• ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR 10/3-10/7

    The Harvest Carnival will be this Tuesday evening, 10/4, from 5:30-7:30! Children may come in costume if they would like. We also have Book Fair this week! Our shopping times are as follows: Monday at 10:00, Tuesday at 7:30 a.m.and during the Harvest Festival, Wednesday from 11-1 with a parent, and Thursday during our library time. The AR deadline is also this week, on Thursday,10/6. Report cards will go home on October 13, and Fall Break is October 14-17. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at any time: jshy@cleveland.k12.ms.us

    Reading

    We spent a few days on "Feathers: Not Just for Flying" and also began the next story in our new reading book, called "Animal Mimics." The children are interested in the topic, but we are also learning about different ways informational passages can be organized.

    The deadline for students to meet their AR goals is this week. Almost all of the fourth graders have already met their goals! Please check in with your child to make sure they are on track. AR tests may not be taken outside school hours, but your child can show you their progress on the website at any time. Renaissance Learning may be accessed using the Quick Links menu on the Cleveland School District website.

    English

    After a quick look at the order of adjectives after our Chapter 3 test, we began introducing pronouns last week. We've learned about subject pronouns, singular and plural nouns, and common and proper nouns already. We'll continue to practice with all of this and will also introduce subject/verb agreement this week. This is a hard skill that we will continue to revisit all year long. The vocabulary words for this new chapter are trail and industry. 

    Spelling

    Every week, we get a new list of words. Students have homework every night to practice the words, and on Fridays, we have a spelling test. We also have a dictation test every other Thursday. We spend very little time in class on spelling, so it is important for students to study the words at home and to do their homework carefully.  

    This week's words have a vowel + r. They are spark, prepare, cheer, tear, scarf, scare, repair, earring, scarce, weird, sharp, rear, spare, gear, hairy, compare, alarm, harsh, upstairs, square.

    Here's the homework: On Monday, write the words three times each. On Tuesday, come to the Harvest Carnival (no homework)! On Wednesday, write ten sentences (six words or longer), correctly using a spelling word in each. We'll have the dictation test Thursday and the word test Friday.  

    Vocabulary Workshop

    Each Vocabulary Workshop unit lasts for two weeks. We work with the words every day in class, and students should study them each night at home. During the two weeks, we have practice papers, the students create a Google Slide to illustrate a word, we watch the slide show they have created, and we do enrichment activities with vocabulary strategies.

    Unit 5 words are antique, baggage, digest, establish, eternal, haste, humid, lash, oppose, pioneer, sensible, worthy. You can find them here.

    Synonyms/Antonyms will be on Friday, 10/7. Completing the Sentence will be on Wednesday, 10/12. The Unit 5 Test will be on Thursday, 10/13.

    ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR 9/26-9/30

    We really enjoyed celebrating our Blue Ribbon status on Friday! We are so proud! Fall pictures (in uniform) have been scheduled for September 28. The AR deadline is 10/6. Report cards will go home on October 13, and Fall Break is October 14-17. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at any time: jshy@cleveland.k12.ms.us

    ** Update about our fourth grade field trip: Everything except the cost of the fourth grade field trip has changed! We are NOT going to Camp McDowell this fall. Our new field trip will be this spring, May 15-17, 2023. Our destination will be St. Louis, Missouri, and the Shaw Nature Reserve. This is a wonderful field trip that the fourth grade has done many times before. Letters are going home so that you can indicate whether your child will be able to participate in our new, revised field trip!

    Reading

    The students did a really nice job on their opinion essays, and now we are going to move into exploring informational texts. The district has purchased a new reading series, and we'll test it out this week with a selection called "Feathers: Not Just for Flying," by Melissa Stewart. We'll look at how to identify the main idea and details of a selection, and we'll build our knowledge of birds/feathers as well!

    The deadline for students to meet their AR goals will be October 6. More than half of the fourth graders have already met their goals! Please check in with your child to make sure they are on track. AR tests may not be taken outside school hours, but your child can show you their progress on the website at any time.

    English

    We will be ready for our test on Chapter 3 (prepositions and prepositional phrases) by Wednesday, September 28. The vocabulary words for this chapter are sealed and urgentThen we'll begin .

    Spelling

    Every week, we get a new list of words. Students have homework every night to practice the words, and on Fridays, we have a spelling test. We also have a dictation test every other Thursday. We spend very little time in class on spelling, so it is important for students to study the words at home and to do their homework carefully.  

