My name is Mrs. Smith, and I am thrilled to be part of the staff at AMS Desert Sky, teaching 4th Grade English Language Arts and Social Studies. Having taught on different grade levels in different states, as well as working in the corporate world, has given me a unique perspective on education.  Our team is eager to work with students at AMS to help them reach their educational potential. 


Morning Message: Tuesday, April 7, 2020 (DL Day 12)

Good morning, and welcome to your Morning Message for Tuesday, April 7, 2013 (DL Day 12). Today in Study Island, we will be working on Main Idea/Detail, Modal Auxiliary Verbs (special helping verbs), and Support/Developing Topics in Explanatory and Opinion Writing. We are still working on getting EVERYONE logged onto our Google Classrooms to retrieve the lessons there. Please wait until Thursday to share them with me, so that there are not too many files waiting in my in-box. Do them all first, then share, please. You will have a story coming soon plus Reading and Responding questions. Zoom Meetings at 9:30 and 12:30 Tuesday and Thursday are for you to work on your assignments for your Specials Teachers. Have a great day.

Morning Message: Friday, April 3, 2020 Day 10 (DL)

This is our Morning Message for Day 10 of Distance Learning! Yester, I sent out UserNames and Passwords for Google Classroom. Hopefully, you received them. There are no assignments out there - right now, you are just becoming familiar with the set up and some of what will be required of you. Later, you may post to each other if you need help with WORK-RELATED ISSUES. This is not a person site. Please keep all posts/comments respectful and school-appropriate. Your Study Island assignment was included in the Day 9 assignment. My Zoom will be open at 9:30, in case you have question or need help with assignments/Classroom.

Assignments for Day 8 (DL):

Homophones:  Words that sound the same, yet have different meanings.  For example - desert and desert.  These words are actually spelled the same.  One means to leave alone and is used as a verb.  The other is the place where we live.  It is usually a hot (arid) place, with sand and rocks.
homophone: is a word that is pronounced the same (to varying extent) as another word but differs in meaning. A homophone may also differ in spelling. The two words may be spelled the same, such as rose (flower) and rose (past tense of "rise"), or differently, such as carat, and carrot, or to, two, and too. The term "homophone" may also apply to units longer or shorter than words, such as phrases, letters, or groups of letters which are pronounced the same as another phrase, letter, or group of letters. Any unit with this property is said to be "homophonous".
Examples of Homonyms
Adages, Idioms and Proverbs: 
adage:  an ancient saying or maxim, brief and sometimes mysterious, that has become accepted as conventional wisdom. In classical rhetoric, an adage is also known as a rhetorical proverb or paroemia. An adage—such as "The early bird gets the worm"—is a condensed and memorable expression. Often it's a type of metaphor.
Famous adages:
Proverbs:   Proverbs are similar to adages. They, too, are short statements that express truth, but proverbs usually offer some sort of practical and useful advice or lesson for daily life in images that suggest home and family. Let's examine a few. 1. 'Don't cry over spilled milk.' In other words, accidents happen, and there's no use fretting over them. Just clean up the mess and move on. 2. 'A stitch in time saves nine.' This proverb encourages us to fix problems while they are small rather than ignore it.
A bad cause requires many words.
German Proverb
A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.
Arab Proverb
A bird in the hand is worth two in a bush.
English Proverb
A broken hand works, but not a broken heart.
Persian Proverb
A cat has nine lives.
Proverb of Unknown Origin
A clear conscience is a soft pillow.
German Proverb
A close friend can become a close enemy.
Ethiopian Proverb
A closed mouth catches no flies.
Italian Proverb
A country can be judged by the quality of its proverbs.
German Proverb
A courtyard common to all will be swept by none.
Chinese Proverb
A dimple on the chin, the devil within.
Gaelic Proverb
A dog is wiser than a woman; it does not bark at its master.
Russian Proverb
A drink precedes a story.
Irish Proverb
A drowning man is not troubled by rain.
Persian Proverb
A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees.
William Blake "Proverbs of Hell" (1790)

