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!


November 13-17


Essential Question: What helps an animal survive?

Reading Skill – Main Idea and Key Details

Reading Strategy – Summarize

Phonics/Word Study – r-Controlled Vowels

Vocabulary Words



Camouflaged – something hidden by looking like its surroundings

Dribble – to flow or let flow in small drops

Extraordinary – something very unusual or remarkable

Poisonous – something that harms or kills by a chemical reaction

Pounce – to leap or spring suddenly in attack

Predator – an animal that lives by hunting other animals for food

Prey – an animal that is hunted by another animal

Vibrations – rapid motions back and forth or up and down

Spelling Words- Prefixes

dart           guard            award          backyard

argue        spark             target            smart

charge      carpet            warp            door

fort            morning       stork            cord

worn         stormy          core              bore

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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