On Friday, fourth graders will bring home 12 M-STEP vocabulary words to study at home and an extra credit crossword puzzle. If students complete and return the extra credit crossword puzzle, they will earn 1 extra credit point on the quiz. On Fridays, the students will be quizzed on these words. When your child earns 80% or better on Friday’s quiz, he/she will earn a charm for his/her M-STEP charm necklace.
Please have your child log onto spelling city each day to help practice their MSTEP words. I have created lists to help them study independently.
English Language Arts
Every week your child will read an anchor text as well as a paired text. The anchor text is used to work on fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary skills and strategies. The paired text may be similar in theme and or genre. This text will reinforce vocabulary usage. Student understanding of the anchor text and vocabulary will be assessed on Fridays.
Students will also work on grammar and spelling throughout the week. There is no spelling test this week!
Weekly Reading Homework
Every Friday, your child is assigned reading material for the week. This assignment will be in the form of an electronic article using ReadWorks. Login info is in your child’s planner. Your child is required to read and answer questions that are Common Core based. Similar questions will appear on the M-STEP. The electronic submission is due by the following Thursday. All short answer questions MUST be answered in complete sentences and contain proper punctuation in order to earn credit. If your child doesn’t submit or return the reading homework by Thursday, he/she will miss out on valuable skill practice, and it will be noted as a missing assignment in Parent Connect. It is imperative that students complete the assigned articles and questions on time. After a certain date, the article will no longer be available in the student’s ReadWorks account for late submission.
Encourage your child to use the following steps to complete the assignment:
- Read the article noting any unknown words.
- Explore vocabulary section or use a dictionary to define the words.
- Read through the questions.
- Listen to the text aloud using the audio option available stopping to note any possible answers to the questions.
- Answer the questions using evidence in the text and note it in the text where possible.
- Reread until all other questions are answered.
- Double check to make sure all answers are completed and reasonable
March is Reading Month
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Math in Focus Chapter 10: Parallel and Perpendicular Line Segments
This week we began Chapter 10. In this chapter, students extend their knowledge of line segments and continue to explore parallel and perpendicular line segments. This chapter extends the use of the protractor to not only measure angles, but also draw perpendicular line segments when a grid is not provided. A drawing triangle is another tool that will be used this chapter.
Here is the Chapter 10 Parent Letter and Chapter 10 Chapter Wrap Up to help at home.
January Super Cougar
Congratulations to Alyssa Bommarito! She is Super Cougar for February. She is Responsible, Respectful, and Safe. She goes above and beyond our PBIS expectations. Way to go, Alyssa! Keep up the great work!