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Reading

Announcements, Homework, Units of Study, Etc.:

4/25-4/29
We're finishing up our book club books and beginning to work on our scenes to re-inact! This should be a great time!
Please read 80 minutes and get the log signed and turned in by Friday, 4/29. 
4/18-4/21
Reading logs are shortened this week, so only 60 minutes needs to be recorded.
4/4-4/8
Logs due Friday! Study TCAP booklets that the students were given here at school!
You ROCK 4th graders! 
3/28-4/1
Turn in Reading Log. We are working on Informational Text with Ms. Layne this week as well. I encourage you to read a newspaper article or other non-fiction text this week.  
3/14-3/18
No Log this week; please focus on completing the TCAP booklet
3/7-3/11
Reading Logs due Friday 3/11 
2/28-3/4
Reading Logs due Friday (80 minutes)
2/22-2/25
Reading logs due Friday (60 minutes this week)
We've been working hard on our reading response letters, and the book commercials! Keep up the good work. Keep reading and getting those AR points *16 points or 48 points* by the end of the 9 weeks.
2/14-2/18
Reading Logs due Friday
Some of the students are working on their book commercials, so be sure to check the rbric below if your student is (located under the 12/3 weekly notes).
**Don't forget AR points !
12 points for the 9 weeks are expected by this FridaySmile **
2/7-2/11
Turn in Reading Log for at least 20 minutes each night (or 80 minutes a week)
Due signed Friday 
12/13-12/16
Please keep reading over the break...there is no homework this weeek!
12/3-12/10
We are diligently working on our book clubs and on our Read Aloud book, as well as our Book Commercials with the Flip videos. The rubric below will be helpful in better explaning the expectations. Keep reading!! :)
Grading Period: 1  2  3  4                                                   Score:__________/100
How to Advertise a Good Book
Goal:To get readers excited about a book, author, series, or genre
Getting Ready:
·         Make sure you read the entire book.
·         Choose a book you think your classmates and you would enjoy
·         Think about what makes your book interesting
·         Think about how you will capture the interest of the other readers in your class
·         Write down page numbers or mark pages you plan to show the class with a sticky note before you present (no more than two)
·         Practice your commercial before presenting it to the class
During the Commercial: (these guidelines will be used for your grade)
Presentation: 40 Points
Show the cover of the book to the class     5 pts__________
Look at your classmates     5 points________S
peak loudly and clearly  10 points__________
Show your enthusiasm   10 points___________
Kept it short (approximately 2 minutes) 10 points__________
Content: 60 points
Start with a good lead (Sometimes a question gets the audience interested. Have you ever wanted to eat chocolate for breakfast? If so, this book is for you!)10 points_______
Tell the author, title, genre, and whether or not the book is part of a series 10 points_________
Explain why you chose the book  20 points_______
Tell a little about the book, but don’t give away the secrets 10 points_______
If possible, mention other books by the same author or other books in the same series 10 points________
Tips: (these guidelines will be used for your grade)
·         Look at your classmates
·         Speak loudly and clearly
·         Show your enthusiasm
·         Keep it short! J   
11/15-11/18
We are working on our Reading Group book clubs in class. Our Read Aloud is 'When You Reach Me', an interesting and layered science fiction book set in New York about a 6th grade girl who is receiving mysterious letters. We are also always working on our reading strategies, heavily emphasizing inferencing, summarizing, connecting and vocabulary. The kids are working very hard! Please continue to read and/or ensure your student is reading weekly by signing their Reading Logs.   
10-18-10/22
Happy Fall Break!
10/11-0/15
This week we will be working on finishing our literacy requirements in class. Please read with your child every so often to listen to their expression and fluency. Work with them on words they do not know. Reading Logs will be due on Friday. 
10/4-10/7
In addition to the Reader's Workshop, this week students will be working on their 'How-To' videos. We are so excited to put these to use, and cannot wait to see how their first project will go. Their reading logs are due signed on Thursday, 10/7. Only 60 minutes is required this week.
9/27-10/1
In addition to the Reader's Workshop, this week students will be working on their 'How-To' videos. We are so excited to put these to use, and cannot wait to see how their first project will go. Their reading logs are due signed on Friday, 10/1. 
 * Also, students' extra credit is due Monday, 10/4*
Here are the extra credit requirements:
Reading Extra Credit 
Due Monday, 10.4.10
Make an attractive advertisement for a book. Please follow the rubric below. 
Use standard size, approximately 22”x 24”, piece of poster board. First and last name on the back.  10 points ______
Book is worth at least one point and is a book the student read. 10 points       ______
Take the AR test on the book and receive at least an 80% on the test before 10/4.  10 points ______
Neatness and Legibility- Appealing to look at. 20 points ______ 
Include Title of Book, Author, Main Characters, One major event using pictures and words.   50 points _______

Good Luck J

9/13- 9/17
This week, and for the next couple of weeks students will be working on the elements of the Reader's Workshop. An integral part of the workshop is the students being able to read independently on a level that is just right for them. Please encourage your student to by reading with them at home, and listening to them as they read. If they miss the meaning or the pronunciation of more than 5 words, that book is too hard for their independent level. If they have no trouble with any words, then the book is probably too easy. The students should be using a dictionary occasionally while reading, in order to be exposed to new vocabulary. Just keep reading. Like all things, practice makes better!
 Reading Logs are due Friday, 9/17. These must be signed and totaled by a parent for credit.   
9/7-9/10
This week, and for the next couple of weeks students will be working on the elements of the Reader's Workshop. An integral part of the workshop is the students being able to read independently on a level that is just right for them. Please encourage your student to by reading with them at home, and listening to them as they read. If they miss the meaning or the pronunciation of more than 5 words, that book is too hard for their independent level. If they have no trouble with any words, then the book is probably too easy. The students should be using a dictionary occasionally while reading, in order to be exposed to new vocabulary. Just keep reading. Like all things, practice makes better!
 Reading Logs are due Friday, 9/10. These must be signed and totaled by a parent for credit.  
8/30-9/3
Students are still composing thier whole-class reading response letters, and learning the routine of the Reading Workshop. Keep up the good work!
Reading Logs due signed, Friday, 9/3.
8/23-8/27
The summer reading projects look great! Good job 4th Graders!
For HW this week, be sure you are reading the 'just right' book for at least 20 minutes each night, AND that parents or guardians sign the reading log stapled in the Agendas.
8/16-8/20
Reading Log due 8/20
**All summer reading projects are due on Friday 8/20**

 

 

We are working on motivation and independent, voluntary reading, so for now, please READ, READ, and READ! Encourage your student to read on thier level; if they are reading a book, sit down and listen to them- if they cannot pronounce or do not know the meaning of 5 or more words on the page, please encourage another book!

 

 

Also...

There are some really great websites out there. Here are just a few:

 p.s.- If you find some more websites you think are interesting, educational, or just plain fun please let me know!

Google -Search engine (a good way to look on the internet about topics using keywords)

Kids Dictionary/Thesaurus-Just enter the word you want to know the meaning of. There are also games, so check them out too!

National Geographic for kids- Learn all kinds of amazing facts and interesting stories about and from all over our world...and beyond!

Time 4 Kids - A great news and enterianment online magazine, just for kids!

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