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Wednesdays are our grade level collaborative day/extended specials. Students will begin their day with Specials at 8:40 based on our specials rotations.
Mrs. Smith’s 21 -22 4th Grade Schedule
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Reminders - Thursday October 7th and Friday October 8th
Thursday, October 7th
- Individual School Pictures
- All missing assignments due for report cards
Friday, October 8th
- Early Dismissal
- No Lunch Visitors
Dictionaries are a resource allowed for all students during reading, writing in class and on the STAAR Reading and STAAR Writing assessments. In the future, STAAR procedures may allow an online dictionary to be used on assessments, but currently dictionaries must be a hard copy dictionary that is regularly used in class. (We also learn how to use an online dictionary as part of our in class instruction.)
We are practicing using a dictionary with school and children's dictionaries in class. However, some students may need more practice with this skill to become proficient in locating unfamiliar words.
If you have a dictionary at home, I would highly recommend practicing using it once a week with your child. Ask them to locate a spelling word, or an unfamiliar word from the book they are reading. Have your child write a sentence using a specific meaning or tell you which meaning in the dictionary applies to the way the word is used in their book.
Areas that students often struggle:
- Using guide words to accurately locate the word
- Understanding alphabetic order within the word to locate the word
- Understanding that common words have multiple meanings, not just the meaning they are most familiar with
Please let me know if you have any questions about dictionary use in class.
Please assist us in promoting healthy habits at school. Here are some ways you can help:
Water Bottles - Please send your child with a reusable water bottle. (Walmart had some for $.60 over the weekend) Flip Top or sports tops are preferred to decrease the amount of spills in the classroom. Access to personal water bottles helps students stay hydrated without the need to leave the room to get water. Students have the opportunity to refill the water bottle as needed, including at lunch. This also reduces the need to use the water fountain, which will hopefully reduce spreading of germs.
Snacks - Please send 1-2 healthy snacks with your child each day. Snacks choices should be easy to eat and no utensils needed. Please refrain from sending any type of dips, cookies, chips or sticky items. Recommended choices include, but are not limited to: fruit, veggies, high protein snacks, goldfish, pretzels.
Students are given the opportunity to wash hands before lunch and hand-sanitizer is available in the classroom. If you choose to send students with a personal hand-sanitizer, please make sure it is unscented.
Thank you in helping our students stay healthy and focused on learning.