We will finish our novel, The Christmas Genie, by Dan Gutman, this coming week. The students seem to have really enjoyed reading about the wishes one class came up with during an unscheduled visit by a mischievous genie! There will be a comprehension quiz on Thursday, December 19. In the new year, our book will be Marven of the Great North Woods, by Kathryn Lasky. Ms. Lasky is most famous for her "Guardians of Gahool" series, but this historical adventure is a story of her father's real life as a child at a logging camp in the early 1900's. It's available through Amazon if you'd like your child to have a copy for home study. Our spelling list this week features the same common vowel combinations as last week. The test results were less-than-stellar so we'll be taking another run at this skill: raw mouth crowd count drown tower around blouse hawk already daughter pause fought sauce squawk hound eyebrow fawn ounce scowl Spelling test will be on Thursday, December 19 as usual. Our English Grammar skill this week is a review of conjunctions and compound sentences. Most students were quite secure in this skill coming in to fourth grade, so this will be a fairly brief unit. This week we add a review of compound predicates (2 verbs) and compound subjects (2 nouns). There will be a quiz on Thursday, December 19. The conjunctions we will be emphasizing are: AND, BUT, OR, SO, AND BECAUSE.