday of next week (1/16). Students should also bring their book report book to class with them starting Tuesday through the rest of the next two weeks. We will begin working on our book reports in class next week. *The Book Report will be due by Thursday, January 25th.* Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on 8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading. At least 1 of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a nonfiction book. There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken.

4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 2nd Trimester:

2 books and AR quizzes were due by Friday, December 8th.

*2 more books are due (for a total of 4 books all together) and AR quizzes by this upcoming Thursday, January 11th.*

2 more books are due (total of 6 books all together) and AR quizzes by Friday, February 2nd.

2 more books are due (for a total of 8 books all together) – All 8 books (including at least 1 NF book) and AR quizzes for the trimester are due by Friday, February 16th.

*This week, students may continue taking ARs that will count for the 2nd trimester.*

Happy Reading! :)

*In Social Studies before break, we focused on Lessons 3 and 4. *In Social Studies this week, we will be continuing to focus on Lesson 4. We will be reading, discussing and answering questions about this lesson. We will also be working on locating pieces of textual evidence to support our answers to our questions as well as working on practicing some extended responses. *This week, we will have a short quiz on Thursday, January 11th that will focus on Lesson 4.* Students should study their vocabulary, section review questions and study guide in preparation for the quiz on Thursday of this week. Students will also be choosing the state that they will be focusing on for our State Brochure Project that we will begin working on in class next week.

*In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 18 spelling words. *This is a review unit.* We will have our eighteenth spelling test this Friday, January 12th on Unit 18.

*Reminders*:

  • This Wednesday, January 10th, we will have special lunch.
  • There will be no school on Monday, January 15th for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!
  • Friday Folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the quizzes/tests that are in the folder. Also, the Friday Folder should be signed and returned on Tuesday of next week.

*I hope you have a fantastic week!*

Week of December 18th - 22nd

Posted on Dec 18, 2017

Hello!

*I hope everyone had a great weekend!*

*In Reading this week, we will be continuing to focus on our novel as well as some activities that relate to Wonder. We will be practicing finding and locating text evidence to support our answers to our questions, as well as working with some worksheets, activities and extended responses that focus on a review of our novel for this week. We will also be focusing on and working with some paired texts as well as working on some Christmas activities. We will be learning about topics such as Google and technology while working on comparing and contrasting some paired passages and articles in our Time for Kids magazine.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students were assigned their fourth book report. Also, students received the form with the format for their book report as well. For this fourth “December Book Report,” students may choose a Christmas book of their choice. *The December Book Report will be due by this upcoming Tuesday, December 19th.* Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on 8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading. At least 1 of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a nonfiction book. There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken.

4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 2nd Trimester:

2 books and AR quizzes were due by Friday, December 8th.

*2 more books are due (for a total of 4 books all together) and AR quizzes by Thursday, January 11th.*

2 more books are due (total of 6 books all together) and AR quizzes by Friday, February 2nd.

2 more books are due (for a total of 8 books all together) – All 8 books (including at least 1 NF book) and AR quizzes for the trimester are due by Friday, February 16th.

*This week, students may continue taking ARs that will count for the 2nd trimester.*

Happy Reading! :)

*In Social Studies last week, we continued our focus on Lesson 3. *In Social Studies this week, we will be focusing on Lesson 4. We will be reading, discussing and answering questions about this lesson. We will also be working on locating pieces of textual evidence to support our answers to our questions for our lesson. 

*In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 17 spelling words. We will have our seventeenth spelling test this Thursday, December 21st on Unit 17.

*Reminders*:

  • This Friday, December 22nd, will be a half day of school, with a dismissal at 11:30 AM.
  • Friday Folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the quizzes/tests that are in the folder. Also, the Friday Folder should be signed and returned on the Monday after break.

*Hope you have a wonderful week!*

*Also, I would like to wish a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone!!* :)

Week of December 11th - 15th

Posted on Dec 11, 2017

Hello!

*I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!*

*Thank you to everyone who was able to attend the Mass for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception last week that the fourth graders hosted! The fourth grade students worked hard to prepare for this beautiful Mass and did a great job!*

*In Reading this week, we will be continuing to focus on and review some of the chapters of our novel. We will be reviewing, discussing and working with Chapters 7-10 this week. We will also be practicing finding and locating text evidence to support our answers to our questions, as well as working with some worksheets, activities and extended responses that focus on our novel chapters for this week. *Students will have a Reading test that will focus on Chapters 7-10 of our novel on Friday of this week (December 15th).* Students should study their vocabulary for Chapters 7-10, practice chapter worksheets as well as their comprehension and written response questions for Chapters 7-10 in preparation for the test on Friday. 

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students were assigned their fourth book report last week. Also, students received the form with the format for their book report last week as well. For this fourth “December Book Report,” students may choose a Christmas book of their choice. *The December Book Report will be due by next Tuesday, December 19th.* Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on 8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading. At least 1 of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a nonfiction book. There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken.

4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 2nd Trimester:

2 books and AR quizzes were due by this past Friday, December 8th.

*2 more books are due (for a total of 4 books all together) and AR quizzes by Thursday, January 11th.*

2 more books are due (total of 6 books all together) and AR quizzes by Friday, February 2nd.

2 more books are due (for a total of 8 books all together) – All 8 books (including at least 1 NF book) and AR quizzes for the trimester are due by Friday, February 16th.

*This week, students may continue taking ARs that will count for the 2nd trimester.*

Happy Reading! :)

*In Social Studies last week, we continued our focus on Lesson 3 of Unit 1 in our textbook. Last week, we began reading and discussing Lesson 3 as well as began working with the vocabulary in this lesson. *In Social Studies this week, we will be continuing our focus of Lesson 3 of our textbook. We will be focusing on a review of the key concepts of Lesson 3 as well as preparing for our test this week. We will be discussing the sections, working on answering our study guide questions, as well as reviewing our questions for this lesson. We will be answering some comprehension, written and extended response questions that go along with this lesson. We will also be working on locating pieces of textual evidence to support our answers to our questions for our lesson. *We will have our test that will focus on Lesson 3 on Thursday of this week (December 14th).* Students should study their vocabulary, review questions, and study guide in preparation for the test on Thursday.  

*In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 16 spelling words. We will have our sixteenth spelling test this Friday, December 15th on Unit 16.

*Reminders*:

  • Friday Folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the quizzes/tests that are in the folder. Also, the Friday Folder should be signed and returned on Monday of next week.

*Hope you have a fantastic week!*

Week of December 4th - 8th

Posted on Dec 04, 2017

Hello!

*I hope everyone had a great weekend!*

*In Reading this week, we will be continuing to focus on our novel. We will be reading, discussing and working with Chapters 8-10 this week. We will also be practicing finding and locating text evidence to support our answers to our questions, as well as working with some worksheets, activities and extended responses that focus on our novel chapters for this week. We will have a test that will focus on Chapters 7-10 of our novel on Friday of next week.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students will be assigned their fourth book report this week. Also, students will be receiving the form with the format for their book report this week as well. For this fourth “December Book Report,” students may choose a Christmas book of their choice. *The December Book Report will be due on Tuesday, December 19th.* Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on 8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading. At least 1 of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a nonfiction book. There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken.

4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 2nd Trimester:

*2 books and AR quizzes will be due by this upcoming Friday, December 8th.*

2 more books are due (total of 4 books all together) and AR quizzes by Thursday, January 11th.

2 more books are due (total of 6 books all together) and AR quizzes by Friday, February 2nd.

2 more books are due (for a total of 8 books all together) – All 8 books (including at least 1 NF book) and AR quizzes for the trimester are due by Friday, February 16th.

*This week, students may continue taking ARs that will count for the 2nd trimester.*

Happy Reading! :)

*In Social Studies last week, we finished up our focus on Lesson 2 as well as working with our ReadWorks informational article. Last week, we also began our study of the third lesson of Unit 1 in our textbook. We began reading and discussing the beginning of Lesson 3 as well as began working with the vocabulary in this lesson. *In Social Studies this week, we will be continuing our focus of Lesson 3 of our textbook as well as continuing to work with our vocabulary. We will be reading and discussing the sections as well as answering our questions for this lesson. We will be answering some comprehension, written and extended response questions that go along with this lesson. We will also be working on locating pieces of textual evidence to support our answers to our questions for our lesson. We will have a test that will focus on Lesson 3 of our textbook on Thursday of next week.

*In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 15 spelling words. We will have our fifteenth spelling test this Friday, December 8th on Unit 15.

*Reminders*:

  • Thank you to all of our volunteers who chaperoned on the field trip to the Museum of Science and Industry last week! The students had a blast learning all about the different exhibits at the museum!
  • Our field trip to view the Wonder movie is this upcoming Wednesday, December 6th. Students should wear their gym uniforms for the field trip (no shorts). Also, we will have Special Lunch on Wednesday, December 6th.
  • The fourth grade students will be hosting the Mass for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on Friday, December 8th at 1:00 pm. All are welcome to attend the Mass.
  • Friday Folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the quizzes/tests that are in the folder. Also, the Friday Folder should be signed and returned on Monday of next week.

*Hope you have a wonderful week!*

Week of November 27th - December 1st

Posted on Nov 27, 2017

Hello!

*I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving break!*

*In Reading this week, we will be finishing up working on our extended response question that focuses on our paired ReadWorks passages from last week. This week, we will also be continuing to focus on our novel. We will be reading, discussing and working with Chapters 7-8 this week. We will also be practicing finding and locating text evidence to support our answers to our questions as well as working with some extended responses that focus on our chapters for this week.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students will be assigned their fourth book report. Also, students will be receiving the form with the format for their book report as well. For this fourth “December Book Report,” students may choose a Christmas book of their choice. Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on 8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading. At least 1 of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a nonfiction book. There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken.

4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 2nd Trimester:

*2 books and AR quizzes will be due by next Friday, December 8th.*

2 more books are due (total of 4 books all together) and AR quizzes by Thursday, January 11th.

2 more books are due (total of 6 books all together) and AR quizzes by Friday, February 2nd.

2 more books are due (for a total of 8 books all together) – All 8 books (including at least 1 NF book) and AR quizzes for the trimester are due by Friday, February 16th.

*This week, students may continue taking ARs that will count for the 2nd trimester.*

Happy Reading! :)

*In Social Studies last week, we began focusing on an informational article from ReadWorks called First Thanksgiving Meal. We read and discussed our article as well as answered some comprehension and written response questions that went along with our article about Thanksgiving food. We also finished up our study of Native Americans. *In Social Studies this week, we will be finishing up focusing on our ReadWorks informational article from last week called First Thanksgiving Meal as well as beginning our focus of Lesson 3 of our textbook. We will be finishing up reading and discussing our article as well as answering some comprehension and written response questions that go along with this article about Thanksgiving food. We will also be working on locating, highlighting and labeling text evidence to support our answers to our questions for our article. This week, we will also be reading and discussing the beginning of Lesson 3 as well as working with the vocabulary in this lesson.

*In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 14 spelling words. We will have our fourteenth spelling test this Thursday, November 30th on Unit 14.

*Reminders*:

  • Our field trip to the Museum of Science and Industry is this upcoming Thursday, November 30th. Students should wear their gym uniforms for the field trip (no shorts). Also, students should bring a brown bag lunch with them to the field trip (no glass please). Thank you!
  • Friday Folders will go home this week (on Thursday). Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the quizzes/tests that are in the folder. Also, the Friday Folder should be signed and returned on Monday of next week.
  • Also, students will not have school this Friday, December 1st.

*Hope you have a fantastic week!*

Week of November 20th

Posted on Nov 21, 2017

Hello!

*I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!*

*In Reading this week, we will be focusing on some paired texts. We will be learning about why authors use figurative language as well as some examples of this, while working with some paired ReadWorks passages that focus on some different kinds of Thanksgiving foods. We will also be practicing finding and locating text evidence to support our answers to our questions as well as working with an extended response that focuses on our paired passages this week.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students were assigned their third book report. Also, students should have received the form with the format for their book report as well. For this third “November Book Report,” students may choose a fiction book of their choice. *The November Book Report will be due by this upcoming Tuesday, November 21st.* Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on 8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading. At least 1 of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a nonfiction book. There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken.

4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 2nd Trimester:

*2 books and AR quizzes will be due by Friday, December 8th.*

2 more books are due (total of 4 books all together) and AR quizzes by Thursday, January 11th.

2 more books are due (total of 6 books all together) and AR quizzes by Friday, February 2nd.

2 more books are due (for a total of 8 books all together) – All 8 books (including at least 1 NF book) and AR quizzes for the trimester are due by Friday, February 16th.

*This week, students may continue taking ARs that will count for the 2nd trimester.*

Happy Reading! :)

*In Social Studies last week, we finished up our study of the second lesson of Unit 1 in our textbook, which focuses on the first settlers in North America and how this affected Native Americans. We also continued our focus on Native Americans. In Social Studies this week, we will be focusing on an informational article from ReadWorks called First Thanksgiving Meal as well as working on a Thanksgiving activity. We will be reading and discussing our article as well as answering some comprehension and written response questions that go along with our article about Thanksgiving food.

*We will not have a Spelling test this week.

*Reminders*:

  • On Monday, November 20th, there will be Parent Teacher Conferences.

*Hope you have a great week!*

*Happy Thanksgiving!!*

Week of November 13th - 17th

Posted on Nov 13, 2017

Hello!

*I hope everyone had a great weekend!*

In Reading this week, we will be continuing our novel study. We will be finishing up our focus of Chapters 1-6 this week. This week, we will also be focusing on some paired texts as well. We will be learning about some different topics while working with some paired passages and articles in our Time for Kids magazine.  This week, some of our skills that we will be focusing on will include: working with our vocabulary, story elements, plot, sequence, character traits, compare and contrast, comprehension and analysis of the chapters, as well as practicing finding and locating text evidence to support our answers. We will also be working with some extended responses this week. *Students will have a Reading test this Friday, November 17th that will focus on Chapters 1-6 of our novel.* Students should study their vocabulary, practice worksheets, as well as their comprehension and written response questions for Chapters 1-6 in preparation for the test on Friday. 

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students were assigned their third book report last week. Also, students should have received the form with the format for their book report as well. For this third “November Book Report,” students may choose a fiction book of their choice. *The November Book Report will be due by next Tuesday, November 21st.* Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on 8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading. At least 1 of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a nonfiction book. There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken.

4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 2nd Trimester:

*2 books and AR quizzes will be due by Friday, December 8th.*

2 more books are due (total of 4 books all together) and AR quizzes by Thursday, January 11th.

2 more books are due (total of 6 books all together) and AR quizzes by Friday, February 2nd.

2 more books are due (for a total of 8 books all together) – All 8 books (including at least 1 NF book) and AR quizzes for the trimester are due by Friday, February 16th.

*This week, students may continue to start taking ARs that will count for the 2nd trimester.*

Happy Reading! :)

In Social Studies last week, we began our study of the second lesson of Unit 1 in our textbook, which focuses on the first settlers in North America and how this affected Native Americans. We read, discussed and answered questions about Lesson 2. In Social Studies this week, we will continue to focus on Lesson 2 of the first unit of our textbook as well as continue our focus on Native Americans. *Students will have a test this week on Thursday, November 16th that will focus on Lesson 2.* Students should be able to answer questions about the vocabulary for this lesson, the section review questions, as well as the questions from their Study Guide for the test on this lesson.

In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 13 spelling words. We will have our thirteenth spelling test this Friday, November 17th on Unit 13.

*Reminders*:

  • The second trimester begins this Monday, November 13th.
  • The Museum of Science and Industry field trip forms went home last week. Please return the permission slip and fee by this Wednesday, November 15th.
  • Also, report cards will be distributed on Wednesday, November 15th. Please sign and return the report card envelope on Thursday, November 16th. Thank you!
  • Friday Folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the quizzes/tests that are in the folder. Also, the Friday Folder should be signed and returned on Monday of next week.

*Hope you have a wonderful week!*

Week of November 6th - 10th

Posted on Nov 06, 2017

Hello!

*I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!*

*Also, thank you so much for sending in all the Halloween candy and treats! We had a lot of fun celebrating at our class Halloween party!*

In Reading this week, we will be continuing our novel study. We will be focusing on Chapters 1-6 this week. Some of our skills that we will be focusing on will include: working with our vocabulary, story elements, plot, sequence, comprehension and analysis of the chapters, as well as practicing locating evidence to support our answers. We will also be working with some extended responses this week. Students will not have a Reading test this Friday, the 10th. The test on Chapters 1-6 will be next week. 

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students will be assigned their third book report this week. Students will receive the form with the format for their book report as well. For this third “November Book Report,” students may choose a fiction book of their choice. *The November Book Report will be due by Tuesday, November 21st.* Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on 8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading. At least 1 of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a nonfiction book. There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken.

4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 1st Trimester:

2 books and AR quizzes were due by Tuesday, September 12th.

2 more books were due (total of 4 books all together) and AR quizzes by Friday, September 29th.

2 more books were due (total of 6 books all together) and AR quizzes by this past Friday, October 20th.

*2 more books were due (for a total of 8 books all together) – All 8 books (including at least 1 NF book) and AR quizzes for the trimester were due by this past Friday, November 3rd.*

*This week, students may begin taking ARs that will count for the 2nd trimester.*

Happy Reading! :)

In Social Studies last week, we finished up our study of the first lesson of Unit 1 in our textbook, which focused on the First Americans. We reviewed the information from this lesson and worked on our study guides to prepare for our test last week. In Social Studies this week, we will begin to focus on Lesson 2 of the first unit of our textbook as well as continue to focus on Native Americans. *Students will have a short quiz this week on Thursday, November 9th that will focus on Lesson 2.* Students should be able to answer questions about the vocabulary for this lesson, as well as some questions about the material that we have been learning about in the beginning sections of this lesson.

In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 12 spelling words. *This is a review unit.* We will have our twelfth spelling test this Friday, November 10th on Unit 12.

Reminders:

  • The first trimester ends this Friday. Report cards will go home next Wednesday, November 15th.
  • Friday Folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the quizzes/tests that are in the folder. Also, the Friday Folder should be signed and returned on Monday of next week.

*Hope you have a great week!*

Week of October 30th - November 3rd

Posted on Oct 30, 2017

Hello!

*I hope everyone had a great weekend!*

In Reading this week, we will be focusing on some Halloween themed reading and writing activities, reviewing some of our skills, working with some paired passages and beginning our novel study. This week, some of our skills that we will be focusing on will include: working with story elements, sequence, compare and contrast, as well as locating evidence to support our answers. We will also be practicing with some extended responses this week. Students will not have a Reading test this Friday, the 3rd. 

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on 8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading. At least 1 of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a nonfiction book. There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken.

4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 1st Trimester:

2 books and AR quizzes were due by Tuesday, September 12th.

2 more books were due (total of 4 books all together) and AR quizzes by Friday, September 29th.

2 more books were due (total of 6 books all together) and AR quizzes by this past Friday, October 20th.

*2 more books are due (for a total of 8 books all together) – All 8 books (including at least 1 NF book) and AR quizzes for the trimester are due by this upcoming Friday, November 3rd.*

Happy Reading! :)

In Social Studies last week, we began our study of the first lesson of Unit 1 in our textbook, which focuses on the First Americans. We read and discussed the sections as well as answered our questions for this lesson. We also began our study of Native Americans. We began our unit by beginning to focus on and learn all about the characteristics of several different Native American groups. In Social Studies this week, we will be continuing to focus on Lesson 1 of our textbook as well as Native Americans. We will be reviewing the information from this lesson and working on our study guides to prepare for our test this week. *Students will have a test this week on Friday, November 3rd that will focus on Lesson 1 of the first unit in our textbook.* Students should be able to answer questions about the vocabulary, as well as the different Native American groups that we have learning about in this lesson. Students should study their vocabulary, notes, tribe chart, as well as their study guide sheet in preparation for the test on Friday.

