What aspects are involved in Reading/Language Arts?
We will follow the TN State Standards for fourth grade ELA. These can be found on the state website. Our classroom will be focused on mastery of the state standards in every aspect of learning each day. Below lists examples of classroom activities we will be doing each day.
- Novel units using the Literature Log: Together as a class, we read and study a book together. While reading, we keep a literature log. Our literature logs contain: Title Page, Book Page, Author Research Page, Vocabulary Page, Figurative Language Pages, and Specified Reading Skills Job Pages. Students choose a specific literature circle job to perform after reading- Discussion Director, Vocabulary Wizard, Connector, Summarizer, etc.
- Poetry Folder: Throughout the year, we look at elements of poetry (examples: rhyme scheme, meter, rhythm, figurative language) while we read and enjoy different styles of poetry.
- Independent Reading: Time is allowed in class in which students find a "comfy" spot and read for enjoyment. During this time students are engaged in self-selected texts at their independent level.
- Guided Reading Groups: Student meet in groups of students who are reading on their reading level. Here they go over weekly vocabulary and weekly reading skills.
- Literacy Workstations: Stations in which the students independently practice skills we are learning in class. Examples inlcude: computers, reader's theatre, independent reading, word study, smartboard learning activities, etc.
- Word Study- Each week, students are given 10-15 words that follow a specific pattern. These words are chosen for being 5th grade appropriate vocabulary words. These words are posted on the wall to aid in our writing. Students are to complete a Word Study Contract each week using the teacher selected words as well as two words they have choosen that follow the same pattern. Students complete activities each week from a list. One other activity is assigned weekly by the teacher.
- Language Skills- Everyday we begin class with our "Daily Literacy Journal". Here we practice language, grammar, mechanic skills, and close reading strategies. In addition to our Journal time, we look specifically at certain grammar/mechanic skills through whole group instruction, media resources, small group work, and independent study.
- Writer's Workshop- Students work throughout the year on three writing genres: Opinion, Informational, and Narrative. Students work at their own speed writing a piece while going through the Writing Process: prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, evaluating, publishing.
- Mini-lessons- Each day, students are instructed whole group for 15-20 min. on either a Reading or Writing Skill. These skills are then practiced during literacy workstations and reader's/writer's workshop.