Welcome to Fourth Grade Parent Orientation! 2014-2015 School Year
Introduction - Family • Married – Mark works for UPS • Two children – Madeline – 9th Grade Thomas – 6th Grade
Introduction - Professional • This is my 20th year teaching 4th grade at Lander. • 23rd year in Mayfield/ 25 th overall. • Also taught preschool, 1st , 3rd , and 5th. • Attended Hillsdale College and received my Masters in Education from JCU.
Communication – Home/School • Studentagendas(Completed work is indicated by a star, missing work is circled), e-mails, district webpage and teacher webpage. • Contact information • Elizabeth (Betsey) Gregoire– Room 113 - 440/995-7378 • E-mail – firstname.lastname@example.org
Parent Expectations • Review & return black ‘Take Home’ Folder • Review and return student agenda daily • Read classroom communications (as needed basis) • Monitor homework • Communicate with all teachers • Call school if child is sick • Email both teacher and the office for transportation changes
Reading Workshop • Reading Workshop components: • Interactive read-aloud • Independent reading • Student should be reading 20 minutes each night • Reading response journals • Guided reading – Flexible small groups • Reading mini-lessons • Fiction & nonfiction on regular basis • Teacher conferences – Small group & individual
Writing Workshop • Writing Workshop components: • Independent writing • Writing folders/journals • Writing units of study – Opinion writing, Realistic Fiction, Research writing, Personal Narrative • Revision and editing process • Writing mini-lessons • Teacher conferences – Small group & individual
Math • Math units: • Number Puzzles and Multiple Towers • Prisms and Pyramids • Addition, Subtraction, and the Number System • Fractions and Percents • Measuring Polygons • Decimals on Grids and Number Lines • Patters, Functions, and Change • Data Analysis and Probability
Math Websites • www.factmonster.com • www.funbrain.com • www.brainpop.com • www.coolmath.com • www.aplusmath.com
Social Studies • Social Studies units: • History • Geography • Economics • Government • Fourth Grade Social Studies Achievement Test at the end of the year.
Science • Science units: • Science Inquiry & Application • Earth & Space Science • Physical Science • Life Science • Holden Arboretum’s “Growing Students in Science” program
Standards BasedGradingSummativeswillbegraded on the followingscale: • Level 4 – Meets and exceeds the standard. • Level 3 – Meets criteria and expectations of the standard • Level 2 – Gaining understanding of the standards with practice and support. • Level 1 - Experiences difficulty and requires consistent practice and support. http://www.mayfieldschools.org/AssessmentGradingAndReporting.aspx
School & Classroom Rules • The 4 P’s: Prompt, Polite, Prepared, Productive • KINDNESS COUNTS: Be kind to yourself, to others, and to our school. • The school handbook is posted on the district’s website.
Conferences • Please sign-up tonight with HOMEROOM teacher. • Thursday, November 6th– evening conferences • Friday, November 7th– day conferences
Fourth Grade Hygiene • Please be sure your child practices good hygiene !
Before You Leave Tonight • Sign up for your child’s November conference. • Sign up to be a field trip volunteer and/or 4th grade classroom helper, and PTG parties. • THANK YOU FOR COMING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Working as partners this year will allow your child to be the best that he or she can be!