Week 24 - This upcoming week,we will be focusing on different forms of poetry: cinquain, haiku, and a variety of free verse. We will be emphasizing figurative language: simile, metaphor, onomatopoeia, alliteration, and personification. We will try our hand at writing a variety of poems in the coming days.
There will not be a reading or ELA quiz this week as we continue to prepare for our big POETRY CAFE, on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26!!! SAVE THE DATE - our poetry cafe will be in the media center on Friday, 2/26/16. Mrs. Agresta's homeroom: 8:30am Mrs. McMaster's homeroom: 11:00am Mr. Beckwith's homeroom: 1:00pm PLEASE PLAN TO ATTEND!! (Anyone with contacts at Panera, Dunkin' Donut, etc...would love an email from you so we could stock the CAFE' part of the Poetry Cafe'! Mrs. Frey and Ms. Roxanne have promised coffee and cocoa, but a few muffins/bagels/donuts/Munchkins would go along nicely! Thanks!)
Many students have selected poems to memorize and present at the cafe. As always in February, we keep a close eye on the weather. IF there is a school closing due to bad weather, KEEP PRACTICING AT HOME!!
We will spelling as usual next week: quiz on Friday, 2/12 marine alert pretend elect relieve select prairie traitor decent secure biscuit journey engine venture garbage certain loveliest victories butterflies abilities
Week 23 - We will begin our poetry unit this week. There are a number of great poems in our classroom anthologies, but area bookstores and libraries will have collections of some of our favorites by Shel Silverstein, Jack Prelutsky, and Brod Bagert. This will be a three-week unit.
Week 1 - figurative language poetry vocab (picture dictionary due Friday 2/5/16 before quiz) dimple - a small indentation, as in a cheek or chin gospel - a kind of church music gong - a large round metal disc used as a musical instrument teeter - something wobbly peppered - sprinkled with small black dots tacky - sticky snout - the front part of an animal's face slithered - to move like a snake glittered - twinkling light soar - a feeling of free flying
Cornell Notes describing poetry forms will be distributed on Monday, 2/1/16. SAVE THE DATE - our poetry cafe will be in the media center on Friday, 2/26/16. Mrs. Agresta's homeroom: 8:30am Mrs. McMaster's homeroom: 11:00am Mr. Beckwith's homeroom: 1:00pm
Week 22 - We will continue to review our story, Akiak, by Robert Blake. We are supplementing our reading with non-fiction information about sled dog training and behaviors. There will be a short comprehension quiz on Friday, January 29.
We are working on correcting sentences (basic grammar, punctuation, capitalization) and there will be a 5-question quiz on these skills on Friday as well.
Spelling list for Friday, January 29: squirm unicorn worship whirl enormous storm torch bored sure lure chore nature scorn fortune scarlet frontier disturb occur submerge survive
We have learned all the lower case letters in cursive and have been practicing! We are now working on learning all the upper case letters. Ask to see your child's progress! I'm very impressed!
Looking ahead - in February, we will begin a unit on poetry; reading, writing, interpreting, and memorizing poems with an eye on a poetry-recitation assembly for you, the parents! Any poem books you might have or that your child might enjoy would be helpful, as the children will be self-selecting poems to present at our "poetry cafe." Popular favorites include poetry books by Shel Silverstein, Brod Bagert, and Jack Prelutsky.
Week 21 - New story - Akiak, by Robert Blake This story is in our classroom reading text. It's a great story about a sled dog. Here are the vocabulary words, posted early because of the short week next week: blizzard - a blinding snowstorm courageous - showing bravery experienced - having a lot of knowledge from having done something in the past rugged - rough, uneven surfaces vowed - promised refuge - a place of safety burrowed - dug down, like a small animal would do for shelter squinted - looked, with half-open eyes layover - a break on a long trip, a stop or pause for rest remote - distant, far away Vocab quiz Friday, Jan. 22
Spelling week 21 - "r-controlled" vowels (Test on Friday, 1/22) garden camera library inspiration expert yearn earth search pearl germ perch herd dwarf swarm earn worry snore purse worth burnt
Our grammar skill will be: correcting run-on sentences and fragments. There will not be a grammar skills quiz this week.
