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Language Arts Curriculum

What will your fourth grader be learning this year?

We will be using the Journey's program for Language Arts. Your child will be learning all the fourth grade standards throughout the year. Students will be learning in whole group instruction, small group instruction, and independent activities with the integration of technology. A typical lesson will last 7 days with an assessment on the 7th day to test your child's understanding. Please pay close attention to assessment dates in your child's agenda. 
Center Activities:
Students will be completing center activities on Google Classroom each lesson. These are for extra practice of the skills being taught within the lesson and to ensure your child's understanding before assessing them on the standard. Please help by asking your child what he/she is learning about in the classroom, what they worked on to help them understand the content, and if they need to work on classwork at home. Students are ALWAYS allowed to work on center activities at home, especially if they are absent. Attached to this page is a document with directions for your child to login to Google Classroom from home. 
Students are given WEEKLY homework in ELA. This is not busy work! Homework is to help your child grow as an independent learner, and to show that he/she is grasping ideas that are taught in the classroom. Homework consist of a story with 5 essential questions that are 4th grade standard based questions and spelling practice. With the text, the first four questions are multiple choice and the last question is an extended response. Students should follow directions each week on the last question, as it will instruct students to respond in one to three paragraphs depending upon the question. Then students will be given a tic-tac-toe sheet for their spelling homework each week. Students will be able to choose based on the directions three activities from the sheet. Students will turn ALL homework in on Fridays. If it is a scheduled Friday off, homework will be due on Thursday or the last day in the school week. If your child is absent on Friday and it is a planned absent please turn homework in on Thursday. If it was not scheduled homework should be turned in on the first day of the child's return to school. Homework is also given on Friday for the following week, so students have plenty of time to complete the work. Weekly homework should be turned in on time weekly. Please contact me if you have any questions about homework or completion time and we can discuss your concerns.
Independent Reading: 
Reading books independently is NOT considered homework. Students should be enjoying a book of their choice that is "just right" for him/her at home nightly. Reading independently had been researched based and data shows that reading independently daily strengthens your child's knowledge.
There are strong associations between independent reading and reading achievement, and many researchers believe that independent reading plays a key role in the development of reading fluency (speed and ease of reading), vocabulary, background knowledge, and even spelling. Not surprisingly, motivation also is associated with independent reading. Children who are interest in and motivated to read tend to do more independent reading. Unfortunately, children with learning disabilities in reading often do not read independently, because they tend to find reading effortful, trouble finding a "just right" book at their level they are interested in, or may have a general negative attitude toward reading as a consequence of repeated failure. In our classroom, the goal is to change this MINDSET! I want your child to fall in LOVE with reading, but it takes ALL of us, the student, parents, and teachers to make this happen. I have included some ideas and links to make reading more engaging at home. Children need to see their parents read and showing them the importance and enjoyment they have from reading. The goal is to take 15-20 minutes nightly to read. This is a great way to sit back and relax, and can be done with the whole family in one room or in private. Please check out the attached some links for ideas for you to boost reading in your home to show your children how important it is in a fun way!
Resources to assist you in setting up a LOVE for READING at HOME! 
Article - Creating a Reader-Friendly Home 
Article - 18 Genius Ways to Make Kids Love Reading
Article - Raise Children Who Read for Fun
Article - Ten Things to Help Your Struggling Reader
Article - 11 Ways Parents Can Help Their Children Read
Article - 5 Tips for Parents to Keep Kids Engaged