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Mrs. Laura Kovatch, Fourth Grade

Hi! My name is Laura Kovatch and I teach fourth grade Language Arts and Science. This is my eleventh year here at St. John Fisher, and I feel so lucky to be part of such a wonderful school community. Outside of school, I love to travel and spend time with my family, especially my beautiful daughter Katelyn. I am looking forward to a wonderful school year together! 

Week of November 18th

Posted on Nov 18, 2019

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend!  This is the first week of the second trimester.  I can't believe how fast the year is going!  Report Cards will be distributed on Wednesday.  Please sign and return the envelope on Thursday.  We will definitely be keeping busy this week and getting lots of learning in before Thanksgiving break begins next Tuesday. 

Language Arts-This week we will continue our unit on verbs.  We will be discussing present tense verbs this week.  We will also be working on Unit 4 in our vocabulary books.  Final copies of our animal adaptation writing will be due on Thursday.  Students have been working on this in class, but some final copies may need to be finished at home. This week we will also begin writing letters of thanksgiving to important people in our lives.  

  Also, please keep a look out for student writing folders that will be coming home toward the end of this week.  Since we have completed the first trimester, we will be reflecting on ways we have improved in our writing and setting goals for things we still want to work on moving forward.  I’m encouraging the students to share their favorite pieces and their goals for next trimester with you!  Writing folders should be returned to school by Monday, the 25th.  Thanks for your participation in this activity. 

Science-This week we will finish studying how the structures of animals' eyes help them survive.  We have been reading and analyzing an article in our Scholastic Super Science magazine entitled, "Extraordinary Eyes." Students will be working on drawing diagrams of the eye, writing about how our eye works, and describing some of the incredible eye adaptations animals have!  The students will also be conducting a short research project on different animal eyes during computer class this week.

Spelling-We are on Unit 13 this week, and our test will be on Friday.  

Have a wonderful week!

Week of November 11th

Posted on Nov 11, 2019

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!  I can't believe how fast the year is going!  Our first trimester ends this Friday!  Report cards will be distributed next Wednesday. 

Language Arts-We will begin learning about verbs this week.  We will also begin unit 4 in our vocabulary books.  We are incorporating what we have been learning in science into our next writing assignment.  We learned more about how specific adaptations help certain animals survive using the mentor texts, “What If You Had Animal Teeth?”, “What If You Had an Animal Nose?”, and “What If You Had Animal Ears?”.  The students are now writing about which adaptations they would choose and why.   

Science-We have our animal characteristics and adaptations test on Tuesday. We will also be reading and analyzing an article in our Scholastic Super Science magazine entitled, "Extraordinary Eyes”, to find out how the structures of animals' eyes help them survive.  The students will also be conducting a short research project on different animal eyes next week.  

Spelling-We are on Unit 12 this week, and our test will be on Friday.  

*On Friday we will be attending our all-school Veterans Day prayer service at 1:00.  All are invited to join us and honor our country's veterans.  Also on Friday, we will be collecting money for Honor Flight Chicago.  Students are asked to bring in a donation in order to dress down in red, white, and blue.  

This Week At A Glance:

Tuesday: Animal Characteristics and Adaptations Test

Friday: -Unit 12 Spelling Test

     -Picture Retakes

        -Veterans Day Assembly and Red, White, and Blue Out of Uniform with Donation for Honor Flight Chicago.

            

       Have a great week!

          

Week of November 4th

Posted on Nov 04, 2019

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

Language Arts-We have completed our unit on nouns, and our test is on Wednesday.  We will then be moving on to study verbs. 

Science-We will have our animal characteristics and adaptations test on Tuesday, November 12th.  We will be doing some review activities throughout this week.

Spelling-We are on Unit 11 this week, and our test will be on Friday.  

This Week at a Glance:

Wednesday, Nov. 6th -Noun Test

                                  -Special Lunch

Friday, November 8th –Unit 11 Spelling Test

Have a terrific week!

 

Thanks to everyone for bringing in Halloween treats for the kids to enjoy! Here are some pictures from Halloween.  In Language Arts we worked on our descriptive writing skills and created our own monsters.  The students wrote descriptions and then read their pieces to other students, who drew a picture based on the description.  The students had a ton of fun sharing their descriptions and creating their drawings!  We also enjoyed some Halloween treats and played Halloween Science Bingo!

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