Mrs. Salazar's
     Welcome to our classroom home page! This year I will be your Reading teacher. 
    This year is year two using the reading curriculum called Into Reading, it is filled with award winning literature, familiar classics and newer stories that are going to engage your student. 



    Scholastic Learn at Home

     Into Reading Website


    Amplify Reading


  • Reading

    The main goal for our fourth graders is to develop confident readers and promote a lifelong love of reading.  We will be working with your child to strengthen vocabulary, improve comprehension skills, and develop a variety of reading strategies.  Students will receive a combination of whole-class and small group instruction.  In fourth grade, we will be using the Into Reading, reading program, literature books, biographies, websites, and a variety of other resources as instructional tools.  (Canvas will be used for online instruction).


    • As part of our reading program, your child will be assigned a MyBook consumable textbook which he/she will be held accountable for.  It is important that your child bring this book to class each day. (For the online learning period students will have access to their My Book online)
    • Independent reading time is a valuable part of a comprehensive reading program.  Every student will be required to have an independent book at school at all times.  (This is a book of your child’s choice.)  It is the student’s responsibility to make sure this book is at school each day.
    • All students will be required to read nightly for homework. We will use read theory (readtheory.org) to monitor homework. All student will be set up with an account and are expected to read, a minimum, of 2 stories a night, pushing for a goal of 80% of higher. They will have a log to track this. The log is the nightly homework for reading class. Reading books is still encouraged and library visits will occur during the month. 
    • Students who score below 80% on a reading assessment are able to ask me for a retake opportunity. 



    In 4th grade, we will study three main types of writing: 

    •  Opinion: To support a point of view with reasons and information
    • Informative/Explanatory Writing: To examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly
    • Narrative: To develop real or imagined experiences, using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences

    Grammar skills will be introduced and reinforced through the Daily Language Review exercises (done during Writing RTI).  We will be using the Into Reading Writing Workshop  and the Six Traits of Writing process among other resources.  The Writing Workshop will build the students writing independence through interactive writing and process-based lessons that strengthen their developing skills. Students will also learn to use a variety of reference materials to help them proofread and edit their work.  

    Technology will also play a part in our writing program. Students will become more familiar with planning, composing, revising, and editing writing pieces using programs like Google Docs among others. Our school day doesn’t allow time for keyboarding practice, so our hope is that students will do some practice on their own to become more familiar with the keyboard.

    The expectation of accurate spelling to the best of each student’s ability will be reinforced in all areas of the curriculum. Students will be held accountable for correctly spelling grade level words, high frequency words, and words at his/her level.  Although it doesn’t appear as a part of the quarterly report card, spelling will be part of the writing grade and continue to be an important trait (part of Conventions) in the writing process.

    ** Important Note **

    Not every piece of writing will be developed through all stages of the writing process.  There may be papers coming home that have not been graded, edited, or revised.  This does not mean that the teacher has not seen the work or is unaware of the errors made.  An important element of writing is developing ideas and getting thoughts down on paper, and grading can sometimes inhibit a child’s desire to write.