Saturday, April 27, 2013


We are working on Author's Purpose: PIE

The kids have fun looking for books in old book order forms that fit each  category.  They quickly figured out that they persuade you with toys to buy their books.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Getting to the Root!

One of the Fourth Grade Common Core standards that I need to teach is learning to use Greek and Latin roots to help understand and build new vocabulary.

Last week we created root flip books using a printable from Laura Candler.  Her website offers many great resources for teachers.  I had the children find five words using their "root" and add an illustration on the front.  They wrote out definitions on the inside.  We used dictionaries and the interenet to find words:  

I purchased a set of word wall cards and printed them small.  I gave each student their own root to research.  We then added them to our Root Word Wall.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Postcards from Ellis Island

Our  new Grade 4 Common Core ELA unit is about the stories of "Immigration."  The kids love it!!!  I am sure they have been talking about it at the dinner table.  We have been reading many fictional and non-fictional books.  We even took a virtual tour of Ellis Island with Scholastic.

One of the activities that they loved were the Postcards.  We read the book "At Ellis Island: A History in Many Voices."  The book has so much going takes 2-3 readings to do it justice.  We read it the first time for Sera's story (a fictional character).  The second reading we read and discussed the immigrants quotes and the captions.  There are many great photos and illustrations on every page.

At Ellis Island: A History in Many Voices
The next thing I did was copy a page from "I Was Dreaming to Come to America" for every student, along with the short biographical page in the back.  I had them read the pages and write a postcard from the point of view of their immigrant.  We discussed that their postcard would be based on facts but will include some realistic-fiction details.

Here are some of their postcards: