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Welcome to Class 4-407

Welcome to Mrs. Curran's fourth grade class. We have an exciting year ahead of us.  I look forward to helping my students grow academically, socially and emotionally.

"Education is the most powerful weapon, which can be used to change the world"

- Nelson Mandela

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Remote Learning Assignments

April 10th - Activity 9: Comparing Poems , Plays & Proses (available in google classroom)
April is poetry month, so we are going to being a poetry unit. This lesson will have you look at three different styles of writing to help you get a better understanding of poetry.

Lesson Expectations:
I can explain major differences between poems, drama, and prose, and refer to the structural elements of poems (e.g., verse, rhythm, meter).

Read through each google slide CAREFULLY!

1. Read "Comparing Poems, Plays and Prose" PDF Page 326
2. Complete the "Describing Elements" chart. (Google slide)
3. Read "Angie's Solo" & "At the Concert"
4. Complete the "Poem or Prose" Chart (Google Form)
5. Complete I-Ready Teacher Assigned Activity - Close Reading: Comparing Poems, Plays, and Prose
 
 
April 8 & 9 - Activity 8 - Social Studies: Hudson and Champlain (available in google classroom)
Lesson Expectations
I can read to better understand the life of Henry Hudson and Samuel de Champlain and the purpose and outcome of their voyage.

Day 1 - April 8th
1. Read about  Samuel De Champlain.pdf  PDF
2. Watch Video on the life of Samuel de Champlain.
3. Answer/Submit "Samuel de Champlain Questions" using evidence from the text to support your answer.
PLEASE ANSWER IN COMPLETE SENTENCES!

Day 2 - April 9th
4. Read about  Henry Hudson.pdf  PDF.
5. Watch Video on the life of Henry Hudson.
6. Answer/Submit "Henry Hudson Questions" using evidence from the text to support your answer.
PLEASE ANSWER IN COMPLETE SENTENCES!
 
April 6 & 7 - Activity 7 - Describing Characters in a Story (available in google classroom)
Lesson Expectations
I can describe details about the thoughts, feelings and actions of characters in a story to help me better understand the text.

Look through the "Activity 7 - Google Slides" to complete this lesson.

(Day 1 - April 6th)
1. Re watch "Story Elements: Characters" Video
2. Read "Describing Characters in a Story" PDF (Page 92)
3. Read the story "Cleopatra Finds Her Voice" in the "Describing Characters in a Story" PDF (Pg. 100-101)
4. Using "Character Trait Categories" & "Cleopatra Finds Her Voice" - Note Taking Worksheet" take notes on the character's thoughts, feeling, and actions throughout the story.
5. Answer the Multiple Choice Questions (google Form)
6. Continue i-Ready - Describing Characters Lesson (i-ready account)

(Day 2 - April 7th)
7. Reread "Cleopatra Finds Her Voice" & Review/Add to your notes.
8. Review Ms. Curran's Short response example.
9. Answer Two Short Response Questions (google doc)
10. Complete i-Ready - Describing Characters Lesson (i-ready account)

MyOn Reading Suggestion:
Describing Characters Project - Select a Book
 
 
April 3 - Activity 6 (available in google classroom)
Lesson Expectations -I can recognize and explain the meaning of common adages and proverbs.

1. Read through the "Adages and Proverbs" Google Slides
2. Complete "Adages and Proverbs" Worksheet (Google Form)
3. Complete the "Adages and Proverb Writing Assignment" (Google Slide)
4. Complete i-Ready Teacher Assigned Activities
 
April 1 & 2 Activity 5 (available in google classroom)
 
Lesson Expectations -I can describe details about the thoughts, feelings and actions of characters in a drama to help me better understand the text.

View Google Slides to Complete the Assignment

(Day 1)
1. Watch "Story Elements: Characters" Video
2. Read and Complete Page 106-107 in i-ready packet.
3. Read "The Treasure" (PDF Pg. 108)
4. Complete the "The Treasure - Character Trait Chart" to help you describe Iris. (google slide)
5. Begin i-Ready - Describing Characters Lesson (i-ready account)

(Day 2)
6. Re read "The Treasure" (PDF Pg. 108)
7. Review "The Treasure - Character Trait Chart"
8. Complete the "The Treasure" - Short Response Question using the RACE strategy and 2 point -short response rubric.
9. Begin i-Ready - Describing Characters Lesson (i-ready account)

MyOn Reading Suggestion:
Describing Characters Project - Select a Book
 
March 30 & 31 Activity 4 (available in google classroom)
 
Lesson Expectations - I can read to better understand the reasons for exploration of the Northwest passage.