    This week's words have /ou/ and short o sounds. They are aloud, bald, hawk, south, faucet, proud, claw, tower, stalk, couple, howl, false, dawn, allow, drown, pause, fault, cause, amount, cloudier.

    Here's the homework: On Monday, write the words three times each. On Tuesday, complete Proofreading for Spelling. On Wednesday, write ten sentences (six words or longer), correctly using a spelling word in each. We'll have the word test Friday.  

    Vocabulary Workshop

    Each Vocabulary Workshop unit lasts for two weeks. We work with the words every day in class, and students should study them each night at home. During the two weeks, we have practice papers, the students create a Google Slide to illustrate a word, we watch the slide show they have created, and we do enrichment activities with vocabulary strategies.

    Unit 4 words are ambush, calculate, contribute, dread, employ, extend, frantic, initial, routine, stun, sturdy, yield. You can find them here.

    Completing the Sentence will be on Thursday, 9/29. The Unit 4 Test will be on Friday, 9/30.

    ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR 9/19-9/23

    ** Update about our fourth grade field trip: Everything except the cost of the fourth grade field trip has changed! We are NOT going to Camp McDowell this fall. Our new field trip will be this spring, May 15-17, 2023. Our destination will be St. Louis, Missouri, and the Shaw Nature Reserve. This is a wonderful field trip that the fourth grade has done many times before. Letters are going home so that you can indicate whether your child will be able to participate in our new, revised field trip!

    We have an additional (free!) trip to the BPAC scheduled for this Monday,12/19. The program we will see is called "Kindness Matters" and is sponsored by the Junior Auxiliary. Fall pictures (in uniform) have been scheduled for September 28. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at any time: jshy@cleveland.k12.ms.us

    Reading

    Last week, we finished reading There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom! It was a wonderful read, and then we spent two days working with informational passages about the water crises in Jackson, MS, and Flint, MI. This week, students will work on their first formal writing assignment, which will be an opinion paper. We'll work on this for much of the week, as well as thinking about the theme of the novel.

    The deadline for students to meet their AR goals will be October 6. Almost half of the fourth graders have already met their goals! Please check in with your child to make sure they are on track. AR tests may not be taken outside school hours, but your child can show your their progress on the web site at any time.

    English

    Chapter 3 is very short, and it focuses exclusively on prepositions and prepositional phrases. We'll practice this week with prepositions and will be ready for another chapter test early next week. The vocabulary words for this chapter are sealed and urgentThen we'll begin Chapter 3, which introduces prepositions and prepositional phrases.

    Spelling

    Every week, we get a new list of words. Students have homework every night to practice the words, and on Fridays, we have a spelling test. We also have a dictation test every other Thursday. We spend very little time in class on spelling, so it is important for students to study the words at home and to do their homework carefully.  

    This week's words have long and short /oo/. They are bloom, cookbook, tool, shampoo, put, wool, stool, proof, prove, group, brook, foolish, bush, crooked, booth, raccoon, hook, groom, roof, soup.

    Here's the homework: On Monday, write the words three times each. On Tuesday, complete Proofreading for Spelling. On Wednesday, write ten sentences (six words or longer), correctly using a spelling word in each. We'll have the word test Friday.  

    Vocabulary Workshop

    Each Vocabulary Workshop unit lasts for two weeks. We work with the words every day in class, and students should study them each night at home. During the two weeks, we have practice papers, the students create a Google Slide to illustrate a word, we watch the slide show they have created, and we do enrichment activities with vocabulary strategies.

    Unit 4 words are ambush, calculate, contribute, dread, employ, extend, frantic, initial, routine, stun, sturdy, yield. You can find them here.

    Synonyms/Antonyms will be on Friday, 9/23. Completing the Sentence will be on Thursday, 9/29. The Unit 4 Test will be on Friday, 9/30.

    ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR 9/12-9/16

    We have an additional (free!) trip to the BPAC scheduled for 12/19. The program we will see is called "Kindness Matters" and is sponsored by the Junior Auxiliary. Fall pictures (in uniform) have been scheduled for September 28. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at any time: jshy@cleveland.k12.ms.us

    Reading

    We will finish reading There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom this week and will have a comprehension test on Wednesday, 9/14. Then, we will begin our first formal writing assignment (an opinion essay). Our intern, Mrs. Braswell, will also teach a few lessons this week using informational passages.

    The deadline for students to meet their AR goals will be October 6.

    English

    We have completed Chapter 2 in our English book, which introduced adverbs, adjectives, and article adjectives. We'll review on Monday and will have our Chapter Test on Tuesday, 9/13. The vocabulary words for this chapter are soothing and urgentThen we'll begin Chapter 3, which introduces prepositions and prepositional phrases.

