4th Grade Curriculum Night Welcome Parents! Thank you for coming this evening.
Starbucks Orders • Youssef: Green Juice • Neil: Decaf Nonfat Iced Latte • Carmichael: Skinny Caramel Macchiato • Osborn: NF Skinny Latte solo shot HOT • Goldblum: Skinny Vanilla Latte • Birk: NF Latte X HOT
JWE PTA Many thanks to our PTA for the hours of work and dedication to help our school. We couldn’t do it without you! If you haven’t already taken the time, please go to www.jwepta.org to join. It is a painless process! Once registered, you will find many opportunities to volunteer up at school and feel more connected to your child’s education.
Sonic Orders • Birk: Half/Half Iced Tea with Lime • Goldblum: Water extra ice • Osborn: Diet Dr. Pepper- Extra Ice • Carmichael: Half/Half Iced Tea Extra Ice • Neil: Water with Lemon Extra Ice • Youssef: Water with Lemon Extra Ice
4th Grade Schedule • 8:10 – 8:30 Arrival/Announcements • 8:30 – 9:00 Block 1 • 9:00 – 9:30 Extended Learning • 9:30 –10:20 Specials • 10:20 – 11:20 Block 1Cont. • 11:20-lunch Block 2 • 11:50-12:50 Lunch/Recess • 12:50-1:50 Block 2 Cont. • 1:50-3:20 Block 3 • 3:20 – 3:40 Pack Up/ Dismissal
Trackers • Students are required to use a planner/tracker to record homework, tests, and project assignments in 4th grade. • Replacement planners can be purchased from the front office for $3.00. • Students are responsible for writing in their planners. We will provide time and instructions on what to write, but we cannot check 60+trackers every day. Parents, please monitor your child’s tracker and reward them for using it as you see fit.
Homework & Wednesday Folder • Homework Folder • Goes home daily with their Expectation card. • Wednesday Folder • Goes home every Wednesday and contains graded papers and parent information such as lunch menus, school newsletter, updated school information, etc. Graded papers are yours to keep and should be removed from the folder each Wednesday. Please go through you child’s work and return any papers that require a parent signature. All items that need a signature should be returned to school each Thursday.
Incentives • The teachers like to recognize great behavior in a variety of ways in order to appeal to the widest range of students. • Each child will be given a “Punch Card” that is punched for behaviors such as being on task, helping another student, participating in class, accepting a challenge, volunteering to do a job in class, random acts of kindness, etc. • The Punch Card will be redeemed at the end of the grading period. Other positive reinforcements include verbal praise, stickers, and public recognition of their successes and achievements.
Important Notes: • Transportation changes require a note from a parent! Teachers cannot accept e-mails for transportation changes. • Please replenish school supplies (glue sticks, paper and pencils) as needed throughout year. • Deliveries-If you need to deliver something to the front office for your student, the deadline is 10am. • Oops! I forgot something at school – What do I do? Your student may come back to collect whatever they forgot as long as the teacher is still in the classroom. This is a grade level decision. • Birthday treats-The District is asking you to send individually wrapped treats to celebrate your child’s birthday. Please be mindful of our classmates with food allergies. **Please NO Cookie Cakes.
Neil: Anything Chocolate Goldblum: Pretty in Pink Osborn: Birthday Cake Birk: Red Velvet Youssef: Green Vegetables Carmichael: Ultimate Chocolate
Doctor Appointments • If possible, schedule dentist and doctor appointments early in the morning or after 3:20pm. • Our core classes start at 10:20am and finish at 3:20pm, and your child will miss important instructional time no matter which classes they miss.
4th Grade KISD Grade Weighting System • Major: 90% of total grade • Class work, quizzes, labs, projects completed at home: • grade entered once • Tests, in-class projects: • grade entered twice • Other: 10% of total grade • Homework and fact fluency: • grade entered once • Late Classwork: • 1st Day Late = -10 points • 2nd Day Late = -20 points • 3rd Day Late = -30 points • Homework: • 1st Day Late = -10 points and a folder mark • Any homework that is 2 or more days late will receive a zero.
STAAR Tests and Dates! Writing, Reading, and Math 4th grade students take STAAR tests for all three! Test Dates: • Writing: April 2nd and April 3rd • Math: April 23th • Reading: April 24th
What we REALLY learn in Reading Workshop! • Context Clues • Main Ideas • Summarization • Character Analysis • Story Elements • Text Structure • Similarities & Differences • Author’s Purpose & Point of View • Character Logic • Inferences • Fact & Opinion • Text Organization • Connect & Compare ideas across text
Reading Workshop… How do we do it? • Our classes consist of a multi-faceted approach that incorporates: • Mini-Lesson • Status of the Class • Independent Reading • Guided Reading • Read Aloud • Reading Conferences • Book Clubs • Book Talks
What we REALLY learn in Writer’s Workshop! • Produce a composition for a specific purpose. • Use conventions such as spelling, capitalization, punctuation, grammar, usage, and sentence structure. • Recognize and use appropriate organization. • Recognize and use correct and effective sentence construction. • Recognize standard usage and appropriate word choice. • Proofread
Writer’s Workshop… How do we do it? • Our classes consist of a multi-faceted approach that incorporates: • Mini-Lesson • Mentor Texts • Guided Writing • Independent Writing • Writing Conferences • Author’s Chair
Math in 4th Grade … What we REALLY learn in there! • Numbers, Operations and Quantitative Reasoning • Patterns, Relationships, and Algebraic Reasoning • Geometry and Spatial Reasoning • Measurement • Probability and Statistics • Problem Solving
Math in 4th grade … How do we do it? • Our classes consist of a multi-faceted approach that incorporates: • Drill and practice through textbook and homework • Problem Solving • Math Manipulatives • Games • Math Journals • Smart Boards • Technology • Lone Star
Science Class involves: • Engage, Explore, Explain, Evaluate, Elaborate • Hands-on learning • Vocabulary building • Concept development • Inquiry and research • Discovery learning • Review, reinforcement, and re-teaching • Test preparation • Technology Skills
Science Curriculum 4th Grade Science covers: • Earth Cycles • Conservation • Body Systems • Life Cycles • Matter & Energy
Science Projects and Notebooks • At-home projects will be assigned quarterly. • The projects will relate to the unit of study. • Student notebooks will be checked every nine weeks.
EUREKA Science Awesome parent lead laboratory investigations: If you didn’t get a chance to sign up please sign up online at www.jwepta.org under the Volunteer Sign-Up. If you need help registering for your time-slot online, please don’t hesitate to contact Joy Siebenmanat firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks again for volunteering for Eureka.
4th Grade Social Studies covers the following: • Junior Achievement • Celebrate Freedom • Texas Regions • European Exploration • Texas Revolution • Republic of Texas • Texas Annexation • Mexican War • Civil War/Reconstruction • Modern Texas • Economics • Texas Government
LASSO • November 2nd • Register online at www.jwepta.org to volunteer! Your kiddos would Love to have you here with us on such a Fun day! • If you have questions please contact the Lasso coordinator at email@example.com Rounding up Volunteers for LASSO!
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Thank you for joining us, we are looking forward to a Fabulous Year in 4th Grade! • Mrs. Jana Carmichael email@example.com • Mrs. Michelle Youssef firstname.lastname@example.org • Mrs. Kara Goldblum email@example.com • Mrs. Michele Osborn firstname.lastname@example.org • Mrs. Liz Neil email@example.com • Mrs. Angie Birk firstname.lastname@example.org Email is the BEST way to get in touch with all of us and is an Easy way to Communicate with you Quickly!