Set Sail for 4th Grade!
I am so excited about our school year together.
Mrs. Raggio's Website
Week Sept. 26-30
Up Coming Dates to Know:
September 28-School Pictures
October 7- Walk-A-Thon
October 10-Columbus Day- No School
Your child will walk during their Activity time on October 7th
You are more than welcome to come and walk too!
Please allow for them to wear tennis shoes or other appropriate shoes.
As communication tools, I will use Classroom Dojo to communicate conduct/praises, and as a 2-way form of communication. Letters have come home about Dojo sign-up. Please sign up as a new user as soon as possible. If your child is in my homeroom, sign up for RAGGIO. Wells & I will link our classes.
****DRESS CODE ALERT: (For girls) Leggings and yoga pants must be paired with a LONG shirt. Thanks (again) for your support in this area. This is continuing to be a problem. PLEASE check this, as we will have to call home for a change of clothing to be brought to school.
This Week in:
ELA: We are continuing the discussion of nonfiction text, and questioning. There are new words to study. There will be a quiz on Friday of this week with 12 words tested. We review and work with these words daily. Current vocabulary words to study nightly are the following:hardship, seek, yearn, plead, experience, custom, dissimilar, focus, function, sensitive, critical, obstacle.
In writing, be are beginning a new unit, The Writing Process. In this unit, students are selecting a piece of previous prewriting, and working it through revision with mini lessons and conferencing along the way. I am excited about seeing and reading what my writers can do with their pieces.
Grammar: Compound sentences going into complex sentences. (We actually worked on compound last week also.)
An ongoing assignment is for students to read for 15-20 minutes per night. This can be anything that interests your child. Students are responsible for keeping a reading log. I will ask for the completed logs in about 1 month, so that would be about 25 entries.
Two sites of high interest and variety for reading are Dogo News and Time for Kids. These 2 sites provide rich and interesting material about current events for your child to read. Please check them out!
Social Studies: We are practicing answering close reading questions with our Scholastic News. Grades will be taken periodically on the backpage quizzes and other materials that go along with the S. News.
CURRENT EVENT- Our first current event is due by Friday. I modeled the completion and thought process for this today (Monday). This can be anything that interests your child. Good sources are the newspaper, magazines, Time for Kids, Dogo News, etc... Please make sure that it is INDEED an article, not just a picture with a caption. Also, I stressed to the students that we are staying away from news of violence and anything too graphic. I would like to see a copy of the article or the article itself. I will be happy to return it to you. If the article is Dogo News or Time for Kids, we can pull it up on the computer, so printing is not required. Just let me know if you have any questions. This has been a very enjoyable assignment for students to share their interests with others! This will be taken as a social studies grade, and a 10% performance assessment in ELA.
We LOVE books! Our Scholastic book order number is
H4JBT Go online and order any time.
Thank you for visiting my site. Please stop by often and regularly as I update this page each week.
Please check-in with your child each night on his/her Take-Home folder. Homework and any school communications (on paper) will be in this folder. It is VERY IMPORTANT. Your child should be writing down homework assignments daily. I will have students read 15-20 Minutes per night. This can be anything that students choose, just so reading is taking place. There may be additional assignments as well, but the reading is something that needs to be consistent.
**Don't forget to keep those Boxtops for Education coming in! They really add up and help us get PE equipment.
Class Wish List (STUDENTS WHO BRING ITEMS FOR THE CLASS WILL RECEIVE A PASS!
COPY PAPER* (white or colored)
Gift Cards to stores such as Walmart, Sam's, Office Depot, Knowledge Tree, Dollar Tree, Kroger, etc.....for class supplies and treats.
Colorful EXPO markers
Class Treat Snacks (individually packaged, if possible)
***WE ASK THAT EACH STUDENT PROVIDE EITHER A LARGE BAG OR 2/3 SMALLER BAGS OF CANDY AT SOME TIME DURING THE YEAR FOR THE TREAT BUCKET. CURRENTLY, MINE IS EMPTY. (SMARTIES, JOLLY RANCHERS, DUM DUM SUCKERS, ETC.....SMALL WRAPPED)
Gently used or new books for classroom library.
**Please know that I attempt to provide timely and useful information on my website, but assignments and dates are subject to change. I will keep students & parents as up-to-date as possible by using the planner (in which students write assignments) and Classroom Dojo. Though parents may communicate with me via Dojo, I have quiet hours set from 5:30PM to 6:00AM and on weekends. I will answer any phone calls and messages in a timely manner and within the course of a school day, but please allow 24 hours to receive a phone call or message back.