Week 20 - The majority of our assignments continue from last week. On Thursday, there will be a vocabulary quiz (Marven of the Great North Woods - see below) and on Friday, there will be a comprehension quiz.
We will continue to work on conjunctions, compound subjects, compound predicates, and compound sentences. There will be a quick quiz on Thursday.
We will have our spelling test as usual on Friday. More silent letters: sighed knead wring isle aisle scent light weight prompt receipt sketch dough rhombus wren neigh acquaint fascinate notch judgement adjudicate
Week 19 - Happy New Year!
Please take time over the break to clean out binders! Students, you will not need to leave ANY reading or language arts materials in your binders except your Lesson 19 spelling lists and your two pages of Cornell Notes outlining the basic rules of English grammar and spelling.
PLEASE RESTOCK SCHOOL SUPPLIES! Students will need notebook paper, pencils, and erasers each and every day!
Our first story of the New Year: Marven of the Great North Woods by Kathryn Lasky. Vocabulary quiz will be on Thursday, January 14 and comprehension quiz on Friday, January 15.
Vocabulary - bunkhouse - where workers sleep immense - huge landscape - all the land you can see from one spot lumberjack - a person who cuts down trees snowshoes - footwear for walking in the snow timber - wood from trees glowered - an angry face horizon - the imaginary line where the sky seems to meet land or the water fragrance - a pleasant smell frantic - wild, chaotic dismay - sadness, worry notched - cut in a v-shape glinting - shining influenza - a virus we now call flu
Spelling - week 19 (Silent letters) Test will be Friday, January 8. knee write wrap knot watch crumb sign castle half comb fasten wreath autumn reign design hasten bomb hymn resign cough
Looking ahead - our next story will be Akiak, by Robert Blake. Akiak and Marven of the Great North Woods are found in our classroom textbooks but have also been published as stand-alone books if you'd like to purchase them for home study and review.
Week 18 - We will finish The Christmas Genie by Wednesday, December 16. We will have a vocab and comprehension quiz (matching and multiple choice) on Thursday, December 17.
If your child will not be in school next Thursday, please have them ask to take these quizzes early, as our grades will close for the second quarter on Friday, December 18.
There will be a spelling test as usual on Friday, December 18. Week 18 words: hoarse curve hooray information discourage several gorgeous courage storage tomorrow injure submerge descent nephew frontier entire person stubborn author regret
There will not be an ELA quiz next week.
Week 17 - A continuation of last week! Christmas Genie, pp. 52-99 in-class vocabulary activities, making flash cards and completing study guides oral reading and discussion non-fiction reading: meteorites NO READING VOCAB OR COMPREHENSION QUIZ THIS WEEK! English-Language Arts: compound sentences and conjunctions in-class activities and worksheets for review and reinforcement QUICK QUIZ ON THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10! Spelling - same skill as last week: /au/ /aw/ /ou/ /ow/ (Test on Friday, 12/12/15) raw mouth crowd count drown tower around blouse hawk already daughter pause fought sauce squawk hound eyebrow fawn ounce scowl
Week 16 begins after the break on November 30!
We will begin reading The Christmas Genie by Dan Gutman. Buying, downloading, borrowing or checking-out this book for home study and review would be ideal!
We will read and discuss pages 1-51 during class.
This vocab list is for the entire book and will not be tested until the week before the holiday break: solstice - shortest day of the year meteorites - rocks from outer space that hit the earth astronomy - the study of space shattered - broken to bits intact - all in one piece eternity - for all time, forever vibrate - moving back and forth very quickly apparition - ghost crucial - very, very important pathetic - pitiful hallucinating - imagining things that aren't there miraculous - like a miracle tenacious - holding on and not letting go, never giving up dictators - rulers who are so selfish they don't care what people think siphon - like a drinking straw
The ELA skill for week 16 will be conjunctions and compound sentences. Study guides, worksheets, etc. will be sent home during the week. There will be a quiz on Thursday,
Week 16 spelling list - phonetic word parts: (test Friday, Dec. 4) foul awkward flower allow mouthful foundry caution sought applaud exhaust faucet automobile county council lousy fountain mountain scoundrel counter bounty
Week 15 Sign of the Beaver, chapters 21-25 No new vocab this week! Comprehension quiz will be Thursday for McMasters and Agresta homerooms and Friday for Beckwith homeroom, due to field trip schedule.
