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Welcome 4th Grade Families!Room 14Teacher : Erin HoferPlease find your child’s desk and write a note back to him or her telling what YOU like about Room 14.
A Day in the Life of Room 14 8:15 – 8:45 Walk/Homework Check/Morning Work 8:45 – 10:30 Language Arts 10:30 - 10:50 Recess 10:50 - 12:15 Math 12:15 – 1:00 Lunch 1:00 – 1:15 D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything And Read) 1:15 – 2:20 Social Studies / Science 2:20 – 2:40 Homework / Wrap Up / Read Aloud
Curriculum Overview • What will your child learn this year? LANGUAGE ARTS Comprehension (predict, infer, cause/effect, fact/opinion, compare/contrast) Grammar (verbs, adjectives, adverbs, prepositional phrases, and conjunctions) Vocabulary (fiction and nonfiction, usage of context clues) WRITING Cursive Proofreading and Self/Peer Editing (use correct grammar and spelling) Genres (Summaries, Response to Literature, Narrative, Research) MATH Place Value/ Round/Compare/Order Whole Numbers and Fractions/Decimals Mental Math Multi-Digit Multiplication and Division Simple and Complex Fractions and Decimals Interpret and Create Graphs and Equations Area/ Perimeter and Attributes of Polygons Radius/Diameter of Circles Data Analysis and Mathematical Reasoning
Curriculum Overview • What will your child learn this year? SOCIAL STUDIES: CALIFORNIA HISTORY Geography (regions, landforms, coordinate grid systems, map skills) Early Settlers (Native American and European) Colonization / Mission System / Presidio / Rancho / Pueblo Life Mexican War for Independence (Mexican settlements in California) Gold Rush Women in Early California California’s Early Statehood Pony Express, Western Union, Transcontinental Railroad Effects of The Great Depression, The Dust Bowl, and World War II History and Development of California's Public Education System U.S. Constitution (shared powers of federal, state, and local governments) California Constitution and Governance Structure SCIENCE Physical Sciences (electricity and magnetism) Life Sciences (ecosystems, producers & consumers) Earth Sciences (geology – rocks & minerals) Investigation and Experimentation (in class and out- Science Fair)
LANGUAGE ARTS • Spelling and Vocabulary: weekly test on both, 3 spelling lists • Reading Groups (Book Club): based on Lexile levels (once a week) • Grammar: weekly • Anthology: 1 story/week (focus on vocabulary and comprehension skills) • 4th Grade Core Literature: • By the Great Horn Spoon and • Island of the Blue Dolphins • Reading Counts: computer quiz • STAR Writing Test: March 2014 (maybe!) • MATH • Books: Student Reference, Journal, Study Links • Morning Work: daily to reinforce • skills from 3rd grade and new skills • Quiz: weekly quizzes on Fridays • Facts Test: timed multiplication/ division (weekly) • Family Letter: before each unit SPECIALISTS Days & Times TBD - Computers - Music - P.E. - Library - Meet the Masters (Art) SOCIAL STUDIES Create a State & Rancho Projects(Fall) Mission Report (Winter) Gold Rush Report (Spring) FIELD TRIPS Tentative: Stagecoach Museum Santa Barbara Mission Focus on the Arts (T.O.H.S.) Gold Rush Interpreters (at school) SCIENCE Science Fair (Spring)
Subject Notebooks • Writing • Write on Demand • Grammar Work • Graphic Organizers (for various genres) • Writing Strategies • Language Arts • Comprehension Skills • Vocabulary • Graphic Organizers • Fluency Work • Math • Vocabulary • New concept examples • Graphic Organizers • Flip Books • Science • Vocabulary • Note Taking Skills • Illustrations • Science Labs
General Class RulesCreated by Room 14 Students • Be Respectful • listen to the person who is talking • be truthful • raise your hand and wait to be called • be polite • follow directions the first time • keep your bodies to yourselves • be fair, helpful, and understanding • Be Responsible • come to school on time • be prepared to learn • be safe • take care of all classroom supplies • turn in work on time • keep your space neat and organized • complete your best 4th grade work • finish what you start • ** Class Contract ** • Please take home, review with your child, sign, and return to school tomorrow.
Behavior Rewards / Consequences • Fabulous Friday Fun • “Hofer”opoly • No Homework = Benched • Responsibility Slip (student-teacher conference and parent signature) • Class Meetings – to discuss issues that come up during the week. Focus is on positive communication and teamwork.
Homework & Grading • Class Website: www.schoolrack.com/lcadunn/ • Homework should be completed nightly (Mon. – Thurs.) • Parents need to sign Homework Notebooks every night. • Binders should be taken home every night and should be returned to school every day. • Homework is practice and is not a grade. • Reading Logs – due every Monday • No late homework – students will complete during recess. • Study Hall – Fridays • Parent Folders – Parent Communication (comes home weekly, write comments, sign, and return) • Grading Policy (info packet) • Tests/Graded Papers 69% and below must return to me with a parent/guardian signature
Volunteer Opportunities • Room 14 Volunteers: • Room Parents • Library Parents • Tuesdays at 11:45am-12:15pm • or • Wednesdays at 1:30-2:30pm • Meet the Masters Assistants • Once a month art projects • NO TRAININGS REQUIRED! • PTA Volunteers • Please sign up before you leave!
Wrap Up • A BIG THANK YOU for all of the wonderful donations! • If you would like to send additional supplies, please see our Classroom Wish List (schoolrack website).