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Saturday, December 10, 2011

We want to invite all of your WHE Friend's and Family to our annual Scholastic Book Fair! There are lots of exciting things going on at the Book Fair this year. We have wonderful items for ALL ages....even adults! Stop by & see what the fun is all about. The Book Fair will be open this Thursday night, December 15, for Family Reading Night. *Our scheduled shopping time is setup for our "library time." Check with your child for more info on which day they go to the library! Please feel free to contact us with any questions. : )

Comprehension Skills for your Scholar!

In 4th grade reading we focus a lot on reading comprehension skills and strategies. Below is a list of skills and strategies along with their definitions that we will focus on this year. Please encourage your child to use and apply these whenever possible while reading.

1.       Setting – The setting is the time and place in which a story occurs. Characters actions are influenced by the setting. Readers use story details to visualize the setting.
2.      Sequence – Sequence refers to the story order or to the steps we follow to do something. Some examples of clues to look for in the story to determine the sequence are first, second, next, then, now, finally, and last.
3.      Compare/Contrast – Readers understand new ideas in text by thinking about how things are alike or different, thus deepening comprehension.
4.      Author’s Purpose – An author’s purpose is the author’s reason for writing something. Readers predict an author’s purpose to help them decide to read something slowly, carefully, or quickly for fun. Some purposes of writing include: to entertain, to inform, to express, to persuade, to instruct, to express oneself, to evaluate, and to describe. The reader should adjust their reading rate and voice to fit the content and purpose of the story being read.
5.      Character Profile – Readers learn about characters by observing what they think, do, and say. You can learn about characters by paying attention to how other characters in the story treat them. You can also learn about characters by observing what other characters say about them.
6.      Visualizing – When students listen to or read text, they can create pictures in their mind or make a mind movie. When readers visualize what is happening in the story, they remember more of what they read or hear. They should look for details that tell how things look, smell, sound, taste, and feel.
7.      Cause/Effect – Reader’s understand that in-text events happen (effects), along with the reason why they happen (causes). When students recognize this relationship, comprehension is increased.
8.      Text Structure – The way a piece of writing is organized. Stories can be organized in many ways including main idea and details, cause and effect, fact and opinion, and compare and contrast. Another way to organize writing is to put events in chronological order.
9.      Context Clues – Readers who come upon an unfamiliar word will use the words around the unfamiliar word to help figure out the meaning. Sometimes a synonym, a word with nearly the same meaning as another word, is used as a context clue.
10.   Evaluating – This means you need to think about and decide how to react toward people, situations, and ideas in stories and articles that you read. Use what you know and your experience as you make judgments. Ask yourself if the author is trying to influence you. Does the author support the ideas he or she presents in the text?
11.    Drawing Conclusions – A conclusion is a decision you reach that makes sense after you think about the details of facts that you have read. Readers use the details from the story and what they know to draw conclusions or figure out things about people or animals and what they do. Authors don’t always tell you everything. Instead, they may give you a few details about what happens or about characters.
12.    Generalizing – A broad statement or rule that applies to many examples. When you read, you are sometimes given ideas about several things or people. You can generalize or make a statement about all or most of them together. A valid generalization is supported by facts and your knowledge.
13.    Predicting – To predict, readers tell what they think will happen in the story; to confirm, readers find out whether their predictions were true, partially true, or way off.
14.    Paraphrasing – Explaining something in your own words. A paraphrase should keep the author’s meaning. Paraphrasing can help you check whether you understand what you read. A paraphrase should include all the author’s ideas, but should be easier to read than the original.
15.    Summarizing – A summary is a short statement, no more than a few sentences, that tells the main idea of a selection. A summary of an article should tell the main idea, leaving out unnecessary details. The story summary tells the goals of the characters, how they try to reach them, and whether they reach them.
16.    Plot – A series of events that center on a problem or a conflict. A plot consists of an exposition, rising action, climax, falling actions, and resolution.
17.    Graphic Sources – Readers should preview graphic sources before reading because it can help you predict what you will learn. Graphic sources can help you by organizing the information in a useful way. Some examples of graphic sources include: illustrations, charts, graphs, maps, lists, diagrams, tables, time lines, and scale drawings.
18.    Fact/Opinion – A statement of fact tells something that can be proven true or false. Opinions are words that express a person’s feelings, beliefs, or judgments.
19.    Main Idea and Supporting Details – The main idea is often stated in a single sentence within a paragraph or article. However, sometimes you have to figure out the main idea and put it in your own words. Supporting details are small pieces of information that tell more about the main idea.
20.   Text Connections – Readers often make connections to the text to help them understand what they are reading. Some examples of connection to make are: text to text, text to world, and text to self.
21.    Retell the Story – An accounting of a story’s key points, told in sequence. A retelling usually includes characters, setting, problems, and solution or the main ideas of the text. It involves telling what is important in the story without telling too much.
22.   Monitor and Fix-up strategies – Readers stop and think if what they are reading makes sense, whether they understand what is happening in the story, or what the selection is about. If meaning breaks down, the reader has strategies to go back and fix it. Readers must think while they are reading and constantly ask themselves, “Does this make sense?”
23.   Making Inferences – Readers figure out what the author is saying even though it might not be written down. Using their background knowledge, clues from the text, illustrations, and captions, the readers makes meaning of the selection.
24.   Back up and re-read – When meaning breaks down, going back and rereading again to understand the meaning of the selection.
25.   Ask Questions – Readers are actively involved in reading by asking themselves questions before, during, and after reading a selection, thus increasing their comprehension of the material.
26.  Synthesizing – Readers create original insights, perspectives and understandings by reflecting on text(s) and merging elements from text and existing schema. Readers must put the pieces together that they have read in order to see them in a new way.
27.  Activate Background Knowledge - Readers activate what they currently understand or misunderstand about the topic and use this knowledge before, during, and after reading to clarify misconceptions and understand the text. They use what they already know to help understand something new.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Reading Skills 11/28 - 12/2

