Chatman-Norfleet, Melissa


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Greetings! My name is Melissa Chatman-Norfleet. I am a 4th Grade teacher at Dunbar Elementary School. I teach English/Language Arts, and Social Studies. I have been working in the education field for 21 years.  I have taught in grades 1-8 and served as an administrator for 11 years.   I earned my Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Eastern Illinois University in 1996.  My love for learning led me to pursue my Masters in Educational Administration. I graduated from Eastern Illinois University with my Masters in 2001. I truly believe my life’s purpose is to educate children as a whole; helping them to not only reach but move beyond their educational and lifelong goals. I am happy to have the opportunity to collaborate with a wonderful team of educators, parents, and students to fulfill our mission. Go Eagles!


January 4-12


Essential Question: How can you make new friends feel welcome?

Reading Skill – Point of View

Reading Strategy – Visualize

Phonics/Word Study – r-Controlled Vowels : er, ir, ur

Vocabulary Words

acquaintance – someone you know but who is not a close friend

cautiously – to do with care

complementary – something that makes something else whole are complete

jumble – confused mixture or condition

logical – something that makes sense and is based on reason

scornfully – to say or do something in a way that shows dislike or that you are making fun

scrounging – trying to obtain or collect something with difficulty

trustworthy – to be reliable

Spelling Words: R-Controlled Vowels

herb          person          sternly          serpent

worse        pearl             dirty              birth

shirt          twirl              swirl             purse

curl            curve            curb               hurl

turkey         turnip        purpose          blurred

Writing: This week we are focused on Informational Text

Social Studies

Unit 2 Lesson 4: 

Big Idea: Culture Influences the Way People Live

Essential Question: How does location affect the way people live?


archaeologist: a scientist who looks for and studies artifacts

culture: people’s way of life

migrate: to move from one place to another

hogan: a dome-shaped home that is made of log frames or stick frames that are covered with mud or soil

totem-pole: a tree trunk that is carved with sacred images

potlatch: a feast in which the guest receive gifts

Teepee: a cone-shaped tent made from animal hides

longhouse: a home shared by several related Iroquois families



*Read for at least 20 minutes


*Read for at least 20 minutes


*Read for at least 20 minutes


*Read for at least 20 minutes


*Read for at least 20 minutes





One Comment
  1. Savaud will not be attending school tomorrow nor Thursday. He has 2 doctors appointments that he must attend. The work that he will be missing out on can he have it Friday. I told him to tell his teachers he said he forgot

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