This is an exciting week for our fourth grade book worms! We have officially begun book clubs, where each student has become part of a team or partnership, made goals and a team name, and begun reading their selected group book. The students are excited about the books they have selected and we cannot wait to hear the discussions that ensue!
The week has finally arrived! It's time for our fourth graders to show how much they have learned and grown over the past year. These kids have worked incredibly hard, and we know they will do their very best on Wednesday's reading STAAR. Please make sure your child gets a good night's rest and has a healthy breakfast to help ensure they are ready for they day.
The remainder of the week will be spent analyzing and comparing the books written by the award winning author Jaqueline Woodson. Below are some of her most well-known books that your child may read this week.
Students will spend this week on a literature study using several picture book favorites. Each day your child's group will focus on a different aspect of our picture book read aloud and share their thoughts with the class. Students will be asked to think about the following aspects of each book:
For homework this week, we have asked students to continue their nightly reading (at least 20 minutes per evening). The more they read, the better readers they will become! As your child reads, they should be jotting down their thoughts, understandings, and predictions. We would love for your child to share these at home "stop and jots" with us! Your child can either continue jotting on sticky notes as we normally do, or they can use technology to share these thoughts (such as PicCollage or another creative app or even by typing their thoughts in their GoogleDocs account and sharing it with their teacher). Lastly, feel free to use the below comprehension stems to discuss your child's book with them, or to assist them in writing out their thoughts.
This week our students will continue to compare and contrast multiple texts, focusing on the theme and author's purpose of each. Beginning Wednesday, the students will demonstrate their understanding of the different compare and contrast facets they have learned over the past couple of weeks. This project will use the app 30 Hands, and we would greatly appreciate if your child could bring their device with this app downloaded.
Parent Activity of the Week
1. Research musical instruments that use reeds. Visit a music store and view these instruments.
2. Research reed plants online. What reed plants grow in your area? What are some uses of reed plants, such as sugar cane, bamboo, and eucalyptus?