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     4I Mr. Ruggiero's Class rm#94 fruggiero@staffordschools.org  phone ext. 1190
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     Homework is posted on my Google Classroom page daily
    Reading- Reading A-Z booklets and online assignments will be used for homework. Students can read, listen and respond to the questions for the listed books. They should be reading for 20 minutes a night.  . They should be creating a mental image from what they are reading from the text.  We have also started the Nonfiction Unit. Students have been learning about  Nonfiction Text Features which are like our road maps for learning new information while reading Nonfiction. We studied the various types of text structures such as comparison, description, biography, problem/solution and cause/effect.  We will continue to work with identifying character traits and gain an appreciation of Greek Mythology. The class also read "4th Grade Rats."  Students are also using Achieve 3000, iReady, and Epic to practice reading skills daily. Students will learn to use fix up strategies when they are stuck reading and look at texts that present information in a variety of formats.
    Math-We have been studying place values and rounding multi-digit numbers.  In Unit 4 the class has been working on estimating quotients in division. We have also learned how to do long division.  In Unit 10 we classified angles and triangles. Try to encourage students to use the math notebook to do work in.  It should give them more space to organize their work neatly.  Continue to practice regrouping and borrowing strategies. For math check out the Think Central Library for the Student Interactive Button It is a GREAT way for your child to review math concepts.  This could be used as a review at home to prepare for tests. iREADY is another website found under "CLEVER" to practice Math and Reading skills as well. We will be working on Divison and various types of lines and angles found in chapters 4 and 10.
    Writing-We will be starting  our Biography texts this month.  We are currently learning about Fairy Tales and how to write a Fractured Fairy Tales. Our class has been exploring personal narratives.  We have looked at various examples and what made them good writings, or what was needed to make them better.  
    Social Studies-Students labeled the midwest states and read various books on EPIC to help with their biography writing on historical figures. We are currently starting the southwest.
    Science/Health- Students have learned about the phases of the moon (used Oreos.) and constellations which we tied into our myth readings. Students created their own constellations that wrote about and illustrated.
    If you have any questions please reach out to me email.