    Spelling

    Every week, we get a new list of words. Students have homework every night to practice the words, and on Fridays, we have a spelling test. We also have a dictation test every other Thursday. We spend very little time in class on spelling, so it is important for students to study the words at home and to do their homework carefully.  

    This week's words are homophones. They are wait, weight, heard, herd, days, daze, heel, heal, peak, peek, sent, cent, scent, feet, feat, vain, vane, vein, miner, minor.

    Here's the homework: On Monday, write the words three times each. On Tuesday, complete Proofreading for Spelling. On Wednesday, write ten sentences (six words or longer), correctly using a spelling word in each. We'll have the word test Friday.  

    Vocabulary Workshop

    Each Vocabulary Workshop unit lasts for two weeks. We work with the words every day in class, and students should study them each night at home. During the two weeks, we have practice papers, the students create a Google Slide to illustrate a word, we watch the slide show they have created, and we do enrichment activities with vocabulary strategies.

    Unit 3 words are attractive, burden, consent, dependable, indicate, previous, qualify, response, shabby, thaw, urgent, vanity. You can find them here.

    Completing the Sentence will be on Thursday, 9/15. The Unit 3 Test will be on Friday, 9/16.

    ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR 9/6-9/9

    We have a short week this week. No school on Monday because of Labor Day. Progress reports will go home on 9/7. Fall pictures (in uniform) have been scheduled for September 28. Also, we have an additional (free!) trip to the BPAC scheduled for 12/19. The program we will see is called "Kindness Matters" and is sponsored by the Junior Auxiliary. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at any time: jshy@cleveland.k12.ms.us

    Reading

    We are making good progress in There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom, by Louis Sachar. It is about a boy who has a hard time fitting in at school and at home. He meets a guidance counselor who helps him learn about and accept himself. 

    We completed chapters 15-27 last week and will approach the end of the book this week (my goal is to reach chapter 40). As we read, we're continuing to be aware of the way the third-person point of view affects the story. We're using details from the book to answer questions, and we're continuing to notice the way the characters are changing. No reading test this week either, but we'll have one in the middle of the following week.

    The deadline for students to meet their AR goals will be October 6.

    English

    We've introduced the new sentence parts, and this week we'll continue to practice with nouns, verbs, adverbs, and adjectives. We'll finish the chapter at the end of this week and will have our chapter test next week. The vocabulary words for this chapter are soothing and urgent

    Spelling

    Every week, we get a new list of words. Students have homework every night to practice the words, and on Fridays, we have a spelling test. We also have a dictation test every other Thursday. We spend very little time in class on spelling, so it is important for students to study the words at home and to do their homework carefully.  

    This week's words have short and long u. They are bunch, fruit, argue, crumb, crew, tune, juice, refuse, truth, young, clue, trunk, amuse, suit, rude, trust, dew, stuck, rescue, brush.

    Here's the homework: On Tuesday, write the words three times each. On Wednesday, complete Proofreading for Spelling. No spelling sentences this week! We'll have the dictation test Thursday and the word test Friday.

    Vocabulary Workshop

    Each Vocabulary Workshop unit lasts for two weeks. We work with the words every day in class, and students should study them each night at home. During the two weeks, we have practice papers, the students create a Google Slide to illustrate a word, we watch the slide show they have created, and we do enrichment activities with vocabulary strategies.

    Unit 3 words are attractive, burden, consent, dependable, indicate, previous, qualify, response, shabby, thaw, urgent, vanity. You can find them here.

    Synonyms/Antonyms will be on Friday, 9/9.Completing the Sentence will be on Thursday, 9/15. The Unit 3 Test will be on Friday, 9/16.

     ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR 8/29-9/2

    I'm happy to report that we have a regular schedule this week, with no extra diagnostic assessments. Progress reports will go home on 9/7.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at any time: jshy@cleveland.k12.ms.us

    Reading

    We are making good progress in There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom, by Louis Sachar. It is about a boy who has a hard time fitting in at school and at home. He meets a guidance counselor who helps him learn about and accept himself. 

    This week, we'll read chapters 15-27 (I hope) and write a little poem describing ourselves. We'll also read a couple of informational passages about bullying and about single-gender education. No reading test this week.

    The deadline for students to meet their AR goals will be October 6.