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This week we are studying fact & opinion. Please take a few minutes each day to reinforce this skill at home. It can be as easy as allowing your scholars to give you facts and opinions about what they see throughout the car ride, school, family, food <supper>, etc. Have fun!!


We are very excited to announce that we gained a new & exciting reading resource for your scholars!

myON reader is a personalized literacy environment that engages students at all reading levels by providing the largest integrated library of digital books. The over 1000 enhanced digital books include reading supports, and are recommended to students based on individual interests and reading level! Giving students the opportunity to choose what they want to read, in a digital environment in which they are comfortable, motivates them to become better and more confident readers.
-Capstone Digital

*This is a glance of what your scholar will see while reading.*

Be on the lookout for your child's login information, which will be sent home soon! This is a wonderful resource for boosting reading skills! If you have any questions, please feel free to email your child's homeroom teacher.

Spelling this week.... 11/28 - 12/ 2

<>  This Week's Word Study: Homophones





What we are learning this week in Math....

Our 4th graders will spend the next couple of weeks focusing on division. We will start out with the basic foundation for division, including areas such as using mental math and findng fact families within the division problems. We wll progress into dividing with multi-digit divideneds and divisors, as well as working with remainders. Please be sure to encourage your scholar to keep up their excellent work with memorizing and understanding basic multiplication facts! We are very proud and excited for all the success we have seen out of our 4th graders so far! Keep up the excellent work, and encourage your child to seek help when they are having trouble understanding! Have a wonderful week. *Listed below are helpful sites to reinforce division practice.

Step-by-step practice by clicking here.
Click here for a mini-lesson & a some fun division games!
*Finally, don't forget to check out Education City for TONS of practice with division!

