Back-To-School Night 4 th Grade ~ 2014/2015 Parents: Please be seated and complete the pop quiz on your desk.

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Back-To-School Night 4 th Grade ~ 2014/2015 Parents: Please be seated and complete the pop quiz on your desk.

Meet the Teachers Ms. Bazinet & Mr. Holbrook: STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Mrs. Baumgartner & Ms. Bock: Literacy (reading, writing, grammar, and vocabulary)

 Units :   Unit 1: Place Value, Rounding, Addition/Subtraction Algorithms   Unit 2: Unit Conversions   Unit 3: Multi-Digit Multiplication and Division   Unit 4: Fraction Equivalence, Ordering and Operations   Unit 5: Decimal Fractions   Unit 6: Angle Measures and Plane Figures   Unit 7: Exploring Measurement with Multiplication Math Grading: Tests and Quizzes: 50% Class work: 30% Homework: 10% Projects done in class: 10%

Science Units Units :   Grand Canyon Erosion   Sheep in a Jeep Force and Motion   Oil Spill Environmental Science   Astronomy   Grading:   Tests: 50%   Class work: 30%   Projects: 10%   1 project at home, the rest at school   Homework: 10%

Literacy Language Arts & Social Studies Reading: selected short stories, novels, poems, nonfiction Writing: expository paragraphs, short answer comprehension, creative writing, poetry, research papers Vocabulary- Building from Root Words English- basic grammar Social Studies units will focus on Maryland up to 1700 Projects: 1. 1. biography report 2. 2. first person narrative 3. 3. book cover with summary 4. 4. elements of a story 5. 5. Social Studies Humanities this year will encompass building upon the students’ reading and writing stamina, good habits of discussion, and ability to make inferences using the text and personal knowledge. Student will receive assessments in reading fluency, comprehension, grammar, vocabulary, and writing. Children should read 15 – 20 minutes at home everyday.

Language Arts - Building a classroom community - Lessons from our family Where the Mountain Meets the Moon By: Grace Lin Lessons from our recent past - Lessons from our recent past Bud, Not Buddy By: C. P. Curtis Maniac Magee By: Jerry Spinelli Units this year include: Lessons from fables, myths and poetry The Odyssey (Abridged) By: Homer Lessons from trial, error, and imagination Toys! Amazing Stories Behind Some Great Inventions By: Don Wulffson Grading: Projects : 30% Assessments: 60% Homework: 10%

Social Studies  This year we are focusing on Maryland.  Lessons will be heavily arts heavily arts integrated with supplemented research and texts books to gather information integrated with supplemented research and texts books to gather information The Units of Study: -Geography -Roots of the American People : Pre-history -1400 -Exploration 1400-1586 - Colonies Take Root 1587- 1700 Grading: Projects : 30% Assessments: 60% Homework: 10%

  Progress Reports Completed mid-term of each quarter and report either an “S” for Satisfactory, an “N” for Needs Improvement, or an N/A for Not Applicable. Includes comments when needed. Will not have Effort Grades   Report Cards Completed at the end of each quarter. Will not have Effort Grades Include comments when needed. Grades are recorded as letters Scale: E = 90% - 100% G = 80% - 89% S = 70% - 79% P = 60% - 69% U = 0% - 59% Reporting Your Child’s Progress

General Information Every day students need: 1. 1. 6 sharpened pencils, 2. 2. Blue/black pens, 3. 3. “Cleaned out” take home folders 4. 4. Homework assignments ready on due dates. Check Agendas for dates. 5. 5. 2 Stamina books Daily planner in binder: Needs to be checked everyday by YOU! Send in or email a note following each absence. Students in band will sometimes miss class instruction. It is their responsibility to check with teachers for class work that was missed and maintain the 3 Rs. Students are not allowed to call home for items left at home, such as lunches, projects or musical instruments. Celebrations: Fall and Winter Holiday Class Parties as well as an End of Year Picnic Student’s Birthdays: Bring treats to the cafeteria ONLY. No cakes please. Remember to log into Parent Portal/PTG to check on your child’s progress. If you have not signed up for Classroom Parent Please do so. That is how we communicate to the 4 th grade as a whole.

General Information   This year the students will be switching to the other 4 th grade team for both Social Studies and Science.   If your child has a repeated behavior problem throughout their day they are to take responsibility for their actions and write a letter home to you explaining the behaviors and what they will try to do tomorrow to make it better. This letter will be signed by the student, the teacher, and by you to be returned. Please write any questions or concerns on your index card. We will reply As soon as possible. Bazinet: sbazinet@bcps.k12.md.ussbazinet@bcps.k12.md.us Bock: abock@bcps.k12.md.usabock@bcps.k12.md.us Baumgartner: atbaumgartner@bcps.k12.md.us atbaumgartner@bcps.k12.md.us Holbrook: jcholbrook@bcps.k12.md.usjcholbrook@bcps.k12.md.us

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