Tara Oaks Elementary School

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Weekly Update...

Welcome Back from Fall Break!!!

Week of: 10/16/2017

Language Arts:

4.RL.KID.2- Determine the theme of a text from the details in the text. Summarize the text.

4.RL.KID.3- Describe in depth a character, setting, or event from the text. Draw on specific details such as character's thoughts and actions to show textual evidence of characterization. 

4.RL.CS.5- Explain the differences between stories, dramas, and poems. Refer to the structural elements when writing or speaking about the text.  (Plot Mountain-Structural elements)

Writing:

Students will learn the structural parts of a story. Next, they will apply the parts of plot when writing a story and construct a non-fiction narrative explaining the metamorphosis of a mealworm connected to an in-class Science project. This writing activity will take place over the next two weeks.

Social Studies

We will continue to learn about the "Age of Exploration" 

S.S.4.4.- Trace routes of explorers and describe their explorations.

S.S.4.5-  Analyze the impact of exploration and settlement on the indigenous peoples and the environment. (Columbian Exchange)

S.S.4.7-Summarize the failure of the lost colony of Roanoke and theorize what happened.

"Word of the Day" vocabulary will be introduced and discussed each day during bell work assignment. 

Grammar- Reviewing parts of speech and sentence parts. (subjects, predicates, nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs) 

 

 

 

 

Week of TIGER WALK!!! 

09/25/17- 09/29/17

Language Arts:

4.RL.KID.1- Refer to details in the text explaining what the text says explicitly; refer to text and examples when making inferences. 

4.RL.KID.2- Determine the theme of a text from the details in the text. Summarize the text.

4.RL.KID.3- Describe in depth a character, setting, or event from the text. Draw on specific details such as character's thoughts and actions to show textual evidence of characterization. 

 

Homework Handout: "Jumping Tigers" focuses on theme and characterization of the fictional text. Due Thursday, 28th.

 

"Word of the Day" vocabulary will be introduced and discussed each day during bell work assignment. 

Grammar- Reviewing parts of speech and sentence parts. (subjects, predicates, nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs)

 

Social Studies: 

We will be embarking on the "Age of Exploration" 

S.S.4.4.- Trace routes of explorers and describe their explorations.

S.S. 4.5- Analyze the impact of their exploration and settlement on the indigenous peoples and the environment.

 

We will be using the following newspapers, Social Studies Weekly (Weeks #5 and #6) to better understand this information along with maps and notes taken in class. Please check your child's agenda for an update of a quiz on the Explorers. 

 

 

Week of: 09/1 1/17-09/15/17

Language Arts:

Students will focus on composing written responses in the R.A.C.E. format to non-fiction texts by explaining what they have cited from the text to provide evidence of true understanding of what they have read. They will make connections using written expression. As we approach informative writing, the R.A.C.E. strategy will be a key component of stating facts within the text and providing explanations as to how the facts connect to students’ written ideas.

Homework “The Million Dollar Nickel” handout will highlight this strategy. Students will be expected to annotate the text to help locate important information within the text.

*Cold-read comprehension test on Thursday!

 

Vocabulary: “Word of the Day” will be presented in the weekly bell work assignment. Your child will be responsible for reviewing these four words each night. The Test will be given on Thursday, September 14th, due to a four-day-week for students. No Spelling words this week.

 

Social Studies:

We will continue to learn of the Native Americans that are indigenous to Tennessee. We will discuss community customs, homes, religious beliefs and tools/resources of the Cherokee, Creek, Chickasaw, and Shawnee Native Americans.  Please see the Social Studies page of my website for links that will compliment this week’s learning objective.

Well cover the following: 
Principal Chief
Summer and winter homes
Beloved Woman
Recreation 
Clans
Maternal designations 
***PLEASE SEE LINKS ON SOCIAL STUDIES PAGE ON WEBSITE!

 

Important Dates this week:

9-1 1->Wear Red, White and Blue tomorrow in remembrance of Patriot’s Day.

9-14-17: Parent-teacher Conference night.

9-15-17: No school for students

 

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Weekly Update: 09-05-17

Language Arts: Continuing learning to cite evidence on a cold-read comprehension test and respond to constructive response questions using the strategy, "RACE."

Reading: This week we will continue to identify main idea and details and summarizing for the important details within a piece of text and respond to constructed response questions using the "RACE" strategy. (Restate-Answer-Cite-Explain) Please see Reading Skills page on my webpage for strategy sheets and explanations of this concept. 

Spelling: This Tuesday, students were given twenty words that share the /ar/ sound. Students will have daily bell work assignments that will practice this phonetic skill. Please have your child review these words each night. (Wordlist was stapled in the agenda as well.) SPELLING TEST on Friday! 