*Steps for Long Division*
Does McDonald's Sell Burgers??
Divide, Multiply, Subtract, Bring Down

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Math 10/31 - 11/4

This week, we are digging deeper into mutliplication! We will be able to multiply 2 digit numbers by the end of the week. Please encourage your child to continue working on memorizing their multiplication facts. By knowing there multiplication facts, it will make serve as a strong foundation for the rest of their learning career!

Marvin and the Great North Woods

This week we are reading "Marven of the Great North Woods" by Kathryn Lasky. We will focus on some vocabulary words in this story. It would be helpful if you will reinforce the meaning of these words at home with your child. Also, listed below are this weeks spelling words. Please practice these words at home as well. The words in italics are our challenge spelling words. Let’s have a great week!

Spelling Words

Vocabulary Word
measure of quantity for cut wood
sudden helpless fear of what is about to happen or what has happened
a large, gray or brownish bear of western North America
very large; huge; vast
list of persons to be paid and the amount that each one is to receive

: Thanksgiving, among, think, blank, graph, young, wheel, nephew, belong, whiskers, whispers, elephant, white, shrink, wharf, trunk, strong, blink, chunk, skunk, strengthen, bankrupt, phantom, whimsical, whatever

Friday, September 23, 2011

And the Countdown Begins...

We officially have 72 hours until our 1st Field Trip as 4th Graders!! We teacher's, couldn't be more excited! The Hermitage is overflowing with exploring, learning, and FUN. You may click here to check out some interesting information about The Hermitage. TN History for kids has lots of exciting activities that will give you a great foundation for our trip! Happy Exploring! : )

Sunday, September 18, 2011

We're Lucky Ducks!

By now, I'm sure your kids have told you the latest craze around Watt Hardison Halls; Ducks! You heard right! : ) We wear our ducks loud and proud to show we are doing our part in marking our school bigger & better!! Encourage your kids to sell Cookie Dough <and other great items> until the final turn in date, September 28, 2011. Student's will earn ducks-which lead to prizes! Our class goal is 5 items per student, and I am pulling back my sleeves to sell along with them! ; ) If you have any questions about our fall fundraiser, please feel free to email!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Letters Home from Yosemite

This week we are reading “Letters Home from Yosemite” by Lisa Halvorsen. We will focus on some vocabulary words in this story. It would be helpful if you will reinforce the meaning of these words at home with your child. Also, you will find our spelling words for the week. Please practice these words at home as well. The words in italics are our challenge spelling words. Let’s have a great week!

Spelling Words: usual, huge, flute, mood, smooth, threw, afternoon, scooter, juice, cruise, truth, bruise, cruel, excuse, pupil, groove, confuse, humor, duty, curfew, influence, aluminum, nutrition, accumulate, igloo

Vocabulary Word
place that is in a natural state
person who studies living things
type of animal or plant
sides of a mountain
huge sheet of ice

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Compound Sentences Help!

This week, we have been looking at how we can join 2 simple sentences into a compound sentence. This activity will help students use conjunctions to merge 2 simple sentences together! Have fun! : )

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Field Trip!

We are super excited about our upcoming field trip. We are scheduled to visit The Hermitage, on Tuesday, September 27, 2011. Please check your child's binder this week for more details & permission slips! *Please remember, it is very important that we wear our class shirts during the field trip.* This is simply a safety measure, and individualizes our group. Please be sure your child wears his/her class shirt on September 27, 2011. (We will send shirts home as soon as they arrive.-If you have not purchased your child's class shirt, you may still turn it in. The cost is 8.00)

Please visit to check out all of the exciting things we will see during our visit!

*We will be participating in a Hands On History program. During this program, we will explore The Trail of Tears. Our objectives are listed below.*
A. Examine historical information from a variety of sources, including museum and library
collections, letters, maps, government documents, oral histories, firsthand accounts, and web
B. Analyze documentation to determine the reasoning, policies and outcomes of the Indian
Removal Act and the Trail of Tears.
C. Understand, through dialogue and discussion, how the Indian Removal Act and the Trail of
Tears was the culmination of a centuries-old attitude toward the Native Americans of the
United States.

