4th Grade Newsletter - December 2019
What are we learning this month?
In Reading …
We are continuing to work on non-fiction reading. We are moving on to reading historical nonfiction texts to support us in reading and social studies. The historical nonfiction texts will help students learn about European Explorers, our new social studies
Historical texts promote students' understanding of how and when events took place, in addition to why the information is important to history. This unit will also further develop the text structures previously taught, specifically the cause and effect and sequence/chronology structures. As students are reading at home, please encourage them to think about the cause and effect or chronology structures. Students should focus on making connections between events in history.
In Social Studies . . .
The 4th graders are learning about Native Americans and explorers. In this unit, students will read stories about Native Americans and explorers.
4th graders will be working on writing literary essays (opinion writing about literary texts). Literary Essayists write introductions that end with a clear statement of the thesis, and forecasting sentences that preview how the body paragraphs are going to go. Students have learned the structure of literary essay, how to paraphrase, and how to plan the essay out. The essay should include 5 paragraphs, a thesis statement, an introduction, topic sentences, support/evidence, transitions, quotations, and a conclusion.
Writer’s will also continue to practice their use of signal phrases to indicate whether their details are support, or a reason, or connected by a text structure such as cause and effect.