No new ELA skills introduced - no ELA quiz this week.
Week 14 Sign of the Beaver, chapters 16-20 (quiz Friday, November 13.) Vocabulary words: intricate - very detailed and fancy boisterous - loud, silly, playful, excited pungent - a distinct odor, recognizable scent array - wide variety relenting - giving in blustering - windy, or loud bragging placid - peaceful, calm clamor - noisy confusion, as in the school dining room substantial - sturdy, strong rushes - reeds, tall grasses
We will continue to practice with prepositions. Two study guides have been sent home. There will be a quiz on Thursday, Nov. 12.
Spelling: Compound words (Test Friday, November 13.) sometimes nothing birthday outside grandfather everybody eyelash rainbow hideout chalkboard thunderstorm bookshelf scorekeeper doorknob millionaire supermarket yesterday intersection department searchlight
Week 13 - This week, we will read chapters 11-15 of Sign of the Beaver. There will be a review quiz (comprehension) on Friday, November 6. There will be a vocab quiz on Friday, November 6 as well. These are the words that will be tested:
wary - watchful, suspicious scruffy - messy, shabby indignant - resentful frayed - ragged misshapen - badly formed shrewdly - thought-filled, wise stalking - following scrawny- very thin chagrined - very embarrassed retorted - answered back in a sharp tone
LOOKING AHEAD - OUR NEXT NOVEL STUDY WILL BEGIN RIGHT AFTER THE THANKSGIVING BREAK. IT'S THE CHRISTMAS GENIE, BY DAN GUTMAN. If your child has been frustrated by the lack of availability of classroom books to take home for review and study, it might be a good idea to consider purchasing or borrowing Christmas Genie.
In ELA, our upcoming lessons will focus on prepositions. A study guide will be provided on Monday. There will be daily class activities and practice.There will be a quiz on THURSDAY, November 5.
Our spelling list for next week: test as usual on Friday, November 6. meadow leather famous shove steak honey enough sweater bread hour none guitar brownie vowel shoulder towel chowder coward drowsy powder
Week 12 We will be reading Sign of the Beaver chapters 6-10 this week. We will NOT have a comprehension quiz on Friday, but there will be a vocab quiz. Here are the words and definitions:
gleam - a small, bright light rigid - stiff thrashing - striking about noisily grubby - dirty savage - an uncivilized person mercilessly - showing no kindness solemnly - seriously detested - hated resentful - angry displeasure, feeling that things are unfair furious - very angry
Referring to our ELA study guide on Adverbs - we will be working on comparative adverbs (-er, -est, more, most),reviewing "good/well," and double negatives. There will be a quick quiz on these skills on Friday.
Our spelling list this week emphasizes -ed and -ing endings. Test will be Friday as usual.
picked called tracked peeled watered cheered talked drummed traded baked wasted liked stared waved skated tasted flaking shaking making baking
Huge THANKS to all parents who have purchased, downloaded, ordered, checked out, borrowed, or otherwise procured a copy of Sign of the Beaver for our first novel study which begins Monday!
We will have a quick quiz on the first five chapters and the following list of vocab words on Friday, October 23:
expedition - a trip taken to explore deprived - to take away something quavering - trembling, shaking wrenched - twisted, turned, pulled treaty - an agreement not to fight fury - violent anger bellowing - loudly shouting shambles - a wreck, a huge mess rueful - full of regret boggy - swampy
We will begin an overview of adverbs in ELA this week. There will be a short quiz on Friday.
Week 10 - Students and parents, please clean out the ELA/English Grammar and Reading (Skills and Vocabulary) sections of your binders! Please LEAVE IN: * Cornell Notes from ELA * all study guides and worksheets on pronouns * new (Week 10) spelling list
Story for Week 10 - The Stranger by Chris Van Allsburg Story vocabulary: spiraling - turning, twisting jammed - pushed very hard draft - breeze etched - scratched, cut mercury - liquid metal, used in thermometers long ago peculiar - strange, odd timid - shy fascinated - very interested hypnotized - in a trance trembling - shaking, as with fear or cold
English Grammar/ELA skill - subject and object pronouns (using "I" and "me" correctly) possessive pronouns pronouns with contractions (I'm, she's, they're, etc.) *As with last week, the pronoun quiz is scheduled for Friday, October 16, but that date is subject to change based on my observations of how well the students are grasping this complex skill.
