3 Welcome to 4th Grade! This is an important year for your child! Overview of CurriculumAgenda BookHomework PolicyHome/ School CommunicationTalent DevelopmentBHE & APPO – Website
4 GoalsTo give students the academic tools they need to progress to 5th grade.To provide a positive, supportive learning environment.To have fun while we learn.To help students make new friends and discover new interests. (Morning Meeting)
5 Fourth Grade Curriculum We will cover all the academic content included in the Delaware State Standards.Subjects include: Reading, Writing, Math, Science, Social StudiesMAP (Measure of Academic Progress) is used to assess students 3 times per year
6 LITERACY Four Blocks Framework Guided Reading Self-Selected Reading WritingWorking with Words
7 Guided reading- Scott Foresman Reading Series This block is teacher led. It focuses on comprehension, reading skills, & strategies that help readers make sense out of print.Scott Foresman Reading SeriesContains a grade level reader3 Leveled books or Literature CirclesBasic skills instruction that teaches strategies for becoming better readers
9 Independent ReadingStudents choose from a multi-level reading library of booksChildren can read the books and take computerized comprehension tests (not recorded as literacy grade)To build fluency, comprehension, and love of readingStudents read 15 minutes as part of their nightly homework.
10 Working with WordsStudents collect, explore, discuss and appreciate wordsStudents will analyze word parts (prefix, suffix, root word)Spelling will be embedded across the curriculumStudents are expected to utilize spelling resources (portable word wall, dictionaries, personal dictionaries, etc)Students will be held accountable for high frequency words and the 4th grade word wall words in their writing. They are expected to transfer/copy words correctly to their paper.
11 Writing Focus of the block is to : have the students see the teacher modeling writing and the thought processes involvedinstruction will focus on the Six Traits model of great writingteach the writing process, grammar, mechanics of good writing, & handwritinggive feedback to the children about their work
12 “6 Traits” of Good Writing RubricsTwo/four point reading comprehension for short answer questionsSix Traits Rubric for writing prompts“6 Traits” of Good Writing- Ideas-Organization-Voice-Word choice-Sentence Fluency-Writing Conventions(Each trait will be assessed individually)
13 Math Terc- Problem based investigations a program that teaches students to:-solve problems using many different strategies (assessed by rubric)-explain solutions to problems & methods for solving them-basic computation *Students are responsible for knowing multiplication facts to 12X12-aligns with the DSTP
14 Social Studies Civics Economics Geography History Will be incorporated through literature programCivicsEconomicsGeographyHistory
15 ScienceHands on science using the Smithsonian and Foss kits that provide children with the opportunity to investigate science concepts and use science equipment. These kits have gone through field testing and are aligned with State Standards in Science.Land & WaterElectricity & MagnetismStructures of LifeSky Watchers
16 HomeworkHomework is a planned part of the educational process that is designed to enhance student achievement.The suggested allotment for elementary students is approximately minutes a day.Parents must verify student homework by signing the agenda book.Bad Homework Night Policy- If this occurs, send in a note
17 Agenda Place to record homework -every day homework is recorded on the board, students copy itParents or guardians should check and initial the agenda every night.Communication tool between home and school
18 Additional Agenda Information Includes an abundance of useful information for families such as:Attendance proceduresDistrict promotion policyWhat to do in the event of late openingsOther important information is included in the beginning of the agenda.
19 Additional Communication Friday FoldersProgress Reports 3 per year, with scheduled conferencesLetter grades will be given in ALL subject and related arts areasInterim reports are sent home in the middle of the marking period.
20 Field Trips and Class Presentations Field Trips & Class Presentations are incorporated into the science and social studies curriculum to enhance and enrich subject knowledge.* If there is a fee involved, please send CHECKS made out to BHE. No cash please.
21 Special 4th Grade and Community Sponsored Events Appoquinimink Library Read Aloud ChallengeFire Prevention Essay ContestPSEG Calendar ContestNews-Journal/MBNA EventsEducation FairGeography BeeSpelling BeePrincipal of the DayStudent LeadersMaster GardenersMock ElectionsBirthdays are celebrated once a month in the cafeteria. Sponsored by the PTA.
22 Appoquinimink Foreign Language Program This year your child will be exposed to four Foreign languages: Chinese, Japanese, French and Spanish. Your child will have nine weeks of each language, one time a week. He/she will learn some basic vocabulary and concepts, along with cultural elements from each country.
23 GradesGrades are as follows: A = 100 to 90/ B = 89 to 80/ C = 79 – 70/ D = 69 to 60/ F = 59 and belowPapers could contain grades of O, S, U, or N.Other papers will contain rubric scores and/or check plus, check, or check minus.
24 PBS PBS rules – BE SAFE, BE RESPECTFUL, BE RESPONSIBLE. Rainbow behavior ---- individual behavior and assignment cards. (stickers)