Welcome to Ms. Miller's 4th Grade Class!
April 28: 5-7
April 27, 6:00-8:00
April 7 -17, No school
Field Trip to Silver Lake:
April 5, 9:15-1:15
Internet Safety Night for parents and students: March 8, 6:30-9:30
Science Night is Feb. 9. Come and perform experiments with your child from 6:30-7:30.
Conference Day Jan. 27
Please contact us if you would like to meet with us anytime from 1-3. Thanks again for your support.
In this unit, students will evaluate author's purpose by synthesizing in poetry. Students will continue their study of poetry with the new emphasis on author's purpose. They will be studying figures of speech along with the elements of poetry in daily poems. They will also be analyzing non-fiction texts for author's purpose. During this time, they will finish writing many different poems themselves.
In this unit, students will draw conclusions through making inferences in poetry. Students will conclude using both non-fiction and poetry. This unit will require great focus and hard work because it is intensely difficult. It certainly will force students to read at a deeper level and think more about their reading. Students will also begin to write their own poems.
In this unit, students will identify cause & effect by making connections in two different non-fiction books. The themes of text structure and text features will continue to be investigated and reinforced. The next two weeks will be used to prepare students for the upcoming persuasive essay. Even though we have already covered this material, intensive work will continue in the next two weeks.
In this unit, students will compare and contrast through determining importance in science books. Using thematic books with different kinds of writing, students will compare and contrast two different writings on three levels. They will be studying text features and text structures in specific content. Their final essay will explain each writing and then compare and contrast them.
In this unit, students will summarize information through fix up monitoring in ecosystem books. Main idea will be reviewed vigorously in order to aid in students' ability to form summaries of both fiction and non-fiction tests. Even though realistic fiction will be covered, students will be writing a persuasive essay as a turkey who wishes to be spared for Thanksgiving .
In this unit, students make inferences through visualizing in historical fiction. Several historical fiction books are presented to help student recognize their traits as opposed to non-fiction. Looking for Pa is the read Aloud that is a complete historical fiction with vivid details for visualizing and making inferences. Students read texts without pictures and try to visualize through inferences. They will write using vivid sensory words about being a rainforest animal and their surroundings.
In this unit, students determine importance through sequencing in personal narratives. Several personal narratives were read to look at fictional elements, especially sequencing. Students were also invited to investigate character traits and changes in those characters in order to study personal narratives in greater depth. The first personal narrative was to pick their favorite region in Virginia and explain that choice. They then wrote a true personal narrative about an important moment in their life. As a group they analyzed their own and three others as to the traits of a personal narrative.
In this unit, students ask questions to determine the main idea in biographies. During this time, students read several biographies, analyzing them by using the qualities of a good biography. They asked questions of classmates to create their first biography. Then, after reading different biographies looking for the main idea, students planned and wrote another biography in the form of a newspaper article.
Every 2-3 weeks students will study a new thinking skill with a reading comprehension skill in a new genre. Below, under Benchmark summary, you can find the whole year.
Parental Involvement Can Increase Reading Improvement
· MAKE A READING PLAN WITH YOUR CHILD SO THEY CAN REACH THEIR GOAL.
· Make sure your child reads every night.
· Ask them about what they are reading.
· Ask them to read to you.
· Have family Read Alouds where everyone is involved in a good book.
· Share some of your favorite books from when you were younger.
· Even if they are listening to reading, ask them to read along so they see the words they are hearing.
· The more students read, the better they will get.
· Ask them to share their inner conversations as they read.
· Make sure you encourage thinking while reading.