In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 11 spelling words. We will have our eleventh spelling test this Friday, November 3rd on Unit 11.

Reminders:

  • On Tuesday, students may dress up in their costumes and can also bring in treats to pass out to their class for Halloween!
  • Friday Folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the quizzes/tests that are in the folder. Also, the Friday Folder should be signed and returned on Monday of next week.

*Happy Halloween!*

*Hope you have a fantastic week!*

Week of October 23rd - 27th

Posted on Oct 23, 2017

Hello!

*I hope everyone enjoyed the beautiful weather this past weekend!*

In Reading this week, we will be focusing on some paired texts as well as working on a Halloween themed writing activity. We will be learning about some environmental issues as well as the costs associated with sports while working with some paired passages and articles in our Time for Kids magazine. This week some of our skills that we will be focusing on will include: cause and effect, compare and contrast, context clues, as well as locating evidence to support our answers. We will also be practicing with writing some extended responses this week. Students will not have a Reading test this Friday, the 27th. 

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students were assigned their second book report. Students also should have received the form with the format for their book report as well. For this second “October Book Report,” students may choose a mystery book of their choice. *The October Book Report will be due by this upcoming Thursday, October 26th.* Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on 8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading. At least 1 of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a nonfiction book. There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken.

4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 1st Trimester:

2 books and AR quizzes were due by Tuesday, September 12th.

2 more books were due (total of 4 books all together) and AR quizzes by Friday, September 29th.

2 more books were due (total of 6 books all together) and AR quizzes by this past Friday, October 20th.

*2 more books are due (for a total of 8 books all together) – All 8 books (including at least 1 NF book) and AR quizzes for the trimester are due by next Friday, November 3rd.*

Happy Reading! :)

In Social Studies last week, we finished up our study of the Earth and learning all about Map Skills. We also finished up working on, discussing and going over the answers to our Mapping Skill worksheets and activities. In Social Studies this week, we will begin to focus on the first lesson of Unit 1 in our textbook, which focuses on the First Americans. We will be reading and discussing the sections of this lesson, working with the vocabulary, as well as answering our questions for this lesson. We will also begin our study of Native Americans. We will begin our unit by focusing on and learning all about the characteristics of several different Native American groups. We will also be discussing and working with timelines. We will be practicing locating events on a timeline and using concepts related to reading a timeline.

In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 10 spelling words. We will have our tenth spelling test this Friday, October 27th on Unit 10.

Reminders:

  • Friday Folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the quizzes/tests that are in the folder. Also, the Friday Folder should be signed and returned on Monday of next week.

*Hope you have a wonderful week!*

Week of October 16th - 20th

Posted on Oct 16, 2017

Hello!

*I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!*

In Reading this week, we will begin focusing on our first story in Unit 2. This week, the story that we will be focusing on is: A Big City Dream. Our skill that we will be focusing on this week is: Cause and Effect. *Students will have their Reading test on Friday, October 20th.* Students should study their vocabulary, notes, discussion and comprehension review questions for the test on Friday. We will also be practicing with some extended responses this week.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students were assigned their second book report. Students also should have received the form with the format for their book report as well. For this second “October Book Report,” students may choose a mystery book of their choice. *The October Book Report will be due by next Thursday, October 26th.* Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on 8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading. At least 1 of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a nonfiction book. There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken.

4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 1st Trimester:

2 books and AR quizzes were due by Tuesday, September 12th.

2 more books were due (total of 4 books all together) and AR quizzes by Friday, September 29th.

*2 more books are due (total of 6 books all together) and AR quizzes by this upcoming Friday, October 20th.*

2 more books are due (total of 8 books all together) – All 8 books and AR quizzes for the trimester are due by Friday, November 3rd.

Happy Reading! :)

In Social Studies last week, we finished up our study of the Earth and learning all about Map Skills. We reviewed hemispheres, cardinal directions, and lines of latitude and longitude last week. In Social Studies this week, we will finish up working on, discussing and going over the answers to our Map Skills worksheets and Mapping Skill activities that we began working on last week. This week, we will also begin to focus on the first lesson of Unit 1 in our textbook. We will be reading and discussing the sections of this lesson, working on the vocabulary, as well as answering the questions for this lesson. We will also be discussing, working with, and reading all about timelines. We will be practicing locating events on a timeline and using concepts related to reading a timeline.

In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 9 spelling words. We will have our ninth spelling test this Friday, October 20th on Unit 9.

Reminders:

  • Friday Folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the quizzes/tests that are in the folder. Also, the Friday Folder should be signed and returned on Monday of next week.

*Hope you have a fantastic week!*

Week of October 9th - 13th

Posted on Oct 10, 2017

Hello!

*I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday weekend!*

*Also, thank you so much to everyone who sent in their macaroni and cheese donations! Your generosity is greatly appreciated.*

In Reading this week, we will be focusing on reviewing the skills we have been in Unit 1. Some of our skills that we will be focusing on and reviewing this week are: Sequence, Author's Purpose, Compare/Contrast and Character. We will also be focusing on some other skills such as theme and context clues as well. *Students will have their Unit 1 Reading Skills Test on Friday, October 13th.* Students should practice these skills for the test on Friday.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students were assigned their second book report last week. Students also should have received the form with the format for their book report last week as well. For this second “October Book Report,” students may choose a mystery book of their choice. *The October Book Report will be due on Thursday, October 26th.* Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on 8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading. At least 1 of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a nonfiction book. There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken.

4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 1st Trimester:

2 books and AR quizzes were due by Tuesday, September 12th.

2 more books were due (total of 4 books all together) and AR quizzes by Friday, September 29th.

*2 more books are due (total of 6 books all together) and AR quizzes by next Friday, October 20th.*

2 more books are due (total of 8 books all together) – All 8 books and AR quizzes for the trimester are due by Friday, November 3rd.

Happy Reading! :)

In Social Studies this week, we will continue and finish up our study of the Earth and Map Skills. We will be continuing to review hemispheres, cardinal directions, and lines of latitude and longitude this week. We will also be practicing with locating places using the different hemispheres, cardinal directions, and also locating different places on a map using these grid lines. We will be focusing on reviewing some key terms as well as working on how to locate different places and bodies of water on a map using the lines of latitude and longitude. *Students will have a test this week on Wednesday, October 11th that will focus on all of the map skills that we have learned.* Students should be able to answer questions about some key vocabulary terms related to hemispheres, cardinal directions, latitude and longitude. Students should also be able to locate different places on a map correctly using these grid lines, as well as answer some other questions about hemispheres, cardinal directions, latitude and longitude for their test. Students should study their notes, HW worksheets, as well as their review sheets in preparation for the test on Wednesday. 

In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 8 spelling words. We will have our eighth spelling test this Friday, October 13th on Unit 8.

Reminders:

  • Friday Folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the quizzes/tests that are in the folder. Also, the Friday Folder should be signed and returned on Monday of next week.

*Hope you have a wonderful week!*

Week of October 2nd - 6th

Posted on Oct 02, 2017

Hello!

*I hope everyone had a great Homecoming weekend and enjoyed the beautiful weather!*

*Also, thank you so much to everyone who sent in their macaroni and cheese donations! Your generosity is greatly appreciated.*

In Reading this week, we will begin focusing on our next story: Addie in Charge. Our skill that we will be focusing on this week is: Character. We will also be focusing on some other skills such as theme, compare and contrast, and context clues as well. *Students will have a Reading test on Friday, October 6th.* Students should study their vocabulary, notes and comprehension review questions for the test on Friday.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students will be assigned their second book report this week. Students will also receive the form with the format for their book report this week as well. For this second “October Book Report,” students may choose a mystery book of their choice. *The October Book Report will be due on Thursday, October 26th.*Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on 8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading. At least 1 of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a nonfiction book. There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken.

4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 1st Trimester:

2 books and AR quizzes were due by Tuesday, September 12th.

2 more books were due (total of 4 books all together) and AR quizzes by this past Friday, September 29th.

*2 more books are due (total of 6 books all together) and AR quizzes by Friday, October 20th.*

2 more books are due (total of 8 books all together) – All 8 books and AR quizzes for the trimester are due by Friday, November 3rd.

Happy Reading! :)

In Social Studies this week, we will continue our study of the Earth and Map Skills. We will be continuing to learn about and review hemispheres, cardinal directions, and lines of latitude and longitude this week. We will also be practicing with locating places using the different hemispheres, cardinal directions, and also locating different places on a map using these grid lines. We will be focusing on reviewing some key terms as well as working on how to locate different places and bodies of water on a map using the lines of latitude and longitude. *Students will have a test next week on Wednesday, October 11th that will focus on all of the map skills that we have learned.* Students should be able to answer questions about some key vocabulary terms related to hemispheres, cardinal directions, latitude and longitude. Students should also be able to locate different places on a map correctly using these grid lines, as well as answer some other questions about hemispheres, cardinal directions, latitude and longitude for their test. Students should study their notes, HW worksheets, as well as their review sheets in preparation for the test on Wednesday of next week. 

In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 7 spelling words. We will have our seventh spelling test this Friday, October 6th on Unit 7.

Reminders:

  • On Tuesday, October 3rd, we will have School Pictures. Students may dress in their Sunday best.
  • Also, on Tuesday evening, October 3rd, Mr. Stiak will be holding a meeting for new band members and parents from 6:30 - 8 PM.
  • Wednesday, October 4th, is Special Lunch Day.
  • Friday Folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the quizzes/tests that are in the folder. Also, the Friday Folder should be signed and returned on Tuesday of next week because there is no school on Monday.
  • There will be no school for students on Monday, October 9th for the Columbus Day holiday.

*Hope you have a great week!*

*Happy 3-Day Weekend!!*

Week of September 25th - 29th

Posted on Sep 25, 2017

Hello!

*I hope everyone had a great weekend and enjoyed the beautiful weather!*

*Also, thank you so much to everyone who sent in their donations for the hurricane relief project. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.*

In Reading this week, we will begin focusing on our next story: Family Pictures. Our skill that we will be focusing on this week is: Author's Purpose. *Students will have a Reading test on Friday, September 29th.* Students should study their vocabulary, notes and comprehension review questions for the test on Friday.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students were assigned their first book report. Also, students were given the format for the September Book Report. For this first “September Book Report,” students may choose a fiction book of their choice. *The September Book Report will be due by this Thursday, September 28th.* Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on 8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading. At least 1 of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a nonfiction book. There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken.

4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 1st Trimester:

2 books and AR quizzes were due by Tuesday, September 12th.

*2 more books are due (total of 4 books all together) and AR quizzes by this upcoming Friday, September 29th.*

2 more books are due (total of 6 books all together) and AR quizzes by Friday, October 20th.

2 more books are due (total of 8 books all together) – All 8 books and AR quizzes for the trimester are due by Friday, November 3rd.

Happy Reading! :)

In Social Studies this week, we will continue our study of the Earth and Map Skills. We will be continuing to learn about lines of latitude and longitude this week. We will also be learning about locating different places on a map using these grid lines. We will be focusing on some key terms as well as working on how to locate different places and bodies of water on a map using the lines of latitude and longitude. *Students will have a quiz this week on Wednesday, September 27th that will focus on latitude and longitude.* Students should be able to answer questions about some key vocabulary terms related to latitude and longitude, locate different places on a map correctly using these grid lines, as well as answer some other questions about latitude and longitude for their quiz. Students should study their HW worksheets as well as their review sheets in preparation for the quiz on Wednesday. 

In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 6 spelling words. *This is our first review unit.* We will have our sixth spelling test this Friday, September 29th on Unit 6.

Reminders:

  • Students may continue to bring water bottles with them to school for the beginning of this week.
  • Also, there will be a mini pep rally in the gym this Friday, for Homecoming.
  • The Homecoming parade and games will be this Saturday, September 30th at Beverly Park.
  • Friday folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the tests/quizzes that are in the folder. Also, the Friday folder should be signed and returned on Monday of next week.

*Hope you have a fantastic week!*

*Happy Homecoming Weekend!!*

Week of September 18th - 22nd

Posted on Sep 18, 2017

Hello!

*I hope everyone had a great 3-day weekend, enjoyed the beautiful weather and had a wonderful time at Fisher Fest!*

In Reading this week, we will begin focusing on our next story: Yingtao's New Friend. Our skill that we will be focusing on this week is: Compare and Contrast. *Students will have a Reading test on Friday, September 22nd.* Students should study their vocabulary, notes and comprehension review questions for the test on Friday.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students were assigned their first book report. Also, students were given the format for the September Book Report. For this first “September Book Report,” students may choose a fiction book of their choice. *The September Book Report will be due on Thursday, September 28th.* Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on 8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading. At least 1 of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a nonfiction book. There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken.

4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 1st Trimester:

2 books and AR quizzes were due by Tuesday, September 12th.

*2 more books are due (total of 4 books all together) and AR quizzes by next Friday, September 29th.*

2 more books are due (total of 6 books all together) and AR quizzes by Friday, October 20th.

2 more books are due (total of 8 books all together) – All 8 books and AR quizzes for the trimester are due by Friday, November 3rd.

Happy Reading! :)

In Social Studies this week, we will continue our study of the Earth and Map Skills. We will be continuing to learn about the cardinal directions and hemispheres. Students will be finishing up with their quiz this week on Monday, September 18th that will focus on the hemispheres and cardinal directions by working on their final copy. Students should be able to locate and label each of the cardinal directions and hemispheres correctly as well as answer some other questions about them for their quiz. Students should study their HW worksheets as well as their review sheets in preparation for finishing the quiz on Monday. We will also be learning about lines of latitude and longitude this week. We will be focusing on some key terms as well as working on how to locate different places and bodies of water on a map using the lines of latitude and longitude. 

In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 5 spelling words. We will have our fifth spelling test this Friday, September 22th on Unit 5.

Reminders:

  • Students may bring water bottles with them to school this week.
  • Friday folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the tests/quizzes that are in the folder. Also, the Friday folder should be signed and returned on Monday of next week.

*Hope you have a great week!*

Week of September 11th - 15th

Posted on Sep 11, 2017

Hello!

*I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend and the beautiful weather!*

In Reading this week, we will continue focusing on our story: Train to Somewhere. We will be practicing with SLAM and working on an extended response question that focuses on one of our skills as well as one of the main characters from our story that we read about last week. We will also be reading and discussing an article. *Students will not have a Reading test this week.*

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students were assigned their first book report last week. For this first “September Book Report,” students may choose a fiction book of their choice. Also, students will be given the format for the September Book Report this week. Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on 8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading. At least 1 of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a nonfiction book. There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken.

4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 1st Trimester:

*2 books and AR quizzes are due by this Tuesday, September 12th.*

*2 more books are due (total of 4 books all together) and AR quizzes by Friday, September 29th.*

2 more books are due (total of 6 books all together) and AR quizzes by Friday, October 20th.

2 more books are due (total of 8 books all together) – All 8 books and AR quizzes for the trimester are due by Friday, November 3rd.

Happy Reading! :)

In Social Studies this week, we will continue our study of the Earth and Map Skills. We will be continuing to learn about the cardinal directions and hemispheres, as well as how to locate and label them on a map. We will also be learning about locating different places and bodies of water on a map using the cardinal directions. *Students will have a quiz this week on Thursday, September 14th that will focus on the hemispheres and cardinal directions.* Students should be able to locate and label each of the cardinal directions and hemispheres correctly as well as answer questions about them for their quiz. Students should study their HW worksheets as well as their review sheets in preparation for the quiz on Thursday.

In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 4 spelling words. We will have our fourth spelling test this Thursday, September 14th on Unit 4.

Reminders:

  • Friday folders will go home this week (on Thursday). Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the tests/quizzes that are in the folder. Also, the Friday folder should be signed and returned on Monday of next week.
  • Students will be off school on Friday, September 15th.
  • This weekend is Fisher Fest (September 14th-17th). Happy 3-Day Fisher Fest Weekend!

*Hope you have a wonderful week!*

Week of September 5th - 8th

Posted on Sep 05, 2017

Hello!

I hope everyone enjoyed their Labor Day Weekend!

In Reading this week, we will begin our second story: Train to Somewhere. Our skill that we will be focusing on this week is sequence. *Students will have their second Reading test this Friday, September 8th.* Students should study their vocabulary, notes and comprehension questions for the test on Friday.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students will be assigned their first book report this week. For this first “September Book Report,” students may choose a fiction book of their choice. Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on 8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading. At least 1 of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a nonfiction book. There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken.

4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 1st Trimester:

*2 books and AR quizzes are due by Monday, September 11th.*

2 more books are due (total of 4 books all together) and AR quizzes by Friday, September 29th.

2 more books are due (total of 6 books all together) and AR quizzes by Friday, October 20th.

2 more books are due (total of 8 books all together) – All 8 books and AR quizzes for the trimester are due by Friday, November 3rd.

Happy Reading! :)

In Social Studies this week, we will continue our study of the Earth and Map Skills. We will be continuing to learning about the continents and oceans, as well as how to locate and label them on a map. *Students will have a test this week on Wednesday, September 6th that will focus on all the continents and oceans.* Students should be able to locate, label and spell all the continents and oceans correctly on a map for their test. Students should study their maps and mini booklets in preparation for the test on Wednesday of this week.

In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 3 spelling words. We will have our third spelling test this Friday, September 8th on Unit 3.

Reminders:

  • Friday folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the tests/quizzes that are in the folder. Also, the Friday folder should be signed and returned on Monday of next week.

*I really enjoyed meeting everyone this past Wednesday evening at Open House for Meet and Greet the Teacher Night! Looking forward to a wonderful school year!

Hope you have a fantastic week!

Week of August 28th - September 1st

Posted on Aug 28, 2017

Hello and Welcome to our First Full Week of School!

In Reading this week, we will be finishing up working on our Summer Break writing activities. This week, we will also begin our first story: A Visit with Grandpa. Our skill that we will be focusing on this week is setting. *Students will have their first Reading test on Friday, September 1st.* Students should study their vocabulary, notes and comprehension questions for the test on Friday.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students will be assigned their first book report next week. For this first “September Book Report,” students may choose a fiction book of their choice. Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on 8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading. At least 1 of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a nonfiction book. There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken.

4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 1st Trimester:

*2 books and AR quizzes are due by Monday, September 11th.*

2 more books are due (total of 4 books all together) and AR quizzes by Friday, September 29th.

2 more books are due (total of 6 books all together) and AR quizzes by Friday, October 20th.

2 more books are due (total of 8 books all together) – All 8 books and AR quizzes for the trimester are due by Friday, November 3rd.

Happy Reading! :)

In Social Studies this week, we will begin our study of the Earth and Map Skills. We will be learning about the continents and oceans, as well as how to locate and label them on a map. *Students will have a test next week on Wednesday, September 6th that will focus on all the continents and oceans.* Students should be able to locate, label and spell all the continents and oceans correctly on a map for their test. Students should study their maps, mini booklets and study guides in preparation for the test on Wednesday of next week.

