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Mrs. Laura Kovatch, Fourth Grade

Hi! My name is Laura Kovatch and I teach fourth grade Language Arts and Spelling. This is my fourteenth 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 September 27th

Posted on Sep 27, 2021

I hope everyone had a nice weekend! 

Here is some important information for Language Arts this week:

Reading:  This week will continue working with the fable, “Kitoto the Mighty.”  We will work on the skills of summarizing and theme.  Our test on the story will be Wednesday, the 29thAll tests will concentrate on the week’s vocabulary words, some multiple choice questions about the story, and two short answer questions based on this week’s skills.  We will also learn a lot more about the fable genre and read some additional examples of well-known fables.  We will also do Reader’s Theater with some of the fables!

After finishing “Kitoto the Mighty”, we will have completed the first module of our reading book.  We will have our Module 1 Assessment on Monday, October 4th.  Students do not need to study specific stories for this assessment.  It will consist of two reading selections that the students will read and answer comprehension questions on.  The skills covered in the previous weeks: author’s purpose, author’s point of view, theme, and imagery will be covered through the test selections.

* The last day to turn in September book reports is Tuesday, September 28th.

**We will begin utilizing IReady this week.  Students need to complete 45 minutes of IReady Reading each week.   Students will receive credit for completing all of their minutes each week.

Spelling-There will be no Spelling test this week.

Writing:  Final copies of Chinese zodiac animal writing pieces are due by Tuesday.  We will continue learning about the parts of a strong paragraph, how to plan out our writing, and how to organize expository writing pieces. The students will be writing about their favorite place to visit!

Please reach out with any questions!  Have an awesome week!  Don’t forget to follow us at @funin4thsjf on Instagram to see all of the fun we have each week!

Reminders: Reading Homework Information: Each week the students will receive a short article/story and will have a few, short questions to answer each day.  We will go over these questions daily and the students will get credit for completing their assignments each week.  Each week’s homework will concentrate on a specific reading skill, and we will also be able to use these articles to help us practice our written responses to texts.  Students should also read for 20 minutes each night.  Over the course of this trimester, the students will also need to take Accelerated Reader tests.  The students will need to accumulate at least 8 AR points by the end of the first trimester. 

Week of September 20th

Posted on Sep 20, 2021

I hope everyone enjoyed Homecoming weekend!  We had a lot of fun last week taking part in the fun out of uniform days and the school pep parade!

On Tuesday, we will be completing the first IReady Math diagnostic.  All students will need to have ear buds with them and their Chromebooks fully charged that day.  Once the Math and Reading diagnostics have been completed, students will be able to begin working on IReady practice each week.

Here is some important information for Language Arts this week:

Reading:  Our story this week is the fable, “Kitoto the Mighty.”  We will work on the skills of summarizing and theme.  We will not have a test on the story at the end of this week, since we have a shortened week. Our test will instead be on Wednesday, the 29th.  All tests will concentrate on the week’s vocabulary words, some multiple choice questions about the story, and two short answer questions based on this week’s skills.  We will also learn a lot more about the fable genre and read some additional examples of well-known fables.  We may even do some Reader’s Theater with some of the fables!

After finishing “Kitoto the Mighty”, we will have completed the first module of our reading book.  We will have our Module 1 Assessment on Monday, October 4th.  Students do not need to study specific stories for this assessment.  It will consist of two reading selections that the students will read and answer comprehension questions on.  The skills covered in the previous weeks: author’s purpose, author’s point of view, theme, and imagery will be covered through the test selections.

*September Book Reports can be turned in this week if they are completed.  The last day to turn in book reports is Tuesday, September 28th.

Spelling-This week we will be working with our Week 3 words (long i and short i sounds).  We will have our Spelling test this Thursday, the 23rd.

Writing:  *Final copies of last week's"Name Jar" paragraphs are due on Tuesday.

Going along with the theme of last week’s story, we will continue to work on our Chinese zodiac calendar writing pieces.  Students have been researching about the year they were born and what traits they have in common with their Chinese zodiac calendar animal.  They may also be asking you about your animal match! We will also continue learning about the parts of a strong paragraph and how to organize expository writing pieces.

Please reach out with any questions!  Have an awesome week!  Don’t forget to follow us at @funin4thsjf on Instagram to see all of the fun we have each week!

 

Reminders: Reading Homework Information: Each week the students will receive a short article/story and will have a few, short questions to answer each day.  We will go over these questions daily and the students will get credit for completing their assignments each week.  Each week’s homework will concentrate on a specific reading skill, and we will also be able to use these articles to help us practice our written responses to texts.  Students should also read for 20 minutes each night.  Over the course of this trimester, the students will also need to take Accelerated Reader tests.  The students will need to accumulate at least 8 AR points by the end of the first trimester.  Finally, we will again be utilizing the IReady program this year.  Students will need to complete 45 minutes of lessons each week.  Students will receive credit for completing all of their minutes each week. *We will begin working on IReady after the initial diagnostics have been completed.

