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Novel Studies

As you know, we have started our first whole class novel study of the year. Students are reading Hatchet by Gary Paulsen, and are enjoying it so far! I am already impressed by students' ability to discuss texts, and to cite evidence to justify their reasoning. WOW!

The purpose of whole novel studies is to provide a common literary experience - one in which we will refer back to throughout the year. Secondly, students benefit from a deep analysis of literature by looking at one book together. These novel studies challenge students to SLOW down and linger in one text for longer periods of time, and gain new insights and perspectives about the literature. It provides a richer, fuller, more enhanced approach to literacy instruction when balanced with independent and small group reading.

Try This At Home ...

Create a commercial to "sell" a favorite book to a particular audience.

Next Week's Set List (September 14-18)

Week at a Glance/Skills for the Week:

LITERACY – We continue our Novel Study of Hatchet. Our emphasis throughout the novel will be focusing on how the main character, Brian, changes throughout this story due to internal and external conflicts.

– We continue our writing unit on narratives this week, focusing on developing realistic, believable characters who overcome authentic struggles. I anticipate students will begin to make discoveries and connections between their writing and reading.

MATH – We will begin Unit 3, focusing on geometry and data. The family letter came home with your child; be sure to keep it in a safe place for future reference!

SPELLING – Next week will be the unit 6 spelling test. The core words are their, again, however, special, and complete. Please practice these words at home.

SCIENCE – No Science this week.

SOCIAL STUDIES – We begin unit 2 in Social Studies next week, which investigates Indiana's early natives. Essential Questions to explore: How did the Native Americans adapt and use land features? How do people handle conflict? How do different groups influence others?

TIPS - We will continue practicing the 4 C's through Socratic Seminar. Check out this website for more information about our 21st century skills.

Upcoming Events

September 14-18th: Healthy Schools Week

September 18th: Homecoming Early Release Day, 2:55pm Disimissal


I have another blog post for you to check out ... As a parent in today's tech savvy age, I know I am challenged with managing screen time for my kids. I want devices to be used for all its intended and potential good to help prepare my kids for their 21st Century world. Yet, it is sometimes difficult to know how to best manage this. The author of this blog gives one strategy you could try! Although she used this strategy with her younger kids, I think it could apply well for 4th graders, too. Happy reading! :)

And in case you missed it last week ....
Check out this awesome blog post that shares great tips for parents to better understand how to read with their child of all ages! The author, Michael Friermood, has taught in Carmel Schools and is taking the year off to create resources to increase the home/school connection. I hope you enjoy the tips, and have fun implementing them at home! :)