In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 2 spelling words. We will have our second spelling test this Friday, September 1st on Unit 2.

Reminders:

  • Friday folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the tests/quizzes that are in the folder. Also, the Friday folder should be signed and returned on Tuesday of next week since there is no school on Monday.
  • Students will be off school on Monday, September 4th for Labor Day. Happy 3-Day Weekend!

I am looking forward to meeting everyone on Wednesday evening for Meet and Greet the Teacher Night! The Open House will be at 6:30.

Hope you have a great week!

August 21st - Welcome Back to School!

Posted on Aug 21, 2017

Hello!

Welcome to Fourth Grade! I hope everyone had a great first day back to school today! My name is Ms. Garrity and I will be teaching Reading and Social Studies this year. I really enjoyed meeting all the new fourth graders today and I am looking forward to a wonderful school year! If you ever have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at cgarrity@sjfschool.net. I will also be including the 4th Grade Information Letter in the Important Documents section. 

June 8th 2017

Posted on Jun 08, 2017

Thank you all so much for a fantastic 2016-2017 school year!!

Have a safe and enjoyable summer everyone!! :)

Ms. Garrity

Week of May 29th - June 2nd

Posted on May 29, 2017

Hello!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!! 

In Reading last week, we continued our focus on our novel The Lemonade War. We focused on Chapters 8-14 of our novel last week. Students had a test on Chapters 8-14 of our novel last week as well.

In Reading this week, we will continue to focus on our novel The Lemonade War. Now that we have finished reading our novel, we will be focusing on some different activities that relate to our novel this week. We will also be working with some practice worksheets to go with our novel this week as well.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. For the May Book Report, students will be designing their own book marks. *Students should have their book chosen and brought in by Friday, May 19th.* We worked on our book marks in class on Friday, the 19th and will be finishing them up on Monday, May 22nd. *Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.*

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on 8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading. At least 1 of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a nonfiction book. There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken.

*Students should now be finished reading books and taking AR quizzes for their 3rd trimester AR requirement.*

4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – The Due Dates for the 3rd Trimester are:

2 books and AR quizzes were due by this past Friday, March 17th.

2 more books and AR quizzes (total of 4 books all together) were due by Monday, April 3rd.

2 more books and AR quizzes (for a total of 6 books all together) were due by Friday, April 28th.

*2 more books and AR quizzes (for a total of 8 books all together including at least one nonfiction book) were due by this past Friday, May 26th.*

Happy Reading! :)

In Social Studies last week, we continued to focus on a review of the states and capitals of the Southwest Region. We practiced and reviewed for our test on the SW Region that was last week. We also played a review game to prepare for our test. We also continued focusing on the states and capitals of the West (Northwest) Region last week. We also practiced with our state and capital flashcards for these regions as well.

In Social Studies this week, we will continue focusing on a review of the states and capitals of the Northwest (West) Region. We will practice and review for our test on the states and capitals of the W/NW Region that will be on Tuesday of this week. We will also work with our map study guide sheets as well as practice with our state and capital flashcards for the W (NW) Region. We will also play a review game to prepare for our test on Tuesday. *We will have our test on the states and capitals of the Northwest (West) Region this week on Tuesday, May 30th.* Students should study their maps, study guide review sheets, as well as their NW state and capital flashcards in preparation for the test this week. We will continue to practice with our NW Region state and capital study guides and flashcards this week. We will also work on a map review sheet for the NW Region as well.

In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 35 spelling words. We will have our thirty-fifth spelling test this Friday, June 2nd on Unit 35.

*Reminders*

  • Thank you to all of the parent volunteers who came in to help us build our rockets last Thursday! We really appreciate all your help! We will be launching our rockets this week on Thursday, June 1st. Our rocket launch will be held at Beverly Park, and we will begin launching around 9:15am. All students should bring a lunch with them to school on Thursday. Students can also bring water bottles. All are welcome to come to attend the Rocket Launch. We are looking forward to this exciting day!
  • Friday Folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the quizzes/tests that are in the folder. Also, the Friday Folder should be signed and returned on Monday of next week.

I hope you have a fantastic week!! :)

Week of May 22nd - 26th

Posted on May 22, 2017

Hello!

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!!

In Reading last week, we continued our focus on our novel The Lemonade War. We focused on Chapters 7-11 last week. We read, discussed and took notes on Chapters 7-11 of our novel The Lemonade War. Students had a test on Chapters 1-7 of our novel last week as well. Students also worked with Reading comprehension practice last week.

In Reading this week, we will continue our focus on our novel The Lemonade War. We will be focusing on Chapters 10-14 this week. We will begin reading, discussing and taking notes on Chapters 11-14 of our novel. We will also be working on our practice worksheet packets for Chapters 11-14 this week. *Students will have a test on Chapters 8-14 of our novel this week on Friday, May 26th.* Students should study their notes, practice worksheets (the chapter packets) and vocabulary study guide (with each of the chapter vocabulary words) in preparation for the test on Friday.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. For the May Book Report, students will be designing their own book marks. *Students should have their book chosen and brought in by Friday, May 19th.* We worked on our book marks in class on Friday of last week and will be finishing them up on Monday, May 22nd. *Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.*

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on 8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading. At least 1 of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a nonfiction book. There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken.

*Students should be working on reading books and taking AR quizzes for their 3rd trimester AR requirement.*

4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – The Due Dates for the 3rd Trimester are:

2 books and AR quizzes were due by this past Friday, March 17th.

2 more books and AR quizzes (total of 4 books all together) were due by Monday, April 3rd.

2 more books and AR quizzes (for a total of 6 books all together) were due by Friday, April 28th.

*2 more books and AR quizzes (for a total of 8 books all together including at least one nonfiction book) are due by this upcoming Friday, May 26th.*

Happy Reading! :)

In Social Studies last week, we continued to focus on the Southeast Region. Last week, we continued focusing on a review of the states and capitals of this region. We practiced and reviewed for our test on the states and capitals of the SE Region that was last week. We worked on a map review sheet as well as continued to practice with our state and capital flashcards for the SE Region. We practiced locating and labeling the states and capitals of the SE Region. We also played a review game to prepare for our test. We had our test on the states and capitals of the Southeast Region last week.  We went over, discussed and reviewed our SE Region study guides.  We also began focusing on the states and capitals of the Southwest and West (Northwest) Regions last week. We made our Southwest and West (Northwest) Region state and capital flashcards last week. We also practiced with our state and capital flashcards. We worked with, practiced with and went over some map study guide sheets for these regions. We discussed some facts and information about these regions as well.

In Social Studies this week, we will continue focusing on the states and capitals of the Southwest and West (Northwest) Regions. We will practice and review for our test on Thursday. We will work with a map review sheet. We will also work with our map study guide sheets as well as practice with our state and capital flashcards for the SW and W (NW) Regions. We will practice locating and labeling the states and capitals of the SW and W (NW) Regions. We will also play a review game to prepare for our test on Thursday. *We will have our test on the states and capitals of the Southwest Region this week on Thursday, May 25th.* Students should study their maps, study guide review sheets, as well as their state and capital flashcards in preparation for the test this week. This week, we will also continue focusing on a review of the states and capitals of the West (Northwest) Region. We will continue to practice with our NW Region state and capital study guide and flashcards this week. We will go over, discuss and review our NW Region study guides. We will work on a map review sheet for the SW and NW Regions. We will also practice and review for our test on the states and capitals of the West (Northwest) Region that will be on Tuesday of next week.

In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 34 spelling words. We will have our thirty-fourth spelling test this Friday, May 26th on Unit 34.

*Reminders*

  • We will be building our rockets this week on Thursday, May 25th. Thank you to all who volunteered to help build! We will have our rocket launch next week on Thursday, June 1st.
  • Friday Folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the quizzes/tests that are in the folder. Also, the Friday Folder should be signed and returned on Tuesday of next week.

I hope you have a fantastic week!! :)

Week of May 15th - 19th

Posted on May 16, 2017

Hello!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother's Day weekend and enjoyed the beautiful weather!!

In Reading last week, we continued our focus on our novel The Lemonade War. We also began reading, discussing and taking notes on Chapters 4-7 of our novel The Lemonade War last week. Students also worked with Reading comprehension practice last week.

In Reading this week, we will continue our focus on our novel The Lemonade War. We will begin reading, discussing and taking notes on Chapters 7-11 of our novel The Lemonade War this week. *Students will have a test on Chapters 1-7 of our novel this week on Tuesday, May 16th.* Students should study their notes, practice worksheets and vocabulary study guide in preparation for the test on Tuesday.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. For the May Book Report, students will be designing their own book marks. *Students should have their book chosen and brought in by this upcoming Friday, May 19th.* We will be working on our book marks in class on Friday. *Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.*

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on 8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading. At least 1 of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a nonfiction book. There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken.

*Students should be working on reading books and taking AR quizzes for their 3rd trimester AR requirement.*

4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – The Due Dates for the 3rd Trimester are:

2 books and AR quizzes were due by this past Friday, March 17th.

2 more books and AR quizzes (total of 4 books all together) were due by Monday, April 3rd.

2 more books and AR quizzes (for a total of 6 books all together) were due by Friday, April 28th.

*2 more books and AR quizzes (for a total of 8 books all together including at least one nonfiction book) are due by Friday, May 26th.*

Happy Reading! :)

In Social Studies last week, we continued to focus on the states and capitals of the Southeast Region. We practiced and reviewed for our quiz last week. We worked on a map review sheet as well as practiced with our state and capital flashcards for the SE Region. We practiced locating and labeling the states and capitals of the SE Region. We also played a review game to prepare for our quiz. We had our quiz on the states and capitals of the Southeast Region last week on Tuesday. Last week, we also continued focusing on a review of the states and capitals of the Southeast Region. We continued to practice our SE Region state and capital flashcards last week. We went over, discussed and reviewed our SE Region study guides. We worked on a map review sheet for the SE Region. We also practiced and reviewed for our test on the states and capitals of the SE Region that will be on Wednesday of this week.

In Social Studies this week, we will continue focusing on the states and capitals of the Southeast Region. We will practice and review for our test on Wednesday. We will work on a map review sheet as well as practice with our state and capital flashcards for the SE Region. We will practice locating and labeling the states and capitals of the SE Region. We will also play a review game to prepare for our test. *We will have our test on the states and capitals of the Southeast Region this week on Wednesday, May 17th.* Students should study their maps, study guide review sheets, as well as their state and capital flashcards in preparation for the test this week. This week, we will also continue focusing on a review of the states and capitals of the Southeast Region. We will continue to practice our SE Region state and capital flashcards this week. We will go over, discuss and review our SE Region study guides. We will work on a map review sheet for the SE Region. We will also practice and review for our test on the states and capitals of the SE Region that will be on Wednesday of this week.

In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 33 spelling words. We will have our thirty-third spelling test this Friday, May 19th on Unit 33.

*Reminders*

  • There will be a half day of school for students this Friday, May 19th.
  • Also, this Friday, May 19th is May Crowning.
  • Friday Folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the quizzes/tests that are in the folder. Also, the Friday Folder should be signed and returned on Monday of next week.

I hope you have a fantastic week!! :)

I hope you all had a very relaxing and enjoyable Mother's Day weekend!!

Week of May 8th - 12th

Posted on May 08, 2017

Hello!

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!!

In Reading last week, we continued our focus on poetry. We finished up our poetry activity worksheet from last week. We also worked on another poetry activity worksheet last week. This poetry activity focused on some poems or poem books that we brought in to school. We shared some of our information from our poem sheet as well as some of the poems that we chose aloud. We also shared some of our favorite poems. We also began reading, discussing and taking notes on the introduction and Chapters 1-3 of our novel The Lemonade War last week. Students also worked with Reading comprehension practice last week.

In Reading this week, we will continue our focus on our novel The Lemonade War. We will begin reading, discussing and taking notes on Chapters 4-7 of our novel The Lemonade War this week. *Students will have a test on Chapters 1-7 of our novel on Tuesday of next week.*

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. *Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.*

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on 8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading. At least 1 of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a nonfiction book. There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken.

*Students should now be working on reading books and taking AR quizzes for their 3rd trimester AR requirement.*

4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – The Due Dates for the 3rd Trimester are:

2 books and AR quizzes were due by this past Friday, March 17th.

2 more books and AR quizzes (total of 4 books all together) were due by Monday, April 3rd.

2 more books and AR quizzes (for a total of 6 books all together) were due by Friday, April 28th.

*2 more books and AR quizzes (for a total of 8 books all together including at least one nonfiction book) are due by Friday, May 26th.*

Happy Reading! :)

In Social Studies last week, we continued to focus on the states and capitals of the Northeast Region and also began focusing on the states and capitals of the Southeast Region. We practiced and reviewed for our test last week. We worked on a map review sheet as well as practiced with our state and capital flashcards for the NE Region. We practiced locating and labeling the states and capitals of the NE Region. We also played a review game to prepare for our test. We had our test on the states and capitals of the Northeast Region (with spelling) last week. Last week, we also began focusing on the states and capitals of the Southeast Region. We made our SE Region state and capital flashcards last week. We went over, discussed and reviewed our SE Region study guides. We worked on a map review sheet for the SE Region. We also practiced and reviewed for our quiz on the states and capitals of the SE Region that will be on Tuesday of this week.

In Social Studies this week, we will continue focusing on the states and capitals of the Southeast Region. We will practice and review for our quiz on Tuesday. We will work on a map review sheet as well as practice with our state and capital flashcards for the SE Region. We will practice locating and labeling the states and capitals of the SE Region. We will also play a review game to prepare for our quiz. *We will have our quiz on the states and capitals of the Southeast Region this week on Tuesday, May 9th.* Students should study their maps, study guide review sheets, as well as their state and capital flashcards in preparation for the quiz this week. This week, we will also continue focusing on a review of the states and capitals of the Southeast Region. We will continue to practice our SE Region state and capital flashcards this week. We will go over, discuss and review our SE Region study guides. We will work on a map review sheet for the SE Region. We will also practice and review for our test on the states and capitals of the SE Region that will be on Tuesday of next week.

In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 32 spelling words. We will have our thirty-second spelling test this Friday, May 12th on Unit 32.

*Reminders*

  • There will be no school for students this Friday, May 12th due to a teacher institute day.
  • Friday Folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the quizzes/tests that are in the folder. Also, the Friday Folder should be signed and returned on Monday of next week.

I hope you have a fantastic week!! :)

Also, Happy Mother's Day to all!!

I hope you all have a very relaxing and enjoyable Mother's Day weekend!!

 

Week of May 1st - 5th

Posted on May 08, 2017

Hello!

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!!

In Reading last week, we began to focus on a practice passage and questions that focused on a topic for Earth Day. We read, discussed and answered questions about this article. We also found evidence to support our answers. Last week, we also focused on some poetry. One of our poems that we focused on related to a topic about Spring. We read, discussed and answered questions about this poem. We also discussed concepts and material related to poetry. Students also brought in some poems or a book of poems to focus on for a poetry activity. We worked on our poetry activities. We also shared some poems aloud as well as some information about our poems. Students also worked with Raz Kids on the ipads last week for Reading comprehension practice.

In Reading this week, we will continue our focus on poetry. We will finish up our poetry activity worksheet from last week. We will also work on another poetry activity worksheet this week. This poetry activity will focus on some poems or poem books that we brought in to school. We will share some of our information from our poem sheet as well as some of the poems that we chose aloud. We will also share some of our favorite poems. We will also begin reading, discussing and taking notes on our novel The Lemonade War this week.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. *Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.*

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on 8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading. At least 1 of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a nonfiction book. There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken.

*Students should now be working on reading books and taking AR quizzes for their 3rd trimester AR requirement.*

4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – The Due Dates for the 3rd Trimester are:

2 books and AR quizzes were due by this past Friday, March 17th.

2 more books and AR quizzes (total of 4 books all together) were due by Monday, April 3rd.

2 more books and AR quizzes (for a total of 6 books all together) were due by this past Friday, April 28th.

*2 more books and AR quizzes (for a total of 8 books all together including at least one nonfiction book) are due by Friday, May 26th.*

Happy Reading! :)

In Social Studies last week, we continued to focus on the states and capitals of the Northeast Region. We made our NE Region capitals flashcards last week. We also practiced with our state and capital flashcards. We worked on some map review sheets for the NE Region. We read and discussed some facts and information about the Northeast Region. We also practiced and reviewed for our test on the Northeast Region on Tuesday of this week.

In Social Studies this week, we will continue focusing on the states and capitals of the Northeast Region and also begin focusing on the states and capitals of the Southeast Region. We will practice and review for our test on Tuesday. We will work on a map review sheet as well as practice with our state and capital flashcards for the NE Region. We will practice locating and labeling the states and capitals of the NE Region. We will also play a review game to prepare for our test. *We will have our test on the states and capitals of the Northeast Region (with spelling) this week on Tuesday, May 2nd.* Students should study their maps, study guide review sheets, as well as their state and capital flashcards in preparation for the test this week. This week, we will also begin focusing on the states and capitals of the Southeast Region. We will make our SE Region state and capital flashcards this week. We will go over, discuss and review our SE Region study guides. We will work on a map review sheet for the SE Region. We will also practice and review for our quiz on the states and capitals of the SE Region that will be on Tuesday of next week.

In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 31 spelling words. We will have our thirty-first spelling test this Friday, May 5th on Unit 31.

*Reminders*

  • Friday Folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the quizzes/tests that are in the folder. Also, the Friday Folder should be signed and returned on Monday of next week.

I hope you have a fantastic week!! :)

Week of April 24th - 28th

Posted on Apr 24, 2017

Hello!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter and enjoyed their Spring Break!!

In Reading before break, we continued our study of Unit 4 by continuing to focus on the story: The Disguise. We also practiced with SLAM before break by working on a SLAM question that focused on our story The Disguise in class. We focused on several skills before break. Also, we reviewed and went over suffixes. We learned about strategies for these skills and worked with examples that focused on them. We took notes on information that focused on our skills for that week. We also worked on workbook pages that focused on some practice with and reviewed our word skill for that week. We also read, discussed and focused on an article for Earth Day! We focused on answering questions about the article. We also worked on how we can find examples and our evidence to support our answers. We located our evidence within the article for our answers to the questions that focused on our article for this week. We will also discussed and went over the questions together as well as other concepts and material related to Earth Day. Before week, we also worked on some other Easter activities as well.

In Reading this week, we will begin to focus on a practice passage and questions that focus on a topic for Earth Day. We will read, discuss and answer questions about this article. We will also be finding evidence to support our answers. This week, we will also be focusing on some poetry. One of our poems that we will be focusing on relates to a topic about Spring. We will read, discuss and answer questions about this poem. We will also discuss concepts and material related to poetry. Students will also bring in some poems or a book of poems to focus on for a poetry activity. We will work on our poetry activities. We will also also share some poems aloud as well as some information about our poems. Students will also work with Raz Kids on the ipads today for Reading comprehension practice.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. *Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.*

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on 8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading. At least 1 of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a nonfiction book. There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken.

*Students should now be working on reading books and taking AR quizzes for their 3rd trimester AR requirement.*

4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – The Due Dates for the 3rd Trimester are:

2 books and AR quizzes were due by this past Friday, March 17th.

*2 more books and AR quizzes (total of 4 books all together) were due by Monday, April 3rd.*

*2 more books and AR quizzes (for a total of 6 books all together) are due by this upcoming Friday, April 28th.*

2 more books and AR quizzes (for a total of 8 books all together including at least one nonfiction book) are due by Friday, May 26th.