Homework: Week of 3/9-3/13/20

Homework for the week is to catch up on Study Island Standards:
4C: Reasons and Evidence
Poems, Drama
Compare/Contrast Literature
Main Idea/Details
Finish Black History Writing and Submit to me
4D:  Summarizing Literature
Text Structure
Finish Black History Writing and Submit to me

Homework: Wk of March 2 - 6, 2020

This week, students are beginning to work on writing about a Prominent Woman to celebrate the month. Your Student may do the research at home, as well.
We are also having a Benchmark Writing Prompt to test their skills in this area.
The Study Island Skills for the week include:
4.RI.2 - Main Idea
W.4.5 - Planning, revising and editing a writing piece
4.RI.4, 4.RI.6, 4.L.5.b - Figurative Language

Homework: Wk of February 24 - 28, 2020

This week, students are Benchmark testing on Monday, Tuesday, and some of Wednesday. This is practice for AzMERIT. There are participation points for students who maintain the testing environment.
Study Island Standards for the week:
4.RL.2 - Summarizing Literature
4.RL.3 - Describing a character, setting or event of a story in detail
4.RL.4 - Determining the meaning of words, phrases and figurative language in literature
4.RL.8 - Reasons and evidence used by authors in text
Black History research and writing. Please finish the template on a Google Doc and submit to me: mbranchsmith@amsdesertsky.org

Homework: Wk of February 17 - 21, 2020

Reading/Writing. This is for Black History research on their famous African American. Students should perform some reading research and writing each night.
In addition, there are Study Island Standards
4.RI.2 - Main Idea/Details
R.RL.6 - Academic Domain Specific Lang.
4.RL.3- Describe a character in depth

Homework - Wk 2/3 - 2/7/20

Homework for the week - 2/3 - 2/7/20:
We continue to work within Study Island. Our Study Island standards for the week are:

Homework for the week - 1/27 - 2/1/20

Homework for the week - 1/27 - 2/1/20:
We continue to work within Study Island. Our standards for the week are:
Students may work on their Book Talk Project Notes by reading and taking notes.

Homeword: Tuesday - Friday, January 21-24, 2020

This week, we are working on Study Island and Epic Books.  The AZ Standards are as follows:  4.L.4.a; 4.L.4.b; 4.W.1.a; 4.W.1.b; 4.W.2.a; 4.@.2.b; 4.W.3.a; 4.W.3.b; 4.L.1.f; 4.L.1.h; 4.W.5; 4.RL.5
If your student is reading any book, they should be taking notes on it - particularly:  
Number of pages
Date and place of publication
Main Idea
Their opinion of the book
There will be a project later which will use these things.

Week of 1/13 - 1/17/20

This week we will be taking Benchmark tests in Reading and Math. Additionally, students will be working on Study Island Standards. Please allow your student to work k. These at home to finish any tests. AZ standards 4.RI.1; 4.RL.1; 4.W.5; 4.L.1.g; 4.L.5.b, 4.W.1.c.,, 4.W.2.c, 4.W.3.c, 4.L.6, 4.RL.2, 4.RI.7
Read for 30 minutes each evening

Homework: Weekend 1/10-1/12/20

Homework for the weekend:
Please work or My Path for 30 minutes
Then, work on the AZ Standards for this past week for at least 30 minutes (finishing tests as you go).

Homework: Monday - Friday (1/6 - 1/10/20)

All week - and for the next few weeks - we will be working in Study Island to help students bring up grades and scores.
This weeks' AZ standards: 4.RI.4, 4.L.6, 4.L.1.d, 4.L.2.a, 4.RL.3, 4.RI.9, 4.RL.9, 4.W.7, 4.W.8. Please have your student review the lesson. Then do the Practice for a Silver Ribbon. Repeat the Test for a Blue Ribbon (at least 70%.) They should record in Planner and bring to me.
Spelling words for this week:

Homework: Thursday, December 19, 2019

Homework for today:
Read 30 minutes
Study Island AZ Standards for Literature LA.4.RI.5; LA.4.RI.1; LA.4.RI.2; LA.4.RL.7; LA.4.RI.6