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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!

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!! :)

 
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