(Day 1)
1. Watch "The Discovery of America" Video
2. Read  Why Search For a Northwest Passage.pdf 
3. Answer "Explorers In Search of The Northwest Passage" Question. (google form)

(Day 2)
I can read to better understand the life of Giovanni da Verrazano and the purpose and outcome of his voyage.
4. Read about  Giovanni da Verrazano.pdf  and take notes.
5. Answer/Submit "Verrazano Comprehension Questions" using evidence from the text to support your answers. (google form)

MyOn Reading Suggestion:
"Christopher Columbus: New World Explorer or Fortune Hunter?
 
March 27 Activity 3 (available in google classroom)
 
Lesson Expectations -I can write a historical text by describing the events that have occurred in recent days and why they have occurred.
 
Follow along with the google slides or use the attachments to complete the lesson.

Writing Assignment: Using the “Writing Historical Text Graphic Organizer”, pretend that you are a historical text writer ten years from now. In a complete paragraph, report on the events that are currently taking place. Write about what is happening and why.

1. Review and complete the "Writing Historical Text Graphic Organizer"
2. Review Historical Writing -Teacher Model and Checklist
3. Write your Historical Writing Piece using
- cause and effect sentence frames
- cause and effect transition words
- historical writing checklist
- cause and effect writing rubric.


March 25 & 26 Activity 2 (available in google classroom)

Lesson Expectations -I can explain information in historical text, including what happened and why to better understand the connection among various events and ideas.

Follow along with the google slides or use the attachments to complete the lesson.

(Day 1 - March 25)
1. Watch BrainPOP Cause & Effect Video to review reading strategy
2. Read "From Fulton's Success" (Understanding Historical Text PDF - Pg. 32-34)
3. Answer/Submit Multiple Choice Answers (google forms)
4. Begin i-Ready - Understanding Historical Text Lesson (i-ready account)

(Day 2 - March 26)
5. Re-watch How to Answer Constructed Response or Short Response to review writing strategies.
6. Reread "From Fulton's Success" (Understanding Historical Text PDF - Pg. 32-34)
7. Answer/Submit Extended (Constructed) Response for "from Fulton's Success" (google form) using Extended Response Writing Steps & Rubric
8. Complete i-Ready - Understanding Historical Text Lesson (i-ready account)

MyOn Reading Suggestions:
Any Historical Texts
Click Library --> Browse --> Social Studies --> History

 

March 23 & 24 Activity 1 (available on google classroom)

Understanding Historical Text.pdf 

(Day 1 - March 23)
1. Watch Cause and Effect Video
2. Complete Understanding Historical Text.pdf  (page 24-25) - (in notebook)
3. Read "The Model T" (PDF - Pg 26-27)
4. Watch "How to answer short response and constructed response" Video & Review Ms. Curran's "The Model T" Short Response using RACE Strategy 

5. Answer the "The Model T - Multiple Choice Question" (google form)

6. Begin i-Ready Understanding Historical Text Lesson (i-ready account)


(Day 2 - March 24)
7. Review Ms. Curran's Model T Short Response & re watch "How to answer short response and constructed response" Video
8. Read "The Bicycle First Century" (Understanding Historical Text.pdf - Pg 28-29)
9. Answer/Submit Bicycle First Century - Short Response using RACE Strategy (use 2-point rubric to self assessment before turning it in)
10. Continue to Complete i-Ready Understanding Historical Text Lesson (i-ready account)

All About Mrs. Curran

My name is Mrs. Curran and I have been a teacher at PS94 for eight years. I taught the third grade for four of those years and this is my fourth year teaching fourth grade. I will primarily be your child's reading, writing and social studies teacher since the 4th grade has been departmentalized. I attended Iona College and received my bachelor's degree in Psychology. Then, I attend Pace University and received my Master's  Degree in Childhood Education. As a child I struggled in certain subject areas. I always remembered the teachers that had the patience to help me understand and I truly don't think I would be where I am today without their help. I always wanted to be that kind of teacher, the one that is remembered 20 years from now and impacted someone's life in a positive way.  I am looking forward to a great school year!