In 4th grade, students work toward becoming fluent readers and writers.
Reading - 4th graders will understand that there are many purposes for reading - including "reading to learn" and reading for fun! We will be reading novels of various lengths and interests, both as a class and in small groups. We will have the opportunity to read chapter books, short stories, articles, essays, non-fiction, and poetry. 4th grade readers work to increase their rate of oral reading to a conversational pace in order to support comprehension. During the 1st quarter, students are required to read for 20 minutes or more independently each night as they work to grow in fluency and comprehension as a reader. Students will continue to take Accelerated reader quizzes often (Reading practice, Vocabulary, and Literacy Skills), in addition to in-class instruction and book contracts.
English/Language Arts - In order to develop as readers and writers it is important to understand the conventions of grammar and usage when speaking and writing. 4th graders will focus on decoding and expanding their vocabulary, learning new spelling patterns, and grammar usage as part of their English studies. They will have a new spelling unit and test every other week.
Writing - 4th graders will be writing every day! We will be journaling, writing narratives, letters, newspaper articles, and summaries. 4th graders learn to vary their language and writing style based on the audience and purpose for writing. We'll use our spelling and grammar lessons to help proofread written work. We will extend our skills as writers, while focusing on strong topic sentences, supporting details, and conclusions.
Science - We will be exploring water – from the clouds to groundwater through the water cycle and conservation process. We will be looking at our ecosystem as a whole, and how we each have a special part. We will classify plants, and grow our own from seeds and bulbs in the Nativity land lab. Later in the year we will be focusing on scientific inventions, nutrition and Health. 4th graders will be enriching our understanding of these concepts with various field trips and classroom visitors.
Look for more information at the 4th Grade News Notes packets every Tuesday.
Class Rules and Expectations
At the beginning of the year students take part in creating the class rules. Along with the teacher they choose three-four class rules that they believe will make the classroom environment fair and comfortable for all students.
Every student will be required to read at least 2 hours per week outside of school. Each child is provided with a Reading Log folder. In the folder you will find a sheet where they will keep track of the books they are reading. Also there is a place to record the amount of time read, and a place for an adult to sign, showing that the reading has occurred. The students can choose a place comfortable for them. The point of this routine is to encourage reading, so I encourage you to make this as pleasant as possible at home. There are many books available in our classroom libraries, as well as our school library in which they may read at their leisure.
The time spent reading for the log may be divided evenly each day (20 minutes each day), or they may decide to read a little more on days when they have less activities, and a little more when they have a little free time. If a student has trouble finding the time to read each day, a parent or guardian must set aside a schedule with their child to practice reading for 20 minutes before bedtime each day (including weekends). Any combination of 2 hours will be acceptable, as long as parents are supervising and encouraging student reading. The logs will be collected at the end of each week and recorded for a grade.
At the end of the quarter, both teachers average homework assignments, classroom assignments, quizzes, project scores, and test scores. Quality of students' oral answers in class, extra credit work, and participation in class are also taken into consideration in finalizing grades at the end of the quarter.
Both 4th grade teachers accept corrections for any failing work. We would like the completed corrections to be turned in by the Monday after receiving the Tuesday Packet, but will accept corrections until the end of the quarter. Corrections must be complete and accurate. If corrections are correct and complete, the failing grade will be changed to a passing one.
Extra Credit Opportunities
Goals, Assignments and Consequences
4th Grade Goals
• Students will acquire 4th grade skills and accomplish performance objectives according to the Archdiocese Graded Course of Study
• Students will practice working cooperatively and taking on new responsibilities.
Accumulated punches on students’ reward cards may be redeemed for prizes at the end of each quarter. Each child’s homeroom teacher keeps reward cards. Punches may be saved for the next quarter but should be redeemed before the end of the year.
Communication and Contact Information
Scott Foresman Science; Grade 4 The Diamond Edition - http://www.sfscience.com