Language Arts Loop

Your News for What's Happening in Room 404-Oct. 11, 2015

Reading News

We are wrapping up our study of poetry. We have spent the last few weeks digging deeply into this genre, reading poems and studying all of the skills associated with poems. Students have learned about stanzas and a poet's purpose in organizing stanzas, and then the lines within each stanza. We have discussed the main idea in poems and the mood and theme and the poet's purpose in writing each poem. We know that reading a poem once is never enough and that poetry is meant to be read aloud and over and over again for enjoyment and to deeply understand the message. Below are some pictures of our notebooks as we added poems and then made notes on the poems, as we added our thinking and mastery of skills.
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Small Group Reading

Students have begun meeting in their small groups. Typically, they meet with me and the other students in their group to become introduced to their new book, discuss major ideas in the book and to get their reading assignment. They spend the next day(s), depending on our meeting schedule, reading their book, taking reader's notes and at times discussing the book with their group. We meet again as a whole group to debrief the text, reading and what we learned and found most interesting about the book. This structure allows the students to get support from me, engage with their classmates and discuss overall comprehension, which continues to move them forward as readers. When necessary we dig deeper in skills based on the context/content of the book. Below are two photos of student's reading notebooks with their reading notes. These notes help the students work through their thinking as they read their books independently.
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Writing News

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.

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Grammar/Spelling News

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.

Staying Connected


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.

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