Fourth Grade Happenings

News from Mrs. Anderson September 16, 2016

Writer's Workshop

We discussed and took notes about Brainstorming and made many lists such as

  • Things we can't live without
  • Things we can't stand
  • Favorite foods
  • Adjectives

Reader's Workshop

We have been talking about what good reader's do as they read, I refer to these as green light moments. Examples of green light moments are:

  • making a text to self connection
  • making a text to world connection
  • making a text to text connection
  • ask questions or predictions about what will happen
  • confirm or change your predictions as you read
  • make mental image (picture in your head) of what's happening
  • laugh out loud
  • sympathize with characters

A reader can also have red light moments, maybe a word you don't know or you've read something that doesn't make sense to you. What does a good reader do? They use fix-up strategies such as:

  • reread a paragraph
  • break up a word into syllables
  • look up a word
  • use context clues in the text to figure it out
  • substitute another word that you think it means and see if the meaning makes sense

Ask your child what genre (or type) of book they are reading:

  • fantasy
  • realistic fiction
  • historical fiction
  • science fiction
  • poetry
  • information
  • biography
  • autobiography

Students are really enjoying our read aloud book, The Book of Elsewhere, The Shadows by Jacqueline West. It is a great mystery and full of unexpected twists.

As we are reading aloud, we are practicing to make inferences. An inference is an educated guess about a character, the problem, or the setting. The author doesn't come out and tell the reader all the information, so the reader uses clues from the text and their schema (what you know). An example, The leaves are falling, you can infer that the season is fall. So ask your students questions about what their character is feeling and how do they know.


We introduced the four types of sentences

  • Declarative Sentence- makes a statement and ends with a period
  • Interrogative Sentence-asks a question and ends with a question mark
  • Imperative Sentence-gives a command, tells someone to do something, and ends with a period
  • Exclamatory Sentences-shows strong feeling and ends with an exclamation mark

We've talked about the two parts of a complete sentence. A complete sentence needs a subject and a predicate. A subject tells who or what the sentence is about and the predicate tells what they are or what they are doing. When a sentence is missing one of the parts, it is called a fragment.

Capitalization Rules we've discussed and should know:

  • Beginning of a sentence
  • Names of days, months (proper nouns)
  • Titles (always first and last word in a title and other important words
  • Names of people and places (proper nouns)

Homework and upcoming assignment

This week's homework packet included a reading log and a vocabulary sheet. Students are recording five new or extraordinary (good) words they come across while they read.

Please check over your child's words, some of us are recording words that we already know to make it look like we did it. :)

Calendar and other Reminders

REACH Sept 22

BRAVE Sept 29

Parent Conferences October 10th if you haven't signed up. See link below

Remind 101

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Enter the number- 81010

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Scholastic Book Order

On Monday, I will send home the October Scholastic Book Order. I do about 3 book orders a year and wont do another for a while, so not to interfere with our school book fair next month. You can order online and order from any of the available catalogs, when ordering on line use my code, J23RH. Or you can write a check out to Scholastic or send cash back with the order form.