Open House Slide Presentation

Posted on Sep 14, 2021

Hi Room 212 Parents,

     It was so nice to see many of you at Open House last night!  I am posting the presentation here, for anyone who missed it!  Please reach out with any questions! 

Open House Presentation 2021

Week of September 13th

Posted on Sep 11, 2021

I hope everyone had a nice weekend! 

Monday night is our Back To School Night! The evening will begin at 6:30 in church with a brief presentation from Mrs. Nash.  After that presentation, you can come visit our homeroom at 7:00 for our first 4th grade presentation, or at 7:25 for our second presentation.  After both presentations there will be time for you to tour the building and meet the other 4th grade teachers or any other grade level teachers you would like to visit.  I look forward to seeing you there!

On Tuesday, we will be completing our first IReady Reading diagnostic.  All students will need to have their Chromebooks fully charged that day.  Next Tuesday, we will take the Math diagnostic.  Once the diagnostics have been completed, students will be able to begin working on IReady practice each week.

Here is some important information for Language Arts this week:

Reading and Spelling:  Our story this week is the realistic fiction text, “The Year of the Rat.”  We will work on the skills of point of view and character.  We will have a test on our story on Friday, the 17th.  The test will concentrate on this week’s vocabulary words, some multiple choice questions about the story, and two short answer questions based on this week’s skills. *There will be no spelling test this week.

Writing:  Going along with the theme of last week and this week’s stories, we will be using the mentor text “The Name Jar” to write about what our names mean to us.  We will also continue learning about the parts of a strong paragraph and how to organize expository writing pieces.

Reading Homework Information: Each week the students will receive a short article/story and will have a few, short questions to answer each day.  We will go over these questions daily and the students will get credit for completing their assignments each week.  Each week’s homework will concentrate on a specific reading skill, and we will also be able to use these articles to help us practice our written responses to texts.  Students should also read for 20 minutes each night.  Over the course of this trimester, the students will also need to take Accelerated Reader tests.  The students will need to accumulate at least 8 AR points by the end of the first trimester.  Finally, we will again be utilizing the IReady program this year.  Students will need to complete 45 minutes of lessons each week.  Students will receive credit for completing all of their minutes each week. *We will begin working on IReady after the initial diagnostics have been completed.

Please reach out with any questions!  Have an awesome week!  Don’t forget to follow us at @funin4thsjf on Instagram to see all of the fun we have each week!

Week of September 6th

Posted on Sep 07, 2021

I hope everyone had a nice Labor Day weekend!  All of the kids are doing a great job adjusting to 4th grade and switching classes!  We are getting into the swing of things and are off and running in all of our subjects!!  Here is some important information for Language Arts this week:

Reading and Spelling:  Our story this week is the narrative poem “Yes! We Are Latinos.”  We will work on the skills of author’s message and point of view.  “Yes! We Are Latinos” goes along with the next story in our Reading book, “The Year of the Rat.”  With our shorter week this week, we will concentrate on “Yes, We Are Latinos!” and our Week 2 Spelling words.  On Friday we will have a test on our Week 2 Spelling words.  *There will be no Spelling test next Friday, the 17th. We will only have our test on our reading stories and vocabulary that day.

Students have also been assigned a September Book Report.  The kids already have the form and can choose any fiction book they'd like to report on.  Finished reports are due by Friday, September 24th.

Writing:  Going along with the theme of “Yes! We Are Latinos”, this week we will be using the mentor text “The Name Jar” to write about what our names mean to us.  We will also continue discussing the different types of writing and the parts of a strong paragraph.

Reading Homework Information: Each week the students will receive a short article/story and will have a few, short questions to answer each day.  We will go over these questions daily and the students will get credit for completing their assignments each week.  Each week’s homework will concentrate on a specific reading skill, and we will also be able to use these articles to help us practice our written responses to texts.  Students should also read for 20 minutes each night.  Over the course of this trimester, the students will also need to take Accelerated Reader tests.  The students will need to accumulate at least 8 AR points by the end of the first trimester.  Finally, we will again be utilizing the IReady program.  Students will need to complete 45 minutes of lessons each week.  Students will receive credit for completing all of their minutes each week. *We will begin working on IReady after the initial diagnostics have been completed.

Please reach out with any questions!  Have an awesome week!  Don’t forget to follow us at @funin4thsjf on Instagram to see all of the fun we have each week!

 
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