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SantanElementary School Curriculum Night Mrs. Lederman’s 4 th Grade C.A.T.S. August 1 st , 2013. C.A.T.S. Classes Involve…. Accelerated Enrichment Activities Depth & Complexity Higher-order, Critical Thinking Skills Creativity & Novelty More Collaboration & Hands-On

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c a t s classes involve
C.A.T.S. Classes Involve…
  • Accelerated Enrichment Activities
  • Depth & Complexity
  • Higher-order, Critical Thinking Skills
  • Creativity & Novelty
  • More Collaboration & Hands-On
  • Differentiated Instruction & Assessment
  • Problem-Based Learning
  • Engineering & Design Activities
olweus agreements
Olweus Agreements…
  • We will not bully others
  • We will try to help each other
  • We will try to include left-out students
  • We will report bullying to school staff
  • We will conduct weekly classroom meetings
  • We will look for ways to recognize student improvements & excellence
Students agree to strive forTRRFCC Character…
  • Trustworthiness
  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Fairness
  • Caring
  • Citizenship
the student store
The Student Store…

Students earn 2 dollars/day for:

  • Good attendance
  • Classroom jobs

ALL students earn an extra dollar for every day the class had 100% attendance!

Students are paid every other week and shop on pay days.

Donations to the store are greatly appreciated. New or slightly used items are acceptable.

daily class schedule
Daily Class Schedule:
  • 8:45 Spiral Review & Test Preps (SRTP’s)
  • 9:15 Words Their Way (Creative Genre Writing)
  • 9:45 Specials Class (Music/P.E./Library)

TRRFCC Meetings every Day 4

  • 10:20 Bathroom Break & Working Snack Time
  • 10:30 Accelerated Math Progress Teams (AMPT’s)

Recess (11:20) & Lunch (11:40)

  • 12:00 Common Core (Social Studies & Science)
  • 1:30 Literacy Workshop (tied into Common Core)
  • 2:45 Agenda/Jobs/C.A.P. the Day
5 th 6 th grade mathematics
5th-6th Grade Mathematics…
  • Number Sense & Operations
  • Multiplication & Division (1-2 digit)
  • Fractions (equivalency, reducing,


  • Problem Solving (all operations)
  • Patterns (variables, input/output)
  • Data Analysis & Probability

(proportion, statistics, graphs, charts)

  • Measurement (geometric, time, capacity & distance)
  • Geometry (3-D shapes, points, 4-quadrants)
“Good mathematics teaching does not stop at introducing a rule; good mathematics teaching encourages learners to master the “why” so that they can confidently and accurately apply a rule.”(Intel Mathematics Teacher Manual, Page 395)

Concrete Pictorial Algorithm or Equation

critical areas of instruction

Critical Areas of Instruction…

Develop fluency with addition and subtraction of fractions, and understand the multiplication and division of fractions in limited cases

Extend division to 2-digit divisors, integrate decimal fractions into place value system, develop understanding of operations with decimals to hundredths, and develop fluency with whole number and decimal operations

Develop understanding of volume.

Mathematical Practices…

1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.

2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.

4. Model with mathematics.

5. Use appropriate tools strategically.

6. Attend to precision.

7. Look for and make use of structure.

8. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.

How can parents help…

Word problems may appear complicated and advanced.

Students will need support in their thinking before they begin to solve, so ask them:

  • What do you know about the problem?
  • What do you know about the answer?
  • Have you seen a problem like this before?
  • Does that make sense?

Teachers may delay showing students short cuts or standard algorithms.

Please honor that delay and refrain from teaching them short cuts…It is by design to develop a deep understanding of math concepts 

social studies curriculum
Social StudiesCurriculum...

