• 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.


    • Units using the Interactive Literacy Notebook:  Together as a class, we will read and study texts together.  While reading, we keep an interactive literacy notebook. Our literacy notebook contains vocabulary words from our texts, our book log, figurative language lists,  character analysis, and story element and text feature charts.  
    • Poetry Folder:    Throughout the year, we look at elements of poetry while we read and enjoy different styles of poetry.  (examples:  rhyme scheme, meter, rhythm, figurative language) We will analyze poems  and illustrate to show comprehension.
    • 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/Writing Groups: Students meet in groups for differentiated reading instruction.  They will go over vocabulary, focused reading skills, and writing progress.
    • Literacy Workstations:  These are stations in which the students independently practice skills we are learning in class.  Examples inlcude: computer activities, reader's theatre, independent reading, word study, smartboard learning activities, etc.
    • Word Study-  Each week, students are given words located in the text.  These words are chosen for being 4th grade appropriate vocabulary words. These words are posted on the wall to aid in our writing.  Students are to complete  word study activities each week using the words.   
    • Language Skills-  Everyday we analyze mentor sentences from our text to practice language, grammar, mechanic skills, figurative language, and sentence structure. 
    • Writer's Workshop-  Students work throughout the year on different writing genres:  Opinion/Persuasive, Expository/Informational, Memoir, 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 on either a Reading or Writing Skill. These skills are then practiced during literacy workstations and reading/writing workshop.