Cassandra Brookman

cbrookman@alleghany.k12.va.us

 

Mrs. Brookman teaches fourth grade at Callaghan. 

She began working at Callaghan in 1998 as a teacher’s assistant and began her teaching career in 2004. She has an Associates Degree in Education from Dabney S. Lancaster Community College and a Bachelors Degree in History with a minor in Education from Mary Baldwin College. She is a fully certified teacher and is currently working on her Masters Degree for Exceptional Students, through Mary Baldwin.

She lives in the Covington area with her husband, Jeremy, two daughters; Alex and Chloe, and son, Sammy. In addition to the love of working with children, she is also an animal lover. She has a Chocolate Lab, Lilly, and a Boxer, Luke.

 

 

SEMESTER PLANS

 

Writing & Spelling

Mrs. Brookman

First Six Weeks: (30 days and ongoing throughout the year

4.7 The student will write cohesively for a variety of purposes

b) Focus on one aspect of a topic.
c) Use a variety of pre-writing strategies.
e) Recognize different modes of writing have different patterns of organization.
f) Write a clear topic sentence focusing on the main idea.
g) Write two or more related paragraphs on the same topic.
h) Use transition words for sentence variety.
I) Utilize elements of style, including word choice and sentence variation.
j) Revise writing for clarity of content using specific vocabulary and information.
k) Include supporting details that elaborate the main idea.

4.8 The student will demonstrate comprehension of information resources to research a topic.

a) Construct questions about a topic.
b) Collect information from multiple resources including online, print, and media.
c) Use technology as a tool to organize, evaluate, and communicate information.

Skills Covered:
Complete sentences, Subjects and Predicates, Kinds of Sentence, Simple and Compound Sentences and Nouns.

Second Six Weeks: (30 days and ongoing throughout the year)

4.7 The student will write cohesively for a variety of purposes.
a) Identify intended audience.
d) Organize writing to convey a central idea.

4.8 The student will edit writing for correct grammar, capitalization, spelling, punctuation, sentence structure, and paragraphing.
a) Use subject-verb agreement.
d) Use noun-pronoun agreement.
e) Use commas in series, dates, and addresses.
g) Use correct spelling for frequently used words, including common homophones.

Skills Covered:
Verbs, Verb tenses, Conjunctions, Pronouns, and Commas.

Third Six Weeks: (30 days and ongoing throughout the year)

4.8 The student will edit writing for correct grammar, capitalization, spelling, punctuation, sentence structure, and paragraphing.
h) Use singular possessives.

Skills Covered:
Proper Nouns and Irregular Verbs.

 4th

4.5 Read and demonstrate comprehension of non-fiction.

        D. Make simple inferences

        E. Draw conclusions

        F. Summarize including main ideas and details.

        H. Cause and effect

 

        Skills to be covered:

                Paraphrasing

                Compare and Contrast

                Text Structure

                Summarizing

                Plot

 

5th 6 weeks- Ongoing

4.6 Demonstrate comprehension of informational resources to research a topic

A.     Construct questions about a topic for research.

B.     Collect information using resources

C.     Evaluate and synthesize information.

 

4.2 Make and listen to oral presentations and reports.

A.     Use subject-related information and vocabulary for presentations.

B.     Listen to and record information.

C.     Organize information.

 

Skills to be covered:

        Summarizing

        Plot

        Graphic Source

        Author’s Purpose

        Text Structure

 

6th  6 weeks- Ongoing

Students will:

Review SOL’s 4.1-4.6

Read novels

 

 

 

GRADING:

Grades will be based on class work, participation, homework, tests, and quizzes. All Reading work will count for 60% of the Language Arts grade on the report card.

 

Grading Scale:

A (94-100)

B (85-93)

C (76-84)

D (70-76)

U (0-69




Spelling:
Students will complete weekly spelling assignments. These will include alphabetical order, and a Tic-Tac-Toe Board with 9 activities, of which they are to choose 2 to complete for a weekly grade. They will also write their words for practice each night Monday through Thursday. Students will take weekly spelling tests on the computer at spellingcity.com They cam find the lists under Sammie Brookman. They are listed as Week 1, ect. for this year.

