Happy Thanksgiving!!! Enjoy your time with your children. They have been working so hard in the classroom. I am very proud of their hard work and perseverance and they deserve some down time.
Fall Break: November 24-28
Parent/Teacher Conferences: I am enjoying our meetings as we discuss your child in depth. If you have not scheduled a meeting, a note will be coming home with available dates and times. Please take time to schedule an appointment. I look forward to seeing you.
Each week, the students will be doing Cold Reads as homework each night. A cold read is a reading passage that a student has not read before. They have learned strategies on how to read one of these passages and how to answer the questions. These strategies are below in a PDF file. Please ensure your child is doing his/her very best work on the homework. Each piece of homework has a very specific purpose to help your child gain success in each phase of fourth grade.
The students have glued all their passwords on the back page of their agenda with the corresponding website. Please explore www.thinkcentral.com. It is an online version of the students Math book as well as extra practice, remedial instruction, enhanced instruction, video explanations, etc. Wonderful resources to help you and your child understand the math curriculum.
I will be giving the children a pre-test for Spelling on Monday. If they score 100% on the pretest, they are exempt from the weekly homework and Thursday post-test. Study over the weekend as this is a great opportunity to lessen the load.
Have fun studying spelling by going to www.spellingcity.com . Search for The Villages Charter Elementary School and click on my name "Anne Crane". Choose the list the kids are studying this week and all kinds of different games come up using this weeks words! Happy playing!
Remember, they should be reading at least 15 minutes nightly and give a 1 or 2 sentence summary of what they read during that time in their reading log. Homework is posted online for your convenience so be sure to check the website often for updates.
Math: Chapter 7: Adding and Subtracting Fractions. E.Q: How do you add or subtract fractions that have equivalent denominators?
Writing: Teacher will continue to model informational writing using the R.A.C.E. acronym (R=Restate the question; A=Answer the question; C=Cite evidence to support your answer; E= Explain your answer in your own words.
Language Arts: Unit 2 Week 5
Strategy: Ask and Answer Questions
Skill: Point of View
Vocabulary Strategy: Figurative language
Handwriting: Cursive letters review
Reading Log: Each evening your child is required to read at least 15 minutes nightly. Your child is also required to track his/her reading on a reading log which is inside a sleeve in the agenda binder. Parents must sign the log.
In an effort to be better stewards of our resources parents will no longer be receiving AR TOPS reports. To view your child's progress towards their goals you can visit the website listed below. It is easy to get signed and ready to use this great service. You will receive emails to your personal address when your child has tested. It is a valuable tool to use in keeping in touch with your child's progress. http://www.tvcs-ar.org/RenaissanceServer/HomeConnect/Login.aspx
Parents, please make sure that your child is taking advantage of the ThinkCentral website. This is a valuable tool to use for practice in both reading, math, and science. Your child has been given a username and password for this website. The information is located in their binders. www.thinkcentral.com
Students will be getting acquainted with Spelling activities that will help them be successful on Thursday tests. We have created a link to Spelling City which provides games and printables for each week's spelling words. Please go to www.spellingcity.com and click "search" on the top menu. Click "schools" on the search menu. Type in "The Villages Elementary School" and then click on the school name. Find my name "Anne Crane" name. Students will need to choose the list of words we are working on that week. Happy playing.
Please make sure to check binders nightly for important information, weekly assignments, and tests. Please make sure that your child is reading every night. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call me, jot a note in the planner, or email me at anytime.