4th Grade Topics:

  • Rights & Responsibility of Citizenship
  • Research & Mapping Skills
  • Arizona’s Geography, History, & Heroes
  • Early Civilizations & Explorers
  • Foundations, Structures, & Functions of Government
  • Economics ( Jr. Achievement )
science curriculum
Science Curriculum...
  • 4th Grade Topics:
  • Ecosystems
  • Plant & Animal Adaptations
  • Electricity, Energy & Magnetism
  • Water Cycle & Weather
  • Changes to Earth’s Surface
Social Studies & Science Common Core Investigations...
  • Emphasis on developing driving questions, research, & note taking
  • Inquiry & process skills
  • Hands-on activities & investigations
  • Oral & visual presentations
  • Science Fair
  • Catalyst for Change (TED talk format)
  • Integration with math
literacy curriculum
Literacy Curriculum...


Comprehension of text:

Character Analysis

Genre Analysis

Narrative Elements


Drawing Conclusions



Forming Inferences

Comparing and Contrasting

Questioning and Clarifying

Text structure of Non-Fiction

Main Idea and Details

Fact and Opinion

Author’s Purpose


6 + 1 Traits:


Word Choice

Sentence Fluency





Types of Writing:






Creative (Poetry)

literature studies
Literature Studies...

Connected to

Common Core Investigations:

  • Island of the Blue Dolphins (Early Civilizations & Explorers)
  • Danger in the Desert (Desert Survival & Engineering)
  • Brighty of the Grand Canyon (Plant/Animal Adaptations)
  • Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of N.I.H.M. (Electricity)
  • Bud, Not Buddy (The Great Depression)
words their way
Day 1





Day 4


Day 5


Day 6


Words Their Way…

the daily 5 workshop


Pronunciation, Expression, Speed, & Tone

(Read to Others)



Writing of the Week

(Words Their Way)

The Daily 5 Workshop…



Stick Nose In Book

(Read to Self)



Depth of Knowledge

Check 4 Understanding


That’s a WRAP

Weekly Response Activity Projects

  • Keyboarding
  • Netiquette (etiquette on the net)
  • Publishing (brochures, letters, reports, stories, articles, essays, etc.)
  • Database (organizing statistics, comparing, contrasting, analyzing data)
  • Multi-Media Presentations (Power Point, Movie Maker, Story Board)
field trips
Field Trips...

Field trips this year:

Sonora Desert Museum

Arizona State Capitol

Basha Art Gallery

Tempe Historical Museum (Possible Addition)

Living History Groups/Science Experiences

$400 Tax Credit – To help fund these trips and experiences.

Please consider participating in the tax credit program. This helps our grade level afford bigger & better field trips.

How can parents help…
  • Provide a Literature Rich Environment at Home
  • Monitor Nightly Reading (100 minutes per week)
  • Edit W.O.W.’s on Days 4-5 (Final drafts due Day 6)
  • Expect High-Quality Work on Every Assignment
  • Wait 3-5 days after an assignment is due before checking Infinite Campus
  • Review Graded Assignments sent home in GREEN folder

If you and your child wish to explore the curriculum even deeper, please visit our classroom website for more on-line resources & activities.

  • Art Masterpiece (teach & prepare)
  • Box Tops (cut, bundle & deliver)
  • Copy Cats (prepare instructional materials)
  • Field Trips (chaperone small groups of students)
  • Guest Speakers (share your expertise with students!)
  • Homeroom Hero (special events)
  • Jr. Achievement (teach a lesson per week, 5-6 weeks )
  • PTO (attend meetings, send out bulleted updates to others )
communications green go home folder
Communications…GREEN Go-Home Folder:

Left Side:

  • Papers to be read, signed & returned
  • Graded work to be reviewed and kept at home
  • Right Side:
  • Advertisements
  • FYI’s
stay connected
Stay Connected…
  • Review the contents of your child’s folder daily
  • Volunteer…thank you so much!
  • Check the classroom website frequently for updates and changes
  • Call classroom (480) 883-4749 (after 3pm)
  • Call or text my cell (480) 559-7750

(urgent questions or emergencies only, please)

Please allow 24-hour response turn-around

thank you for coming
Thank you for coming...

Please fill out and return the Curriculum Survey to your child’s teacher by next Friday.