Wake County is focused intensively on improving academic achievement for all students. Our teachers use proven instructional strategies and closely track student progress through a system of periodic assessments that keep us informed about each student’s needs. If a student faces a challenge, we will know it early and address it immediately.
We are committed to providing the ability to track and support your child’s progress. Therefore, we will assess your child three times this year with mCLASS®:Reading 3D™.
The mCLASS:Reading 3D software will instantly analyze your child’s development in grade-appropriate foundational reading skills. Teachers will use this data to focus their instruction around your child’s specific needs, in areas that may include:
· Hearing and using sounds in spoken words (Phonemic Awareness)
· Knowing sounds of letters and sounding out written words (Alphabetic Principle)
· Reading words in stories easily, quickly, and correctly (Accuracy and Fluency)
· Understanding what they read (Reading Comprehension).
After each assessment period you will receive a letter outlining your child’s specific assessment results and progress as a reader. The letter will also include easy, fun activities you and your child can do together at home to reinforce skills learned at school. The teacher’s efforts, combined with your support, will ensure your child reads with mastery and confidence.
If you have any questions about the assessment, the activities, or your child’s classroom work and progress, please talk to your child’s teacher, who is ready to help. The classroom door is always open.
Thank you for all your efforts.
As we approach the interim of Q1, I'd like to take this time to give some updates on what's going on in our classroom.
In fourth grade reading we are taking charge of ourselves as independent readers. We have been determining the theme of a stories, and poems from details in the text. We've also been summarizing the text.
During our practice literature circles last week students engaged effectively in groups and teacher-led discussions with diverse partners and building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly. Students are expected to come to discussions prepared, having read or studied required material. They are to follow agreed-upon rules for discussions and carry out assigned roles.
We have practiced referring to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
In writing, we have begun to write narratives developing real experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences using a variety of transitional words and phrases. We hae practiced including dialogue and description to develop experiences and events or show the responses of characters to situations.
In science, we have been studying and designing mockrocks to help us understand the composition and properties of matter before and after they undergo a change or interaction. Next week we will begin to compare the physical properties minerals: (strength, hardness, flexibility, ability to be attracted by magnets). We will also explain how minerals are identified using tests for the physical properties of hardness, color, luster, cleavage and streak.
Some upcoming dates to remember:
Friday, September 27--Q1 interims AND early release
Monday, September 30--picture day
Saturday, October 5
Friday, October 11--I-Night
Mrs. Ana Rhyne
I teach 4th grade math and science at Weatherstone Elementary School. I graduated from Meredith College with a BA in Spanish and K-6 licensure.