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Grade 4B

Greetings friends of St. Matthias Catholic Academy!

Here is a bit of information giving a glimpse into our academic year for 3rd and 4th grade ELA.

We have rigorously worked on reading comprehension throughout the year. I believe our 3rd and 4th grade classes have grown in an unparalleled level. We have taken up the NY State standards for reading comprehension and writing competency. Through this challenging yet dynamic curriculum, our 3rd and 4th grade students have learned proper writing style, meticulously including an introduction and a conclusion sentence or paragraph in any sample of writing. Moreover, their skills in drawing evidence from the text, and not just arbitrarily attempting to support a claim, have increased to a very noticeable extent. In my opinion, they are ready to take on next year’s challenges. The students have performed well, though the year has not been without its challenges. I am very hopeful for the coming years. The skills they are mastering now in ELA and across subjects will put them much ahead of the curve academically for their later academic terms, middle school, high school, and higher level education.

We have been finishing up the year with the acclaimed Newberry Medal Winner, Louis Sachar’s Holes. Students are adoring the depth and dynamism of this book, relating its main character, Stanley, to their own personal experiences. This book is for levels 6-8, and we have been successfully working at it in the 4th grade, which testifies to the success of both our teaching and our learners. Students have competently grasped the essence of the book, and most have performed well in higher-level assessments.

We will be finishing the book this week. We will also, for our movie day, watch a fun movie that addresses the writing prompt of what kids would do if all adults suddenly disappeared. This is a great way to address the notion children have that adults are “bad” and “boring.” As the film shows, the children rejoice the morning they find out their parents, and all adults, are gone, only to very quickly realize that there is chaos and that they cannot fend off on their own. It is a wonderful tale of friendship, loyalty, humility, and family love, of coming to terms with the incorrectness of one’s own prejudices for the sake of a higher good.

This has been a formidable year for St. Matthias, and we can only hope that, in spite of the challenges, the commitment the school has to its students will bear an immense amount of fruit–a hundred fold, in the words of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

All the best for this coming summer, and may you grow in Christ and the knowledge of God the Father.

 

Sincerely,

Lucas Manuel Williams.

Students and Mr. Williams

 

WELCOME TO CLASS 4B!

Hello! My name is Mr. Williams. This is my first year teaching at St. Matthias. I am very excited to be working as part of this wonderful academy. The energy and compassion I have found here is one to be coveted, and of course, the particular objects of this care are your children, our students. I am the 3rd and 4th grade English Language Arts teacher. Through my experiences in pedagogy working with underrepresented youth in the Chicago and Brooklyn area, as well as my strong intellectual and faith background, I hope to work with you and St. Matthias Catholic Academy to not only help your child develop academically, but emotionally and spiritually as well. We are first and foremost sons and daughters of God, Our Father.

 

We will be covering many topics throughout the year. Our current 3rd grade unit focuses on reading comprehension centered around the topic of “smart solutions,” and smart ways that problems get solved. The various types of texts covered include expository text, realistic fiction, and fantasy. Your child will also lear comprehension skills such as compare and contrast and text inference, as well as technical reading and writing skills such as syllables and word divisions. Our current 4th grade unit focuses on the topic, “what is the value of teamwork?” Our texts will be centered around this topic, and your child will not only improve their skills, they will also learn the value of working together to achieve goals. The texts we cover will include historical fiction, drama, and expository text. Technical skills they will learn include prefixes and suffixes, context clues, dialogue and narration, and similes and metaphors.

 

We have been having a wonderful time learning so far, and I predict this will evolve and continue through the school year. I am here, with St. Matthias Catholic Academy, to work on the strengths and challenges of your child and am available for any questions, suggestions, and concerns.

 

Thank you very much!

 

Mr. Williams

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Reviewing can be fun!

parts of speech

Noun Dunk Game

Fling the Teacher- Subject/Predicate Review

subject/predicate games

Magic Capitals

Pronoun Balloon Game

Pronoun Practice

More Pronoun Practice

Using I and Me

Choosing Verbs in Sentences

Choose the Adjectives

Burst the Adjective Bubble

Using a, an, the

Adjective Adventure

Adjective Vs. Adverb

 

 

 

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