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Mrs. Brower's 4th Grade News




    ~Weekly Objectives (9/17-9/21)~



Unit 3: Questioning

Expository Nonfiction - During this unit, the students use wondering and questioning to help them understand expository nonfiction texts as they continue an across-grades exploration of animal life.

Week One: 

Comprehension Focus:  

  • use wondering to help them make sese of text
  • use schema to articulate all they think they know about a topic before they read
  • read independently

Social Development Focus:

  • analyze why it is important to be respectful
  • develop the skill of explaining their thinking



Unit 3: Personal Narrative

During this four-week unit, the students explore the genre of personal narrative and write about significant topics and events from their lives.

Week One:

Writing Focus: 

  • hear and discuss personal narratives
  • learn about a professional author's writing practice
  • generate writing ideas from their own lives
  • visualize sensory details
  • draft personal narratives, focusing on single, interesting events or topics from their own lives

Social Development Focus: 

  • build the writing community
  • listen respectfully to the thinking of others and share their own 



Vocabulary: We will have a vocabulary quiz every other Friday.  Students must be able to use the words in sentences.  Our next test will be Friday, September 21st.

1. hardship - something that causes difficulty, pain, or suffering

2. seek - try to find

3. yearn - wish or long for something very strongly, especially something difficult to get

4. plead - beg; ask for something in a strong or serious way

5. experience - something you have done, seen, or taken part in

6. custom - something that has been done for a long time and has become widely accepted

7. dissimilar - not similar; not alike. If two things are dissimilar, they are different. 

8. focus - adjust the eyes to see something clearly; concentrate your attention or effort on something

9. function - purpose, role, or job

10. sensitive - sharp, quick, or alert; easily offended or hurt

11. critical - extremely important or absolutely necessary

12. obstacle - something that blocks or gets in your way


 Spelling: We will have a spelling test every other week.  Our next test will be Friday,  September 14th.

1. it's

2. explain

3. until

4. expect

5. became 

6. second

7. moment

8. let's

9. again

10. afraid 


Each week we will learn different grammar skills using a sentence from text.  Our next test will be Friday, September 14th.

This week's grammar focus is complex sentences.



Each student needs to interview an adult about the events of September 11, 2001.  This was sent home this past Thursday, Sept. 6th and is due on Tuesday, Sept. 11th.