GRADING:
Spelling assignments will count 50% and tests will count 50%.

Grading Scale:
A (94-100)
B (85-93)
C (76-84)
D (70-76)
U (0-69)

Reading
Ongoing throughout the year:

Communication: Speaking, Listening, Media Literacy
4.1 The student will use effective oral communication skills in a variety of settings.
a) Present accurate directions to individuals and small groups.
b) Contribute to group discussions across content areas.
c) Seek ideas and opinions of others.
d) Use evidence to support opinions.
e) Use grammatically correct language and specific vocabulary to communicate ideas.
f) Communicate new ideas to others.
g) Demonstrate the ability to collaborate with diverse teams.
h) Demonstrate the ability to work independently.

4.2 The student will make and listen to oral presentations and reports.
a) Use subject-related information and vocabulary.
b) Listen to and record information
c) Organize information for clarity.
d) Use language and style appropriate to the audience, topic and purpose.

First Six Weeks: (30 days and ongoing throughout the year)

4.4 The student will expand vocabulary when reading.
a) Use context to clarify meanings of unfamiliar words.
b) Use knowledge of roots, affixes, synonyms, antonyms, and homophones.
c) Use word-reference materials, including the glossary, dictionary, and thesaurus.
d) Develop vocabulary by listening to and reading a variety of texts.
e) Use vocabulary from other content areas.

4.5 The student will read and demonstrate comprehension of fictional texts, narrative nonfiction texts, and poetry.
a) Explain the author's purpose.
b) Describe how the choice of language, setting, characters, and information contributes to the author's purpose.
e) Identify the problem and solution.
f) Describe the relationship between text and previously read materials.
h) Draw conclusions/make inferences about text.
I) Make, confirm, or revise predictions.
j) Identify cause and effect relationships.
k) Use reading strategies throughout the reading process t monitor comprehensions.
l) Read with fluency and accuracy.

4.6 The student will read and demonstrate comprehension of non fiction texts.
c) Explain the author's purpose.
g) Distinguish between cause and effect
I) Use prior knowledge and build additional background knowledge as context for new learning.
j) Identify new information gained from reading.
k) Use reading strategies throughout the reading process to monitor comprehension.
l) Read with fluency and accuracy.

Skills covered in the Journeys Reading Series: Story Structure, Author's Purpose, Cause & Effect, Theme, and Understanding Characters

Second Six Weeks: (30 days and ongoing throughout the year)

4.3 The student will learn how media messages are constructed and for what purposes.
a) Differentiate between auditory, visual, and written media messages.
b) Identify the characteristics of various media messages.

4.6 The student will read and demonstrate comprehension of non fiction texts.
a) Use text structures, such as type, headings, and graphics, to predict and categorize information in both print and digital texts.
b) Formulate questions that might be answered in the selection.
f) Draw conclusions and make simple inferences using textual information as support.
h) Distinguish between fact and opinion.

Skills covered in the Journeys Reading Series: Compare and Contrast, Fact and Opinion, Understanding Characters, Conclusions and Generalizations and Author's Purpose.

Third Six Weeks: ( 30 days and ongoing throughout the year)

4.5 The student will read and demonstrate comprehension of fictional texts, narrative nonfiction texts, and poetry.
c) Identify the main idea.
d) Summarize supporting details.
g) Identify sensory words.

4.6 The student will read and demonstrate comprehension of Non fiction texts.
d) Identify the main idea
e) Summarize supporting details.

Skills covered in the Journeys Reading Series: Fact and Opinion, Sequence of Events, Cause and Effect, Text and Graphic Features, and Main Ideas and Details.

This year we will be doing novel units each six weeks.

Tests 50%
Class work/Quizzes AR Quizzes/Projects 50%

Grading Scale:
A (94-100)
B (85-93)
C (76-84)
D (70-76)
U (0-69)