Spelling list for week 10: Homophones hear here there their they're your you're write right cent scent sent heard herd bury berry flour flower plain plane
Week 9 - Grades for this first quarter of fourth grade will close on Friday, October 9! There will be one final quiz in ELA, reading comprehension and vocabulary, and spelling before report cards are printed.
Story next week: Legend of the Bluebonnet by Tomie De Paola Vocabulary list: drought -a long period with little or no rain Comanche - a Native American tribe of the southwestern great plains famine - severe lack of food and resources buckskin - skin(hide) of a deer shaman - Native American holy man distant - very far away sacrifice - giving up something really important miraculous - something very amazing tipi - (spelled this way in our book this week) - Native American shelter made of animal hides possession - an object you own
LOOKING AHEAD.... We have two more Native American tales before we begin our first novel study, and I wanted to make you aware of those titles in case you wanted to purchase any of these books for your child.
Starting on Monday, October 5, we will be reading Legend of the Bluebonnet by Tomie De Paola. Starting on Monday, October 12, we will be reading The Stranger by Chris Van Allsburg. And on Monday, October 19, we will begin our first novel study: Sign of the Beaver, by Elizabeth George Speare.
The Stranger will be in our big anthology book, so every child will have a book for use at school. There are only very limited copies of Sign of the Beaver available, and they will be for classroom use only. None are available for check-out or home use, which is why you might want to check area bookstores, libraries, or online sources. Your child will definitely benefit from having his or her own copy. This novel will take us right up through the Thanksgiving break at the end of November.
Most weeks, we will continue to have a vocabulary quiz and a comprehension quiz on the material covered. Lists will be published here on the blog on the weekend prior to the start of each book.
FOR PLANNING PURPOSES...
Some of you may be extending our fall break by a day or two. I wanted to let you know our spelling words, story, and vocabulary words in advance, so everyone will be able to start together on September 28.
Our story will be Little Firefly, a traditional Algonquian tale. In addition to the story, there will be non-fiction reading about the tribal customs and their way of life.
Reading vocabulary for 9/28-10/2: puckered - tight, scarred singe - slightly burned scowl - an angry face gossip - to talk about others unkindly, or an unkind story spread by others grove - a group of trees sway - to move gently from side to side marveling - to be amazed soothing - calming
We will work on comparative adjectives in ELA: good, better, best, more/most bad, worse, worst -er, -est endings
Our spelling list for week 8: /oo/,/u/ vowel sounds boot balloon took room foot spool hoop booth stoop hoof gloomy cushion fulfill proofread raccoon salute through pollute include rumor
The story this week is The Rough Face Girl by Rafe Martin. We are beginning a unit on Native American tales to go along with the social studies classes on the same topic. There is a 10-word vocab list (following) that the students will be making a picture dictionary for in class, and there will be a matching quiz on these words and the basics of the story on Friday, Sept. 18.
The Rough Face Girl Vocabulary:
wigwam - a dome-shaped Native American home made of skins over a frame of branches charred - burned miserable - terrible haughty - proud, high and mighty willow - a very flexible tree moccasins - Native American shoes, made of animal skin raven - a large, black bird buckskin - skin of a deer vanish - disappear shore - where the water meets land, like a beach
We will be reviewing adjectives in ELA. Students will be finding adjectives in our story this week, and will be identifying them on a quick, 10-question quiz on Thursday, Sept. 17.
Our spelling list for this week is: mind smile thick wild fight bright moist soap crop pond shrink stock pride tight chose polish lightning desire telephone swallow
The spelling test will be on Friday, Sept. 18 as usual.
Our story this week will be Cendrillon, by Robert D. SanSouci. It takes place in Martinique, and there will be supplementary non-fiction reading about this Caribbean island. We have discovered a number of our stories on You Tube, if you'd like your child to watch and hear the story again at home.
