Miss Santelli's Classroom

Welcome to the Franktastic 4th Grade!

Thought for the Week:


What's All the Buzz in Fourth Grade?

Scroll on down! Take a look at our focus this month. As we continue to grow each day as writers, it is important to remember- a writer's work is never done! There is always room for re-vision! Our writing block this year will rotate every 4 weeks. Students will have the opportunity and experience of using each type of writing in each of the content areas.

Day to Day

Each day, students are given the opportunity to "free write" in their journal. As much as there are required pieces in fourth grade, students should also get the chance to explore what they like and be able to see themselves as a writer.

Writing Focus

This month, our focus in writing will be on opinion pieces. Students will be diving in deeper than in the past to provide supporting evidence (facts and details) that justify their opinion. As students progress through each grade level, they will continue to build upon the foundation of an opinion piece, and writing pieces in general. The requirements and expectations for organization and detail will increase with each transition.

What is expected of a 4th Grade Writer?

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.1 Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.

Within an opinion piece, students will need to...

W.4.1.a Introduce a topic or text clearly, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure in which related ideas are grouped to support the writer's purpose.

W.4.1.b Provide reasons that are supported by facts and details.

W.4.1.c Link opinion and reasons using words and phrases (e.g., for instance, in order to, in addition).

W.4.1.d Provide a concluding statement or section related to the opinion presented.

Writer's in Action!

On any given day, what will you see when you walk into our writing block? Take a look at our journey through the writing process. Watch the video below to see what our model of Writer's Workshop looks it.
A Day in the Life of Our Writing Workshop


One of the most valued parts of our writing block, is the time spent conferencing with students. Each day, I meet with a handful of students to check in and help guide their writing. We pick one item to focus on for improvement throughout their piece, to help make their writing stronger and more successful.

Parent's Corner

Need some ideas or ways to help your Writer at home? Pick up any book below at our local library. After reading, ask your fourth grader some prompting questions. The key to a good fourth grade opinion piece is the evidence/facts that justify their claim. Dive back into their story! Have your child refer to a place in the text that would support their opinion.

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Online Resources

Each website below is filled with beneficial information and activities for students to work on.
Storyline Online allows students access to books right from their computer or tablet! What makes it even better, is that an actor will read the story to you! Follow along if you have the book at home or use these books as prompts for good opinion discussions.

This website takes you to an interactive four square organizer. Students are very familiar with the set-up and utilization of a four square. You can access this tool to help students organize their thoughts before they begin writing.

The Reading Rockets website has many resources not only for reading, but also writing. This website provides some excellent ideas and resources on why writing is important and how you can better help your child at home.
Something in particular your writer could improve upon? Learn Zillion is a fantastic site for all grades and subjects! This link focusses specifically on opinion writing and how to improve upon each aspect. Each aspect is broken into different lessons, allowing your writer to focus on one improvement at a time.