•             Welcome to Fourth Grade! I hope this information will provide you with information that will be helpful to you and your child throughout the school year, this is a copy of the handout you were given at the beginning of the year which you were asked to read and sign. I am looking forward to this school year. Fourth grade is where our adventure begins!

    Literacy

    Reading Homework:   Each night your child is expected to read at least 20 minutes or longer.  This will be recorded in their data notebooks that go home frequently.  To determine if a book is on your child's level, have them read a couple pages to you.  If they have trouble with more than five words on each page, the book is too difficult.  There are also many great benefits if you read with your child.  While reading ask questions that will aid in comprehension this will help students check for understanding while they are reading.

    Spelling Homework:  Each Monday students will bring home their spelling words for the week.  I will be using the spelling program associated with Treasures (our district adopted literacy program).  It is your child’s responsibility to study their words at home during the week.  Our spelling tests will be given on Fridays.

    *Your child may be assigned additional homework throughout the year, such as math, writing projects, book reports, science projects or seasonal projects. This homework will be explained in the weekly newsletter in more detail and I will also remind you of the due date. If you have questions about the homework, first ask your child, I will have explained the assignment to them during school. If you/they still need  clarification please contact me and I can explain the assignment further.

    Creators Notebook:  Each student will have a journal where they record special experiences or life happenings.  If your child has anything they would like to include or glue into this journal (ticket stubs, pictures, information, etc.), please send it to school with your child. By the end of the year this should be a special keepsake of memories. I have been using a creators notebook for many years and I find it much easier to keep up to date than the traditional journal. I will be giving the students time to add to their notebooks once or twice a week. Please encourage your students to bring in items to glue into their books.

     

    Literacy Block

                Our Literacy Block is structured so that every student is independently engaged in meaningful literacy tasks. These research based tasks are ones that will have the biggest impact on student reading and writing achievement, as well as help foster a love for reading and writing. Students receive explicit whole group instruction and then are given independent practice time to read and write while I provide focused, intense instruction to small groups and individual students.

    When our Literacy Block it is all up and running smoothly, students will be engaged in the “Daily 5” which is comprised of:

    · Read to Self

    · Read to Someone

    · Work on Writing

    · Listen to Reading

    · Word Work

     

    Newsletters

    Our classroom newsletter will come home each Monday in your students’ homework folder.  Newsletters serve as one source of communication between school and home.  This newsletter will tell you what we are working on and also upcoming events here at the school. This year I will be emailing the newsletter as well. Please make sure I have a valid email address for anyone in your family who would like to recieve this.  

     

    Math

    Our district has adopted the Pearson Investigations math program and the Comprehensive Math Instruction (CMI) Framework. We use this program, framework, as well as the use of other resources, to meet the needs of the students to reach concept mastery. The students will experience a variety of learning opportunities as they explore and investigate the concepts being taught.  You will notice that your child will be learning to solve math in a way that makes sense to them. Let them explain to you how they arrived at their answer. Try not to correct but rather understand their thinking. Not only does this make concepts more concrete, but it also gives them opportunities to make connections with how you might solve the same problem. Once a student has developed a good grasp of the concept behind certain math skills, the traditional algorithms, which are more efficient, will be more effective.

     

    Behavior Plan 

    Positives

    · Positive notes and phone calls

    · Special Privileges

    · Rewards

    · Positive Reinforcement

    · Class Parties

    Consequences

    · 2 warnings

     Small loss of reward time 

    · Think Time

    · Conference with the Teacher

    · Call Parents

    · Visit with Mr. Thorne

    Absences

    Your child is responsible to complete any missed assignments. Please understand that when your child misses a day of school they are missing the instructional material that was presented as well. Work will be collected through the day and may be picked up after school, or at a prearranged time.

    If you are going to be absent for an extended amount of time, like on a family vacation, I will gladly collect and give you missed assignments when you return. I do try to plan at least a week in advance, but I never know what we will and will not  accomplish due to time, class understanding and progress.

    Grades

    This year I will be using the standardized report card that has been created as well as traditional scores and grades that will be put into the Student Information Systems (SIS) program that the district provides.  Your child will also have the opportunity to keep their own data on their progress throughout the year.