Language Arts Loop
Your News for What's Happening in Room 404-Oct. 11, 2015
predicting the main idea, reading for powerful words, purpose of stanza, & checking our prediction
layers of poetry reading notes: meaning, stanzas, line breaks, message, main idea
working through the reading & analyzing of a poem
Small Group Reading
In writing, we have been working with our newest seed ideas. We spent time drafting our ideas on drafting paper and discussed again the idea of our notebooks being the collection place for our ideas, thoughts and future writing options. However, once an idea has been chosen we pull the idea out of the notebook and draft it on drafting paper. This process brings the idea to life and allows us the ability to work with the idea, move parts of it around and then revise for meaning, impact and organization. This is where we enter the "messy middle" and where the magic of the piece begins to happen. We will continue working with these pieces which will be published in the next few weeks. After this publication, we will move into the genre of expository writing. Below are some pictures of students engaging in the drafting process.
Students are working with their individual words. Throughout the week, students sort their words based on the rule/pattern, sort their words as nouns/verbs, write sentences with their words and write their words in cursive.
Tomorrow October 12, Ms. Faske and I will be meeting with many of you to discuss your student's progress thus far in fourth grade. We always enjoy taking this time to sit down with each of you and talk about how you feel things are going, as well as, share our observations, ideas and feedback. If you haven't had a chance to sign up for a conference please let us know if there is another afternoon that would work for you.
Thank you for all your support of our Booster-Thon fundraiser. We had a great time running/walking and cheering each other on.