Happy Reading! :)

In Social Studies before break, we continued focusing on the states and capitals of the different regions of the U.S. We continued to focus on our study of the states of the Northeast Region. Before break, we practiced and reviewed for our quiz before break on the states of the NE Region. We practiced with our flashcards. We also practiced locating and labeling the states of the NE Region on a map. We went over our review sheet together. We also played a review game to prepare for our quiz. We had our quiz on the states of the NE Region (with spelling) before break.

In Social Studies this week, we will continue to focus on the states and capitals of the Northeast Region. We will make our NE Region capitals flashcards this week. We will also practice with our state and capital flashcards. We will work on some map review sheets for the NE Region. We will read and discuss some facts and information about the Northeast Region. We will also practice and review for our test on the Northeast Region on Tuesday of next week.

In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 30 spelling words. We will have our thirtieth spelling test this Friday, April 28th on Unit 30.

*Reminders*

  • *We will be taking the Aspire Test this week (Tuesday, April 25th - Friday, April 28th). Students will need to bring in several sharpened #2 pencils with erasers to school with them this week for testing. Thank you!
  • Friday Folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the quizzes/tests that are in the folder. Also, the Friday Folder should be signed and returned on Monday of next week.

I hope you and your family had a wonderful Spring Break!!

I hope you have a fantastic week!! :)

Week of April 10th - 14th

Posted on Apr 10, 2017

Hello!

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!!

In Reading last week, we continued our study of Unit 4 by beginning to focus on the story: The Disguise.  Our skill that we focused on for last week was: Summarizing. We learned about strategies for summarizing and worked with examples that focused on this skill. We took notes on information that focused on our skill for last week. We also read, discussed and focused on our summarizing skill passage and questions for last week. We worked with the Vocabulary for our story last week as well. We also worked on workbook pages that focused on practice with summarizing as well as the vocabulary words for our story. We focused on a word study last week (Word Study: Contractions and Suffixes) as well as worked and practiced with certain kinds of text that can be found throughout the story: The Disguise. Students located examples of these kinds of words in our story and discussed the different ways that these kinds of words are formed. Last week, we worked with answering the discussion and comprehension questions that related to our story, as well as focused on how we can find evidence and examples in our story. We also worked on how we can find our evidence for our answers to the story review questions as well as located our evidence for our questions that focused on our story for last week. We also reviewed for our test last week. Students had their Reading test that focused on our story: The Disguise last week. We also worked on practicing with SLAM last week. Last week, we also worked with Raz Kids for Reading Comprehension practice on the ipads as well as worked on some other activities.

In Reading this week, we will continue our study of Unit 4 by continuing to focus on the story: The Disguise. We will practice with SLAM this week by working on a SLAM question that will focus on our story The Disguise in class. We will be focusing on several skills this week. Also, we will review and go over suffixes. We will be learning about strategies for these skills and working with examples that focus on them. We will be taking notes on information that focuses on our skills for this week. We will also be working on workbook pages that focus on some practice with and review of our word skill for this week. We will also read, discuss and focus on an article for Earth Day! We will be focusing on answering questions about the article. We will also be working on how we can find examples and our evidence to support our answers. We will be locating our evidence within the article for our answers to the questions that focus on our article for this week. We will also be discussing and going over the questions together as well as other concepts and material related to Earth Day. This week, we will also be working on some other Easter activities as well.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. *Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.*

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on 8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading. At least 1 of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a nonfiction book. There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken.

*Students should now be working on reading books and taking AR quizzes for their 3rd trimester AR requirement.*

4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – The Due Dates for the 3rd Trimester are:

2 books and AR quizzes were due by this past Friday, March 17th.

*2 more books and AR quizzes (total of 4 books all together) were due by Monday, April 3rd.*

*2 more books and AR quizzes (for a total of 6 books all together) are due by Friday, April 28th.*

2 more books and AR quizzes (for a total of 8 books all together including at least one nonfiction book) are due by Friday, May 26th.

Happy Reading! :)

In Social Studies last week, we continued focusing on the states and capitals of the different regions of the U.S. We continued to focus on the geography, states and capitals of the Midwest Region. Students were given a study guide for the geography information for the MW Region. Students were given a study guide and maps for the states and capitals of the MW Region as well. Students should also have their flashcards that were made, and these should all continue to be kept together in a Ziploc or plastic baggie. Students worked with some practice sheets and maps for the states and capitals for this region as well. We also reviewed, practiced and prepared for our test last week on the MW Region. To prepare for our test, we focused on a MW Region map review sheet and practiced our flashcards. We also worked on the study guide review sheets for this region, and discussed and went over these review sheets together. We played a review game to get ready for our test as well. We had our test on the geography information, states and capitals of the Midwest Region last week as well.

Last week, we also began to focus on our study of the states of the Northeast Region. Students were given a study guide, map and flashcard sheets for the states of the NE Region. Students used their sheets to make their flashcards, and these should all be kept together in a Ziploc or plastic baggie. Students worked with some practice sheets and maps of this region as well. We also prepared for our quiz this week. To prepare for our quiz, we focused on a NE Region map sheet and practiced our flashcards. We also worked on the study guide sheets for this region, and discussed and went over these sheets together. Last week, we also practiced locating and labeling as well.

In Social Studies this week, we will continue to focus on our study of the states of the Northeast Region. This week, we will be practicing and reviewing for our quiz this week on the states of the NE Region. We will be practicing with our flashcards. We will also be practicing locating and labeling the states of the NE Region on a map. We will go over our review sheet together. We will also play a review game to prepare for our quiz. *We will have our quiz on the states of the NE Region (with spelling) this week on Wednesday, April 12th.* Students should study their maps, study guide review sheets and state flashcards in preparation for the quiz this week.

In Spelling, we will not have a spelling test this week.

*Reminders*

  • *We will be taking the Aspire Test the week that we return from Spring Break (Tuesday, April 25th - Friday, April 28th). Students will need to bring several sharpened #2 pencils with erasers to school with them the week we return from break. Thank you!

I hope you have a fantastic week!! :)

Happy Easter!!

I hope you and your family have a wonderful Spring Break!!

Week of April 3rd - 7th

Posted on Apr 04, 2017

Hello!

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!!

In Reading last week, we continued our study of Unit 4 by continuing to focus on the play: Blame It on the Wolf.  Our skill that we continued to focus on for last week was: Compare and Contrast. We learned about strategies for comparing and contrasting and worked with examples that focused on this skill. We worked with the Vocabulary for our story last week as well. We also worked on workbook pages that focused on practice with compare and contrast as well as the vocabulary words for our story. We focused on a word study last week (Word Study: Contractions) as well as worked and practiced with certain kinds of text that can be found throughout the play: Blame It on the Wolf. Students located examples of these kinds of words in our play and discussed the different ways that these kinds of words are formed. Last week, we worked with how we can find evidence in our play. We also performed our play from the week before: Blame It on the Wolf. Students worked in their small groups, and were assigned some scenes from our play to perform for the class. Students also chose their roles and characters for their performance of our play. Students in the audience were assigned to work on writing and recording two interesting facts about each group's scene performance as well as their favorite part for each scene of the play performance in their Reading notebooks. As a class, we also discussed the different themes that related to our play. Students did not have a Reading test this past Friday. We also worked on practicing with SLAM last week. Last week, we also worked with Raz Kids for Reading Comprehension practice on the ipads as well as worked on some other activities.  

In Reading this week, we will continue our study of Unit 4 by beginning to focus on the story: The Disguise.  Our skill that we will be focusing on for this week is: Summarizing. We will be learning about strategies for summarizing and working with examples that focus on this skill. We will be taking notes on information that focuses on our skill for this week. We will also be reading, discussing and focusing on our summarizing skill passage and questions for this week. We will be working with the Vocabulary for our story this week as well. We will also be working on workbook pages that focus on practice with summarizing as well as the vocabulary words for our story. We will be focusing on a word study this week (Word Study: Contractions and Suffixes) as well as working and practicing with certain kinds of text that can be found throughout the story: The Disguise. Students will be locating examples of these kinds of words in our story and discussing the different ways that these kinds of words are formed. This week, we will be working with answering the discussion and comprehension questions that relate to our story, as well as focusing on how we can find evidence and examples in our story. We will also be working on how we can find our evidence for our answers to the story review questions as well as locating our evidence for our questions that focus on our story for this week. We will also review for our test this week. *Students will have their Reading test that will focus on our story: The Disguise, on Friday, April 7th.* Students should study their vocabulary, notes, discussion questions, and comprehension review questions in preparation for the test on Friday. We will also be working on practicing with SLAM this week. This week, we will also be working with Raz Kids for Reading Comprehension practice on the ipads as well as working on some other activities.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students were assigned their seventh book report this year, for the month of March. *For this seventh “March Book Report,” students chose a Fantasy (fiction) book of their choice.* Students were also given the format for the March Book Report. *The March Fantasy Book Report was due by this past Tuesday, March 28th.* *Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.*

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on 8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading. At least 1 of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a nonfiction book. There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken.

*Students should now be working on reading books and taking AR quizzes for their 3rd trimester AR requirement.*

4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – The Due Dates for the 3rd Trimester are:

2 books and AR quizzes were due by this past Friday, March 17th.

*2 more books and AR quizzes (total of 4 books all together) are due by this Monday, April 3rd.*

*2 more books and AR quizzes (for a total of 6 books all together) are due by Friday, April 28th.*

2 more books and AR quizzes (for a total of 8 books all together including at least one nonfiction book) are due by Friday, May 26th.

Happy Reading! :)

In Social Studies last week, we continued focusing on the different regions of the United States. Last week, we began to focus on the capitals of the Midwest Region. Students were given a study guide, map and flashcard sheets for the states and capitals of the Midwest Region. Students used their sheets to make their flashcards last week, and these should all continue to be kept together in a Ziploc or plastic baggie. Students worked with some practice sheets and maps of the capitals for this region as well. We also reviewed and prepared for our quiz last week. To prepare for our quiz, we focused on a MW Region map review sheet and practiced our capitals flashcards. We also worked on the study guide sheets for this region. We also discussed and went over these review sheets together. Last week, we reviewed and practiced to prepare for our quiz as well. We also played a review game to get ready for our MW Region Capitals Quiz on Thursday of last week. Students should have studied their maps, study guide review sheets and flashcards in preparation for that quiz.

Last week, we also continued to focus on our study of Lesson 1 of Unit 3 of our textbook. We continued to review our material and Vocabulary for Unit 3 - Lesson 1. This lesson focused on the Geography of the Midwest Region of the United States. Last week, we continued focusing on Sections A-D of Unit 3 - Lesson 1 by working on the Check Understanding Questions. We worked on answering the Check Understanding Questions for Sections A-D of Lesson 1 in a paragraph format using complete sentences in our notebook. Students also worked on answering an extended response question for Lesson 1 that focused on the geography (of our region-the Midwest Region) where we live. The extended response question focused on some ways in which the geography of the Midwest region drew people to settle in this region. Students wrote and answered about different aspects that describe the geography of the Midwest Region. To review and prepare for our test on Wednesday of this week, students worked on the Check Understanding Review Questions for Lesson 1 of Unit 3. We will finish working on the Check Understanding questions this week, as well as continue to review for our test on Wednesday.

In Social Studies this week, we will continue to focus on our study of Lesson 1 of Unit 3 of our textbook. We will continue to review our material and Vocabulary for Unit 3 - Lesson 1. This week, we will continue focusing on this lesson and to prepare for our test on Wednesday, we will finish up working on the Check Understanding Review Questions for Lesson 1 that we began working on in our notebook last week. Students will also finish up working on an extended response question for this lesson that we started working on last week, that focuses on some ways in which the geography of our region drew people to settle there. Students will be finishing up writing about different aspects that describe the geography of the MW Region. This week, we will also continue focusing on the states and capitals of the different regions of the U.S. We will continue to focus on the geography, states and capitals of the Midwest Region. Students will be given a study guide for the geography information for the MW Region. Students were given a study guide and maps for the states and capitals of the MW Region last week. Students should also have their flashcards that we made last week, and these should all continue to be kept together in a Ziploc or plastic baggie. Students will be working with some practice sheets and maps for the states and capitals for this region as well. We will also be reviewing, practicing and preparing for our test this week on the MW Region. To prepare for our test, we will focus on a MW Region map review sheet and practice our flashcards. We will also work on the study guide review sheets for this region, and discuss and go over these review sheets together. We will play a review game to get ready for our test as well. *We will have our test on the geography information, states and capitals of the Midwest Region this week on Wednesday, April 5th.* Students should study their MW region maps, review sheets, geography study guide as well as their states and capitals flashcards in preparation for the test on Wednesday of this week.

Also, in Social Studies this week, we will begin to focus on our study of the states of the Northeast Region. Students will be given a study guide, map and flashcard sheets for the states of the NE Region. Students will be using their sheets to make their flashcards, and these should all be kept together in a Ziploc or plastic baggie. Students will be working with some practice sheets and maps of this region as well. We will also be preparing for our quiz next week. To prepare for our quiz, we will focus on a NE Region map sheet and practice our flashcards. We will also work on the study guide sheets for this region, and discuss and go over these sheets together. This week, we will practice locating and labeling. We will have our quiz on the states of the NE Region next week on Wednesday, April 12th. Students should study their maps, study guide review sheets and state flashcards in preparation for the quiz next week.

In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 29 spelling words. We will have our twenty-ninth spelling test this Friday, April 7th on Unit 29.

*Reminders*

  • We have the School Band Concert on Tuesday of this week.
  • Also, there will be Special Lunch on Wednesday, April 5th.
  • Friday Folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the quizzes/tests that are in the folder. Also, the Friday Folder should be signed and returned on Monday of next week.

I hope you have a fantastic week!! :)

Week of March 27th - 31st

Posted on Mar 27, 2017

Hello!

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!!

In Reading last week, we continued our study of Unit 4 by beginning to focus on the play: Blame It on the Wolf.  Our skill that we focused on for last week was: Compare and Contrast. We learned about strategies for comparing and contrasting and worked with examples that focus on this skill. We worked with the Vocabulary for our story last week as well. We also worked on workbook pages that focused on practice with compare and contrast as well as the vocabulary words for our story. We focused on a word study last week (Word Study: Possessives) as well as worked and practiced with certain kinds of text that can be found throughout the play: Blame It on the Wolf. Students located examples of these kinds of words in our play and discussed the different ways that these kinds of words are formed. Last week, we worked with the comprehension questions that relate to our play, as well as focused on how we can find evidence in our play. We also worked on how we can find our evidence for our answers to the play review questions as well as located our evidence for our questions that focus on our Blame It on the Wolf play for last week. We also reviewed for our test last week. Students had their Reading test that focused on our play: Blame It on the Wolf, on Friday. Students studied their vocabulary, notes and comprehension review questions in preparation for the test on Friday. We also worked on practicing with SLAM. Last week, we also worked with Raz Kids for Reading Comprehension practice on the ipads as well as worked on some other activities. 

In Reading this week, we will continue our study of Unit 4 by continuing to focus on the play: Blame It on the Wolf.  Our skill that we will be continuing to focus on for this week is: Compare and Contrast. We will be learning about strategies for comparing and contrasting and working with examples that focus on this skill. We will be working with the Vocabulary for our story this week as well. We will also be working on workbook pages that focus on practice with compare and contrast as well as the vocabulary words for our story. We will be focusing on a word study this week (Word Study: Contractions) as well as working and practicing with certain kinds of text that can be found throughout the play: Blame It on the Wolf. Students will be locating examples of these kinds of words in our play and discussing the different ways that these kinds of words are formed. This week, we will be working with how we can find evidence in our play. We will also be performing our play from last week: Blame It on the Wolf. Students will work in their small groups, and will be assigned some scenes from our play to perform for the class. Students will also choose their roles and characters for their performance of our play. Students in the audience will be assigned to work on writing and recording two interesting facts about each group's scene performance as well as their favorite part for each scene of the play performance in their Reading notebooks. As a class, we will also discuss the different themes that relate to our play. *Students will not have a Reading test this Friday, March 31st.* We will also be working on practicing with SLAM this week. This week, we will also be working with Raz Kids for Reading Comprehension practice on the ipads as well as working on some other activities. 

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students were assigned their seventh book report this year, for the month of March. *For this seventh “March Book Report,” students can choose a Fantasy (fiction) book of their choice.* Students were also given the format for the March Book Report. *The March Fantasy Book Report will be due by this upcoming Tuesday, March 28th.* *Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.*

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on 8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading. At least 1 of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a nonfiction book. There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken.

*Students should now be working on reading books and taking AR quizzes for their 3rd trimester AR requirement.*

4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – The Due Dates for the 3rd Trimester are:

2 books and AR quizzes were due by this past Friday, March 17th.

*2 more books and AR quizzes (total of 4 books all together) are due by this upcoming Monday, April 3rd.*

2 more books and AR quizzes (for a total of 6 books all together) are due by Friday, April 28th.

2 more books and AR quizzes (for a total of 8 books all together including at least one nonfiction book) are due by Friday, May 26th.

Happy Reading! :)

In Social Studies last week, we began focusing on our study of the different regions of the United States. Last week, we began to focus on the states of the Midwest Region. Students were given a study guide, map and flashcard sheets for the states and capitals of the Midwest Region. Students used their sheets to make their flashcards, and these should all be kept together in a Ziploc or plastic baggie. Students worked with some practice sheets and maps of this region as well. We also reviewed and prepared for our quiz last week. To prepare for our quiz, we focused on a MW Region map review sheet and practiced our flashcards. We also worked on the study guide sheets for this region. We also discussed and went over these review sheets together. Last week, we reviewed and practiced to prepare for our quiz as well. We had our quiz on the states of the Midwest Region last week on Friday. Students should have studied their maps, study guide review sheets and flashcards in preparation for the quiz this past Friday. This material focused on the states of the Midwest Region, and next week, we will focus on the capitals.

In Social Studies this week, we will continue focusing on the different regions of the United States. This week, we will begin to focus on the capitals of the Midwest Region. Students will be given a study guide, map and flashcard sheets for the states and capitals of the Midwest Region. Students used their sheets to make their flashcards last week, and these should all continue to be kept together in a Ziploc or plastic baggie. Students will be working with some practice sheets and maps of the capitals for this region as well. We will also be reviewing and preparing for our quiz this week. To prepare for our quiz, we will focus on a MW Region map review sheet and practice our capitals flashcards. We will also work on the study guide sheets for this region. We will also discuss and go over these review sheets together. This week, we will review and practice to prepare for our quiz as well. We will also play a review game to get ready for our quiz on Thursday. *We will have our quiz on the capitals of the Midwest Region this week on Thursday, March 30th.* Students should study their maps, study guide review sheets and flashcards in preparation for the quiz on Thursday.

This week, we will also continue to focus on our study of Lesson 1 of Unit 3 of our textbook. We will continue to review our material and Vocabulary for Unit 3 - Lesson 1. This lesson focuses on the Geography of the Midwest Region of the United States. This week, we will continue focusing on Sections A-D of Unit 3 - Lesson 1 by working on the Check Understanding Questions. We will work on answering the Check Understanding Questions for Sections A-D of Lesson 1 in a paragraph format using complete sentences in our notebook. Students will also work on answering an extended response question for Lesson 1 that will focus on the geography (of our region-the Midwest Region) where we live. The extended response question will focus on some ways in which the geography of the Midwest region drew people to settle in this region. Students will be writing and answering about different aspects that describe the geography of the Midwest Region. To review and prepare for our test on Wednesday of next week, students will work on the Check Understanding Review Questions for Lesson 1 of Unit 3. We will finish working on the Check Understanding questions next week, as well as continue to review for our test on Wednesday.

