*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.**
*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.
- 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!*