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WELCOME TO MRS. FRAIN’S 4TH GRADE ELA CLASS!

IMPORTANT DATES

Jan. 15 - NO SCHOOL

Jan. 29 - HUSTLE FIELD TRIP

Feb. 16 & 19 - NO SCHOOL

 

  

 *Sign up for REMIND if you have not done so already. Text @frain2017 to 81010 for ELA information AND @mrsconlee to 81010 for math information. 

 

*Please write your name and phone number on any checks you send to the school.   

 

Click on 'Class Schedule' link above for lunch & activity times.

 

Red Graded Papers will come home every MONDAY unless otherwise noted.  

They should be signed and returned by Wednesday.

 

Don't forget to join LES PTO!!!

 

*Please use the school form for your child’s absences.  You can print this directly off the school website.  Please limit absences and check-outs as much as possible…attendance is important!  And remember our PATRIOT PERFECT ATTENDANCE monthly incentives! We highly encourage attendance, but we know occasionally absences occur for various reasons.  Please send a note for every day your child misses school including check outs.  If your child visited the doctor, it is always best to have a doctor's note.  Sending a note could keep you off of the truant list.  Details are always available in your child's agenda in the handbook section. 

 

*If you have not signed up for parent portal, I strongly encourage you to do so.  Check with the front office to receive your login information.  Grades are posted as soon as I have them graded, so this way you will know immediately what is happening with your child and his/her grades.

  

 *Sign up for ‘Notify Me’ on our school webpage in order to receive important updates through text or e-mail.

 

 

DECEMBER CHARACTER TRAIT 

CARING & GENEROSITY

Building a Caring Community

Please stress the importance of this with your child at home.  

 

 

Weekly Objectives

Jan. 8-12

HW due Thur.

 

 

  

Guided Spelling - N/A THIS WEEK!

 

 

*Quiz over these 10 words will be after Christmas break. Spelling quizzes will be every other Friday over 10 words (on same days as grammar quizzes).

 

Vocabulary: Making Meaning

1. loathe - to hate or strongly dislike

2. labor - to work hard (physically or mentally)

3. crave - to want badly, long for, or desire very much

4. lend a hand (idiom) - to help or assist

5. permanent - lasting or meant to last a very long time or forever (antonym of temporary)

6. temporary - lasting or meant to last only a short time; impermanent (antonym of permanent)

7. circumstances - facts or events that affect or explain a situation

8. elated - extremely happy and excited; overwhelmed with joy (antonym of dejected)

9. dejected - sad and discouraged or in low spirits (antonym of elated)

10. pessimistic - expecting the worst to happen; a pessimistic person thinks that things will turn out badly (antonym of optimistic)

11. optimistic - expecting the best to happen; an optimistic person believes that things will turn out well (antonym of pessimistic)

12. ambition - a strong desire to do or achieve something

 

Quiz over these 12 words will be Jan. 19.  Vocabulary quizzes will be every other week over the 12 words from the past two weeks (6 words per week).

 

Mentor Sentences/Grammar - n/a this week

Focus Skill:

Other Skills:

 

*Quiz over the focus skill will be after Christmas break. Grammar quizzes will be every other Friday over specific focus skills and review skills (same days as spelling quizzes).

 

Reading: Making Meaning

The Making Meaning program is a reading comprehension curriculum that is the first of its kind to combine research-based best practices in reading comprehension with support for fostering your child's growth as caring, collaborative, and principled people.

 

Unit 6 - Making Inferences

Week Mentor Texts - Amelia's Road

Comprehension Focus

*make inferences to understand characters

*continue to use text structure to explore a fiction story

*read independently

 

Social Development Focus

*analyze the effect of their behavior on others and on the group work

*develop the skills of using clarifying questions and statements and including everyone in and contributing to the group work

 

 

Writing: Being a Writer

The Being a Writer program provides a writing-process approach to teaching writing that interweaves academic and social-emotional learning into daily instruction. Using authentic children’s literature, the program provides support for creating a Collaborative Classroom environment where teachers facilitate student discussion, provide a model for the respectful exchange of ideas, and help students develop their own voice.

*This week, we will complete a week-long unit of study on how to read a passage and write from another character's point of view/perspective.

 

Unit

 Mentor Texts

Writing Focus

 

Social Development Focus

 

Social Studies 

Social Studies will be integrated through language arts lessons.  Grades will be taken throughout the quarter.

*Over the next few weeks, we will be reading about and studying various African-Americans who have made a difference in American history.