Hello Fabulous Fourth Graders and Parents!
Thank you for your support with helping your fourth grader remembering to bring his/her planner each day and ELA homework on Friday! They are working on being more independent and taking more responsibility this year. Fourth grade can be an adjustment from third grade, and we will work together to help them!
ELA-Reader's Workshop: This week we are continuing to learn and practice "Good Reading Habits" that strong readers do while reading. We are continuing to set up our Reader's Notebooks, and we are beginning to "Respond" to our reading using Thinking Stems. We continue to practice building our stamina reading independently each day in class for 30 minutes.
Writer's Workshop: We are continuing to set up our Writer's Notebooks and collect ideas for writing in a variety of ways. We will be taking "small seed ideas" and turning them into personal narrative stories!
Social Studies- We are focusing on the four geographic regions of Texas and characteristics of each: Great Plains, North Central Plains, Mountains and Basins, and the Coastal Plains. Students are also learning how the discovery of oil had a significant effect on early Texas growth.
*We will have our first quiz over our first two week of Social Studies Weekly on Thursday, Sept. 21st. *Optional: Students may practice re-reading at home by logging on to their Google account/Sign in to Clever/Social Studies Weekly. We will also be reviewing in class.
- The students received a new Spelling Menu to give them ideas as to how to study their spelling pattern each week. This should stay in their homework folder each week to use. The directions have been modified to choosing two activities to complete each week. They may also choose to study another way that is not on the menu, including http://www.spellingcity.com/tomballisd/. We are only using 15 words on the list, and students will be applying their knowledge of the Long E pattern to think of other words that follow the pattern. Students need to turn in an activity or a note in their planner from you/signed of how they studied if they practiced in a way that does not have a product.
- A Reading Log has also been added to the students' homework. They will keep this in their homework folder to fill out between home and school. Their goal is to read each night for 20 minutes, or whatever they are able to depending upon activities. The longer they read, the more their stamina and vocabulary is building!
*All ELA homework is due on Fridays! Students that do not turn in homework, will need some time in Study Hall to complete.
Spelling Test #3- Long i pattern:
1. crime 7. grind 13.tonight
2. bright 8. decide 14. flight
3. bride 9. wind 15. remind
4. sigh 10. high
5. live 11. privacy
6. pile 12. knife
*A Scholastic Book order was sent home to my homeroom today. If you order online, the code for our classroom is written in the students' planners from my homeroom. Please order books by Monday, Sept. 25th online. You can also order books to donate to books to our Lakewood Book Drive to help schools in the area whose libraries flooded.
Mrs. Huynh's class has a separate order their homeroom.
Thank you for all you do so support your students! Mrs. Frick :)