In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 28 spelling words. We will have our twenty-eighth spelling test this Friday, March 31st on Unit 28.

*Reminders*

  • Our class will be going to the Book Fair on Wednesday, March 29th! :)
  • Friday Folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the quizzes/tests that are in the folder. Also, the Friday Folder should be signed and returned on Monday of next week.

I hope you have a fantastic week!! :)

Week of March 20th - 24th

Posted on Mar 21, 2017

Hello!

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend and had a wonderful St. Patrick's Day!!

In Reading last week, we began our study of Unit 4 by beginning to focus on the story: Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man.  Our skill that we focused on for last week was: Text Structure. We learned about strategies for text structure and working with examples that focus on this skill. We also worked with the Vocabulary for our story this week as well. We also worked on workbook pages that focus on practice with text structure as well as the vocabulary words for our story. We focused on a word study this week (Word Study: Possessives) as well as worked and practiced with certain kinds of text that can be found throughout the story: Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man. Students located examples of these kinds of words in our story and discussing the different ways that these kinds of words are formed. Last week, we worked with the comprehension questions that relate to our story, as well as focused on how we can find evidence in our story. We also worked on how we can find our evidence for our answers to the story review questions as well as located our evidence for our questions that focused on our Lou Gehrig story for last week. We also reviewed for our test last week. Students had their Reading test that focused on our story: Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man, last Friday. Students studied their vocabulary, notes and comprehension review questions in preparation for the test on Friday. Last week, we also worked with Raz Kids for Reading Comprehension practice on the ipads as well as worked on some activities for St. Patrick's Day. We also worked on practicing with SLAM last week.

In Reading this week, we will continue our study of Unit 4 by beginning to focus on the play: Blame It on the Wolf.  Our skill that we will be focusing on for this week is: Compare and Contrast. We will be learning about strategies for comparing and contrasting and working with examples that focus on this skill. We will be working with the Vocabulary for our story this week as well. We will also be working on workbook pages that focus on practice with compare and contrast as well as the vocabulary words for our story. We will be focusing on a word study this week (Word Study: Possessives) as well as working and practicing with certain kinds of text that can be found throughout the play: Blame It on the Wolf. Students will be locating examples of these kinds of words in our play and discussing the different ways that these kinds of words are formed. This week, we will be working with the comprehension questions that relate to our play, as well as focusing on how we can find evidence in our play. We will also be working on how we can find our evidence for our answers to the play review questions as well as locating our evidence for our questions that focus on our Blame It on the Wolf play for this week. We will also review for our test this week. *Students will have their Reading test that will focus on our play: Blame It on the Wolf, on Friday, March 24th.* Students should study their vocabulary, notes and comprehension review questions in preparation for the test on Friday. We will also be working on practicing with SLAM this week. This week, we will also be working with Raz Kids for Reading Comprehension practice on the ipads as well as working on some other activities. 

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students were assigned their seventh book report this year, for the month of March. *For this seventh “March Book Report,” students can choose a Fantasy (fiction) book of their choice.* Students were also given the format for the March Book Report last week. *The March Fantasy Book Report will be due on Tuesday, March 28th.* *Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.*

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on 8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading. At least 1 of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a nonfiction book. There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken.

*Students should now be working on reading books and taking AR quizzes for their 3rd trimester AR requirement.*

4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – The Due Dates for the 3rd Trimester are:

2 books and AR quizzes were due by this past Friday, March 17th.

*2 more books and AR quizzes (total of 4 books all together) are due by Monday, April 3rd.*

2 more books and AR quizzes (for a total of 6 books all together) are due by Friday, April 28th.

2 more books and AR quizzes (for a total of 8 books all together including at least one nonfiction book) are due by Friday, May 26th.

Happy Reading! :)

In Social Studies last week, we continued focusing on our study of Lesson 3 of Unit 2 of our textbook. This lesson focused on the different kinds of weather and climate of the United States. We continued focusing on the Vocabulary for Lesson 3 of Unit 2 of our textbook. Last week, we continued focusing on Sections A-D of Lesson 3 by working on the Check Understanding Questions. We worked on answering the Check Understanding Questions for Sections A-D of Lesson 3 in complete sentences in our notebook. Students also worked on answering an extended response question for Lesson 3 that focused on the climate (of our region) where we live and ways that people can adapt to the climate. We also reviewed and prepared for our test last week. To review, we focused on and practiced the vocabulary, and worked on the study guide review questions for this lesson. We also discussed and went over the study guide review questions together. Last week, we played a review game to prepare for our test as well. We had our test on Lesson 3 of Unit 2 last week on Thursday. Students studied their vocabulary, notes, review questions and study guides in preparation for the test on Thursday.

In Social Studies this week, we will begin focusing on the different regions of the United States. This week, we will begin to focus on the states of the Midwest Region. Students will be given a study guide, map and flashcard sheets for the states and capitals of the Midwest Region. Students will be using their sheets to make their flashcards, and these should all be kept together in a Ziploc or plastic baggie. Students will be working with some practice sheets and maps of this region as well. We will also be reviewing and preparing for our quiz this week. To prepare for our quiz, we will focus on a MW Region map review sheet and practice our flashcards. We will also work on the study guide sheets for this region. We will also discuss and go over these review sheets together. This week, we will review and practice to prepare for our quiz as well. *We will have our quiz on the states of the Midwest Region this week on Friday, March 24th.* Students should study their maps, study guide review sheets and flashcards in preparation for the quiz on Friday.

In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 27 spelling words. We will have our twenty-seventh spelling test this Friday, March 24th on Unit 27.

*Reminders*

  • Students may wear a "touch of red" on Monday, March 20th, in honor of St. Joseph's Day.
  • Friday Folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the quizzes/tests that are in the folder. Also, the Friday Folder should be signed and returned on Monday of next week.

I hope you have a fantastic week!! :)

Week of March 13th - 17th

Posted on Mar 13, 2017

Hello!

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend and had a wonderful time at the Southside Irish Parade!

In Reading last week, we finished up our focus on Unit 3 by focusing on and reviewing some of our skills from Unit 3. Some of our skills that we continued to focus on and review from last week were: evaluating information, drawing conclusions, analyzing information, context clues, analyzing an article, word study (consonant sounds), and research/study skills. We worked on, practiced and discussed these skills as well as focused our word study and research/study skills. We learned about strategies for these skills and worked with examples that focused on them. We also worked with 2 nonfiction paired articles that focus on winter health and safety for close reading. We used these articles to practice our analyzing, reading comprehension and close reading skills. Last week, we worked with the Vocabulary words for these 2 articles as well as focused on some close reading questions about them. We also worked on how we can find our evidence for our answers to the article questions as well as located our evidence for our articles that focus on winter health and safety. Last week, we also worked with Raz Kids for Reading Comprehension practice on the ipads as well. We also worked on practicing with SLAM last week.

In Reading this week, we will begin our study of Unit 4 by beginning to focus on the story: Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man.  Our skill that we will be focusing on for this week is: Text Structure. We will be learning about strategies for text structure and working with examples that focus on this skill. We will be working with the Vocabulary for our story this week as well. We will also be working on workbook pages that focus on practice with text structure as well as the vocabulary words for our story. We will be focusing on a word study this week (Word Study: Possessives) as well as working and practicing with certain kinds of text that can be found throughout the story: Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man. Students will be locating examples of these kinds of words in our story and discussing the different ways that these kinds of words are formed. This week, we will be working with the comprehension questions that relate to our story, as well as focusing on how we can find evidence in our story. We will also be working on how we can find our evidence for our answers to the story review questions as well as locating our evidence for our questions that focus on our Lou Gehrig story for this week. We will also review for our test this week. *Students will have their Reading test that will focus on our story: Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man, on Friday, March 17th.* Students should study their vocabulary, notes and comprehension review questions in preparation for the test on Friday. We will also be working on practicing with SLAM this week. This week, we will also be working with Raz Kids for Reading Comprehension practice on the ipads as well as working on some activities for St. Patrick's Day. 

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students will be assigned their seventh book report this year, for the month of March. *For this seventh “March Book Report,” students can choose a Fantasy (fiction) book of their choice.* Students will be given the format for the March Book Report this week. *The March Fantasy Book Report will be due on Tuesday, March 28th.* *Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.*

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on 8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading. At least 1 of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a nonfiction book. There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken.

*Students should now be working on reading books and taking AR quizzes for their 3rd trimester AR requirement.*

4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – The Due Dates for the 3rd Trimester are:

*2 books and AR quizzes are due by this upcoming Friday, March 17th.*

2 more books and AR quizzes (total of 4 books all together) are due by Monday, April 3rd.

2 more books and AR quizzes (for a total of 6 books all together) are due by Friday, April 28th.

2 more books and AR quizzes (for a total of 8 books all together including at least one nonfiction book) are due by Friday, May 26th.

Happy Reading! :)

In Social Studies last week, we began focusing on our study of Lesson 3 of Unit 2 of our textbook. This lesson focuses on the different kinds of weather and climate of the United States. We began focusing on and discussing the Vocabulary for Lesson 3 of Unit 2 of our textbook. Last week, we also began working on reading and discussing Sections A-D of Lesson 3. We also worked on answering the Section Review Questions for Sections A-D of Lesson 3 in complete sentences in our notebook as well. We also began preparing for our test this week. We will have our test on Lesson 3 of Unit 2 this week on Thursday, March 16th. Students should study their vocabulary, notes, review questions and study guides in preparation for the test this week.

In Social Studies this week, we will continue focusing on Lesson 3 of Unit 2 of our textbook. This lesson focuses on the different kinds of weather and climate of the United States. We will continue focusing on the Vocabulary for Lesson 3 of Unit 2 of our textbook. This week, we will continue focusing on Sections A-D of Lesson 3 by working on the Check Understanding Questions. We will work on answering the Check Understanding Questions for Sections A-D of Lesson 3 in complete sentences in our notebook. Students will also work on answering an extended response question for Lesson 3 that focuses on the climate (of our region) where we live and ways that people can adapt to the climate. We will also be reviewing and preparing for our test this week. To review, we will focus on and practice the vocabulary, and work on the study guide review questions for this lesson. We will also discuss and go over the study guide review questions together. This week, we will play a review game to prepare for our test as well. *We will have our test on Lesson 3 of Unit 2 this week on Thursday, March 16th.* Students should study their vocabulary, notes, review questions and study guides in preparation for the test on Thursday.

In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 26 spelling words. We will have our twenty-sixth spelling test this Friday, March 17th on Unit 26.

*Reminders*

  • Students may wear a "touch of green" on Friday, March 17th, to celebrate St. Patrick's Day! :)
  • Friday Folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the quizzes/tests that are in the folder. Also, the Friday Folder should be signed and returned on Monday of next week.

I hope you have a fantastic week and Happy St. Patrick's Day!! :)

Week of March 6th - 10th

Posted on Mar 13, 2017

Hello!

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend!

In Reading last week, we focused on and reviewed our skills from Unit 3. Some of our skills that we reviewed and focused on from last week were: main idea and supporting details, generalizing, context clues, predicting, drawing conclusions, word study and research/study skills. We worked on, practiced and discussed these skills as well as focused our word and study skills. Last week, we also took our Unit 3 Skills test. We also worked with Raz Kids for Reading Comprehension practice.

In Reading this week, we will finish up our focus on Unit 3 by focusing on and reviewing some of our skills. Our skills that we will be continuing to focus on and review this week are: evaluating information, drawing conclusions, analyzing information, context clues, analyzing an article, word study (consonant sounds), and research/study skills. We will be learning about strategies for these skills and working with examples that focus on them. We will also be working with 2 nonfiction paired articles that focus on winter health and safety for close reading. We will use these articles to practice our analyzing, reading comprehension and close reading skills. This week, we will be working with the Vocabulary words for these 2 articles as well as focusing on some close reading questions about them. We will also be working on how we can find our evidence for our answers to the article questions as well as locating our evidence for our articles that focus on winter health and safety. This week, we will also be working with Raz Kids for Reading Comprehension practice on the ipads as well. We will also be working on practicing with SLAM this week.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students will be assigned their seventh book report this year, for the month of March. *For this seventh “March Book Report,” students can choose a Fantasy (fiction) book of their choice.* Students will be given the format for the March Book Report next week. *The March Fantasy Book Report will be due on Tuesday, March 28th.* *Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.*

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on 8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading. At least 1 of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a nonfiction book. There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken.

*Students should now be working on reading books and taking AR quizzes for their 3rd trimester AR requirement.*

4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – The Due Dates for the 3rd Trimester are:

*2 books and AR quizzes are due by next Friday, March 17th.*

2 more books and AR quizzes (total of 4 books all together) are due by Monday, April 3rd.

2 more books and AR quizzes (for a total of 6 books all together) are due by Friday, April 28th.

2 more books and AR quizzes (for a total of 8 books all together including at least one nonfiction book) are due by Friday, May 26th.

Happy Reading! :)

In Social Studies last week, we finished up our study of Lesson 2 of Unit 2 of our textbook, which focused on the regions of the United States. Last week, we worked on reviewing and preparing for our test on Lesson 2. To review, we worked on the Check Understanding Questions for this lesson. We also focused on and reviewed the vocabulary, and worked on the study guide review questions for this lesson. We also discussed and went over the study guide review questions together. Last week, we played a review game to prepare for our test as well. We took our Lesson 2 test on Friday of last week. We also worked on the Vocabulary for our next lesson (Lesson 3) as well.

In Social Studies this week, we will begin focusing on Lesson 3 of Unit 2 of our textbook. This lesson focuses on the different kinds of weather and climate of the United States. We will begin focusing on the vocabulary for Lesson 3 of Unit 2 of our textbook. This week, we will begin working on reading and discussing Sections A-D of Lesson 3. We will also work on answering the Section Review Questions for Sections A-D of Lesson 3 in complete sentences in our notebook. We will also be preparing for our test next week. We will have our test on Lesson 3 of Unit 2 next week on Thursday, March 16th. Students should study their vocabulary, notes, review questions and study guides in preparation for the test next week.

In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 25 spelling words. We will have our twenty-fifth spelling test this Friday, March 10th on Unit 25.

*Reminders*

  • Friday Folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the quizzes/tests that are in the folder. Also, the Friday Folder should be signed and returned on Monday of next week.

I hope you have a fantastic week!! :)

Week of February 27th - March 3rd

Posted on Feb 28, 2017

Hello!

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend!

In Reading last week, we focused on our skills from Unit 3. Our skills that we began reviewing and focusing on from last week were: context clues, drawing conclusions, generalizing and predicting. Last week, we worked on, practiced and discussed these skills as well as focused our word and study skills. We began reviewing for our Unit 3 Skills test last week.

In Reading this week, we will continue to focus on our stories and skills from Unit 3. Our skills that we will be continuing to focus on and review this week are: context clues, generalizing, predicting, and drawing conclusions. We will be learning about strategies for these skills and working with examples that focus on them. We will also be working on a workbook pages that focus on practice with our skills from Unit 3. We will be focusing on word study this week (example-Word Study: Plurals, Base Words and Consonant Sounds) as well as working and practicing with certain kinds of text that can be found throughout our stories from Unit 3. Students will be locating examples of these kinds of words and discussing the different ways that these kinds of words are formed. This week, we will be working with how we can find evidence for our answers to the pages that focus on Unit 3. We will also review for our Skills test this week. *Students will have their Unit 3 Reading Skills test this Thursday, March 2nd.* We will also be working on practicing with SLAM this week. This week, we will also be working with Raz Kids for Reading Comprehension practice on the ipads as well.

This week, we will also be reviewing and focusing on some word studies. We will be working and practicing with certain kinds of words and text that relate to certain word study skills and can also be found throughout our stories from Unit 3. Some of our word studies for this week focus on: Plurals and Base Words. Students will be locating examples of these kinds of words that are found in our story and discussing the different ways that these kinds of words are formed. Students will also be working on workbook pages that focus on these word study skills. We will also be working on practicing with SLAM this week.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students were assigned their sixth book report for the month of February. *For this sixth “February Book Report,” students can choose a Biography (nonfiction) book of their choice.* Students were also given the format for the February Book Report as well. *The February Biography Book Report will be due this week, on Wednesday, March 1st.* *Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.*

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on 8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading. At least 1 of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a nonfiction book. There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken.

*Students should now be working on reading books and taking AR quizzes for their 3rd trimester AR requirement.*

4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – The Due Dates for the 2nd Trimester were:

2 books and AR quizzes were due on Thursday, December 1st.

2 more books and AR quizzes (total of 4 books all together) were due by Thursday, December 22nd.

2 more books and AR quizzes (for a total of 6 books all together) were due by Friday, January 27th.

*2 more books and AR quizzes (for a total of 8 books all together including at least one nonfiction book) were due by Friday, February 17th.*

Happy Reading! :)

In Social Studies last week, we began our focus on Lesson 2 of Unit 2. We began focusing on the vocabulary for Lesson 2 of Unit 2 of our textbook. Lesson 2 focuses on the regions of the United States. Last week, we also worked on reading and discussing Sections A-C of Lesson 2 as well as our Section Review Questions for Lesson 2 in our notebook. We reviewed and prepared for our test on Lesson 2 and will have our test this week as well.

In Social Studies this week, we will continue focusing on Lesson 2 of Unit 2 of our textbook. This lesson focuses on the different kinds of regions of the United States. This week, we will work on reviewing and discussing Lesson 2. We will also be preparing for our test this week. We will work on the Check Understanding Questions, an extended response question as well as our Study Guide Questions for our review of Lesson 2. We will also play a review game to prepare for our test on Friday.  *We will have our test on Lesson 2 of Unit 2 this week on Friday, March 3rd.* Students should study their vocabulary, notes, review questions and study guides in preparation for the test on Friday of this week.

In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 24 spelling words. *This is a review unit.* We will have our twenty-fourth spelling test this Friday, March 3rd on Unit 24.

*Reminders*

  • We begin the 3rd Trimester on Monday of this week, 2/27.
  • We will have Special Lunch on Wednesday, 3/1.
  • Our Mass for Ash Wednesday will be at 10 AM on Wednesday, 3/1.
  • Also, the 2nd Trimester Report Cards will be distributed on Wednesday, 3/1. Please sign and return the Report Card Envelope on Thursday, 3/2.
  • Friday Folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the quizzes/tests that are in the folder. Also, the Friday Folder should be signed and returned on Monday of next week.

I hope you have a fantastic week!! :)

Week of February 20th - 24th

Posted on Feb 21, 2017

Hello!

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend!

In Reading last week, we focused on our fifth story in Unit 3: Rikki-Tikki-Tavi. Our skill that we focused on from last week was: Drawing Conclusions. Last week, we worked on and discussed our comprehension questions as well as studied our vocabulary for our story. We also reviewed for our test on Rikki-Tikki-Tavi last week.

