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Monday February 11th- Q2 Report Cards Go Home

Friday February 15th-  P.E. Field Trip

Monday February 18th - No School - Presidents Day


This week in Mrs. Sosa's Class...


Encantado: Pink Dolphin of the Amazon

Expository Nonfiction

Context Clues

Compare and Contrast


Students will have a Reading Comprehension test on FRIDAY covering the skill of the week.

The weekly vocabulary  portion of the test will now count as a quiz grade.

Reading Quiz will be given this Friday based on the Skill of the Week. This will be an on-level fresh read story with 3-4 comprehension questions. Students will also have their weekly spelling test.        

 Students can login to  to build their comprehension skills and reading endurance from home.  Students can also go onto their accounts to access the Reading textbook. They can review their answers and scores for the following grade book entries:  Selection Tests, Weekly Comprehension Checks and Skill of the Week Quizzes.




                                          Weekly IXL Skills:  

                      Fourth Grade-Language Arts--

     Week of 2/11 - 2/15    C.5     L.3     N.2     X.3    (EE.2) Writing Grades 

      Week of 2/4 - 2/8   H.5   AA.4   S.5   V.3   (MM.1) Writing Grades 

    Week of 1/28 - 2/1   C.4   F.3   H.1   H.3   (DD.12 ) Writing Grades

Students have until Sunday evening to reach 90% mastery for each skill.  I provide time for students to work on the skills at school and many will finish before the weekend.  Students who go to 100% will receive those points as extra credit.  Each skill is worth 9 points in grade book.  You will see the weekly grade as a total of 9 x (however many skills are assigned that week) in points.           Password: mathclass4

                                         Password: Reading221



Writing:    Writer's Workshop: Narrative Writing Unit.  Students will  focus on ways to breath life into personal narratives. We are developing word choice in our writing. 


  Ideas      Voice Organization Sentence Fluency Word Choice  Conventions
 The Ideas are the main message, the content of the piece, the main theme, together with all the supporting details that enrich and develop that theme. The Ideas are strong when the message is clear, not garbled. The writer chooses details that are interesting, important, and informative–often the kinds of details the reader would not normally anticipate or predict. Successful writers do not "tell" readers things they already know; e.g., "It was a sunny day, and the sky was blue, the clouds were fluffy white …" Successful writers "show" readers that which is normally overlooked; writers seek out the extraordinary, the unusual, the unique, the bits and pieces of life that might otherwise be overlooked.
Voice is the writer coming through the words, the sense that a real person is speaking to us and cares about the message. It is the heart and soul of the writing, the magic, the wit, the feeling, the life and breath. When the writer is engaged personally with the topic, he/she imparts a personal tone and flavor to the piece that is unmistakably his/hers alone. And it is that individual something–different from the mark of all other writers–that we call Voice.     
Organization is the internal structure of a piece of writing, the thread of central meaning, the pattern and sequence, so long as it fits the central idea. Organizational structure can be based on comparison-contrast, deductive logic, point-by-point analysis, development of a central theme, chronological history of an event, or any of a dozen other identifiable patterns. When Organization is strong, the piece begins meaningfully and creates in the writer a sense of anticipation that is, ultimately, systematically fulfilled. Events proceed logically; information is given to the reader in the right doses at the right times so that the reader never loses interest. Connections are strong, which is another way of saying that bridges from one idea to the next hold up. The piece closes with a sense of resolution, tying up loose ends, bringing things to a satisfying closure, answering important questions while still leaving the reader something to think about.
 Sentence Fluency is the rhythm and flow of the language, the sound of word patterns, the way in which the writing plays to the ear, not just to the eye. ... Fluent writing has cadence, power, rhythm, and movement.  It is free of awkward word patterns that slow the reader's progress. Sentences vary in length, beginnings, structure, and style, and are so well crafted that the reader moves through the piece with ease.
 Word Choice is the use of rich, colorful, precise language that communicates not just in a functional way, but in a way that moves and enlightens the reader. In descriptive writing, strong Word Choice resulting in imagery, especially sensory, show-me writing, clarifies and expands Ideas. In persuasive writing, purposeful Word Choice moves the reader to a new vision of ideas. In all modes of writing figurative language such as metaphors, similes and analogies articulate, enhance, and enrich the content. Strong Word Choice is characterized not so much by an exceptional vocabulary chosen to impress the reader, but more by the skill to use everyday words well.
 The Conventions trait is the mechanical correctness of the piece and includes five elements: spelling, punctuation, capitalization, grammar/usage, and paragraphing. Writing that is strong in Conventions has been proofread and edited with care.


Social Science:    

Social Science topics:

Geography of the United States 

Students have been introduced to the Social Studies textbook and are now learning geographical terms and looking and various maps before we begin our unit on U.S. Regions. 

 Students are also exposed to current events around the world through Scholastic Weekly Readers that focus on Social Science topics.

Math and Science:  Please visit  Mrs. Conley's Page

Mrs. Conley and Mrs. Sosa's Calendar





Fourth Grade Scott Foresman
Reading Street Unit 4-Week 2 

Encantado: Pink Dolphin of the Amazon

Expository Nonfiction

Context Clues

Compare and Contrast











 Writer's Workshop: Narrative Writing Unit.  Students will  focus on ways to breath life into personal narratives. We are developing Sentence fluency in our writing. 

Students will decorate their Writer's Workshop journals this week and next week.  Please begin bringing items to decorate journals as soon as possible. These can be: magazine cut-outs, stickers, glitter pens, gel pens, foam stickers, drawings, bedazzle stickers, words of inspiration or famous quotes, etc.

 In writing we focus on developing the following writing traits:




Sentence Fluency

Word Choice























Amazing Words






  Social Science

My World: Regions of Our Country

Regions of our Country: 

  1. Geography of the United States
  2. Americans and Their History
  3. Government in the United States
  4. The Nation's Economy
  5. Regions: The Northeast
  6. Regions: The Southeast
  7. Regions: The Midwest
  8. Regions: The Southwest
  9. Regions: The West

Features and Benefits

  • Engaging and Fun – Developed with the input of kids, the myStory System brings meaning and fun to each stage of instruction. Engaging videos will hook students and activities provide creative, fun ways for them to demonstrate their learning.
  • Reinforce literacy instruction - Reading and writing assignments focus on target reading skills proven to increase reading comprehension.
  • Comprehensive instruction support - Detailed lesson plans and audio podcasts


Student Worktext

The interactive Student Worktext promotes active learning, supports students who are learning to read in the content-areas, and promotes active reading strategies. The Student Worktext encourages greater interaction with the content and more active reading leading to long term retention of skills and concepts. Your child will love writing, drawing, circling and underlining content as they connect, experience and understand the world of Social Studies.

Each chapter incorporates a real life story that relates to the lesson providing the basis for discussion. Lessons feature a variety of activities providing your child an opportunity to interact with the material to apply their knowledge. Checkpoints are featured throughout to ensure that your child understands of the material.

Maytee Manas-Sosa,
Feb 4, 2019, 2:51 PM