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January 04, 2016


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Here are two activities you can do to help your child get ready to read.

  • Read together a fiction story. Discuss what happens in the story and who the characters are.
  • Read together a nonfiction book or article. Ask your child what the story is about. Discuss what kinds of photos and images they see. What can they learn from these images? 
  • We continue to use the Wonders series published by McGraw Hill. The series has wonderful stories as well as a great deal of interesting nonfiction. There are writing activities throughout the program that integrate with the reading passages as well. There is also a lot of assessment with the program so we will be able to evaluate the students’ progress throughout the year.

    We will read a story from our text book, Wonders, each week.  We will also listen to the audio version of the weekly story to ensure comprehension before the test is given.  There will be vocabulary words from each of these stories that all students will need to define and illustrate in their notebook.   Students will have class time to get a start on their homework.  Those who use their time wisely will not have much homework!

Independent Reading.
Your child should be reading at home every night for at least 25 minutes. This is a standing homework assignment whether it’s written in the assignment book or not. We know most families are busy, but we hope you will help your child find a good time to read each day.  We have found that reading in the car and/or in bed before going to sleep are excellent ways to fit reading into a hectic day.

Accelerated Reader.  We continue to use Accelerated Reader in fourth grade. There are specific requirements and goals, which increase as the year progresses. The number of A.R. tests passed per quarter as well as the test average will count toward your child’s reading grade. Therefore, it is important that the students read very carefully every day and choose books at their reading level.

School-Wide Reading Incentive Programs.  Our school typically participates in additional reading incentive programs. Your child may count their nightly independent reading books for any incentive programs in which they wish to participate.
This year your child will learn how to become a confident and fluent reader in the 21st Century. Your interest and enthusiasm will support your child’s efforts.

English/Language Arts.
We utilize a combination of formal grammar instruction and creative writing in fifth grade. The students will have many opportunities to write this year. Reports, poems, essays, journal entries, and stories are among some of the pieces your child will be composing. We will be using the website NoRedInk.com to guide us through our lessons.  

Cursive Handwriting.
After we have reviewed all of the lower and upper case cursive letters, the children may be required to do much of their written work in cursive.


Number the Stars beginning April 8 - April 22, 2019

This is a work of historical fiction by American author Lois Lowry, about the escape of a Jewish family from Copenhagen, Denmark, during World War II. The story centers on ten-year-old girl who lives with her family in Copenhagen in 1943. She becomes a part of the events related to the rescue of the Danish Jews, when thousands of Jews were helped to reach neutral ground in Sweden in order to avoid being relocated to concentration camps. She risked her life in order to help her best friend. The story's title relates that God has numbered all the stars and has named each one of them. It ties into the Star of David, which is symbolic to Judaism.

We will then see the play on April 23rd.  There is also a project we will do called "The Star of David."  The due date is Monday, April 22nd.