Week of February 20th:
ELA: This week, we will begin a unit on Figurative Language and Poetry. Your child will be given a handout in class with Figurative Language Terms. This will count as their weekly vocabulary. Your child will be responsible for learning definitions and examples of each figurative language term. The test over these terms will be on Friday. Please have your child study these each night. On Wednesday of this week, fourth grade will dress-up as their favorite Idiom expression. Examples were given on the note sent home on Friday. I will introduce more examples in class tomorrow. Your child will not be graded on this, but will be expected to explain his/her in Idiom in the class discussion on Wednesday. Because poetry will be our focus for the next few weeks, our weekly cold-read's will include figurative language and poems in the text.
Website with Idiom Meanings:http://www.idiomsite.com/
Social Studies: This week, We will wrap up the Revolutionary War by taking a quiz over information that was highlighted on study guides on Wednesday. Please have your child review their highlighted notes in their SS Composition Notebook as well as their Study Island Study Guides in their binder. A good way to preview the events would be to look back at Social Studies Weekly Newspaper articles Week #15 and #16. We will continue to discuss the war for the reminder of this week. We will start to learn about the meaning of the Constitution, The Bill of Rights, 10 Amendments, and the three branches of government towards the end of this week and beginning of next week.
*Some helpful websites to understand this learning content better are:
Week of January 22nd:
ELA: Spelling words: Words with "ei, ie, eigh" spelling. Please see daily bell work handout for this week's spelling words. Test will be given on Friday, January 26th.
Homework: Due January 25th, Point of View and Comparing Texts.
Writing: We will start collecting research for an informative/expository essay. All research will be given by the teacher. Students will analyze the information and select specific pieces of text that will be relevant for the essay's topic. This will be an on going assignment throughout the week. The finished product will be uploaded to See Saw in the next few week's.
SOCIAL STUDIES: We will study the French & Indian War and work our way up to the
Terms to know this week: French & Indian War, Iroquois League, Fort Loudoun,
Treaty of Paris of 1763, Proclamation Line, Watauga Settlements
Week of January 18th:
As we approach returning to school on Thursday (01-18-18), I wanted to send out a few updates and reminders for the next week.
The Week of: (01-08-18)
ELA: Primary and Secondary Sources/Point of View
Word of the Day: Greek and Latin Root study: “Hydra/Aqua”- test Friday!
Social Studies: Analyzing Slavery within the Southern colonies.
Test over Colony founders and leaders on Thursday, January the 1 1th.
During this week, we will take time to go over the winter benchmark assessment (Power Assessment) given last Thursday in class.
Welcome Back from Fall Break!!!
Week of: 10/16/2017
Week of TIGER WALK!!!
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)
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
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
Weekly Update: 08-28-17
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.
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!