3 Our GoalsTo give your children the academic and social skills they need to progress and be successful in fourth grade.To provide a supportive and fun classroom environment.To provide opportunities for students to gain self confidence in themselves and their academic and social abilities.To help your child make new friends and discover new interests.
4 Classroom CommunityOur classroom is a community. In our community, we have rules to help us get along with each other.Our class rules are:Be respectful and responsible.Be organized and follow directions.Be prepared.
5 Language ArtsBalanced Literacy Approach using the Readers Workshop and Writers WorkshopIntegrated Units: Native American Literature, Poetry, Non-fictionLiterature CirclesAuthor StudiesSpelling /Word Study/VocabularyGrammar and PunctuationPreparation for the ELA in April
6 Math Geometry Place Value Rounding and Estimation Addition and Subtraction of Whole NumbersMultiplication and DivisionFractions and DecimalsProbability and StatisticsMeasurementProblem SolvingNYS Math Assessment in May
7 Science Hands On Inquiry Based Approach Chemical Tests Plants and Bees Buoyancy
8 Social Studies Research based New York State Native Americans ExplorersColonial timesRevolutionary WarBranches of GovernmentDBQ’s (Document Based Questions)
9 Special Schedule 12:40-1:20pm A day - PEB day- LibraryC day- PED day- MusicE day- PEF day- ArtMonday/Tuesday *Chorus/ Band (9:00am)*only for those students participating
10 Homework We will assign homework Monday- Thursday. Students who are missing homework without a note from home will stay in at recess to complete missing assignments. Students will also keep track of missing assignments in our “No Homework” binder. We will also circle missing assignments in the student planner and ask for a parents signature.If your child is struggling please write us a quick note/ so we can help them with it the next day.Students are given time each day to copy their HW into the student planner. Please check and sign each night.The student planner is also a great way to send us notes or express concerns, in addition to sending us an .
11 BirthdaysWe would like to celebrate your child’s birthday. If you would like to send in a special snack, please let us know. You can drop it off to either our classroom or the office. We usually celebrate in the afternoon between 2:00pm-3:00pm.
12 Field Trips and EventsWe have lots of fun field trips planned for this year!Teatown Reservation- Native AmericansPride of the Hudson Boat TripReis Park for the Fourth Grade PicnicFourth Grade EventsThanksgiving Pie feastHoliday HandicraftsWriters CelebrationsColonial DayRevolutionary War DaySpelling BeeNYS ELA in AprilNYS Math test in MayNYS Science test in May/ June
13 Class RewardsWe have many positive reward systems in place. Students who complete work, follow classroom rules ,demonstrate good behavior, and are attentive and cooperative are allowed to put their name in the star jar for a reward at the end of the week.Students are also given the opportunities to “Clip up”/ or “Clip Down” on our Making good choices chart.Tables are also rewarded table points for their listening skills and cooperation. The table with the most points on Friday is rewarded.Class points are given to the entire class for good behavior and cooperation, both within our classroom as well as with special area teachers and in the hallway. When the class receives 10 points they are allowed to play “Mum Ball”.
14 Let’s Have a Great Year! If you need to contact us please send an or note. ( is preferable) and is the best way to contact us as we check it throughout the day and will usually be able to respond promptly with an or phone call if necessary. Please send all correspondences to both of us.