    English

    We have begun classifying sentences with nouns, verbs, and adverbs. This week, we'll introduce adjectives and article adjectives. This is a long chapter, with a lot of practice pages in it. The vocabulary words for this chapter are soothing and urgent

    Spelling

    Every week, we get a new list of words. Students have homework every night to practice the words, and on Fridays, we have a spelling test. We also have a dictation test every other Thursday. We spend very little time in class on spelling, so it is important for students to study the words at home and to do their homework carefully.  

    This week's words have short and long o. They are block, shown, oatmeal, wrote, fellow, scold, coast, odd, locate, slope, throat, host, online, shock, solve, known, remote, stock, boast, globe.

    Here's the homework: On Monday, write the words three times each. On Tuesday, complete the spelling paper (Proofreading for Spelling). On Wednesday, write ten sentences (six words or longer), correctly using a spelling word in each. We'll have the word test Friday.

    Vocabulary Workshop

    Each Vocabulary Workshop unit lasts for two weeks. We work with the words every day in class, and students should study them each night at home. During the two weeks, we have practice papers, the students create a Google Slide to illustrate a word, we watch the slide show they have created, and we do enrichment activities with vocabulary strategies.

    Unit 2 words are annual, basic, competition, contract, dismiss, neglect, obtain, portion, recall, sponsor, stern, vacant. You can find them here.

    Completing the Sentence will be on Thursday, 9/1. The Unit 2 Test will be on Friday, 9/2.

     ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR 8/22-8/26

    We completed our ELS benchmark tests last week. This week, we have iReady benchmark tests. Reading will be on Tuesday, and Math will be on Wednesday. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at any time: jshy@cleveland.k12.ms.us

    Reading

    We are having lots of fun with There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom, by Louis Sachar. It is about a boy who has a hard time fitting in at school and at home. He meets a guidance counselor who helps him learn about himself. We're going to be focusing on understanding point of view and also character development as we read for the next couple of weeks. Students will continue to complete response papers in class (and perhaps finish for homework), and we will have our first reading test this Friday, August 26. It will be on the chapters we have read in class by that point, likely 1-15. Students will be able to use their books as much as they need to during the test.

    The deadline for students to meet their AR goals will be October 6.

    English

    Now the fun part of Shurley English begins! We begin Chapter 2 this week, and we will start classifying sentences. We'll review nouns, verbs, and adverbs this week, and students will complete practice papers in class. The vocabulary words for this chapter are soothing and urgent

    Spelling

    Every week, we get a new list of words. Students have homework every night to practice the words, and on Fridays, we have a spelling test. We also have a dictation test every other Thursday. We spend very little time in class on spelling, so it is important for students to study the words at home and to do their homework carefully.  

    This week's words have short and long i. They are skill, crime, grind, tonight, brick, flight, live, chill, delight, build, ditch, decide, witness, wind, district, inch, sigh, fright, remind, split.

    Here's the homework: On Monday, write the words three times each. On Tuesday, complete the spelling paper (Proofreading for Spelling). On Wednesday, write ten sentences (six words or longer), correctly using a spelling word in each. We'll have the dictation test on Thursday and the word test Friday.

    Vocabulary Workshop

    Each Vocabulary Workshop unit lasts for two weeks. We work with the words every day in class, and students should study them each night at home. During the two weeks, we have practice papers, the students create a Google Slide to illustrate a word, we watch the slide show they have created, and we do enrichment activities with vocabulary strategies.

    Unit 2 words are annual, basic, competition, contract, dismiss, neglect, obtain, portion, recall, sponsor, stern, vacant. You can find them here.

    Synonyms/Antonyms will be on Friday, 8/26. Completing the Sentence will be on Thursday, 9/1. The Unit 2 Test will be on Friday, 9/2.

    ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR 8/15-8/19

    We are off to a great start! Your children are delightful. We had a nice treat of snowcones on Friday, thanks to the Booster Club. This week, we have ELS benchmark testing for Reading on Tuesday and for Math on Wednesday. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at any time: jshy@cleveland.k12.ms.us

    Reading

    We're beginning our first novel of fourth grade this week. There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom, by Louis Sachar, is about a boy who has a hard time fitting in at school and at home. He meets a guidance counselor who helps him learn about himself. We're going to be focusing on understanding point of view and also character development as we read for the next couple of weeks. Students will not have a reading test this week but will have papers to complete as they respond to what we read in class.

    The students did a beautiful job on STAR reading test. New personalized goals have been assigned, and they will go home in Tuesday folders. The deadline for students to meet their AR goals will be October 6.

