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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 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!! :)

 
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