2 SPECIAL HIGHLIGHTS! Service Squad Buddies Speech Contest Historical American Biography ProjectField TripsHenry Ford – If I Had a HammerLansingR.I.F. (?)Last Day Picnic – Spencer Park
3 READING WORKSHOP! Genre Study Fiction: Realistic and Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Poetry, Myths/Legends, AdventureNon-Fiction: Autobiography, Biography, Almanac, NewspaperRead AloudsMaking Meaning ProgramReading Groups/Book ClubsStoryworks and Scholastic NewsReading Log (To, With, and By!)Book Reports
4 READING WORKSHOP! Reader’s Notebook: Make Connections Ask Questions Make PredictionsVisualizeSummarizeDraw conclusionsDetermine Main IdeaRecognize Text StructureInferRepair Comprehension (Does it make sense?)Retelling (character, setting, problem, solution, main idea, theme)
5 READING!Intensive amounts of reading and writing are the soul of learning. Learning of the most complex kind is acquired through old-fashioned, simple activities like meaningful reading and writing.Once students begin to read, they learn to read better by reading – just reading. (Mike Schmoker: Focus)
6 READING!Adolescents entering the adult world of the 21st century will read and write more than at any other time in human history. They will need advanced levels of literacy to perform their jobs, run their households, act as citizens, and conduct their personal lives. Richard Vacca
7 SPELLING AND GRAMMAR! Words their Way Program Words assigned every MondayTest every FridayGrammar, usage and mechanics
10 MATH! Number Sense and Operations: Place value to 1,000,000Addition/Subtraction to 4-5 digitsMultiplication/Division of 2-digit numbersAddition/Subtraction of fractionsPatterns, Relationships, and AlgebraGeometryMeasurementData Analysis, Statistics, andProbabilityBy the end of Fourth Grade, students should be able to do:100 Multiplication Facts in 5 minutesand100 Division Facts in 5 minutes
11 PROBLEM SOLVING STEPS! Circle the question Underline important informationChoose a strategyCheck your workWrite a complete answerADD sheets due daily
12 PROBLEM SOLVING STRATEGIES! Draw a diagram or a pictureMake a modelMake an organized listMake a table/graphFind a patternPredict and testGuess and checkWork backwardSolve a simpler problemWrite a number sentenceLogical reasoningProcess of elimination
13 MATH!Please help your child to study math facts EVERY NIGHT! It is our school goal that all students will have the basic facts memorized!
14 SCIENCE! Scientific Process Question, hypothesis, experiment, data collection, and conclusionHands on ExperiencesScience UnitsSun, Earth, and MoonMagnets and ElectricityEcosystems
15 SOCIAL STUDIES! Concepts will be taught through: GeographyHistoryGovernmentEconomyCore Democratic ValuesU.S. RegionsMaps, charts, timelines, tablesCurrent EventsHistorical Americans biographies
16 COMPUTERS! Word Processing Graphs Graphic Organizers Internet Searches Skill and Concept Practice
17 MISCELLANEOUS MEAP Testing Grades + , , - and A, B, C, D, E Healthy breakfast, good night’s sleep, positive attitude!Grades + , , and A, B, C, D, EHigh Five/Bucket FillersBe responsible, kind, respectful, safe, and cooperativeHomework/PlannerPlease continue signing the planner and reading log every night.
18 School Improvement Goals Writing:All students will increase their proficiency in written expression.Reading:All students will increase reading comprehension.Math:All students will increase their ability to compute math facts.Students will use their three ring binders to track the progress of these goals.
19 I look forward to a wonderful year working with you and your child! The best way to contact me is through !