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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 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!! :)

 
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