conference time 2:20 - 3:10
Students come to me for reading and writing. Some students also come to me for social studies. This year we are using different types of technology to research and present information through The Discovery Approach to Learning (DAL). Students are graded on "soft skills" as well as academics. The soft skills include communication, cooperation, responsibility,creativity, and critical thinking. These skills are important for your child when s/he enters college or the work place.
Reading is thinking, so we talk everyday about what we are thinking while we are reading. We practice reading for extended periods of time. We learn how to determine word meanings through context clues, dictionary definitions, and synonyms. We analyze author's purpose and genre. We determine how characters interact with each other, and how their relationships change over a period of time. We inference and make predictions.
We will learn how to use Thinking Maps to organize our thoughts for compositions. We will write personal narratives, which are stories "starring you" and expository compositions, which explore our ideas and beliefs about a topic.
In fourth grade, we study our state and its history. We have begun with map skills, learning about symbols, how to find things on a map, and how to color correctly. We will be researching different regions of Texas and comparing them to determine the culture and people. We will follow the history of Texas from early settlement to statehood.