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4th Grade Homeroom & ELA
Mrs. Mary Terela
4th, 5th & 6th Grade ELA
Welcome to our 4th, 5th and 6th Grade ELA! At this level of learning, an integrated focus on New York State encompasses our many subject areas. All our subjects are interwoven for optimal learning. Here is a breakdown of our ELA program and some highlights from each:
4th Grade ELA:
The core of this program is designed to develop successful, lifelong readers, by introducing quality literature which includes favorite selections from a rich variety of genres. Skill development includes comprehension, vocabulary, word study, phonics, oral language, and critical thinking skills. Writing: The major areas of the language arts curriculum include the following: writing, grammar, correct usage, mechanics, dictionary and library skills, speaking and listening skills. Integration of the above help students perceive the curriculum as an interrelated whole, leading to competency in other curricular areas.
5th & 6th Grade ELA:
Treasures is a scientifically-based core program that offers sequential, explicit, and effective instruction in phonological awareness, phonics, morphology, fluency, vocabulary and reading comprehension. Students are given many opportunities to practice and review these skills to help prevent reading difficulties before they begin.
The 5th & 6th Grade textbook consists of six units, each with a distinct theme. In each unit, the students will listen, read and write about the key ideas of the unit. They develop and apply key comprehension skills that good readers use as they read.
Assessment is provided weekly. It is the process of systematically gathering evidence about what students know and can do. A unit assessment is administered at the end of five weeks of instruction.
Unit Writing Workshop focuses on the skills needed to produce a finished piece of writing. Each unit covers a particular mode of writing. The workshop instructs students in how to plan and organize their writing, write and revise a draft and finally proofread and publish a finished piece of writing.
Book reports are included as part of our 4-6th Grade ELA curriculum. Students read and reflect meaningfully on a variety of popular genres, including biographies, fiction, non-fiction, mystery, historical fiction and fantasy. Each report/project encourages and challenges students to use their critical thinking skills and creativity. For assessing student work, a rubric includes points given for completion of each step in the process and for general thoughtfulness, accuracy and neatness. The points add up to 100%.
Along with academics, we enjoy correlating the calendar year of holidays and events into arts and activities. We partner up as “buddies” with our Kindergarten for seasonal art projects. We enhance our writing skills with themed book reports, penpals, and creative journaling. Participation in community sponsored events showcases our learning endeavors-Invention Convention, Annual Poetry Recital at Binghamton University, and use of our historical sites, such as the Phelps Mansion and Roberson Museum for educational field trips. We culminate our learning experience with a visit to historic Cooperstown in the month of May. While there we enjoy a variety of activities at the Farmer’s Museum and Baseball Hall of Fame. Last, we share a family dinner together at Brooks House of Barbecue. Above all the main focus of our daily learning emphasizes our Catholic and Christian based beliefs in respect for one another, while striving to always do our Personal Best.We invite you to join us!