Hello Fourth Grade Parents,
As the third and final trimester is underway (can't believe it's here already), I wanted to send an email regarding what we will be doing in the next couple weeks.
For the Third Trimester, we will not be continuing with Reading Logs, but do not worry! Instead, we will be doing a "Cereal Box Book Report" and a book discussion. Here is some information:
Cereal Box Book Reports
On Wednesday, your children were given packets with information on their book report. On the front page of the packet, there are detailed directions on how the cereal box must be completed, along with a detailed rubric. They can choose any book they like, as long as it has a reading level of 4th grade and up. There are specific guidelines for what goes where on the cereal box. After you read it, please let me know if you have any questions about how the cereal box should be completed.
Along with the cereal box, the students will have two writing pieces and a commercial. They will create and record a 30 second commercial to promote their cereal. The writing piece will be the script for the commercial. I told them to be as creative as possible, and I am excited to see what they come up with. The second writing piece is "The Cilo Award." The will need to write a paragraph to explain exactly why you deserve this award. This is all included in the packet, but again, please let me know if you have any questions.
The due date for this project is Friday, May 6th
I will be introducing to the class a "Sticky Note Strategy," to enhance reading comprehension (to be explained later). We will be reading a book together as a class. The book I chose is "Rules" by Cynthia Lord. It is a great book about: Living with Illness and Disabilities, Siblings, Friends and Friendship, and Autism. Your children will read the book both in class and at home for assigned homework. There will be discussion questions that they will be expected to complete.
There are three options for how to get the book:
1. Local Library - There are no available copies in our library at school, but there are numerous copies at local libraries. Here is a link to see where the book is available: "Rules" in Bucks County Libraries.
2. eBook - I looked on Amazon and the book is available to buy as an eBook for $5,70. If your child has a Kindle, you can buy the book directly to the Kindle. If your child has an iPad, they can download the Kindle app and buy the eBook. If you want to buy the book, I will accept the students to buy an "eBook" if available, but the students will need to bring their device to school. There may be other ways besides Amazon to purchase an eBook, but I just wanted to give an example.
3. Hardcover or Paperback - Another option is to purchase the book. I asked Mrs. O'Neil to request copies to be available at Barnes and Noble Night on April 19th if you would like to purchase the book that night.
I really think the children will enjoy this book, and there is a great lesson that goes along with it. I plan to start the book discussion on Monday, April 25th, so please make sure the children will be able to bring the book to class by April 25th. Please let me know if you have any questions!
If your child signed up for Alter Serving, there is training Friday (April 8th) at 12:45.
(4/8) - Social Studies Chapter 8
- Reading Comprehension Test (with vocabulary quiz)
(4/12) - Protecting God's Children Lesson
(4/15) - Science Test (A1)
(4/19) - Field Trip to Churchville Nature Center
- Barnes and Noble Night 6-8 ( I will be the reader at 6:10!)
I believe that is all I have for now! Please let me know if you have any questions!