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Welcome to
4th Grade
Mr. Stefan Fisher
Stefan.fisher@saschina.org
ABOUT ME
 3rd year in Shanghai at SAS, 16th
year teaching
 2 children, Ryan(6) and Connor(4)
 wife, Jennifer, teaches 1...
SUPPORT
 KELLY BARRONS
 HELEN JIN
 JEFF DUNGAN
 DIANE ENOKA
SAS MISSION STATEMENT
Shanghai American School inspires in all students
A lifelong passion for learning; 
A commitment t...
TECHNOLOGY
 1:1 LAPTOPS
 BLOGS
 PUBLISHED WORK
 REFLECTIONS
 READING LETTERS
 CURRENT EVENTS
 AUDIENCE
TYPING ACE
M...
5 CORE SUBJECTS
Reading
Writing
Math
Science
Social Studies
SPECIALS – 7 DAY ROTATING SCHEDULE
Day 1- Music (Mrs. Lew...
Reading Workshop
Goals & Expectations:
 Improve reading stamina
 Self-select and independently read “Just-
Right” books....
GOOD READING HABITS
Building Reading Partnerships
Elements of Fiction
Launching Book Clubs – Realistic Fiction
Mysteries
N...
DAILY SCHEDULE
 Daily Oral Language/Word Study (8:15-8:25)
 Writer’s Workshop (8:25-9:35)
 Special (9:40-10:15)
 Reces...
WORD STUDY
What is word study?
phonics
+ spelling
+ vocabulary instruction
_____________________
= Word Study
WORD STUDY Bi-Weekly ROUTINE
 Monday- the teacher will typically introduce the sort in order to
highlight the pattern (s)...
What are the parts of workshop model?
 Mini-lesson
 Independent
 Sharing
Language Arts
The language component of our curriculum covers:
• Parts of speech
• Sentence structure
• Types of sentences...
Writing units
 FRIENDLY LETTER UNIT
 LAUNCHING WRITER’S WORKSHOP
 RAISING THE QUALITY OF NARRATIVES
 POETRY
 PERSUASI...
Writing Process
➣Plan (organize thoughts)
➣Draft (put ideas on paper)
➣Edit (correct spelling, mechanics and grammar)
...
Math
As of this year, our math instruction has been aligned
to match the National Common Core Standards.
Grade 4 Math Prac...
Grade 4 overview – math
Operations and Algebraic Thinking
• Use the four operations with whole numbers to
solve problems...
Grade 4 overview-math (cont.)
Number and Operations—Fractions
• Extend understanding of fraction equivalence
and orderin...
Grade 4 overview – math (cont.)
Measurement and Data
• Solve problems involving measurement and
conversion of measuremen...
Science Units
 Magnetism and Electricity
 Water
 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and
Processes
Social Studies
Trimester 1
Geography: Maps, Atlas, Longitude/Latitude, Landforms
Geography of Asia and China
Trimester 2
A...
Homework
Homework is an opportunity for students to practice and fine-tune
the skills we are working on in class.
Each sch...
SAS REPORT CARD
 1 = Area of Concern
 2 = Progressing (but may lack consistency)
 3 = Meeting Expectations
 4* = Meeti...
SUPER FOURTH EVENTS
 Soccer days (Sept. 26th
& Spring)
 Halloween Party
 Field trips
 SHANGHAI MUSEUM
 CHINA ALIVE – ...
Reminders
 Please send in a healthy snack with your child
 NUT FREE SCHOOL
 Birthdays
Please let me know if and when yo...
agenda
 Students are expected to copy assignments from
the board.
 Parents are expected to sign the agenda daily.
This a...
Student Success Depends on….
 Adequate sleep
 Positive Attitude
 Healthy diet
 Daily reading
 Parent support
 All of...
Checklist for parents
 ___Check my child’s agenda
 ___Send a healthy snack daily
 ___Make sure your child gets a good n...
COMMUNICATION
 stefan.fisher@saschina.org
 http://teachers.saschina.org/sfisher/
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  1. 1. Welcome to 4th Grade Mr. Stefan Fisher Stefan.fisher@saschina.org
  2. 2. ABOUT ME  3rd year in Shanghai at SAS, 16th year teaching  2 children, Ryan(6) and Connor(4)  wife, Jennifer, teaches 1st grade  have taught in US prior to arriving in Shanghai
  3. 3. SUPPORT  KELLY BARRONS  HELEN JIN  JEFF DUNGAN  DIANE ENOKA
  4. 4. SAS MISSION STATEMENT Shanghai American School inspires in all students A lifelong passion for learning;  A commitment to act with integrity and compassion;  The courage to live their dreams.
