Melissa Monn

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Job Title: 

Teacher

Name: 

Melissa Monn

Department: 

4th Grade

 

Fourth Grade 2017 - 2018

Welcome to Fourth Grade!


Your child should be reading for at least 20 minutes every evening to improve their fluency and comrehension of a text.  They may choose any text (and even be reading from a tablet).  Be sure to check in with them on their book challenge!


Reading:
 
This week in reading, students will be learning to find text evidence in an informational text.  They will also review how text features help a reader to understand information.

Writing:


This week in writing,
 we will be creating some pieces of writing for Back To School night.  We will then begin to write narratives in the upcoming weeks.


Please remember that handwriting is a grade for students! Encouragement of proper letter formation at home is strongly recommended!  If you see your child writing a letter incorrectly, have them fix it immediately, so it does not become a habit that is hard to break. :) 
 
 
Math

Students will be working with place value over the next couple of weeks.  They will learn to write numbers in standard form, expanded form, and written form.  They will learn place value up to the millions, and compare numbers as well.



Science
 We are beginning our year with life science, focusin on structure and function!

Social Studies

We will be learning about social studies in a few weeks (disucssing pangea and the first peoples of America).


Word Study


Word study is built into their reading and writing blocks this year.  Student will be learning various patterns that they can apply directly to their writing.   



Ideas to do with words that students are still learning to spell:

Alphabetical order
Have your child use their word cards to put their words in alphabetical order. This is a skill that is still very difficult for first graders but that they will need throughout their lives. After they order them, they can practice writing them down on paper in alphabetical order.
 
Word Sort
Remind your child that they can sort their words in categories (short/long vowels). Your child should read each word aloud during this activity. Ask your child to explain to you why the words are sorted in a particular way. What does the sort reveal about spelling in general? They can write the sort down for extra practice!
 
Word Hunt
Assist your child in doing a word hunt, looking for words in a familiar book that have the same sound, pattern or both as the words they are studying this week (as well as their sight words). The words may not necessarily be words they are studing this week.  Write them down, or cut them and glue them if they were found in a magazine or newspaper. 
 
Practice test
As you call out the words in a random order, your child should write them down. Discuss any misspelled words and use a strategy (such as the stair strategy) to practice.

 
Stair strategy (Pyramid Writing)
Have your child write out the word one letter at a time in a vertical fashion, adding one letter each line they go down, until the word is complete.
r
ra
rai
rain
rainb
rainbo
rainbow


Challenge Them
 

Have them write a story!  Can they use a question in the opening line to grab their readers attention?  Can they use adjectives to describe the characters in their story?  


Specials Schedule


Monday - Art 
Tuesday - Music 
Wednesdsay - PE and Media 
Thursday - PE
Friday  - Art and Music

  
 

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