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- Independent Reading
About Miss Hedrick
I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from East Stroudsburg University and a Master’s degree in Reading from Kutztown University. I taught 3rd grade for 9 years and have taught 4th grade for two years. I am very excited to be able to focus on ELA this year and hopefully instill a love of reading!
In my classroom we value team work and aim to recognize the many strengths each student brings to the team. Each child is UNIQUE and offers something different to the class. When we truly work TOGETHER anything is possible!
- Reading Olympics (optional)
- Playing an instrument (optional)
- STEM activities
- Color UP Walk
- Jump Rope Contest
- Field Trip to Harrisburg
- Individual and Whole Class Rewards
What to Expect for ELA Homework
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READING: Students should plan to spend some time reading independently at home. The ELA team has not yet determined what (if any) at-home requirements will be expected of students.
* read a "good fit" book
* study spelling words nightly
* study for any upcoming tests/quizzes
* talk with your child about what he or she is reading
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- Active Listening
- Following directions quickly
- Helping others
- Ignoring distractions
- On task
- Taking risks (academic)
- Using time wisely
- Working hard
- Bullying (of any kind)
- Misbehavior in the bathroom
- Not listening
- Off task
- Talking at inappropriate times
- Being uncooperative (with peers or staff)
- Being unprepared (after directions have been given)
Elementary students use the Benchmark Literacy program from Kindergarten through 5th grades.
Shared Reading: 3 week units
Week 1: reading strategy and skills check
Week 2: genre study and written response
Week 3: readers theater and unit test
Guided Reading: small, focused groups to reinforce and practice skills from shared reading
Read Aloud: Chosen to fit genre study and comprehension strategies
Writer’s Workshop: a variety of writing types, both formal and informal, along with grammar, spelling, and word study.
Students will need the following supplies for Miss Hedrick & Mrs. Diffenderfer
❖ 2 yellow highlighters
❖ #2 pencils (sharpened already if possible) Disposable mechanical pencils work great too.
❖ 1 red pen
❖ Fine point, unscented dry-erase markers
❖ 1 Clean Old Sock (for dry erase boards)
❖ 2 glue sticks
❖ Pair of earbuds/headphones (these do not need to be new!)
❖ (1) 1 ½ inch 3-ring binder
❖ (4) folders with holes punched
❖ (1) zippered pencil pouch with holes
❖ (1) crayons OR colored pencils
❖ (1) scissors
Additional Supplies are Appreciated
* Hand Sanitizer
Choosing Appropriate Books
Students should choose books that are just right, not too easy or too hard. Open to any page and read it...hold up one finger for each unfamiliar word. At 4-5 unfamiliar words consider choosing a different book. Scholastic Book Wizard is a great website where you can search by grade, genre, title, author, level, etc. if you are looking for new books for your student. I am also happy to make recommendations based on observations and conversations I've had with your child.
25 Book challenge
This year I will challenge students to read 25 books during their 4th grade year. They will have a minimum of 20 minutes to read during the school day most days in addition to any time they choose to spend reading at home. In addition, I will help provide guidance by giving them a breakdown of a suggested number of books from various genres. Students are introduced to different genres during our whole group reading lessons, but through independent reading of each genre they will begin to learn what genres they truly enjoy reading. In class read aloud books will count towards the challenge total, but not the suggested number for each genre. Genres include Biography, Informational Nonfiction, Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Traditional Literature.
SCHOLASTIC BOOK ORDERS
I will try to send home book orders multiple times per year, but if you would like to order books at other times you may go to Scholastic Book Clubs at any time to place an order. Please send me an email to let me know you have placed an order. I have to "release" the order before it will be processed or shipped. My class code is HJ8QM.