In Reading Workshop, we are continuing our read aloud, Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai. We have had some rich discussions about metaphors, the causes of the Vietnam War, and the effects of the war on a little girl named Ha and her family.
We are also continuing our cause and effect unit. We will practice identifying causes and effects a few more days, and then have our assessment on Thursday. Students will be given the cause and asked to give the effect or just the opposite while reading through informational text in a Scholastic News Magazine.
We will also take a reading skills test on Wednesday which covers many fourth grade standards. This will not be for a grade, but will be used as a learning tool.
In Writing Workshop, we will write Winter poems after looking at poems by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater. She has a great poetry website called Poetry Farm. Students can check out her poems at home at http://www.poemfarm.amylv.com/ .
In Word Study, we will continue to learn about suffixes and their meaning and how they change words. Our assessment will be on Friday.
Holiday Parties - Thursday, December 19th 2:30-3:30, Assembly 2pm
Winter Break - Friday, December 20th - January 3rd, Classes resume January 6th
Pow Wow - February 1st 4-8pm
Related Arts Schedule This Week: (not sure this is accurate due to the snow day)
Monday - PE Tuesday - Library Wednesday - Music Thursday - Art Friday - PE