Welcome to 4th Grade Autumn Gorley Heather Middleton Mary Scott Ruth Ann Wall
Homework Agenda • Agenda will be available in every classroom • Students must copy assignments into agenda book daily • Students need to check agenda at the end of day to gather materials for home learning
Agenda Book • Agenda book will be stamped when correctly copied. • Parents need to sign agenda each night when work is completed.
Vocabulary • Vocabulary words will be posted in every classroom on Friday for the following week. • Students are to copy terms and look up definitions in proper texts for each class. • This work will be recorded in 5-subject notebook
Vocabulary (cont.) • Vocabulary notebooks will be graded on Wednesday morning. • All work must be in cursive starting in January. • Students will be tested over application of the terms on Thursday.
Grouping • Students are grouped and rotate classes based on mastery of content as measured by MAP scores and classroom performance. • Grouping is done to assure that all children receive instruction and assignments at a level that best meets their individual needs.
Grouping (cont.) • Groups are not permanent and change with each MAP test • Students will be in mixed groups for homeroom, lunch, special class, recess, and some RTI.
RTI • Some students receive RTI (small group) instruction to address specific needs in reading or math.
Behavior Reports • Behavior Reports will be sent home weekly in the Monday folder. The purpose is to inform you so that you can address your child’s needs to help him/her take responsibility for their actions. • Behavior Reports are divided into two columns; one-point marks (minor infractions) and two-point marks (more serious behaviors). These marks are totaled at the top of the page. • See following example:
Class Rotation/Hallway Expectations • Students will travel with their content groups (color groups) from class to class. They will have 2 classes before lunch and one afterward. They need to be prepared with materials for BOTH of the morning classes before leaving homeroom. • Student are NOT permitted to talk in the hallway (especially during class change) as other nearby classes are engaged in learning during this time.
Language Arts • Grammar Book “GB” Treasures Reading Textbook. • Spelling – Weekly Tests. Writing • Journal Writing in 5 subject notebook. • Portfolio Pieces (4 total) • Narrative • Information/ Explanatory • Opinion / Persuasive Book Review • Reflective Piece
Science • Science • Tested on K-PREP in 4th grade • Weekly Vocab Cards • Students expected to take notes • Hands-on activities • Graded on homework, participation, and in class assessments
Social Studies • Social Studies • Focus on KY History • Tests will probably be open book • Most work will be done in class • Study Island assignments
Vocabulary Cards • This form needs to be filled out for science words each week in addition to writing the definitions in the vocabulary notebook.
Reading Several Resources are used in Reading Class. • Treasures Textbook and workbook called • (PBO) Practice Book “O” - assignments are usually started in class & then considered Home-Learning (H-L) if not completed at school. • Scholastic News/Weekly Reader • Coach Books • Study Island—Computer assignments with lessons. • Lexia-RTI (Response to Intervention)
Math • Keys to success in 4th grade math: • Master multiplication tables (every 2 weeks after Sept.) • Keep weekly Study Island assignments done (Thursday) • Turn in daily homework (effort grade) • Always check over Reading Works (Monday) • Keep your math folder (notebook) up to date • Make up work/math notes/Math Minutes immediately after an absence • Study for tests with homework help from my web-page • Check my web-page often
Checklist • This is a daily checklist to help parents keep track of weekly regular assignments. • We will give you a hard copy at the beginning of the school year.
Attendance • Good attendance is critical when your child is in a departmentalized classroom (moving from class to class). • We encourage responsibility in students to check in with each teacher when returning from an absence. • Instruction begins at 7:45 with vocabulary work and continues until 2:45 daily. Arriving or leaving outside these hours will cause your child to miss important instruction.
Web-pages for 4th grade teachers: • Mrs. Middleton's Weebly pagehttp://mrsmiddletonsclass.weebly.com/ • Mrs. Scott's Web pagehttp://www.garrard.kyschools.us/MaryScottGrade4.aspx • Mrs. Wall’s Weebly page http://mrswalls4thgrademath.weebly.com/index.html *Bookmark these to keep from typing them in regularly *We have links on our pages to move among classes