• 4th Grade information

     

    Homework Policy

    •        Your child will record daily assignments in his or her planner, which you are asked to initial daily.
    •        Math homework is assigned most nights.  Please refer to the Everyday Math family letter on the site linked through my web                                                                                                                                         page to review your child’s work and encourage him/her to make corrections when necessary.
    •        Spelling/Vocabulary homework is assigned nightly, with spelling and vocabulary tests alternating each week.
    •        Homework in other areas, such as studying for Social Studies and Science tests, is assigned regularly.
    •        Students who do not complete their homework or forget to bring it to school will be required to complete it during recess the next day.
    •        If homework issues become a regular problem for your child, please let me know so that I can help.

    Classroom Rules

    •        There is an established set of guidelines for classroom behavior.
    •        To encourage awesome attitudes and behaviors, a system of rewards and consequences has been established.
    •        Students who do not comply with the guidelines may lose recess in 5-minute increments. Serious behavior issues are referred to the principal.

    Science Curriculum

    •        Students will explore a variety of topics through hands-on experiments and observations whenever possible.
    •        The following topics will be explored this year:
    •        Soil, Rocks and Minerals
    •        Electricity
    •        Magnets
    •        Light and sound

    Social Studies Curriculum

    •        The following topics will be explored in social studies this year:
    •        Map skills
    •        Geography
    •        The states and regions of the United States
    •        Capital cities, other major cities and landmarks in the United States
    •        An overview of Mexico and Canada

    Reading/Writing Curriculum

    •        Reading and writing are the primary focus of the fourth grade curriculum.
    •        Reading and writing strategies and concepts are taught using a comprehensive literacy approach of shared, guided, and  independent reading.
    •        Students will be required to read more in the “content areas” such as social studies and science, and will learn strategies that will help them to comprehend these expository texts.
    •        Students will use a readers/writer’s notebook to record writing ideas and notes that will help to develop fluency and  comprehension in reading and writing.
    •        We have implemented a Writer’s Workshop system in class to organize the writing process for the students.
    •        Students will be writing in many genres this year – poetry, narrative, persuasive, expository and written response to reading.
    •        Writing is assessed using a standard rubric that has been aligned to the MCAS guidelines.

    Assessment

    •       Standards-based assessments will be used this year in compliance with the district’s report cards.
    •       There will be more assessments in the content areas (social studies and science), with the expectation that students will grow to work more independently as the year progresses.
    •       Assessment data in reading, writing and math is gathered regularly, both through informal teacher observation as well as traditional paper and pencil tests.  Some assessments will be taken on the computer. 
    •       Throughout the year, students will practice a variety of test taking strategies designed to help them be successful in all areas of testing including the MCAS test.
    •       Fourth grade students take a more comprehensive version of the MCAS test, with the Language Arts portion scheduled for March/April and the Mathematics portion scheduled for May.
    •       It is very important that your child be in school for those testing dates, so please try not to schedule vacations or outside appointments during these times.
    •        We strongly believe that too much emphasis on the test or labeling lessons as “MCAS preparation” can cause undue anxiety for some students.  Therefore, we approach these lessons with a focus on skill           development rather than test taking.