Ms. Thomas is starting her 12th year of teaching in the Chicago Public Schools. This is her 8th year at Decatur and is very excited to be teaching 4th grade language arts. In her 12 years of teaching she has taught everything from 1st grade to 8th grade! She received her undergraduate degree from DePauw University in elementary education and history. Later she attended DePaul University and received her master’s degree as a reading specialist with a focus in learning disabilities. When she is not teaching, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, figure skating and needlepoint!
Welcome! I am very excited to be your child’s language arts teacher this year. Our focus this year will be gaining a deeper knowledge of literacy through novel exploration. Your child will learn to annotate and analyze passages and novels to gain a more in depth understanding.
I expect students to accept the challenge of analyzing literature through annotations and group discussions. This will require them to learn from their mistakes and persevere through difficult tasks. Reading a novel for speed will not be a priority but having students slow down and analyze the text will be a main focus throughout the whole year.
I will send out a weekly email to you with the highlights from the week and any notices of upcoming tests or project due dates. This information will also be posted on my blog on the Decatur website. I am available for any questions or concerns via email. Please allow 48 hours during the week to reply to your emails.
The following grade weights will be used in determining your child’s grades each quarter.
All assignments will be posted on your child’s Google Classroom account. Due dates for assignments will be communicated through the Google Classroom website. Classwork that is not finished in class may be sent with your child to be finished at home. No late work will be accepted and no extra credit will be given.
Students will be assessed through various tasks including, but not limited to, exit slips, essays, quizzes, and tests. Projects and discussion posts may also be used as assessments depending on when they are assigned in each unit.
This week we started our first novel, Tuck Everlasting. Students were very excited to learn that they each got their own copy of the… Read More
This week we wrapped up NWEA testing and got back onto our regular schedule! In reading we used the mentor text, My Rotten Red-Headed… Read More
This week in language arts we worked on summarizing and retelling stories we’ve read. Our schedule was a little bit off this week due… Read More
This week in 4th grade we continued working on annotating our text. Additionally, we started using our interactive reading notebook and practiced important reading… Read More
The Jog-a-thon is on Wednesday, October 17 and we hope parents will join us to cheer on their student! There is also still time… Read More