Camp Seymour 2016

Cabin Chinook w/Mr. Wanager and Mr. Paul




   Larchmont  Elementary   

   FOURTH Graders!   

     Mr. Wanager     

     2015 - 2016     




 Did you know all fourth graders can apply for and receive a free park pass for all national parks during the 2015-2016 school year?

Find out how:



Wanager Website Note:

This is the home screen for our classroom website. 

Printed weekly newsletters will come out on Fridays.

A homework sheet will be passed out on Monday and due that next Friday.

Specialists: P.E. = Mon./Fri.     Music = Tue./Thu.     Library = Wednesdays

Please check out the LINKS on the Links button to the left!

Scrolling down you will find information on various teaching targets. 









   The writing schedule will sometimes look like this:

Monday = Expository Journal

- student writes about his/her weekend

- count words and volunteers share

Tuesday = Begin D.E.F.

- “draft-edit-final” format from prompt

- prewrite and then begin first draft

Wednesday = Skill & Edit

- practice grammar/punctuation skill

- finish 1st draft

- students edit their papers

Thursday = Final Draft

- re-write paper with corrections

- volunteers share

- turn in compositions


We use the “Six Traits” during skills practice and while composing. The editing acrostic “ODDCUPS” combines the editing procedures from the Writing portions of the Measurement of Student Progress with the district-adopted Six Trait model. The six traits are:

(1) Ideas, (2) Organization, (3) Voice, (4) Word Choice, (5) Sentence Fluency, and (6) Conventions.

What Are the Six Traits?


Ideas Good writing has clear ideas, a purpose, or focus. It should have specific ideas and details.




Organization Writing should have a beginning, middle, and an ending and be well organized and easy to follow.




Voice Your writing should connect with your audience, fit your purpose for writing, and reveal your voice.





Word Choice Good writing has specific nouns and verbs and strong words that deliver the writer's message.




Sentence Fluency Sentences should vary in length, with a variety of sentence beginnings. The writing should flow smoothly from sentence to sentence.




Conventions Strong writing is edited for grammar, punctuation, capitalization, and spelling so the writer's ideas easily understood.

O = Is my work ORGANIZED?
(composition has a beginning, middle, and end … final draft handwritten neatly with proper heading)
D = Did I follow the DIRECTIONS?
(use of writing prompt obvious … proper word count … paper turned in on time)
D = Did I add meaningful DETAILS?
(use of interesting words … sentence beginnings and lengths differ … author’s voice evident)
C = Do my sentences begin with CAPITALS?
(capitals for proper nouns too: names, places, titles)
U = Did I check USAGE by reading aloud?
(proper English grammar deployed throughout … paragraphing with indents)
P = Do I have correct PUNCTUATION marks?
(periods at the end of sentences … quotation marks for character dialogue … commas for lists)
S = Have I checked the SPELLING?

(if you aren’t sure it’s spelled correctly look it up in the classroom dictionary)

    Thank you for visiting.  If you have any questions or comments about this web page (or anything related to Room 112) please use the "CONTACT" link or phone me any weekday between the hours of 8:15am - 5:00pm: 571-6212.

    About the LINKS:  When I first linked them they were working fine.  I did notice, however, that one of the ads on the "Typing Blaster" game could not be backed out of and another started asking for financial information for a home loan; I suggest not clicking on any of those.