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Meet the Teachers Lara Patterson: ELAR (469) 302-4752 firstname.lastname@example.org Michele McGilvray: Science & Social Studies (469) 302-4753 email@example.com Teresa Aiello: Math (469) 302-4751 firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Schedule • CSI Time 8:10 • 1st Rotation/Homeroom: 8:50 • Specials: 9:10 • Snack: 10:05 • 2nd Rotation: 11:05 • 3rd Rotation: 12:25 • Recess: 12:40 • Lunch: 1:10 • Switch back to homeroom: 2:50
Snack • Healthy snack • Please avoid peanut products • Water (sport top spout bottle)
Birthdays We love birthdays! Please feel free to bring in small trinkets like pencils or stickers to celebrate in lieu of any food items. Thank you! We even have Spirit Cart coupons available.
Specials Schedule PattersonMcGilvrayAiello Mon: Art P.E. P.E. Tues: Music P.E. P.E. Wed: P.E. Music Art Thurs: P.E. Art Music Fri: Music/P.E. P.E./Art P.E./ Music
Student Organization • Expand-a-file (graded papers, homework, school mail…) • Planner/Agenda Students will record daily objectives and homework assignments *Please check your child’s expand-a-file each night for graded papers and sign your child’s planner.
Behavior Management • Class Expectations 1. Follow directions quickly. 2. Raise your hand for permission to speak. 3. Raise your hand for permission to leave your seat. 4. Make good choices. 5. Keep your dear teacher happy. • Clue Cards / Emphasizing the Positive while reinforcing important content vocabulary! • Super Sleuth!
Homework • Reading Log & Response (Focus on building stamina and being able to communicate metacognitive strategies displayed in response to reading) • Daily Edit and Review • Weekly Math Assignment • Check Edmodo each week for special links and learning videos. https://mckinney.edmodo.com • Science and Social Studies project work from time to time
Tutoring • Classroom Intervention • Before and after school tutoring starting in October • Power Hour
Communication • Weekly emails • Fourth grade weebly www.wolford4th.weebly.com • Planners/Agendas
4th Grade Highlights • Owl pellets • Writing Camp • Gingerbread Houses • Sugar Cube Alamos • Famous Texan Wax Museum
Math This year in math we will learn: • Problem Solving (multi-step) • Place Value (through billions) • Multiplication and Division • Fractions and Decimals • Geometry • Measurement • Personal Finance Literacy
Math • New math curriculum adoption • Fact Fluency! • Problem Solving strategies • Multiplication and division methods (concrete pictorial abstract) • Math centers • Challenge opportunities
Math Standard Algorithm vs. Nontraditional Algorithm
Writing This year in writing we will focus on: • Narrative writing • Expository writing • Conventions/Spelling • Vivid Vocabulary • Sensory Details • Forming topic sentences with details • Writing strong beginnings and endings
Reading Assessments and STAAR will focus on 4 genres: Fiction Expository Drama Poetry *** It will be important for students to know the structure of each genre and vocabulary associated with each type.
Reading Students will learn the word “metacognition” and how to think about their reading using the following strategies: • Predicting • Visualizing • Making Connections • Asking Questions • Summarizing • Pausing to Clarify
Science This year, our science units include: • Communicating as a Scientist • Diverse Plants • Natural Resources and Ecosystems • Matter and Energy • Force and Motion • Sun, Earth, and Moon • Atmosphere and Weather • Changes over Time (Earth Science)
Social Studies This year in social studies we will learn: • Regions of Texas • American Indians • Explorers • Colonization • The Texas Revolution • How the Civil War impacted Texas • Economic Influences on Texas such as farming, cattle, oil, railroads • Branches of the government
Learner Qualities • Question – asking thoughtful questions • Think – reasoning, forming ideas, opinions • Connect – linking learning to previous learning • Self Aware – aware of how you learn best • Wonder – being curious and wanting to learn more • Reflect – thinking back to your learning to identify what was easy, what was challenging, and what comes next • Determined – stick with difficult tasks without giving up
Grading/Assessments • Progress Reports • Quarterly Report Cards on HAC • Grading 4 - highly developed, consistently demonstrates exemplary understanding and application of skills in a variety of complex situations, independent after initial instruction 3 – Grade level expectations, independent by conclusion of grading period 2 – Beginning to develop 1 – Not apparent at this time • MAP: Fall and Spring • Istation: monthly assessments • STAAR: Writing, Reading, Math
Field Trips *Dallas Museum of Art / Nasher * Spring Field Trip to be Determined