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Welcome to Fourth Grade!. Presented by your Fourth Grade Team: Meredith Collins Kim Hall Lauren Myers Jennifer Wilson. The Mountain Brook City Schools Foundation.

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welcome to fourth grade

Welcome to Fourth Grade!

Presented by your Fourth Grade Team:

Meredith Collins

Kim Hall

Lauren Myers

Jennifer Wilson

the mountain brook city schools foundation
The Mountain Brook City Schools Foundation

The Mountain Brook City Schools Foundation provides an ongoing and dependable funding source for critical academic “extras” (i.e. technology, teacher training and development, and library enhancement). These extras benefit every grade level and every academic subject area.

foundation gifts 1995 2010 3 683 597
Foundation Gifts 1995-2010 $3,683,597

Where has the money gone?

Professional Development                  $1,646,014         

Technology                                           $1,888,063         

Library Enhancement                           $  129,520  

Superintendent’s Discretionary Fund  $ 20,000


Professional Development:

103,000   Hours of teacher training

Staff Development Specialists (Reading and Math) 


Computer Workstations                                               Classroom Response Systems

Laptop Computer Labs at each school                         Listening Centers

GPS Software     Mini Laptops

Portable Video Conferencing Systems                         Data Projectors

Video Broadcasting Equipment                                     Document Cameras

Classroom Sound Enhancement Systems                    Science Lab Equipment

Tablet PC’s

Library Enhancement:

 4,500 Library Books

team teaching
Team Teaching
  • Two Teams:
    • Collins (Reading/Writing) and Myers (Math/Science)
    • Hall (Reading/Writing) and Wilson (Math/Science)
    • Each teacher will teach their own Alabama History
  • Read Nightly for 30 minutes
  • Students will be expected to earn a certain number of points based on their reading level. Each student will have an individual goal.
  • Have a book at school at ALL times!
  • Reading log

Students will learn reading skills and strategies through a variety of resources: Harcourt anthology, National Geographic Explorer, Comprehension Toolkit (nonfiction text), novels, Storyworks, etc.

  • The students will write narrative, expository, and descriptive pieces of writing throughout the year.
  • Resources for teaching skills and strategies: Harcourt, Lucy Calkins book series, Write Traits series (traits of writing), etc.
  • Daily Oral Language (DOL) exercises will be completed and discussed during the week. Quizzes will be given on Thursdays or Fridays (check with your Language Arts teacher).
  • Grammar will also be taught through the reading series and during the Writing Workshop.
  • Students will be responsible for 75 priority words used across the curriculum. A copy of this list can be found in the agenda book.
  • Our weekly spelling words will come from our reading program. The words will be posted on Mrs. Collins’ and Mrs. Hall’s web pages. You will also find the words listed in the “The Fourth Grade Scoop.”
  • Daily Lessons
    • Number Talks
    • Computation
    • The Lesson
    • Review a Previously Introduced Concept
    • Practice (in class and homework)
    • Games are played to reinforce skills
  • Homework
    • Math Boxes
    • Study Link
    • Concept Review Sheet
    • EM Games

Students can access EMGames on the internet from home. Login and password information will be provided by your child’s teacher.

  • Students will complete projects and assignments from the following hands-on modules: Electric Circuits, Solar System, Structures of Life, Landforms, and Sound. Students progress will be evaluated throughout the study of each module.
  • The fourth graders will visit the Huntsville Space and Rocket Center in the Spring for an exciting, fun-filled day.
alabama history
Alabama History
  • Our Alabama History textbook is Alabama, published by Scott Foresman.
  • Students will read and study the material in the textbook as well as from other sources.
  • Chapter tests may consist of essay, multiple choice, matching, and short answer questions.
  • Assignments may include studying vocabulary, answering questions in the textbook, projects, and workbook pages.
  • We will visit Montgomery in the Fall, which will spark much interest in our state’s past and present.
states capitals
States & Capitals
  • Our study of the states and capitals will be taught during the later part of the first semester. Feel free to work on this before we officially begin our unit. You can find links for states and capitals practice on the class web pages.
state in a book
  • The State-in-a-Book is a year-long project with most of the assignments completed in class.
homework policy
Homework Policy
  • Purpose: to reinforce concepts and skills presented in class
  • Approximate amount of time per day: 45 minutes to 1 hour (which does not include reading). More time may be required if there is a need to complete unfinished class work or study for a test.
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Homework Policy
  • Frequency of Assignments: 2-3 assignments nightly. No more than one major test per day with the exception of spelling tests, computation quiz, or DOL test, which may coincide with another test.
  • Types of Projects and Reports: Projects are generally integrated throughout the curriculum. When projects are assigned, parents are notified at the onset and progress is closely monitored.
agenda books
Agenda Books
  • Each day, students will record all unfinished class work and homework assignments in his/her agenda book. Please review assignments to see that they are completed.
  • If there is a frequent problem with incomplete homework, the student must have a parent sign the agenda book each night.
weekly newsletter web pages
Weekly Newsletter & Web pages
  • The fourth grade team will send home a weekly newsletter to inform you of what is happening in the classroom.
  • Please check your child’s class web page for homework, updates, class news, etc.
weekly report
Weekly Report

If a student chooses to break a rule:

  • Warning- W
  • Miss recess- one
  • Write a letter home-two
  • Mrs. Treadwell

NOTE: students will begin each day with a clean slate.

  • Please read and sign the Classroom Management Plan provided by your child’s teacher.
signed paper folder
Signed Paper Folder
  • In an effort to inform you of your child’s progress, work samples will be sent home every Monday in the Signed Paper Folder. It is important that you review these papers with your child and monitor corrections. Sign the Weekly Report and return the folder with the graded papers by Wednesday.
friday fling opportunity time
Friday Fling & Opportunity Time
  • Students will earn an extra recess at the end of the week if they complete all homework assignments and do not have to sign their weekly report more than two times.
  • Students who are unable to attend Friday Fling will take advantage of OT (Opportunity Time) where they will complete unfinished assignments or reflect on their behavior choices.


That’s all folks!

Volunteer sign-up sheets and Parent Orientation packets are located in your child’s classroom.