Need Help with Multiplication & Division?

If you are having trouble with Whole Number Multiplication, be sure to check out this valuable resource!

Need help with Division? Check out the link below for some wonderful help!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Making Back to School - COOL!


Establish a Routine

Bed times, rise and shine times, where do I put my backpack and important notes when I get home—whatever your routine/schedule will be, begin following it at least a week or so before school actually begins. This will help adjust you and your child to the routine early.

Take a School Tour

This is especially important if your child is new to the school system or building. Knowing where to go on the first day can relieve a lot of stress.

Meet With Your Child’s Teacher(s)

Introduce yourselves. Discuss what will be happening in the classroom, any special needs or situations your child may have. Is there any way you can help out in the classroom?

Make Sure All School Records Are Up To Date

Make sure the school has any new phone numbers, changes of address, immunization updates, etc. Having these in an emergency can save precious minutes.

Get All Required Examinations

Try to schedule appointments for sports physicals, immunizations, dental exams, etc. before school starts. This will help avoid absences from school.

Be Sure Your Child Knows Their Address and Phone Number

This is especially necessary if you have just moved!

After School Care

Make necessary arrangements and be sure your child knows where they are to go and what they are to do after school. It is also a good idea (especially for elementary school students) to inform the teacher of these plans also.

Purchase School Supplies

Check with your child’s teacher or school for a list of needed supplies.

Create a Homework Center

Stock it with extra crayons and supplies to complete homework. Make sure it is no television is near and distractions few.

Stress The Importance Of Good Nutrition

Healthy, well-balanced breakfasts, lunches, snacks and dinners can unleash the Brainiac in your child! Studies have shown that good nutrition helps keep children focused, their energies high, and their moods balanced—all of which are factors that promote learning.

-Thanks to Missouri for supplying this wonderful information!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Clipping our Way to a Brighter Future!

Box Tops for Education has helped America's schools earn over $400 million since 1996. You can earn cash for our school by clipping Box Top coupons from participating brands that you are probably already purchasing! Each Box Top your child turns in is worth $0.10! Your trash is literally expanding our classroom. Click here to get more info on how you can help our school grow! You can earn even more money for our school if you participate in online shopping, etc. Be sure to check the site for more details! Thanks for helping us grow!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

2011-2012 4th Grade Supply List

Please bring the following supplies on the first full day of school:

3 Pocket Folders
2 Spiral Notebooks
1 Highlighter
1 Box of (24ct.) Crayola Crayons
Glue Stick
1 Box (12ct.) colored pencils
1 package of "Post It" Notes (Boys)
1 Box Quart Size Ziploc Bags (Boys)
1 Roll of Paper Towels
1 Container of Clorox Wipes
1 Box of Assorted Expo Markers (Dry Erase)
3 Packages of Loose Leaf Wide Rule Notebook Paper
36 #2 Pencils
Pointed Scissors
1 Box of Crayola Markers (thin)
1 Box of Small Envelopes with "Pull Tabs" (Girls)
1 Bottle of Germ-X Hand Sanitizer
1 Box Gallon Size Ziploc Bags (Girls)
1 Large Box of Tissues
1 Box of Baby Wipes
Backpack (non-rolling)

**School Fee Request $45.00/Please pay this to your teacher today.
School Fee Covers: Classroom Supplies, Music Fee, Art Fee, P.E. Fee, Technology Fee, Workbooks, Copier Cost, Report Card Envelopes, and Postage

~If you have any questions concerning the supply list, please feel free to email Thank you for your help!

Friday, July 1, 2011


Welcome to my webpage!!!  I have had a lot of fun learning how to make 
this webpage.  I hope you find it very useful. If you run across any 
mistakes, please email me and let me know. Thank you and I look forward to 
having a great school year with your child.