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Calendar:
April:
11th- FIELD TRIP (money due by 4th)

 

16th-ELA state test

18th-Writing state test

19th, 22nd School Holidays

30th-Math state test

ELA (Reading Skills and Writing): We are reviewing all reading skills and standards learned this year. I am doing this by group work, games, one on one instruction, group instruction, and independent work.

 

Key Ideas and Details

 

  • RL.4.1. Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
  • RL.4.2. Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.
  • RL.4.3. Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions).

 

Craft and Structure

 

  • RL.4.4. Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including those that allude to significant characters found in mythology (e.g., Herculean).
  • RL.4.5. Explain major differences between poems, drama, and prose, and refer to the structural elements of poems (e.g., verse, rhythm, meter) and drama (e.g., casts of characters, settings, descriptions, dialogue, stage directions) when writing or speaking about a text.
  • RL.4.6. Compare and contrast the point of view from which different stories are narrated, including the difference between first- and third-person narrations.

 

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

 

  • RL.4.7. Make connections between the text of a story or drama and a visual or oral presentation of the text, identifying where each version reflects specific descriptions and directions in the text.
  • RL.4.8. (Not applicable to literature)
  • RL.4.9. Compare and contrast the treatment of similar themes and topics (e.g., opposition of good and evil) and patterns of events (e.g., the quest) in stories, myths, and traditional literature from different cultures.

 

Range of Reading and Complexity of Text

 

  • RL.4.10. By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, in the grades 4–5 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.

Text Types and Purposes

  • W.4.1. Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.

 

  • W.4.2. Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

 

  • W.4.3. Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

 

  • W.4.10. Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.

 

 

          Literature Circles/Book Club- students chose a partner and chose a book to read from my classroom library   Students are given time to read and answer questions daily. If students need more time to complete the questions, this is done for homework. Completed questions are checked by me each Friday and discussed in their Book Club. A grade will be taken on their questions periodically. Students are aware of this and should be answering their questions accordingly.I AM ENCOURAGING STUDENTS TO ANSWER BOOK CLUB QUESTIONS IN COMPLETE SENTENCES NOW.

         Vocabulary: NO MORE VOCABULARY

Spelling: Each student has a list of words put in a page protector in their binder. This is their list of words for the year. We have 20 words and 1 bonus word for each list. Week 13  list will be tested on Friday, April 12th.

Grammar: Each student has a folder that is labeled 'Mountain Language Grammar'  We do grammar daily in this folder. Tests will be given periodically.

 

Social Studies: Scholastic News  is used in our classroom weekly.

        Current Event: due Thursday, April 25th . It will be due once a month. Each student has received instructions. Students must also bring in the article itself or a note from a parent excuse if not able to print. Thanks!