In Reading this week, we will continue to focus on our stories and skills from Unit 3. Our skills that we will be focusing on and reviewing this week are: . We will be learning about strategies for these skills and working with examples that focus on them. We will also be working on a workbook pages that focus on practice with our skills from Unit 3. We will be focusing on word study this week (example-Word Study: Plurals) as well as working and practicing with certain kinds of text that can be found throughout our stories from Unit 3. Students will be locating examples of these kinds of words and discussing the different ways that these kinds of words are formed. This week, we will be working with how we can find evidence for our answers to the pages that focus on Unit 3. We will also review for our Skills test next week. *Students will not have a Reading test this Friday, February 24th.* We will also be working on practicing with SLAM this week. This week, we will also be working with Raz Kids for Reading Comprehension practice on the ipads as well.

This week, we will also be reviewing and focusing on some word studies. We will be working and practicing with certain kinds of words and text that relate to certain word study skills and can also be found throughout our stories from Unit 3. Some of our word studies for this week focus on: Plurals, and Base Words. Students will be locating examples of these kinds of words that are found in our story and discussing the different ways that these kinds of words are formed. Students will also be working on workbook pages that focus on these word study skills. We will also be working on practicing with SLAM this week.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students were assigned their sixth book report for the month of February. *For this sixth “February Book Report,” students can choose a Biography (nonfiction) book of their choice.* Students were also given the format for the February Book Report as well. *The February Biography Book Report will be due next week, on Wednesday, March 1st.* *Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.*

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on 8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading. At least 1 of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a nonfiction book. There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken.

*Students should now be working on reading books and taking AR quizzes for their 2nd trimester AR requirement.*

4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 2nd Trimester so far:

2 books and AR quizzes were due on Thursday, December 1st.

2 more books and AR quizzes (total of 4 books all together) were due by Thursday, December 22nd.

2 more books and AR quizzes (for a total of 6 books all together) were due by Friday, January 27th.

*2 more books and AR quizzes (for a total of 8 books all together including at least one nonfiction book) were due by this past Friday, February 17th.*

Happy Reading! :)

In Social Studies last week, we finished up our focus on Lesson 1 of Unit 2. We also began focusing on Lesson 2 of Unit 2 of our textbook. Lesson 1 focused on the geography and landforms of the United States. Last week, we also worked on answering the Check Understanding Questions as well as our Study Guide Review Questions for Lesson 1. We reviewed and prepared for our test on Lesson 1 and had our test last week as well. We also worked on an article and questions (that focused on Abraham Lincoln) for Presidents Day.

In Social Studies this week, we will continue focusing on Lesson 2 of Unit 2 of our textbook. This lesson focuses on the of the United States. This week, we will work on reading and discussing Sections A-C of Lesson 2. We will also be reviewing and preparing for our test next week. We will have our test on Lesson 2 of Unit 2 next week on Friday, March 3rd. Students should study their vocabulary, notes, review questions and study guides in preparation for the test on Friday of next week.

In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 23 spelling words. We will have our twenty-third spelling test this Friday, February 24th on Unit 23.

*Reminders*

  • Friday Folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the quizzes/tests that are in the folder. Also, the Friday Folder should be signed and returned on Monday of next week.

I hope you have a fantastic week!! :)

Week of February 13th - 17th

Posted on Feb 13, 2017

Hello!

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend!

The students did a great job presenting on their Paper Bag Book Report and State Brochure projects! :)

In Reading last week, we focused on our fourth story in Unit 3: The Storm. Our skill that we focused on from last week was: predicting. Last week, we worked on and discussed our comprehension questions as well as studied our vocabulary for our story. We also reviewed for our test on The Storm last week.

In Reading this week, we will begin to focus on our fifth story in Unit 3: Rikki-Tikki-Tavi. Our skill that we will be focusing on this week is: Drawing Conclusions. We will be learning about strategies for drawing conclusions and working with examples that focus on this skill. We will also be working on a workbook page that focuses on practice with drawing conclusions. We will be focusing on a word study this week (Word Study: Base Words) as well as working and practicing with certain kinds of text that can be found throughout the story: Rikki-Tikki-Tavi. Students will be locating examples of these kinds of words in our story and discussing the different ways that these kinds of words are formed. This week, we will be working with the comprehension questions that relate to our story, as well as focusing on how we can find evidence in our story. We will also review for our test this week. *Students will have their Reading test that will focus on our story: Rikki-Tikki-Tavi on Friday, February 17th.* Students should study their vocabulary, notes and comprehension review questions in preparation for the test on Friday. We will also be working on practicing with SLAM this week. This week, we will also be working with Raz Kids for Reading Comprehension practice on the ipads as well.

This week, we will be focusing on a word study. We will be working and practicing with certain kinds of words and text that relate to this word study skill and can also be found throughout the story from this week. Our word study for this week focuses on Base Words. Students will be locating examples of these kinds of words that are found in our story and discussing the different ways that these kinds of words are formed. Students will also be working on a workbook page that focuses on this word study skill. We will also be working on practicing with SLAM this week.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students were assigned their sixth book report for the month of February. *For this sixth “February Book Report,” students can choose a Biography (nonfiction) book of their choice.* Students were also given the format for the February Book Report as well. *The February Biography Book Report will be due on Wednesday, March 1st.* *Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.*

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on 8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading. At least 1 of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a nonfiction book. There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken.

*Students should now be working on reading books and taking AR quizzes for their 2nd trimester AR requirement.*

4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 2nd Trimester so far:

2 books and AR quizzes were due on Thursday, December 1st.

2 more books and AR quizzes (total of 4 books all together) were due by Thursday, December 22nd.

2 more books and AR quizzes (for a total of 6 books all together) were due by Friday, January 27th.

*2 more books and AR quizzes (for a total of 8 books all together including at least one nonfiction book) are due by this Friday, February 17th.*

Happy Reading! :)

In Social Studies last week, we finished up presenting our State Brochure Projects. We also began focusing on Lesson 1 of Unit 2 of our textbook. Lesson 1 focuses on the geography and landforms of the United States. We began reading and discussing Sections A-D of Lesson 1 last week. We also began working on answering the review questions from each section of Lesson 1.

In Social Studies this week, we will continue focusing on Lesson 1 of Unit 2 of our textbook. This lesson focuses on the geography and landforms of the United States. This week, we will work on the Check Understanding review questions as well as our Study Guide review questions for Lesson 1. We will also be reviewing and preparing for our test this week. *We will have our test on Lesson 1 of Unit 2 on Thursday, February 16th.* Students should study their vocabulary, notes, review questions and study guides in preparation for the test on Thursday of this week.

In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 22 spelling words. We will have our twenty-second spelling test this Friday, February 17th on Unit 22.

*Reminders*

  • On Tuesday, February 14th, we will celebrate Valentines Day! Students may wear a touch of red with their uniform on Tuesday. Also, students may bring in treats, candy and/or Valentines. We have 22 students in our homeroom. Thank you!! :)
  • Also, we will have "Penny Wars" that students can participate in this week, from Tuesday-Friday. Students are encouraged to bring in loose change for "Penny Wars" to raise money to purchase protective vests for Chicago Police Officers. Thank you for your generosity!!
  • Friday Folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the quizzes/tests that are in the folder. Also, the Friday Folder should be signed and returned on Monday of next week.

I hope you have a fantastic week and a Happy Valentines Day!! :)

Week of February 6th - 10th

Posted on Feb 06, 2017

Hello!

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend!

The students have been doing a great job presenting on their Paper Bag Book Report and State Brochure projects! The students have also been enjoying writing down their interesting facts and asking some creative questions during our mini question and answer sessions after our presentations! :)

In Reading last week, we finished up working on our Paper Bag Book Reports. Also, students finished up presenting their Paper Bag Book Reports to the class last week! Students continued to bring their book report book with them to class last week while we presented our projects. Also, students continued to focus on some interesting facts about their classmates' Book Reports and writing about these during the presentations last week. We also had mini question and answer sessions after the presentations as well.

In Reading this week, we will begin to focus on our fourth story in Unit 3: The Storm. Our skill that we will be focusing on this week is: Predicting. We will be learning about strategies for predicting and working with examples that focus on this skill. We will be focusing on a word study this week (Consonant Sounds: /j/, /ks/, /kw/) as well as working and practicing with certain kinds of text that can be found throughout the story: The Storm. Students will be locating examples of these kinds of words in our story and discussing the different ways that these kinds of words are formed. This week, we will be working with the comprehension questions that relate to our story, as well as focusing on how we can find evidence in our story. We will also review for our test this week. *Students will have their Reading test that will focus on our story: The Storm on Friday, February 10th.* Students should study their vocabulary, notes and comprehension questions in preparation for the test on Friday. We will also be working on practicing with SLAM this week. This week, we will also be working with Raz Kids for Reading Comprehension practice on the ipads as well.

This week, we will be focusing on a word study. We will be working and practicing with certain kinds of words and text that relate to this word study skill and can also be found throughout the story from this week. Our word study for this week focuses on /j/, /ks/ and /kw/ consonant sounds. Students will be locating examples of these kinds of words that are found in our story and discussing the different ways that these kinds of words are formed. Students will also be working on a workbook page that focuses on this word study skill. We will also be working on practicing with SLAM this week.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. This week, students will be assigned their sixth book report for the month of February. *For this sixth “February Book Report,” students can choose a biography (nonfiction) book of their choice.* Also, we will continue to focus on our January Paper Bag Book Reports in class this week. We will finish up presenting the January Book Reports to the class this week, and students can begin to focus on their February Biography Book Report. *Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.*

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on 8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading. At least 1 of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a nonfiction book. There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken.

*Students should now be working on reading books and taking AR quizzes for their 2nd trimester AR requirement.*

4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 2nd Trimester so far:

2 books and AR quizzes were due on Thursday, December 1st.

2 more books and AR quizzes (total of 4 books all together) were due by Thursday, December 22nd.

2 more books and AR quizzes (for a total of 6 books all together) were due by this past Friday, January 27th.

*2 more books and AR quizzes (for a total of 8 books all together including at least one nonfiction book) are due by next Friday, February 17th.*

Happy Reading! :)

In Social Studies last week, we finished up working on our State Brochure. We also began presenting our State Brochure Projects. We also continued working on our interesting facts about the State Brochure Projects as well.

In Social Studies this week, we will finish up focusing on our State Brochure Projects. Students will finish up presenting their State Brochure Projects to the class this week! Students should continue to bring any materials with them to class this week while we are presenting on our projects. Also, students will be focusing on some interesting facts about their classmates' State Brochure Projects and writing about these during the presentations. We will also have mini question and answer sessions after the presentations. This week, we will also begin our first lesson in Unit 2 of our Social Studies textbook. This lesson focuses on the geography and landforms of the United States.

In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 21 spelling words. We will have our twenty-first spelling test this Friday, February 10th on Unit 21.

*Reminders*

  • Friday Folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the quizzes/tests that are in the folder. Also, the Friday Folder should be signed and returned on Monday of next week.

I hope you have a fantastic week!! :)

Week of January 30th - February 3rd

Posted on Jan 30, 2017

Hello!

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend!

Thank you so much to everyone who was able to come to the Mass and Open House this past Sunday! I really enjoyed seeing all of you at the Open House! I hope everyone enjoyed visiting our classrooms to check out all the wonderful activities and projects that the students have been working very hard on over these past few weeks. The students have been doing a great job on their projects! :)

In Reading last week, we finished up working on our Paper Bag Book Reports. Students brought their book report book with them to class last week while we worked on our projects. We worked on the pictures for our paper bags well as finished up designing the final copy of our Paper Bag Book Reports.

In Reading this week, we will be continuing to focus on our Paper Bag Book Reports. Students will be presenting their Paper Bag Book Reports to the class this week! Students should continue to bring their book report book with them to class this week while we are presenting on our projects. Also, students will be focusing on some interesting facts about their classmates' Book Reports and writing about these during the presentations. We will also have mini question and answer sessions after the presentations. The Paper Bag Book Report was due last week. This week, we will also be working with Raz Kids for Reading Comprehension practice on the ipads as well.

This week, we will be focusing on a word study. We will be working and practicing with certain kinds of words and text that relate to this word study skill and can also be found throughout the story from last week. Our word study for this week focuses on inflected forms with -ed, -ing and -es endings. Students will be locating examples of these kinds of words that are found in our story and discussing the different ways that these kinds of words are formed. Students will also be working on a workbook page that focuses on this word study skill. We will also be working on practicing with SLAM this week.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students were assigned their fifth book report for the month of January. *For this fifth “January Book Report,” students chose a fiction book of their choice. Students should have had their book chosen and read by Tuesday (1/17). We will continue to focus on our book reports in class this week by presenting them to the class. The January Book Report was due by this past Wednesday, January 25th. *Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.*

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on 8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading. At least 1 of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a nonfiction book. There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken.

*Students should now be working on reading books and taking AR quizzes for their 2nd trimester AR requirement.*

4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 2nd Trimester so far:

2 books and AR quizzes were due on Thursday, December 1st.

2 more books and AR quizzes (total of 4 books all together) were due by Thursday, December 22nd.

2 more books and AR quizzes (for a total of 6 books all together) were due by this past Friday, January 27th.

*2 more books and AR quizzes (for a total of 8 books all together including at least one nonfiction book) are due by Friday, February 17th.*

Happy Reading! :)

In Social Studies last week, we finished up our research, finding pictures, and working on the panels for our State Brochure. We also finished up working on designing the final copy of our State Brochure Project. Our State Brochure Projects were due by this past Friday. We also worked on finishing up our Timeline worksheet and our worksheet about important places that focused on Martin Luther King, Jr. last week as well. Our Martin Luther King, Jr. Project (the Timeline and Important Places worksheets) were due by this past Friday.

In Social Studies this week, we will continue focusing on our State Brochure Projects. Students will be presenting their State Brochure Projects to the class this week! Students should continue to bring any materials with them to class this week while we are presenting on our projects. Also, students will be focusing on some interesting facts about their classmates' State Brochure Projects and writing about these during the presentations. We will also have mini question and answer sessions after the presentations. The State Brochure Project was due on Thursday of last week.

In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 20 spelling words. We will have our twentieth spelling test this Friday, February 3rd on Unit 20.

*Reminders*

  • This week is Catholic Schools Week! We are looking forward to all the fun activities for this week!
  • Schedule for Catholic Schools Week: Monday: "Celebrating Our Service" - "Round-Up" for Ronald McDonald House; Out of Uniform - Western Wear - Tuesday: "Celebrating Our Knowledge" - Scientific fun with an assembly - Wednesday: "Celebrating Our Students" - Roll Out of Bed Day; Breakfast, Buddies and Bingo!; Special Lunch; and St. Rita Band Performance this afternoon - Thursday: "Celebrating Our Faculty and Staff"; and Partner Reading - Friday: "Celebrating Our Falcon Spirit, Fun, and "SOUP"er Bowl Sunday" - Please bring in a can of soup to be donated to a local food pantry and wear your favorite football attire or any SJF spirit wear!
  • Friday Folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the quizzes/tests that are in the folder. Also, the Friday Folder should be signed and returned on Monday of next week.

I hope you have a fantastic week!! :)

Week of January 23rd - 27th

Posted on Jan 23, 2017

Hello!

I hope everyone had a great weekend!

In Reading last week, we began to work on our Paper Bag Book Reports. Students brought their book report book with them to class last week while we worked on our projects. We worked on proofreading our rough drafts as well as began to design the final copy of our Paper Bag Book Reports.

In Reading this week, we will be continuing to work on our Paper Bag Book Reports. Students should continue to bring their book report book with them to class this week while we are working on our projects. We will be working on finding our pictures for our bags as well as finishing up designing the final copy of our Book Reports. *The Paper Bag Book Report will be due by the end of class on Wednesday, January 25th.*

This week, we will also continue to focus on our third story in Unit 3: On the Pampas. Our skill that we will be focusing on this week is: Generalizing. We will also be learning about generalizing and working with examples. We will be focusing on a word study this week as well as working and practicing with certain kinds of words and text that can be found throughout the On the Pampas story. Students will be locating examples of these kinds of words in our story and discussing the different ways that these kinds of words are formed. We will also be working with the comprehension questions that relate to our story, as well as focusing on how we can find evidence in our story. We will also be working on practicing with SLAM this week.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students were assigned their fifth book report last week. *For this fifth “January Book Report,” students chose a fiction book of their choice. Students should have had their book chosen and read by Tuesday of last week (1/17). We will continue working on our book reports in class this week. *The January Book Report will be due by this upcoming Wednesday, January 25th.* *Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on 8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading. At least 1 of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a nonfiction book. There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken.

*Students should now be working on reading books and taking AR quizzes for their 2nd trimester AR requirement.*

4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 2nd Trimester so far:

2 books and AR quizzes were due on Thursday, December 1st.

2 more books and AR quizzes (total of 4 books all together) were due by Thursday, December 22nd.

*2 more books and AR quizzes (for a total of 6 books all together) are due by this upcoming Friday, January 27th.*

Happy Reading! :)

In Social Studies last week, we finished up our focus on Lesson 5 in our first unit of our textbook. We also reviewed and prepared for our test last week. Last week, we continued discussing and going over the vocabulary, review questions and study guide for Lesson 5. We also reviewed and prepared for our test last week by playing a review game. We had our test on Lesson 5. We also began researching and finding pictures for our State Brochure Projects last week. We worked on finishing up our MLK timelines as well as began to work on an activity about important places that focuses on Martin Luther King, Jr. as well.

In Social Studies this week, we will continue focusing on our State Brochure Projects. This week, we will finish up our research, as well as continue to work on finding pictures for our State Project. We will also begin to work on designing the final copy of our State Brochure Project. *Our State Brochure Projects will be due by the end of class on Thursday, January 26th.* We will also be working on finishing up our Timeline worksheet and our worksheet about important places that focuses on Martin Luther King, Jr. this week as well. *Our Martin Luther King, Jr. Project (the Timeline and Important Places worksheets) will be due by this upcoming Friday, January 27th.*

In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 19 spelling words. We will have our nineteenth spelling test this Friday, January 27th on Unit 19.

*Reminders*

  • This upcoming Sunday, January 29th, is Open House. All are welcome to come and visit our classrooms to check out the wonderful projects that the students have been working on after the 10 AM Mass. I am looking forward to seeing everyone on Sunday!
  • Friday Folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the quizzes/tests that are in the folder. Also, the Friday Folder should be signed and returned on Monday of next week.

I hope you have a fantastic week!! :)

Week of January 16th - 20th

Posted on Jan 17, 2017

Hello!

I hope everyone enjoyed their 3-day weekend!

In Reading last week, we focused on a review of the skills and concepts from our second story of Unit 3: Marven of the Great North Woods. We also focused on our skill from last week which was: Drawing Conclusions.

In Reading this week, we will be working on our Paper Bag Book Reports. Students should bring their book report book with them to class this week while we are working on our projects. We will be working on proofreading our rough drafts as well as beginning to design the final copy of our Paper Bag Book Reports.

We will also begin to focus on our third story in Unit 3: On the Pampas. Our skill that we will be focusing on this week is: Generalizing. We will also be learning about generalizing and working with examples. We will be focusing on a word study this week as well as working and practicing with certain kinds of words that can be found throughout the On the Pampas story. Students will be locating examples of these kinds of words in our story and discussing the different ways that these kinds of words are formed. We will also be working with the comprehension questions that relate to our story, as well as focusing on how we can find evidence in our story. We will also be working on practicing with SLAM this week.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students will be assigned their fifth book report this week. *For this fifth “January Book Report,” students may choose a fiction book of their choice. Students should have their book chosen and read by Tuesday of this week (1/17). We will begin working on our book reports in class this week. *The January Book Report will be due by next Tuesday, January 24th.* *Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on 8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading. At least 1 of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a nonfiction book. There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken.

