Today I (Mrs. H) am the “special guest blogger.” Although, as a student told me, “It sounds more interesting when the kids say it” (and I do agree), I thought I would take an opportunity to share some thoughts and updates about 4th grade language arts.
Writing: We worked this week on persuasive writing. Each student wrote to his or her parents, attempting to convince them to get a particular pet. You’re welcome! I have told them that if they get the pet due to the convincing power of their words, it’s an automatic A. Your “parent homework” is to read your child’s blog post and leave a quality comment.
Reading: The goal of Daily 3 reading is independence and meeting the needs of each reader in a diverse group. As such, there are many different things going on while I am still getting to know each child as a reader. We do not find the time for reading every day in class, although I try really hard to carve out at least 15 minutes each day.
I can not stress enough the importance of reading at home. Reading is homework. This includes the wonderful and valuable act of reading to your child. One of the biggest ways you can help assure your child’s success in language arts this year is to help him/her:
- make time for reading
- talk with your child about what he/she is reading
- help your child remember to bring his/her book to school every day
Word Work: I plan to introduce word work next week. Word work includes spelling, vocabulary building and word origins. There are many apps that make word work enjoyable.
Grammar: We have been working with mentor sentences as a way to focus on grammar and conventions in the context of good writing. We will be taking a quiz on Weds. covering rules of capitalization. Each child has an account on the site noredink.com, and they can use that site to practice for the quiz. Here is the link to the capitalization practice section. The quiz will cover: beginning of a sentence, days and months, holidays, streets, cities and other places; names, pronouns and titles, and brand & product names.
Language arts is everywhere, and so are opportunities for learning. You can reinforce classroom learning in a million fun ways. Try this: next time you are in the car or out and about, hunt for prepositions (or adjectives, nouns, verbs, etc) with your child.