Welcome to 3rd and 4th Grades Literacy and Social Studies

I'd like to welcome you and your child to my 3rd and 4th grade literacy and social studies classes. Your child will be switching teachers for classes again this year. I will be teaching literacy and social studies for both grades. Ms. Sepanik will teach math and science for both grades. Both of us will meet with you at the same time during the year for conferences so that you don't have to come in twice. Please feel free to write either of us a note in your child's planner if you have questions or would like to meet.

Third grade is the year that many things change for your child. Children in third grade are no longer learning to read. Instead, they are reading to learn. So, comprehension will be more of our focus. Your child will read math problems, science material, maps, social studies text, etc. Reading becomes a way of life and a way to unlock many things in the world. I'd like to ask you to help support your child by setting aside time each night for him/her to read. At times, it is good to have your child read to you. At other times, it is good to let your child read to himself/herself. Your child will also be writing in all subjects this year. He/she will be writing about math, science, social studies, and stories he/she reads. He/she will be writing creative stories as well. Again, any writing you can have your child do at home will be greatly appreciated.  Both reading and writing are skills that will help your child be success.

Fourth graders will be digging deeper into their reading this year. Comprehension strategies will be honed. Students will be asked to support their answers or their reasons with text from what they have read. Finding clues to help them make inferences to predict, understand characters, understand cause and effect relationships, comparing and contrasting stories, etc. Fourth graders will also be reading across the curriculum all year. For writing, we will focus on adding more details to all of our writing. Sometimes that will be using text to support what we are writing about. Sometimes it will be adding more description to a setting or problem in their story. No matter what type of writing they are doing, adding more details will be the theme. For social studies, we will be focusing on Colorado History. We will dig deep into the history but also include geography, economics and civics in our studies. 

I'm looking forward to a great year of learning!

Email- kbayne @gilpin.k12.co.us  responses could take up to 24 hours
Phone- 303-582-3444 ext. 3133  Please leave a voicemail and calls will be returned before/after school or during planning.

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