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Another successful week in Fourth Grade!
FSA Field Testing
The FSA Field Test will be administered for Writing on February 3 and February 4. This is not the actual State Writing Test but will be treated in the same manner. Please make sure your child has a great night's sleep and nutritious breakfast before coming to school. The children will be field tested in Writing.
Writing Tutoring throughout February:
A letter went home to some of my students indicating that they had been chosen for afterschool tutoring in Writing. All fourth grade teachers will be tutoring a very small group of children (about 5-6) on specific skills to help them be successful on the FSA Writing Test in March. This is a great opportunity for your child to be tutored by a 4th grade teacher for free. We are very excited to help your child shine on the Florida State Writes.
February Newsletter available in the PDF files
Other Important Information:
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 10: How can you draw and identify lines and angles, and how can you classify shapes?
Writing: Teacher will continue to model opinion 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: How do you explain what you see in the sky?
Strategy: Ask and Answer Questions
Skill: Text Structures (Cause/Effect, Problem/Solution, Chronological Order, Compare)
Genre: Expository Text
Vocabulary Strategy: Words in Context
Handwriting: Cursive letters review
Spelling: To begin with; Most importantly; Additionally; Likewise; Furthermore; For example; Another reason; According to the article; For instance; Clearly, the evidence proves; Obviously; Imagine; This reminds me; Undeniably; Without question; In conclusion; In summary; Therefore,
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.
2014 Fourth Grade Spelling List - 2014 Spelling Bee list
August 2014 Newsletter - August 2014 Newsletter
Chapter4math - Chapter 4 overview
December Newsletter 2014 - December Newsletter 2014
February Newsletter - February 2015 Newsletter
Reading Strategies - Reading Strategies for a cold read
September 2014 Newsletter - September 2014 Newsletter
St. Augustine Consent Form 2014 -
St. Augustine Parent Letter 2014 -
Tips for Writing Success - Narrative/Expository Success