By Mrs. Shara Malone
The fourth graders in Mrs. Malone’s class are very happy to be back at school, and there are a few new things that the fourth grade class is doing this year that has them extra excited!
The Daily Five, a workshop that has students working independently on various literacy activities, has become a very popular part of the students’ day. The fourth graders are slowly being introduced to the five components that will give them a great deal of individual choice and responsibility in their learning: Read to Self, Read to Someone, Listen to Reading, Work on Writing, and Word Work.
So far, the fourth graders have begun work on the Read to Self component, and they have been extremely successful in it! They have worked each day to build their stamina so that they can work in Read to Self longer and longer each day. They have gone from 3 minutes on the first day to 10 minutes in just six days, reading various books from their book baskets alone and silently. The goal each day is to add two more minutes to each time they practice.
The next component they’ve begun is Work on Writing, and the fourth graders already have some terrific ideas for class and individual books that they want to work on! Go fourth graders!
About Holy Cross Catholic School
Located on the growing northeast side of Green Bay at the historic crossroads of Church and Bay Settlement Roads, Holy Cross Catholic School is the point at which faith, community and education converge. The school educates children within the Catholic faith and provides them with opportunities to develop the values, attitudes and skills that will enable them to become vital members of the community. Holy Cross Catholic School has been in existence for 141 years and has an enrollment of 195 students in grades EC3 to 8th grade. For more information, please visit the school's website: http://www.holycrossfamily.org/.
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