October 30, 2017

Dear Families,
 
   Last week we started digging into informational text.  We reviewed some of the features we find in informational text that are not typically found in fiction text.  These features might include a table of contents, an index, glossaries, captions, and many more.  We will continue our study of informational text by looking at the structures of text.  Is the information presented as a compare and contrast, problem/solution, etc.  This should help us as we begin to write informational text.  
   We will start our unit on informational text writing by writing about something for which we already have some knowledge and expertise.  We will be selecting those topics this week and start collecting our information.
   In word study we will be focusing on similes and metaphors for the next week. 
   In Math we have begun working with area models in multiplication.  We also continue to work on basic multiplication facts.    We will have a Mini Quiz on Thursday.
   We have started our first social studies unit.  This unit is a study of Ohio's earliest people:  the archaic, prehistoric, and mound building peoples.
 
Two items of note: 
Penny Harvest Continues so bring in that change!
The Yearbook Cover Art Contest ends on Friday. 
 
Finally, a GIANT THANK YOU to all of the parents that made the Harvest Party and wonderful success.  
A Great Time was had by all! 
 Thanks and as always, if you have any questions, please let me know.
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Julia Barthelmes
4th Grade
Mary Emma Bailey Elementary

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