4th Grade Mrs. Miller
This week at Morgan
This is book fair week. We shop on Friday, our media day. The book fair will also be open during conferences on Thursday night.
Conferences are Tuesday and Thursday nights. Both nights are booked fairly solid. Please be on time and I will promise to do my best to get you in and out in 15 minutes. Also, I encourage the students to come to conferences. They need to be present as we discuss their strengths and the goals we have for them for the remainder of the year. Please bring any questions you have. I can't wait to see everyone this week!
In reading we are still working in small groups reading fiction stories. This quarter we focus on folktales most of the time and revisit ideas from first quarter like character traits, setting, etc. We are also searching for figurative language in our own personal reading. As a group we are reading Mr. Popper's Penguins and will be doing a compare/contrast activity when we finish the book.
November 25 is the 1/2 way point of the quarter and therefore the day in which students need to have 6.5 AR points. We went over individual goals for November this week. Many students are not challenging themselves with their reading level and therefore not making their goal of pushing up their average level. Just like when you work out, if you want to gain muscle you must push yourself. Lifting pencils to build biceps isn't going to work out the way you'd like it to. Students can not read in the lower half of their range and grow their "brain muscles". I will monitor student levels this month and step in only if I see they aren't pushing themselves more. Please encourage them at home to read things that challenge their thinking. If you have a question about this matter, I will do my best to answer it at conferences.