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Hello my name is Mrs. Sheryl Cronin and I have been teaching for 14 years. I am the Homeroom Teacher for Grades 4 and 5. I teach Literature to Grade 4, Social Studies to Grades 4-7 and Science to Grades 4 and 5. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Communications from Webster University. I have a teaching certificate and a Master's Degree in Education from UMSL. Also, I have Pius VI religious certification.

The Literature program involves the study of fiction and non-fiction text. Students read text found in the Treasures Reading Series which integrates Science, Social Studies and technology. Each week students are learning skills to analyze the text. Fourth grade students are learning to formulate higher order thinking questions. They are also learning to answer these questions using support from the text. Students will also have opportunities to accomplish personal reading goals using Accelerated Reading.

For Grades 4,5 and 6 Social Studies is part of Macmillian/McGraw-Hill TIMELINK series. This builds geographic mastery with maps and skills - offers reading skills and strategies to reinforce Reading/Language Arts skills - and integrates Dinah Zike's Foldables to help students improve comprehension. - Two volumes per grade. The Social Studies for Grade 7 involves the series -Our Nation America.and it continues to build skills important for the intensity of high school.

The Science program is very hands on and inquiry based. We want the students to see science as something they do, not just content to be learned. We will use the Five E's: Engage, Explore, Explain, Extend, and Evaluate. By doing this, the students are asked to assume more responsibility for their learning. Students utilize the Science Lab to investigate a variety of subjects relating to Physical Science, Earth Science, and Life Science. Each year the 4th-7th Grades participate in Science Fair. This provides the students with the opportunity to use inquiry to investigate topics that they choose. Many students go on to compete at the Greater St. Louis Science Fair.

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