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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 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!!*

 
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