 

Social Studies:

A TEST over the four indigenous groups to Tennessee will be on Thursday of this week. This test will focus on the Early Native American groups in TN: The Paleo, Archaic, Woodland, and  Mississippian native groups. The study guide, that was given last Friday located in the S.S. section of the binder, lists each group’s information on it. Please have your child review this study guide nightly. This resource will be the best study tool for this test. However, your child does have additional notes in his/her blue SS Composition notebook that will be helpful as well.   

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Weekly Update: 08-28-17

LANGUAGE ARTS: 

Homework was sent home on Friday, August 25th. It will not be due until Thursday, August 31st.

Vocabulary: We will begin "Word of the Day" vocabulary this week. Your child will be given a sheet on Monday with four words. Each morning for bell work, your child will learn a new vocabulary word. On Friday, your child will take a twenty- question test over the four words. The test will consists of matching, multiple-choice, eliminate incorrect usage of the vocabulary word, and true or false questions. Please have your child study the bell work sheet each night!

Reading: This week we will continue to identify main idea and details within a piece of text and respond to constructed response questions using the "RACE" strategy. (Restate-Answer-Cite-Explain) Please see Reading Skills page on my webpage for strategy sheets and explanations of this concept. 

Grammar: Daily Grammar will be discussed daily on bell work sheet. We will identify nouns, verbs, subjects, and predicates found within the sentence's structure. 

 

SOCIAL STUDIES: We will discuss the Paleo (trick: “Oh, they’re SOOOOO old!) Native American tribes from North America, as well as the more modern tribes (Cherokee, Creek, Chickasaw). Again, it is important to check your child’s agenda daily to get updates.

 

T-shirt $ was due on Friday (25th). If you did not turn it in yet, then please turn it in Monday.

If you don’t have the form that was sent home, just write your child’s t-shirt size on an envelope, sticky note, etc. and send it with $10. 

When you write a check to Tara Oaks, please do the following:

*make sure there is a phone # on the check

*make sure your child’s first & last name are on the memo line

*make sure you write what the check is for (the kids don’t always remember, and I collect in homeroom for everything)

Friday, September 1st: Wear P.J.'s for a $1.00 to donate to "Go Jim Go!"  

Monday, September 4th is Labor Day. School will be closed.

 
 
Week of August 21st-25th:
Language Arts:
  • We will continue to practice making annotations while reading fiction and nonfiction texts.
  • We will continue to learn the “12 Most Powerful” testing words and their meanings. Students will take a Vocabulary test over these 12 words on Tuesday, August 22nd.
  • (Weekly Skill: Summarizing/Paraphrasing) - We will learn the reading strategy, “Getting the G.I.S.T.” when summarizing informative texts. This strategy’s resources and examples can be found on my classroom website. The strategy teaches students to determine relevant facts from irrelevant information found within a particular text. Mastering this skill will be a “key” development strategy in future writing skills.
  • Cold-read Comprehension Test on Friday, August 25th. (Short passages focusing on annotations used to cite evidence and assessing the skill, summarizing.) 
  • Weekly homework practice will be sent home each night labeled at the top with assignment due dates.
Social Studies:
  • We will begin to learn and understand different Native American cultures. Students will analyze religious beliefs, customs, various folklore traditions of the Cherokee, Creek, and Chickasaw Indians.
  • Notes will be pasted into the (blue) Social Studies Composition Notebook. All notes will be highlighted and/or emphasized within the S.S. (blue) notebook.
 
Important dates:
Monday- Solar Eclipse Day! :D
Tuesday, August 22nd- Meet the Teacher night  (1st Session: 5:15 to 6:00 or 2nd Session: 6:15-7:00)
Thursday: School Fall Pictures

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Week of August 14th-18th:

SOCIAL STUDIES:  We will review mapping skills (compass rose, legend, latitude and longitude, etc.) and pass out a WS (worksheet) on "Geographic Features". Students will make FC (flashcards) to learn different types of geographic features. FC should stay in the SS (social studies- blue section) of binder. Please see your child's agenda for further instructions/information. 

 

(ELA) English/Language Arts: We will learn academic vocabulary words that are most commonly used on state assessments called, "The Twelve Powerful Words" (-Mr. Larry Bell)  We will learn hand motions and short chants that will help your child better understand these testing words. Flash cards will be added to their binder, as well as, their ELA (yellow) composition notebook. Please review these words with your child each night. There will be a vocabulary test on these words once we have learned all twelve. 

Reading Comprehension: We will learn how to make annotations in nonfiction texts to better understand the informational texts. This strategy is called, "S.N.O.T.S." (Small Notes on the Side) Students will be able to identify facts, as well as, text features that will better help them decode the text for important information. We will practice this strategy in multiple, short nonfiction texts throughout the week. Homework will be sent home each night this week practicing this specific reading strategy for decoding informational text. Please check your child's agenda nightly!