This is another re-telling of the Cinderella story, so there are not a lot of plot twists and turns. We basically know how the story is going to go, even before we begin. There will be a quick comprehension quiz on Thursday.
There will be a vocab list distributed today, and there will be a vocab quiz (Cendrillon) on Friday.
The vocab list is as follows: pallet - a small bed on the floor gilded - golden shift - a straight dress chaperone - someone who goes along with a person or group to help keep everyone safe commotion - noisy confusion hollow - empty inside orphan - a person without one or both parents hesitation - a pause peasant - one who works a king's land riddance - to get rid of godmother - someone who takes special care of a child elegant - very classy and beautiful charged - given a task
We will be working on action verbs and helping verbs in ELA. We will have our usual quick quiz on Thursday. Previously-distributed notes and worksheets will be helpful for preparation.
Spelling - unit 5 words: (list distributed in class today, 9/4/15) Test will be next Friday, September 11, as usual. pledge bulge brace knew girl chuckle anchor reflect decline almost porridge misjudge standard brother stampede scarlet nephew regret submerge occur
We will continue activities for Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters by John Steptoe. There will NOT be another quiz this week.
ALL CLASSES WILL TAKE SRI (Scholastic Reading Inventory) THIS WEEK. This computer-based assessment will assist me in determining the students' independent reading levels. SRI is not graded or timed and will not be reflected in Engrade or the student averages.
We will continue to work on sentence predicates in ELA this week, emphasizing action and linking verbs. We will have a quick quiz on Thursday. Review Cornell notes.
Spelling for this week emphasizes consonant blends and vowel digraphs. The test will be on Friday, September 4.
Spelling list - Unit 4 words dance space age once large rate slice chance circus fence face house message arrange cabbage promise manage compass sentence confess
This week's folk tale is The Paper Crane by Molly Bang. There will be a quiz on Friday, August 21, comparing the common themes and elements of the stories we've read so far.
Students: Anyone who can teach us how to make origami cranes next week will be a STAR in my eyes!!
We will review sentence subjects (nouns) and predicates(verbs) in ELA next week. There is a page of Cornell Notes in everyone's binders to use for home study. There will be a quick quiz on Thursday, August 20.
Spelling words this week continue to reinforce the skill of dividing words with short vowel sounds between the two consonants: until hello invite order Sunday balloon also supper dinner button offer injure carpet reptile pattern perfect distance convince vibrate regret
Test will be Friday, August 21.
August 7, 2015 Week 2
We will be reading Bad Rose, Good Blanche, and the Magic Eggs in class this week, comparing and contrasting it with The Talking Eggs. Both are folk tales with a common theme. There will be no written home preparation necessary for reading class this week beyond the usual 20-minute self-selected silent reading.
We will be working on a review of sentence types in ELA (English/Language Arts). Students will have a study guide in their binders. There will be a 10-question quiz on sentence types on Friday.
There will be a spelling test on Friday. Here are this week's words: sudden follow forget Monday winter summer letter rabbit yellow garden hollow compose member support seldom biscuit discuss journey suggest problem
Parents! PLEASE do not take your child's spelling list out of his/her binder. We need to use these lists in class each day as we complete our practice activities.
Welcome, everyone! I'll be teaching ELA (English/Language Arts) and Reading this coming school year, so here's a brief overview:
ELA combines all the domains of writing (persuasive, narrative, and informational) with a greater emphasis on structure, detail, and conventions. Conventions include parts of speech, sentence structure and types, punctuation and capitalization rules as well as accurate spelling. Hint - NONE OF THESE THINGS ARE FOURTH GRADE SKILLS! Isn't it great to know that you have already learned most of this?!
I hope you LOVE to read! But even if you don't, I'll have 180 days to change your mind! We will be reading everything you can imagine in fourth grade, starting with some international folk tales that have a very timely message. If you are looking for some suggestions for summer reading, check the link up in the top right-hand corner of my page.
If you watched a movie this summer, see if it started out as a book. Compare and contrast them. Get in shape for Monday! I'll see you then!
Many thanks to those of you who stopped by at Meet-N-Greet! If you have not already done so, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org so as to be included in our class group!