Mrs. Smith's Class: 4th Grade in Room 401

Week of February 12th-16th
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Image result for writing imageThis week, we are working on adding figurative language to our narratives to make them more poetic and interesting. We are learning about metaphors, similes, and personification.


We are working at applying the grammar skills we have learned this year while going through the editing process of our writing.


We finished piloting a new ELA curriculum for two weeks called ReadyGen. We are now starting to pilot CKLA.
Ask your child how it compares to Reading Street!

Comprehension Skill: Finding Evidence in the Text:

Students are continuing to practice finding evidence in the text to support answers.

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Daily Schedule:

8:00 - Check-in, morning work
8:15 ELA and Social Studies in Homeroom
9:40 - Specialist 
10:20 - Recess
10:35Math and Science in Mrs. McMurry's Classroom
12:00 - Lunch
12:40 - Reading Intervention
1:20 - Math Intervention
1:55 - Class Meeting/Read Aloud
2:40 - Dismissal

Wednesday Schedule for Early Release Days:

8:00 - Check-in, morning work
8:15 - Math and Science in Mrs. McMurry's Classroom
9:30 - Specialist - CLC
10:10 - ELA in Homeroom with Mrs. Smith
10:40 - Recess
10:55 - ELA and Social Studies in Homeroom
11:40 - Lunch and Recess
12:25 - Lockers, Planners, Clean-up
1:05 - PE
1:40 - Dismissal

Social Studies
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Students will work in partners to research an assigned president and complete a project together to present to the class.

Math and Science:

To see what students are doing in Math and Science, please visit Mrs. McMurry's web page by clicking this link: Mrs. McMurry's Web page. This site will also list the websites that are used in Mrs. McMurry's classroom.

Reading Log: Students are to read a minimum of 30 minutes each night, five days each week, record what they've read in their planner and have a parent/guardian sign that they agree with what was recorded. This will be checked each Friday. 

On occasion, other homework will be assigned if work is not completed in class or for special assignments.

If you wonder why we don't assign more homework, here's a good article that explains our perspective: "31 Things Your Kids Should Be Doing Instead of Homework" 

February 14- Valentine Party

February 16- No School-Contingency Day

February 19- No School- President's Day

Specialist Schedule:

Monday - Art
Tuesday- PE
Wednesday - CLC (Creative Learning Center in the Library) and PE
Thursday- Music
Friday- PE

Websites and Extras: is a great website to help students practice spelling words. Students can choose from a variety of fun games, or have words dictated to take a practice test. At the beginning of the year, students took a spelling assessment to determine their current spelling level. Consequently, lists have been individualized for each student, so they can practice words that are appropriate for them. Using this website is a great way to practice spelling words at home!

PearsonSuccessNet is our reading curriculum website where students can practice vocabulary words that go with our stories. This is also the website where students take their 
Image result for keyboarding image is a valuable site for your child to practice keyboarding. At the end of the year, students will take the Smarter Balanced Assessment on the computer. Students will be required to keyboard extended answers, and write multi-paragraph papers. It can be very difficult for them if they are not able to keyboard fluently. Please have your child practice fifteen minutes a night to ensure they are ready to take the test this spring!