Franklin Towne Elementary School It may take a village to raise a child, but it takes a TOWNE to educate one.

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Student of the Month:

October: Lillyana Haines

September: Molly Pagel

"Because of Winn-Dixie" Novel Test on Friday, 11/16
"Because of WInn-Dixie", in class projects due Wednesday, 11/21 
  • AM- Table of Contents for chapter titles with explanations emailed to teacher.
  • PM- Matchbook Summaries with chapter titles and folder cover art including the book title and author.
TURKEY TROT forms due Tuesday



  • GYM is on Wednesday!
  • Please have your planner signed daily!


The 2018-19 school year is gearing up to be a fantastic one! ELA has many fun and exciting lessons planned.  We will be reading novels, learning new reading and writing strategies, and brushing up on skills from previous years.


Students in 4th grade will be writing daily to ensure optimal development of skills.  We will also have access to NEW Chrome Books (laptops) for additional writing activities.


My goal is to make reading as engaging and fun as possible. We want students to leave 4th grade with a positive outlook and an investment in their education. Students will read independently, along with other students in small groups, and together as a class.


The children will complete classwork and projects independently, but also with other students, as they learn much from each other.  Group work is a vital component in our classroom learning environment, as it fosters cooperation, communication, and collaboration.


Because of Winn-Dixie- By Kate Di Camillo

Chapters 13-20

Realistic Fiction


Character Analysis: When you evaluate a character's traits, their role in the story, and the conflicts they experience.


Making Inferences: Making an inference involves using what you know to make a guess about what you don't know or reading between the lines. Readers who make inferences use the clues in the text along with their own experiences to help them figure out what is not directly said, making the text personal and memorable.


Spelling Words 1. different 2. decorate 3. nervous 4. screech 5. pickles 6. affair 7. chatter 8. arrange 9. Sorrow 10. pour 11. umbrella 12. coffee 13. bottle 14. drizzle 15. snuffle 16. parrot 17. manner 18. holler 19. suggest 20. Occur



whimper(ing), v. – (of a person or animal) to make a series of low, feeble sounds expressive of fear, pain, or discontent

sensation, n. – a widespread reaction of interest and excitement

melancholy, n. – a deep and long-lasting sadness

sorrow(ful), n. – a feeling of deep distress, caused by loss or disappointment, or other misfortune suffered by oneself or others

tragedy, n. – an event causing great suffering, destruction, and distress

typhoid, n. – an infectious fever with red spots on chest and stomach with severe intestinal irritation

manufacture(d), v. – to make or produce an idea in a mechanical way

squawk(ed), v. – (of a person) to say something in a loud tone

survive(d), v. – to continue to live or exist,

hunch(ing), v. – to raise one’s shoulders and bend the top of one’s body forward

BIO: I have three beautiful children with my husband of 13 years.  Both of my sons attend FTCE and my daughter is in preschool. This is my 7th year at Franklin Towne Charter E.S., my 3rd with the focus on ELA.  I have a master’s degree from Holy Family University in elementary education.  My bachelor’s degree of science was earned at Temple University, majoring in English. I am also certified to teach middle school English.



Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns @:

Candice DeMas

Franklin Towne Charter Elementary School


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