Monday, January 16, 2012

Mysteries, Martin Luther King Jr. and Report Cards

It is the new 9 weeks! Report Cards will be sent home on Friday. You may keep the report card, but please sign and return the envelope. The fourth grade teachers will include a conference notice if we feel that we need a conference at this time. Of course you are always more than welcome to request a conference...just send in a note or call the office to be placed on the conference night schedule.

Our mystery unit continues and we are really enjoying reading the mysteries at http://kids.mysterynet.com/.  
Next week we will begin writing our own mini-mysteries. This is not an easy task, but I know the kids will do a great job!

Our spelling words this week are focused on the theme of Civil Rights and Martin Luther King Jr. Everyone has 12 words to learn, and words are chosen on Monday. The kids are very honest about choosing challenging words that are right for them. Then the words are written in their planners in the Spelling section for the week. The other 4th grade teachers have allowed me to steal a few minutes of homeroom time for the kids to complete this work!

Speaking of Martin Luther King Jr...WOW! We had a great discussion on Friday, and the classes seemed very interested in the Civil Right movement. This is one the the reasons that I love teaching Language Arts. I have the freedom to go along with the student's interests while still covering the state standards!



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