Good morning and happy new year! I hope everyone had a great Christmas and time off. This week in 4th grade reading we are beginning a new novel, Because of Winn-Dixie. This is a Newberry award realistic fiction book about a girl and her dog. We will practice vocabulary, making connections, and main idea this week with this book. In 5th grade we are beginning Tuck Everlasting. In this novel our characters discover a fountain of youth which leads to interesting discussions about living forever. We will dig deep with this novel focusing on literary techniques such as symbolism, foreshadowing, flashback, atmosphere and plot twist. REMINDERS: A regular reading log is due this Friday. Look for info coming home soon about our new reading log/response sheet. Conference notices will also be sent out soon. This Friday is jeans/red t-shirt day. No school Monday :) Have a wonderful day!