    English

    We have reviewed the parts of a sentence and are practicing with using capitalization and punctuation rules. We'll have our first chapter test on Thursday, August 18. The vocabulary words for the chapter are magnify, encourage and fraction

    Spelling

    Every week, we get a new list of words. Students have homework every night to practice the words, and on Fridays, we have a spelling test. We also have a dictation test every other Thursday. We spend very little time in class on spelling, so it is important for students to study the words at home and to do their homework carefully.  

    This week's words have short and long e. They are west, steep, member, gleam, fresh, freedom, speed, steam, beast, believe, speck, kept, cheap, pretend, greed, shelf, least, eager, reason, chief.

    Here's the homework: On Monday, write the words three times each. On Tuesday, complete the spelling paper (Proofreading for Spelling). On Wednesday, write ten sentences (six words or longer), correctly using a spelling word in each. We'll have the word test on Friday (no dictation this week).

    Vocabulary Workshop

    Each Vocabulary Workshop unit lasts for two weeks. We work with the words every day in class, and students should study them each night at home. During the two weeks, we have practice papers, the students create a Google Slide to illustrate a word, we watch the slide show they have created, and we do enrichment activities with vocabulary strategies.

    Unit 1 words are celebrity, counsel, demonstrate, drowsy, essential, hardship, haul, humble, pledge, sincere, stampede, suitable. You can find them here.

    Completing the Sentence will be on Thursday, 8/18. The Unit 1 Test will be on Friday, 8/19.

    ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR 8/8-8/12

    WELCOME TO FOURTH GRADE!! I'm so excited to begin a great year of getting to know each other and learning together. It was wonderful to meet so many of you at Open House! My homeroom will have PE on Thursdays, and 4B will have PE on Fridays; please have your child wear tennis shoes on their PE day.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at any time: jshy@cleveland.k12.ms.us

    Reading

    We're reading a story from the Journeys reading book this week. "My Brother Martin" is a biography written by Martin Luther King, Jr.'s sister about his childhood. The target skill for this story is recognizing the author's purpose. The target strategy is to monitor and clarify as we read. The vocabulary words are injustice, numerous, segregation, nourishing, captured, dream, encounters, preferred, recall, example. We will not have a reading test this week but will complete papers in class using the vocabulary and comprehension strategies.

    We'll also take the STAR reading test this week so students can set their new goals for Accelerated Reader and can take AR tests on their Summer Reading assignments. Unless we have problems with technology, all students must have their summer reading finished and AR tests completed by this Friday, August 12.

    The summer reading assignment was four short myths, which can be found on the MyOn app. They are "Medusa's Stony Stare" by Jessica Gunderson, and three stories by Cari Meister: "Odysseus and the Cyclops," "The Battle of the Olympians and the Titans," and "Pandora's Vase."

    English

    Shurley English is a very systematic approach to learning how grammar works. It teaches students to analyze every word in a sentence and figure out how it is being used. This week, we will be introducing the parts of a complete sentence and also the rules for punctuation and capitalization. The vocabulary words for the chapter are encourage and fraction. This is a very short chapter, so we will likely have our first English test next week (I'll announce the date on the website).

    Spelling

    Every week, we get a new list of words. Students have homework every night to practice the words, and on Fridays, we have a spelling test. We also have a dictation test every other Thursday. We spend very little time in class on spelling, so it is important for students to study the words at home and to do their homework carefully.  

    This week's words have short and long a. They are blade, gray past, afraid, magic, delay, amaze, drain, maybe, break, sale, hang, stain, glass, raft, jail, crayon, fact, stale, steak.

    Here's the homework: On Monday, write the words three times each. On Tuesday, complete the spelling paper (Proofreading for Spelling). On Wednesday, write ten sentences (six words or longer), correctly using a spelling word in each. We'll have our first dictation test on Thursday and the word test on Friday.

    For those of you who are new to Hayes Cooper, during a dictation test, the teacher reads a sentence that contains two spelling words. The students' job is to write the whole sentence.

    Vocabulary Workshop

    Each Vocabulary Workshop unit lasts for two weeks. We work with the words every day in class, and students should study them each night at home. During the two weeks, we have practice papers, the students create a Google Slide to illustrate a word, we watch the slide show they have created, and we do enrichment activities with vocabulary strategies.

    Unit 1 words are celebrity, counsel, demonstrate, drowsy, essential, hardship, haul, humble, pledge, sincere, stampede, suitable. You can find them here.

    We'll have Synonyms/Antonyms on Friday, 8/12. Completing the Sentence will be on Thursday, 8/18. The Unit 1 Test will be on Friday, 8/19.