November 19, 2018

This is a short week but we are packing a lot into it! We continue to learn more about how nonfiction texts are organized by authors. Articles and stories utilize 5 main structures: Sequencing, Cause and Effect, Compare and Contrast, Description, and Problem and Solution. The hard part is that articles and stories can have many of these characteristics with in them, but they have to have a main way they are organized. A story that focused on the problem of polluting the ocean is full of causes with effects. If the story doesn’t give clear solutions, it can’t be problem and solution. It may be cause and effect. These structures will be discussed through out the rest of this year and beyond. It is that important!! In math, we are trampling through Topic 4 which is an extension of Topic 3. We are multiplying 2-3 digits by 2-3 digit numbers. As you saw from Topic 3 test, many kids still need significant help with their math facts and slowing down to make less errors. There were many “not reading carefully” errors. All questions need to me read carefully. I tell the kids that if there was a prize of ONE MILLION dollars attached to every correct answer, I wouldn’t see many errors being made!

Tonight’s Homework:

Reading- Read at least 20 minutes

Math- finish 3-7 Pearson Homework buddy. A few kids didn’t do that last one due to being absent so 3 kids need to do 1-2 as well. The have until Wednesday at some point. 

4th grade Music Concert is NEXT Wednesday November 28th at Timmons. See you there!


I am currently a fourth grade teacher at Kenston Intermediate School and have been for the past 10 years. I grew up in Bainbridge and graduated from Kenston High School. I attended Kent State University and received my Bachelors of Science in Education and have a Masters of Reading and a Reading Endorsement as well. I enjoy gardening, reading and hanging out with my three boys, chickens and my dog.
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