*Students should now be working on reading books and taking AR quizzes for their 2nd trimester AR requirement.*

4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 2nd Trimester so far:

2 books and AR quizzes were due on Thursday, December 1st.

2 more books and AR quizzes (total of 4 books all together) were due by Thursday, December 22nd.

*2 more books and AR quizzes (for a total of 6 books all together) are due by Friday, January 27th.*

Happy Reading! :)

In Social Studies last week, we focused on Lesson 5 in our first unit of our textbook. We focused on discussing and reviewing the key concepts of Lesson 5 as well as answering the study guide review questions for this lesson. Students worked on answering the review questions and we went over the study guide together. We also reviewed and prepared for our test this week.

In Social Studies this week, we will continue focusing on Lesson 5 of our textbook. This week, we will continue discussing and going over the vocabulary, review questions and study guide for Lesson 5. We will also be reviewing and preparing for our test this week by playing a review game. *We will have our test on Lesson 5 this Wednesday, January 18th.* *Students should study their vocabulary, review questions and study guide in preparation for the test on Wednesday.* We will also be working on finishing up our MLK timelines as well as beginning to work on an activity about important places that focuses on Martin Luther King, Jr. as well.

In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 18 spelling words. *This is a review unit.* We will have our eighteenth spelling test this Friday, January 20th on Unit 18.

*Reminders*

  • Friday Folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the quizzes/tests that are in the folder. Also, the Friday Folder should be signed and returned on Monday of next week.

I hope you have a fantastic week!! :)

Week of January 9th - 13th

Posted on Jan 09, 2017

Hello!

I hope everyone enjoyed their break, had a wonderful Christmas and had a Happy New Year!

I want to thank all of you for the wonderful Christmas gifts! That was so thoughtful! Thank you also for the generous class Christmas gift! I really appreciate all your kindness and generosity.

In Reading before break, we focused on a review of the skills and concepts from our first story of Unit 3 John Henry. We also focused on examples of figurative language, -er and -est words, as well as SLAM. Before break, we worked on and practiced several skills as well as worked on Reading activities, workbook pages and questions to review some of these skills that we practiced. We learned about and worked with figurative language before break as well as located examples of this throughout the story of John Henry. We also focused on some examples of exaggeration, comparisons, and similes, and worked on coming up with some of our own examples of this type of writing as well. We focused on a word study before break as well as worked and practiced with -er and -est words that can be found throughout the John Henry story. Students located examples of -er and -est words in our story and discussed the different ways that these kinds of words are formed. We also reviewed our skill that we focused on from the week before: making judgments. We reviewed and made judgments about why an author wrote a story as well as reviewed the characteristics of a tall tale. We also practiced SLAM this week as well as worked on an in-class SLAM question that relates to our story, and focuses on how the main character was portrayed as a legend in our story. We also worked with and focused on a Christmas poem, as well as some Christmas activities before break as well.

In Reading this week, we will begin to focus on our second story in Unit 3: Marven of the Great North Woods. Our skill that we will be focusing on this week is: Drawing Conclusions. *Students will have their Reading test that will focus on our story Marven of the Great North Woods on Friday, January 13th.* Students should study their vocabulary, notes and comprehension questions for the test on Friday. We will also be learning about drawing conclusions and working with examples. We will be focusing on a word study this week as well as working and practicing with certain kinds of words that can be found throughout the Marven of the Great North Woods story. Students will be locating examples of these kinds of words in our story and discussing the different ways that these kinds of words are formed. We will also be practicing with SLAM this week, working with questions that relate to our story, as well as focusing on how our main character is portrayed in our story. We will also be working on practicing SLAM this week.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students will be assigned their fifth book report this week. *For this fifth “January Book Report,” students may choose a fiction book of their choice. Students should have their book chosen and read by Tuesday of next week (1/17). We will begin working on our book reports in class next week. *Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on 8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading. At least 1 of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a nonfiction book. There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken.

*Students should now be working on reading books and taking AR quizzes for their 2nd trimester AR requirement.*

4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 2nd Trimester so far:

2 books and AR quizzes were due on Thursday, December 1st.

2 more books and AR quizzes (total of 4 books all together) were due by Thursday, December 22nd.

*2 more books and AR quizzes (for a total of 6 books all together) are due on Friday, January 27th.*

Happy Reading! :)

In Social Studies before break, we focused on Lesson 5 in our first unit of our textbook. We focused on reading and discussing the key concepts of Lesson 5 as well as answering the section review questions for Lesson 5.

In Social Studies this week, we will continue focusing on Lesson 5 of our textbook. This week, we will continue discussing and working on the vocabulary, review questions and key concepts of each of the sections of this lesson. We will also be reviewing and preparing for our test next week. *We will have our test on Lesson 5 next Wednesday, January 18th.* Students should study their vocabulary, review questions and study guide in preparation for the test on Wednesday of next week.

In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 17 spelling words. We will have our seventeenth spelling test this Friday, January 13th on Unit 17.

*Reminders*

  • This Wednesday, January 11th will be special lunch.
  • There will be no school on Monday, January 16th for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!
  • Friday Folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the quizzes/tests that are in the folder. Also, the Friday Folder should be signed and returned on Tuesday of next week.

I hope you have a fantastic week!! :)

Week of December 19th - 23rd

Posted on Dec 19, 2016

Hello!

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

We had our "Ag in the Classroom" presentation last week. The fourth graders really enjoyed the presentation and learned a lot!

In Reading last week, we focused on our story John Henry. Last week, we worked on and practiced several skills throughout our study of John Henry as well as worked on Reading activities and questions to review some of these skills that we practiced. Our skill that we focused on this past week was: Making Judgments.

In Reading this week, we will be continuing to focus on and review concepts that relate to our first story in Unit 3: John Henry. This week, we will be reviewing the skills we practiced throughout our study of John Henry as well as working on Reading activities, workbook pages and questions to review some of the skills that we practiced from our story. We will also be learning about and working with figurative language this week as well as locating examples of this throughout the story of John Henry. We will also be focusing on some examples of exaggeration, comparisons, and similes, and coming up with some of our own examples of this type of writing as well. We will be focusing on a word study this week as well as working and practicing with -er and -est words that can be found throughout the John Henry story. Students will be locating examples of -er and -est words in our story and discussing the different ways that these kinds of words are formed. We will also be reviewing our skill that we focused on from last week: making judgments. We will review and make judgments about why an author wrote a story as well as review the characteristics of a tall tale. We will also be practicing SLAM this week as well as working on an in-class SLAM question that relates to our story, and focuses on how the main character was portrayed as a legend in our story.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students were assigned their fourth book report. Students also received their December Book Report forms with the format as well. *For this fourth “December Book Report,” students may choose a Christmas book of their choice. *The December Book Report will be due this upcoming Wednesday, December 21st.* *Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on 8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading. At least 1 of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a nonfiction book. There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken.

*Students can now be working on reading books and taking AR quizzes for their 2nd trimester AR requirement.*

4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 2nd Trimester so far:

2 books and AR quizzes were due on Thursday, December 1st.

*2 more books and AR quizzes (total of 4 books all together) are due by this upcoming Thursday, December 22nd.*

Happy Reading! :)

In Social Studies last week, we continued our focus of Lesson 4 in our first unit of our textbook. We also focused on a review of the key concepts of Lesson 4 as well as prepared for our test.

In Social Studies this week, we will begin focusing on Lesson 5 of our textbook. This week, we will begin reading, discussing and working on the vocabulary, review questions and key concepts of each of the sections of this lesson. We will have our test on Lesson 5 after we get back from break.

In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 16 spelling words. We will have our sixteenth spelling test this Friday, December 23rd on Unit 16.

*Reminders*

  • This Friday, December 23rd, will be a half day of school, with a dismissal at 11:30 AM.
  • Friday Folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the quizzes/tests that are in the folder. Also, the Friday Folder should be signed and returned on the Monday after break.

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year!! :)

Week of December 12th - 16th

Posted on Dec 09, 2016

Hello!

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend the Mass for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception last week that the fourth graders hosted! The fourth graders worked hard to prepare for this beautiful Mass and did a great job!

In Reading last week, we focused on a review of Unit 2. Last week, we continued our review of the skills we practiced throughout our study of our stories in Unit 2 as well as worked on Reading activities and questions to review some of the skills that we practiced from Unit 2. Some of our skills that we focused on and reviewed this past week were: Visualizing, Cause and Effect, Text Structure, Theme, and Context Clues.

In Reading this week, we will be beginning to focus on our first story in Unit 3: John Henry. Our skill that we will be focusing on this week is: Making Judgments. *Students will have their Reading test on John Henry on Friday, December 16th.* Students should study their vocabulary, notes and comprehension questions for the test on Friday. We will also be practicing SLAM this week.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students were assigned their fourth book report last week. Students also received their December Book Report forms with the format last week as well. *For this fourth “December Book Report,” students may choose a Christmas book of their choice. *The December Book Report will be due Wednesday, December 21st.* *Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on 8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading. At least 1 of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a nonfiction book. There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken.

*Students can now be working on reading books and taking AR quizzes for their 2nd trimester AR requirement.*

4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 2nd Trimester so far:

2 books and AR quizzes were due on Thursday, December 1st.

*2 more books and AR quizzes (total of 4 books all together) are due by Thursday, December 22nd.*

Happy Reading! :)

In Social Studies last week, we began our focus of Lesson 4 in our first unit of our textbook. We read and discussed the vocabulary, review questions and key concepts of this lesson.

In Social Studies this week, we will continue focusing on Lesson 4 of our textbook. We will also be focusing on a review of the key concepts of Lesson 4 as well as preparing for our test this week. *We will have our test on Lesson 4 on Thursday, December 15th.*  Students should study their vocabulary, review questions, and study guide in preparation for the test on Thursday.

In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 15 spelling words. We will have our fifteenth spelling test this Friday, December 16th on Unit 15.

*Reminders*

  • This Thursday, December 15th, there will be a presentation for the fourth grade students called "Ag in the Classroom."
  • Friday Folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the quizzes/tests that are in the folder. Also, the Friday Folder should be signed and returned on Monday.

Hope you have a fantastic week!

Week of December 5th - 9th

Posted on Dec 05, 2016

Hello!

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

In Reading last week, we focused on a review of Unit 2. This week, we will be continuing our review of the skills we practiced throughout our study of our stories in Unit 2 as well as working on Reading activities and questions to review some of the skills that we practiced from Unit 2. Some of our skills that we will be focusing on and reviewing this week are: Visualizing, Cause and Effect, Text Structure, Theme, and Context Clues. We will also be practicing SLAM this week. *Students will have their Unit 2 Skills Test this week on Wednesday, December 7th.*

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students will be assigned their fourth book report this week. Students will also receive their December Book Report forms with the format this week as well. *For this fourth “December Book Report,” students may choose a Christmas book of their choice. *The December Book Report will be due Wednesday, December 21st.* *Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on 8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading. At least 1 of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a nonfiction book. There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken.

*Students can now be working on reading books and taking AR quizzes for their 2nd trimester AR requirement.*

4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 2nd Trimester so far:

2 books and AR quizzes were due on Thursday, December 1st.

*2 more books and AR quizzes (total of 4 books all together) are due by Thursday, December 22nd.*

Happy Reading! :)

In Social Studies last week, we continued our review of Lessons 1-3 in our first unit of our textbook. Last week, we also focused on a review of the key concepts of these lessons as well as prepared for our test. This week, we will begin our focus of Lesson 4. We will be reading and discussing the vocabulary, review questions and key concepts of this lesson.

In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 14 spelling words. We will have our fourteenth spelling test this Friday, December 9th on Unit 14.

*Reminders*

  • Thank you to all of our volunteers who chaperoned on the field trip to the Museum of Science and Industry last week! The students had a blast learning all about the different exhibits at the museum!
  • We will have Special Lunch on Wednesday, December 7th.
  • The fourth grade students will be hosting the Mass for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on Thursday, December 8th at 10:00. All are welcome to attend the Mass.
  • Friday Folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the quizzes/tests that are in the folder. Also, the Friday Folder should be signed and returned on Monday.

Hope you have a fantastic week!

Week of November 28th - December 2nd

Posted on Nov 28, 2016

Hello!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoyed the break!

In Reading last week, we finished up our focus on our novel: The Secrets of Bearhaven. This week, we will be reviewing the skills we practiced through our stories in Unit 2 as well as working on Reading activities and questions to review some of the skills that we practiced from Unit 2. Some of our skills that we will be focusing on and reviewing this week are: Visualizing, Cause and Effect, Text Structure, Theme, and Context Clues. We will also be practicing SLAM this week. Students will have their Unit 2 Skills test next week on Tuesday.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students will be assigned their fourth book report next week. Students will also receive their December Book Report forms with the format next week as well. Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on 8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading. At least 1 of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a nonfiction book. There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken.

*Students can now be working on reading books and taking AR quizzes for their 2nd trimester AR requirement.*

4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 2nd Trimester so far:

*2 books and AR quizzes are due by next Thursday, December 1st.*

Happy Reading! :)

In Social Studies last week, we continued our study of Lesson 2 in our first unit of our textbook. This week, we will be focusing on a review of Lessons 1-3 as well as preparing for our test on Thursday. We will also review the key concepts of Lessons 1-3 this week. *We will have a test that will focus on Lessons 1-3 on Thursday, December 1st.* Students should study their notes, vocabulary, and study guide review questions in preparation for the test on Thursday.

In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 13 spelling words. We will have our thirteenth spelling test this Thursday, December 1st on Unit 13.

*Reminders*

  • Our field trip is this upcoming Wednesday, November 30th. Students should wear their gym uniforms for the field trip (no shorts). Also, students should bring a brown bag lunch with them to the field trip (no glass please). Thank you!
  • Friday Folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the quizzes/tests that are in the folder. Also, the Friday Folder should be signed and returned on Monday.
  • Also, there will be no school on Friday, December 2nd.

Hope you have a fantastic week!

Week of November 21st - 25th

Posted on Nov 18, 2016

Hello!

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

In Reading this week, we will be continuing to focus on our novel: The Secrets of Bearhaven as well as focusing on an article and passage for Thanksgiving. We will also be practicing SLAM this week. *Next week, we will be reviewing and practicing for our Unit 2 Skills Test.*

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students were assigned their third book report, and also received their November Book Report forms with the format. For this third “November Book Report,” students chose a fiction book of their choice. *The Book Report was due by this past Friday, November 18th.* Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on 8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading. At least 1 of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a nonfiction book. There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken.

*Students can now be working on reading books and taking AR quizzes for their 2nd trimester AR requirement.*

4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 2nd Trimester so far:

*2 books and AR quizzes are due by next Thursday, December 1st.*

Happy Reading! :)

In Social Studies last week, we continued our study of Lesson 3 in our first unit of our textbook. Last week, we also reviewed our third lesson of Unit 1. This week, we will be focusing on an article and passage for Thanksgiving. *Next week, we will have a test that will focus on Lessons 1-3 of Unit 1.* Students should study their notes, vocabulary, and review questions in preparation for the test next week.

In Spelling this week, we will not be focusing on a unit. Also, we will not have a Spelling test this week.

*Reminders*

  • Report Cards for the first trimester went home last week. Also, we began the 2nd trimester last week.
  • Our field trip will be coming up next week.

I really enjoyed seeing everyone at Conferences yesterday!

Hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

 

Week of November 14th - 18th

Posted on Nov 11, 2016

Hello!

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

In Reading this week, we will be continuing to focus on our novel: The Secrets of Bearhaven as well as beginning to focus on our fifth story in Unit 2: Komodo Dragons. Our skill that we will be focusing on this week is: Context Clues. We will also be practicing SLAM this week.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students were assigned their third book report. Students also received their November Book Report forms with the format. For this third “November Book Report,” students may choose a fiction book of their choice. *The Book Report will be due by this upcoming Friday, November 18th.* Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on 8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading. At least 1 of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a nonfiction book. There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken.

*Students can now be working on reading books and taking AR quizzes for their 2nd trimester AR requirement.*

4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 1st Trimester:

2 books and AR quizzes were due by Thursday, September 15th.

2 more books were due (total of 4 books all together) and AR quizzes by this past Friday, September 30th.

2 more books were due (total of 6 books all together) and AR quizzes by Friday, October 14th.

*2 more books were due (total of 8 books all together) – All 8 books and AR quizzes for the trimester (including at least one non-fiction book) were due on Friday, November 4th.*

Happy Reading! :)

In Social Studies last week, we continued our study of Lesson 2 in our first unit of our textbook. Last week, we also reviewed our second lesson of Unit 1. This week, we will continue focusing on Lesson 2 as well as begin focusing on Lesson 3. We will also review the key concepts of Lesson 3 this week. *We will have a quiz that will focus on Lesson 3 on Thursday, November 17th.* Students should study their notes, vocabulary, and review questions in preparation for the quiz on Thursday.

In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 12 spelling words. *This is a review unit.* We will have our twelfth spelling test this Friday, November 18th on Unit 12.

*Reminders*

  • Field trip permission forms went home last week. Please fill out, sign and return the field trip forms as soon as possible. Thank you!
  • We begin the 2nd trimester this week. Report Cards for the first trimester will be going home on Wednesday, November 16th. Please sign and return the Report Card envelope to school on Thursday.
  • Conferences will be held next week. If you are not able to make your scheduled time slot, please let me know. Looking forward to seeing everyone next week.
  • Also, Friday Folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the quizzes/tests that are in the folder. Also, the Friday Folder should be signed and returned on Monday.

Hope you have a fantastic week!

Week of November 7th - 11th

Posted on Nov 02, 2016

Hello!

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

In Reading this week, we will be continuing to focus on our novel: Secrets of Bearhaven as well as beginning to focus on our fourth story in Unit 2: The Swimming Hole. Our skill that we will be focusing on this week is: Theme. We will also be practicing SLAM this week.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students were assigned their third book report last week. Students also received their November Book Report forms with the format last week. For this third “November Book Report,” students may choose a fiction book of their choice. *The Book Report will be due on Friday, November 18th.* Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on 8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading. At least 1 of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a nonfiction book. There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken.

4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 1st Trimester:

2 books and AR quizzes were due by Thursday, September 15th.

2 more books were due (total of 4 books all together) and AR quizzes by this past Friday, September 30th.

2 more books were due (total of 6 books all together) and AR quizzes by Friday, October 14th.

*2 more books were due (total of 8 books all together) – All 8 books and AR quizzes for the trimester (including at least one non-fiction book) were due by this past Friday, November 4th.*

Happy Reading! :)

In Social Studies last week, we continued our study of Lesson 1 in our first unit of our textbook. Last week, we also began our second lesson of Unit 1. This week, we will continue focusing on Lesson 2. *We will have a quiz on Lesson 2 on Wednesday, November 9th.* Students should study their notes, vocabulary, and review questions in preparation for the quiz on Wednesday.

In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 11 spelling words. We will have our eleventh spelling test this Friday, November 11th on Unit 11.

*Reminders*

  • Field trip permission forms went home last week. Please fill out, sign and return the field trip forms as soon as possible. Thank you!
  • Also, Friday Folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the quizzes/tests that are in the folder. Also, the Friday Folder should be signed and returned on Monday.

Hope you have a fantastic week!

Week of October 31st - November 4th

Posted on Oct 28, 2016

Hello!

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

In Reading this week, we will be continuing to focus on our novel: Secrets of Bearhaven as well as beginning to focus on our third story in Unit 2: I Love Guinea Pigs. Our skill that we will be focusing on this week is: Text Structure. *Students will have their Reading test on Friday, November 4th.* Students should study their vocabulary, notes and comprehension questions for the test on Friday. We will also be practicing SLAM this week.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students will be assigned their third book report this week. Students will also receive their November Book Report forms with the format this week. For this third “November Book Report,” students may choose a fiction book of their choice. Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on 8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading. At least 1 of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a nonfiction book. There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken.

4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 1st Trimester:

2 books and AR quizzes were due by Thursday, September 15th.

2 more books were due (total of 4 books all together) and AR quizzes by this past Friday, September 30th.

2 more books were due (total of 6 books all together) and AR quizzes by Friday, October 14th.

*2 more books are due (total of 8 books all together) – All 8 books and AR quizzes for the trimester (including at least one non-fiction book) are due by this upcoming Friday, November 4th.*

Happy Reading! :)

In Social Studies last week, we began our study of Lesson 1 in our first unit of our textbook. This week, we will continue focusing on our first lesson of Unit 1 in our textbook. *We will have a quiz on Lesson 1 on Wednesday, November 2nd.* Students should study their notes, vocabulary, and review questions in preparation for the quiz on Wednesday.

In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 10 spelling words. We will have our tenth spelling test this Friday, November 4th on Unit 10.

*Reminders*

  • UNICEF baggies for donations are due back by Monday, October 31st.
  • Also, Friday Folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the quizzes/tests that are in the folder. Also, the Friday Folder should be signed and returned on Monday.

Hope you have a fantastic week!

Week of October 24th - 28th

Posted on Oct 24, 2016

Hello!

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

In Reading this week, we will be continuing to focus on our novel: Secrets of Bearhaven as well as begin to focus on our second story in Unit 2: Big City Dream. Our skill that we will be focusing on this week is: Cause and Effect. *Students will have their Reading test on Friday, October 28th.* Students should study their vocabulary, notes and comprehension questions for the test on Friday. We will also be practicing SLAM this week.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students were assigned their second book report. Students also received their October Book Report forms with the format. For this second “October Book Report,” students may choose a mystery book of their choice. *The October Book Report will be due by this Tuesday, October 25th.* Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on 8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading. At least 1 of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a nonfiction book. There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken.

4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 1st Trimester:

2 books and AR quizzes were due by Thursday, September 15th.

2 more books were due (total of 4 books all together) and AR quizzes by this past Friday, September 30th.

2 more books were due (total of 6 books all together) and AR quizzes by Friday, October 14th.

*2 more books are due (total of 8 books all together) – All 8 books and AR quizzes for the trimester are due by next Friday, November 4th.*

Happy Reading! :)

In Social Studies last week, we finished up our study of the Earth and Map Skills. This week, we will begin focusing on our first lesson of Unit 1 in our textbook. We will also be practicing locating events on a timeline and using concepts related to reading a timeline.

In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 9 spelling words. We will have our ninth spelling test this Friday, October 28th on Unit 9.

*Reminders*

  • UNICEF baggies for donations are due back by Friday, October 28th.
  • Also, Friday Folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the quizzes/tests that are in the folder. Also, the Friday Folder should be signed and returned on Monday.

Hope you have a fantastic week!

Week of October 17th - 21st

Posted on Oct 17, 2016

Hello!

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

In Reading this week, we will be continuing to focus on our novel: Secrets of Bearhaven as well as beginning to focus on our first story in Unit 2: The Cricket in Times Square. Our skill that we will be focusing on this week is: visualizing. *Students will have their Reading test on Friday, October 21st.* Students should study their vocabulary, notes and comprehension questions for the test on Friday. We will also be practicing SLAM this week.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students were assigned their second book report. Students also received their October Book Report forms with the format. For this second “October Book Report,” students may choose a mystery book of their choice. *The October Book Report will be due on Tuesday, October 25th.* Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on 8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading. At least 1 of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a nonfiction book. There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken.

4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 1st Trimester:

2 books and AR quizzes were due by Thursday, September 15th.

2 more books were due (total of 4 books all together) and AR quizzes by this past Friday, September 30th.

2 more books were due (total of 6 books all together) and AR quizzes by this past Friday, October 14th.

*2 more books are due (total of 8 books all together) – All 8 books and AR quizzes for the trimester are due by Friday, November 4th.*

Happy Reading! :)

In Social Studies this week, we will finish up our study of the Earth and Map Skills. We will be focusing on a review of hemispheres, cardinal directions, as well as latitude and longitude this week. We will also be reviewing and practicing locating different places on a map using these concepts. *Students will have their Map Skills Unit Test this week, on Tuesday, October 18th, that will focus on Hemispheres, Cardinal Directions, Latitude and Longitude.* Students should study their grids, notes, practice coordinate problems, and review worksheets in preparation for the unit test on Tuesday.

In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 8 spelling words. We will have our eighth spelling test this Friday, October 21st on Unit 8.

*Reminders*

  • Monday and Tuesday of this week: Fox's Night - Proceeds will go to St. John Fisher School.
  • Scholastic Book Orders are due on Tuesday, October 18th.
  • This week: Students are encouraged to wear "Bows for Beau" - Students may also wear a touch of purple and gold with their uniform to show support for Beau and the Dowling family.
  • Friday Folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the quizzes/tests that are in the folder. Also, the Friday Folder should be signed and returned on Monday.

Hope you have a fantastic week!

Week of October 10th - 14th

Posted on Oct 06, 2016

Hello!

I hope everyone had a wonderful 3-day weekend and enjoyed the day off!

*We all really enjoyed the author visit last week! The fourth graders were very excited to learn more about the Secrets of Bearhaven book series from the author of the series, K.E. Rocha. Students enjoyed a fun and interactive presentation about the book series, learned some interesting facts about our author and even had the opportunity to ask Ms. Rocha some questions of their own during a Q and A session!

In Reading this week, we will be continuing to focus on our novel: Secrets of Bearhaven as well as working on Reading passages and comprehension questions to review some of the skills that we focused on from Unit 1. Some of our skills that we will be practicing and reviewing this week are: Setting, Sequence, Compare and Contrast, Author's Purpose and Character. We will also be practicing SLAM this week. *Students will have their Unit 1 Skills test on Friday, October 14th.*

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students were assigned their second book report last week. Students also received their October Book Report forms with the format last week. For this second “October Book Report,” students may choose a mystery book of their choice. *The October Book Report will be due on Tuesday, October 25th.* Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on 8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading. At least 1 of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a nonfiction book. There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken.

4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 1st Trimester:

2 books and AR quizzes were due by Thursday, September 15th.

2 more books were due (total of 4 books all together) and AR quizzes by this past Friday, September 30th.

*2 more books are due (total of 6 books all together) and AR quizzes by this upcoming Friday, October 14th.*

2 more books are due (total of 8 books all together) – All 8 books and AR quizzes for the trimester are due by Friday, November 4th.

Happy Reading! :)

In Social Studies this week, we will finish up our study of the Earth and Map Skills. We will be focusing on a review of hemispheres, cardinal directions, as well as latitude and longitude this week. We will also be reviewing and practicing locating different places on a map using these concepts. Students will have their unit test next week, on Tuesday, October 18th, that will focus on Hemispheres, Cardinal Directions, Latitude and Longitude. Students should study their grids, notes, practice coordinate problems, and review worksheets in preparation for the unit test next Tuesday.

In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 7 spelling words. We will have our seventh spelling test this Friday, October 14th on Unit 7.

*Reminders*

  • Baby bottles are due by this Thursday, October 13th.
  • This week, SOAR will be running a collection for a Sisters of St. Joseph charity, and fourth grade students can bring in adult socks to donate. Thank you in advance for your generosity!
  • Friday Folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the quizzes/tests that are in the folder. Also, the Friday Folder should be signed and returned on Monday.

Hope you have a fantastic week!

Week of October 3rd - 7th

Posted on Oct 03, 2016

Hello!

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

Thank you so much to everyone for all of your donations to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation last week! Your support and generosity were greatly appreciated!

In Reading this week, we will be focusing on our novel: Secrets of Bearhaven as well as working on Reading passages and comprehension questions to review some of the skills that we practiced from Unit 1. Some of our skills that we will be focusing on and reviewing this week are: Context Clues, Main Idea and Finding Evidence to Support our Conclusions. We will also be practicing SLAM this week. Students will have their Unit 1 Skills test next week.

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students will be assigned their second book report this week. Students will receive their October Book Report forms with the format this week. For this second “October Book Report,” students may choose a mystery book of their choice. Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on 8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading. At least 1 of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a nonfiction book. There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken.

4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 1st Trimester:

2 books and AR quizzes were due by Thursday, September 15th.

2 more books were due (total of 4 books all together) and AR quizzes by this past Friday, September 30th.

*2 more books are due (total of 6 books all together) and AR quizzes by next Friday, October 14th.*

2 more books are due (total of 8 books all together) – All 8 books and AR quizzes for the trimester are due by Friday, November 4th.

Happy Reading! :)

In Social Studies this week, we will continue our study of the Earth and Map Skills. We will continue to focus on latitude and longitude this week. We will also be learning about locating different places on a map using these grid lines. Students will have a quiz on Thursday, October 6th, that will focus on Latitude and Longitude. Students should study their grid, notes, practice coordinate problems, and study guide in preparation for the quiz on Thursday.

In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 6 spelling words. This is our first review unit. We will have our sixth spelling test this Friday, October 7th on Unit 6.

*Reminders*

  • On Tuesday, October 4th, we will have School Pictures. Students may dress in their Sunday best.
  • On Tuesday evening, October 4th, Mr. Stiak will be holding a meeting for new band members and parents from 6:30 - 8 PM.
  • Wednesday, October 5th, is Special Lunch Day.
  • On Thursday, October 6th, we are excited to welcome children's author K.E. Rocha to our school! She will be visiting our school to talk to students about her new book series: Secrets of Bearhaven.
  • Friday Folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the quizzes/tests that are in the folder. Also, the Friday Folder should be signed and returned on Tuesday because there is no school on Monday.
  • There will be no school on Monday, October 10th for the Columbus Day holiday. Happy 3-Day Weekend!

Hope you have a fantastic week!

Week of September 26th - 30th

Posted on Sep 22, 2016

Hello!

I hope everyone had a great time at Homecoming, enjoyed the beautiful weather and had a wonderful weekend!

In Reading this week, we will begin our next story: Addie in Charge. Our skill that we will be focusing on this week is: Character. Students will have a Reading test on Friday, September 30th. Students should study their vocabulary, notes and comprehension questions for the test on Friday. 

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students were assigned their first book report. Students also received their September Book Report forms with the format. For this first “September Book Report,” students may choose a fiction book of their choice. *The September Book Report will be due on Tuesday, September 27th.* Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on 8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading. At least 1 of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a nonfiction book. There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken.

4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 1st Trimester:

2 books and AR quizzes were due by Thursday, September 15th.

*2 more books are due (total of 4 books all together) and AR quizzes by this upcoming Friday, September 30th.*

2 more books are due (total of 6 books all together) and AR quizzes by Friday, October 14th.

2 more books are due (total of 8 books all together) – All 8 books and AR quizzes for the trimester are due by Friday, November 4th.

Happy Reading! :)

In Social Studies this week, we will continue our study of the Earth and Map Skills. We will begin to focus on latitude and longitude this week. We will also be learning about locating different places on a map using these grid lines.

In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 5 spelling words. We will have our fifth spelling test this Friday, September 30th on Unit 5.

*Reminders:

  • Friday Folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the quizzes/tests that are in the folder. Also, the Friday Folder should be signed and returned on Monday.

Hope you have a fantastic week!

Week of September 19th - 23rd

Posted on Sep 19, 2016

Hello!

I hope everyone had a great 3-day weekend, enjoyed the beautiful weather and had a wonderful time at Fisher Fest!

In Reading this week, we will begin our next story: Family Pictures. Our skill that we will be focusing on this week is: Author's Purpose. Students will have a Reading test on Friday, September 23rd. Students should study their vocabulary, notes and comprehension questions for the test on Friday. 

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students were assigned their first book report last week. Students also received their September Book Report forms last week with the format. For this first “September Book Report,” students may choose a fiction book of their choice. *The September Book Report will be due on Tuesday, September 27th.* Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on 8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading. At least 1 of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a nonfiction book. There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken.

4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 1st Trimester:

2 books and AR quizzes were due by this past Thursday, September 15th.

*2 more books are due (total of 4 books all together) and AR quizzes by Friday, September 30th.*

2 more books are due (total of 6 books all together) and AR quizzes by Friday, October 14th.

2 more books are due (total of 8 books all together) – All 8 books and AR quizzes for the trimester are due by Friday, November 4th.

Happy Reading! :)

In Social Studies this week, we will continue our study of the Earth and Map Skills. We will continue to focus on hemispheres and cardinal directions, as well as locating them on a map. We will also be learning about locating different places on a map using the cardinal directions. We will have a quiz that will focus on the hemispheres and cardinal directions on Thursday, September 22nd. Students should study their notes, worksheets and study guide for the quiz on Thursday.

In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 4 spelling words. We will have our fourth spelling test this Friday, September 23rd on Unit 4.

*Reminders:

  • Thursday, September 22nd, is Buona Beef Dine-In Night sponsored by the FSA. A percentage of all purchases will be donated to the school.
  • On Friday, September 23rd, students may be out-of-uniform with the Homecoming theme "Superheroes Never Lose." We will be collecting a dollar from each student for the family of a student who is battling leukemia.
  • Also, there will be a pep rally this Friday, for Homecoming.
  • Friday Folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the quizzes/tests that are in the folder. Also, the Friday Folder should be signed and returned on Monday.
  • This Saturday, September 24th, is the Homecoming parade and game (SJF v. St. Cajetan) at Beverly Park.

Hope you have a fantastic week!

Week of September 12th - 16th

Posted on Sep 12, 2016

Hello!

I hope everyone had a great weekend and enjoyed the beautiful weather!

In Reading this week, we will begin our next story: Yingtao's New Friend. Our skill that we will be focusing on this week is: Compare and Contrast. Students will have a Reading test on Thursday, September 15th. Students should study their vocabulary, notes and comprehension questions for the test on Thursday. 

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students were assigned their first book report last week. Students will receive their September Book Report forms this week with the format. For this first “September Book Report,” students may choose a fiction book of their choice. *The September Book Report will be due on Tuesday, September 27th.* Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on 8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading. At least 1 of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a nonfiction book. There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken.

4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 1st Trimester:

*2 books and AR quizzes are due by this upcoming Thursday, September 15th.*

2 more books are due (total of 4 books all together) and AR quizzes by Friday, September 30th.

2 more books are due (total of 6 books all together) and AR quizzes by Friday, October 14th.

2 more books are due (total of 8 books all together) – All 8 books and AR quizzes for the trimester are due by Friday, November 4th.

Happy Reading! :)

In Social Studies this week, we will continue our study of the Earth and Map Skills. We will continue to focus on the hemispheres and cardinal directions, as well as locating them on a map. We will also be learning about which continents and oceans fall into which of the hemispheres.

In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 3 spelling words. We will have our third spelling test this Thursday, September 15th on Unit 3.

Reminders:

  • Students may bring water bottles with them to school.
  • Friday Folders will go home this week (on Thursday). Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the tests that are in the folder. Also, the Friday Folder should be signed and returned on Monday.
  • Students will not have school this Friday, September 15th!
  • This weekend is Fisher Fest! (September 15th - 18th)

Hope you have a fantastic week and enjoy the 3-day weekend!

Week of September 5th - 9th

Posted on Sep 06, 2016

Hello!

It was so nice to meet everyone at Meet and Greet the Teacher Night last week!

I hope everyone had a great Labor Day Weekend, enjoyed the beautiful weather and day off!

In Reading this week, we will begin our next story: Train to Somewhere. Our skill that we will be focusing on this week is: sequence. Students will have a Reading test on Friday, September 9th. Students should study their vocabulary, notes and comprehension questions for the test on Friday. 

*A variety of different book reports will be assigned throughout the school year in Reading. Students will be assigned their first book report this week. Students will receive their September Book Report forms this week with the format. For this first “September Book Report,” students may choose a fiction book of their choice. Students are encouraged to turn in their book reports early, before the scheduled due date, if they are ready to be turned in.

*Also, students will be required to read and take quizzes on 8 books per trimester for Accelerated Reading. At least 1 of the 8 total books for the trimester needs to be a nonfiction book. There will also be due dates within the trimester for how many books should be read and AR quizzes taken.

4th Grade – Accelerated Reader – Due Dates for the 1st Trimester:

*2 books and AR quizzes are due by Thursday, September 15th.*

2 more books are due (total of 4 books all together) and AR quizzes by Friday, September 30th.

2 more books are due (total of 6 books all together) and AR quizzes by Friday, October 14th.

2 more books are due (total of 8 books all together) – All 8 books and AR quizzes for the trimester are due by Friday, November 4th.

Happy Reading! :)

In Social Studies this week, we will continue our study of the Earth and Map Skills. We will continue to focus on the continents and oceans, as well as locating them on a map. We will have our test on Wednesday, Sept. 7th. Our  test will focus on labeling and spelling the continents and oceans correctly. Students should study their maps and study guides in preparation for the test on Wednesday. We will also begin learning about the different hemispheres and cardinal directions.

In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 2 spelling words. We will have our second spelling test this Friday, September 9th on Unit 2.

Reminders:

  • Students may be out of uniform on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week due to the heat and high temperatures.
  • Students may also bring water bottles with them to school.
  • Friday folders will go home this week. Please look over the contents of the folder and discuss your child's progress with him/her. You may keep the tests that are in the folder. Also, the Friday folder should be signed and returned on Monday.
  • This Friday, September 9th at 1:15 is our first All-School Mass of the new school year.
  • This Sunday, September 11th at 10:00 is our first Family Mass of the new school year, followed by "Donuts on the Lawn" sponsored by the Family School Association.

Hope you have a fantastic week!

Week of August 29th - September 2nd

Posted on Aug 29, 2016

Welcome to our first full week of school!

In Reading this week, we will begin our first story: A Visit with Grandpa. Our skill that we will be focusing on this week is setting. Students will have their first Reading test on Friday, September 2nd. Students should study their vocabulary, notes and comprehension questions for the test on Friday.

In Social Studies this week, we will begin our study of the Earth and Map Skills. We will be learning about the continents and oceans, as well as how to locate them on a map.

In Spelling this week, we will begin with our Unit 1 spelling words. We will have our first spelling test this Friday, September 2nd on Unit 1.

Reminders:

  • Students may bring water bottles with them to school this week.
  • Students will be off school on Monday, September 5th for Labor Day. Happy 3-Day Weekend!

I am looking forward to meeting everyone on Tuesday evening for Meet and Greet the Teacher Night at 6:30!

Hope you have a great week!

August 25th - Welcome Back!

Posted on Aug 25, 2016

Hello!

Welcome to Fourth Grade! I hope everyone had a great first day back to school today! My name is Ms. Garrity and I will be teaching Reading and Social Studies this year. I really enjoyed meeting all the new fourth graders today and I am looking forward to a wonderful school year! If you ever have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at cgarrity@sjfschool.net. I will also be including the 4th Grade Information Letter in the Important Documents section. 

 

 

 

 
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