4th Grade News - January 2019
What are we learning this month?
In Reading …
Students will be reading Historical Nonfiction for informational purposes through the social studies curriculum. Students will continue learning about text structures and enhance their note-taking strategies for nonfiction reading, while also learning about the specific skills needed for historical nonfiction reading. This work will support them in their Colonial American study.
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.
We are continuing to work on our persuasive essays. Students will read articles on various controversial topics and be asked to take a stance. Students will then write an opinion essay identifying a thesis statement, and at least three reasons to support their claim. Each reason must include evidence from the articles to support their opinions. 4th graders are using graphic organizers to help plan out their essays. Students are being taught that persuasive essays are written using the following format: a strong introduction, body paragraphs, and a
You can help your child at home by talking to them about their topic and taking them to the library to do some research. In addition, you can have some discussions or debates about any topic at home. Encourage your children to use transition words such as, “My first reason…, for example, in fact… and in conclusion….” to discuss their opinions.