Mrs. Ryan
Week of April 23, 2017

Welcome Back! I hope you had a Blessed Easter and an enjoyable break!

4-2 Reading: 
This week the students will learn about a new genre: myths! We will read the short story Hercules' Quest and analyze the elements of the story's structure. These elements include: characters, setting, and plot. The students will also understand how to ask questions as a reading strategy.

4th Grade ELA
I am very excited about the new unit we will begin this week! Building on the book we have just read, Discovering Mars, the students will be introduced to a research project entitled The Mars Expedition Seminar. The students will be broken down into groups, research, and create a presentation about sending a team of astronauts to Mars. The students will use various sources i.e the internet, videos, and books to create their presentation.

5th Grade ELA
The students are finally ready to create their own tall tales! This week the students will brainstorm and plan ideas for their tall tale. Using a graphic organizer, the students will create characters, settings, conflict, and a resolution. The students will then begin writing their tall tale using figurative language such as similes, metaphors, and hyperboles.

The students will learn about the fourth commandment. The students will read the story of creation and understand why we celebrate the first day of the week as the Lord's Day.

Just a couple of homeroom reminders:
- Out field trip to the Tilles Center is scheduled for Tuesday, May 9th. Students should be dressed in regular uniform and bring a bagged lunch. We will not be back in time to participate in any special lunch orders.
- The NYS Math test will be administered May 2nd - May 5th.

Please don't hesitate to contact me at with any questions.

Mrs. Ryan

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