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Weekly update for 10/25

Week of 10/25
What did the ghost teacher say to her class? 
Watch the board and I will go through it again!
halloween candy
 
October is the month of RESPECT. 
 
 
Bitmoji Image
The crisp, Autumn leaves covered the ground like a blanket.
(That's a simile.)
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ELA:   MATILDA!!! ( Sections 4 and Section 5- The end) 
‘Somewhere inside all of us is the power to change the world.’ – Matilda
 
We will finish reading and analyzing the great literary work by Roald Dahl.   In class, we will analyze and discuss the plot.  Students will create the last batch of higher level thinking questions for Matilda to be discussed in class. In literature circle groups we will make connections and agree or disagree with peers while supporting our observations with text evidence.  Students will also be expected to identify and explain figurative language,  discuss elements of the plot, track character traits, identify themes, identify cause and effect ( very crucial to the plot), use context clues, and absolutely enjoy all that this book has to offer as a story and example of effective writing. 
 A Matilda  schedule ( copied on lavendar paper) with dates was explained and distributed.  Students are expected to bring their Matilda book and folder to class each day! Please refer to my Google classroom Homework Calendar and Matilda Schedule for due dates. 
 
This week we will continue higher level discussions with text evidence in literature circle groups. Save the best for last!   In these discussions we continue to identify cause and effect as this is VERY IMPORTANT to the plot in Matilda!  We will also discuss the idea of "telekinesis" and our opinions of when and why we think Matilda cultivated this amazing ability. We will compare fiction to non fiction on this topic in class. 
 
Matilda Test on Monday, November 1st! A study guide will be distributed this Wednesday.
 
We will review the story elements for each section and discuss the possible themes
with text evidence!
 
Next week we will work on culminating activities for Matilda.  One of these projects will include the character chart with text evidence mentioned below. Please make sure it is completed by next week as it will count for part of a project. 
Don't forget to continuously add text evidence to your Matilda Character Chart ( in the back of your 4 boxes). You are tracking her dominant traits through the novel. Students should be adding text evidence to the 3 main dominant traits that we identified in the exposition.  ( Remember you need to use page numbers with your text evidence). This chart will be collected at the END of the book and used for a project which will count as a test.
  1. “Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog.”
    -Matilda __________________________________________________________________________

ELA:   Frindle ( Sections 4 and Section 5- The end)
 
We will finish reading and analyzing the the plot.  Students will create the last batch of literature circle job responses to be discussed in class. In literature circle groups we will make connections and agree or disagree with peers while supporting our observations with text evidence.  Students will also be expected to identify and explain figurative language,  discuss elements of the plot, track character traits, identify themes, identify cause and effect ( very crucial to the plot), use context clues, and absolutely enjoy all that this book has to offer as a story and example of effective writing. 
 A Frindle  schedule ( copied on green paper) with dates was explained and distributed.  Students are expected to bring their Frindle book and folder to class each day! Please refer to my Google classroom Homework Calendar and Frindle Schedule for due dates.  
 
Frindle Test on Thursday, October 28th! A study guide will be distributed this Tuesday.
 
We will review the story elements for each section and discuss the possible themes
with text evidence!
 
Next week we will work on end of the book  activities for Frindle.  One of these projects will include the character chart with text evidence mentioned below. Please make sure it is completed by next week as it will count for part of a project. We set it up together in class when we read section 1. 
Don't forget to continuously add text evidence to your Frindle Character Chart ( in the back of your 4 boxes). You are tracking Nick's dominant traits through the novel. Students should be adding text evidence to the 3 main dominant traits that we identified in the exposition.  ( Remember you need to use page numbers with your text evidence). There has been class time to work on this as well. This chart will be collected at the END of the book and used for a project which will count as a test.
  1. The Power of the Pen...or Frindle if you are Nick Allen!
  2. all the best
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WRITING:   Intro. to Narrative Writing- Fictional Narratives
As we read our amazing novels,  we will take note of the effective use of literary devices by our authors Andrew Clements and Roald Dahl. The goal is to use the novel as a mentor text for our own writing pieces.
We will begin to discuss different types of narratives to begin brainstorming ideas for our own fictional narratives.  We will use a graphic organizer to identify the 5w's. Then we will add sensory details, character traits with evidence, and figurative language in our Introductory paragraph.  This paragraph, known as the exposition, is so important it will count as a quiz grade.  We will end this paragraph with a lead in to our plot and then continue the events in our fictional narrative essay.  The finished/revised 5 paragraph essay will count as a test grade. 
 
Matilda: There are  writing assignments for homework . Describe Matilda's Perfect Sister (from last week) and A Trunchbull Punishment (this week)  The assignments are in Google Classroom and graded on a rubric. 
 
Frindle: On Tuesday you will work on your first Frindle writing assignment. We have been working on RACE responses and using details for support. We will start the assignmnet in Stations and it will need to be completed for homework. The assignment and directions can be found in Google Classroom. 
  
(IDR) - This will be coming up after we finish our novels. You will need tto bring in an IDR book. 
 
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Please feel free to utilize Achieve 3000 anytime at home.  My recommendation is to complete 2 articles a week.  This program really helps strengthen literacy skills.  
You can use Achieve 3000 at home anytime. The expectation is to read at least 2 Achieve articles weekly.  I have posted  some important points about Achieve 3000 in Google Classroom.   Anything completed within the hours of 8 to 4 (school hours) will count towards a lexile level adjustment.  Students should fill out the title of the article and their "first try"score for the activity questions on the Achieve Tracker .  There is a new October Tracker in Google Classroom. 
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Click below for a link to my Google Classroom Page
 
  Please check this teacher page and Google Classroom EVERY DAY!
This page has your homework calendar and Google Classroom has ALL of your assignments with directions and due dates. 
I will update these resources DAILY. 
 

4th Grade Daily Schedule

Start your day/Homeroom   8:30-8:40


Core 1 and 2    8:40 - 10: 35

*Snack at 10:00

Core 3    10:40 - 11:45

LUNCH    11:50 - 12:35

Flex ( with Core 3 and 4)   12:35-1:15

Core 4    1:15 - 2:00

SPECIALS    2:05 - 2:45


Dismissal    2:45 - 3:00

 

4th Grade students will go to lunch and Specials with their Core 3 & 4 Classes. Our Related Arts/Specials schedule will follow a Monday through Friday rotation. Feel free to click the link below to see our schedule.

 

Mrs. Pelligra's Core 3 & 4 Specials Schedule

 

The past two years have been very different to say the least. This year will definitely be a transition for all of us as we try to get back to normal. Although it may not be what we want or are used to, we can definitely make the best of it.  I look forward to teaching you, helping you, learning with you, and most of all laughing with you.  Always remember we ALL make mistakes. It's how you deal with your mistakes that matters. You ARE STRONGER than you think! 
 
Laughter
 
 

have a great day

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if you have any questions or concerns! 
 
Spread kindness and let's have a great year no matter what comes our way!
 
Kind regards,
Mrs. Pelligra