  5. 5. TECHNOLOGY  1:1 LAPTOPS  BLOGS  PUBLISHED WORK  REFLECTIONS  READING LETTERS  CURRENT EVENTS  AUDIENCE TYPING ACE MATHLETICS ACCEPTABLE USE COMPUTER/INTERNET AT HOME
  6. 6. 5 CORE SUBJECTS Reading Writing Math Science Social Studies SPECIALS – 7 DAY ROTATING SCHEDULE Day 1- Music (Mrs. Lewis) Day 2- PE (Mr. Nick) & Counseling (Ms. Stevenson) Day 3-Art (Mrs. Lian) Day 4- PE (Mr. Nick) Day 5- Music (Mrs. Lewis) Day 6- PE (Mr. Nick) Day 7- Art (Mrs. Lian) Library Scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday
  7. 7. Reading Workshop Goals & Expectations:  Improve reading stamina  Self-select and independently read “Just- Right” books.  Independently apply reading comprehension strategies
  8. 8. GOOD READING HABITS Building Reading Partnerships Elements of Fiction Launching Book Clubs – Realistic Fiction Mysteries Non-fiction Folktales
  9. 9. DAILY SCHEDULE  Daily Oral Language/Word Study (8:15-8:25)  Writer’s Workshop (8:25-9:35)  Special (9:40-10:15)  Recess (10:15-10:35)  Chinese Class (10:35-11:20)  Science/S.S(11:20-11:55)  Recess/Lunch (11:55-12:37)  Science/S.S.(12:40-1:00)  Math (1:00-1:45)  Readers Workshop Begins (1:45)  Recess (optional) (2:00-2:15)  Readers Workshop (2:15-2:45)  Homework Agenda and Class Jobs (2:50-3:00)
  10. 10. WORD STUDY What is word study? phonics + spelling + vocabulary instruction _____________________ = Word Study
  11. 11. WORD STUDY Bi-Weekly ROUTINE  Monday- the teacher will typically introduce the sort in order to highlight the pattern (s) and discuss and highlight the pattern and its effect on spelling and meaning.  Demonstrate the word sort and point out any “oddballs.”  Students cut out and sort their words. Place them in bags or envelopes to take home.  Tuesday-Thursday students work independently while teacher works with small groups
  12. 12. What are the parts of workshop model?  Mini-lesson  Independent  Sharing
  13. 13. Language Arts The language component of our curriculum covers: • Parts of speech • Sentence structure • Types of sentences • Complete sentences • Capitalization • Punctuation • Usage •Figurative Language •Prefix/Suffix meanings • Multiple Meaning Words • Reference Skills
  14. 14. Writing units  FRIENDLY LETTER UNIT  LAUNCHING WRITER’S WORKSHOP  RAISING THE QUALITY OF NARRATIVES  POETRY  PERSUASIVE ESSAYS  NONFICTION  FICTION
  15. 15. Writing Process ➣Plan (organize thoughts) ➣Draft (put ideas on paper) ➣Edit (correct spelling, mechanics and grammar) ➣Revise (verbs, adjectives and adverbs) ➣Publish (prepare a copy for others to read)
  16. 16. Math As of this year, our math instruction has been aligned to match the National Common Core Standards. Grade 4 Math Practices 1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. 2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively. 3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others. 4. Model with mathematics. 5. Use appropriate tools strategically. 6. Attend to precision. 7. Look for and make use of structure. 8. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.
  17. 17. Grade 4 overview – math Operations and Algebraic Thinking • Use the four operations with whole numbers to solve problems. • Gain familiarity with factors and multiples. • Generate and analyze patterns.   Number and Operations in Base Ten • Generalize place value understanding for multidigit whole numbers. • Use place value understanding and properties of operations to perform multi-digit arithmetic.   .  
  18. 18. Grade 4 overview-math (cont.) Number and Operations—Fractions • Extend understanding of fraction equivalence and ordering. • Build fractions from unit fractions by applying and extending previous understandings of operations on whole numbers. • Understand decimal notation for fractions, and compare decimal fractions.
  19. 19. Grade 4 overview – math (cont.) Measurement and Data • Solve problems involving measurement and conversion of measurements from a larger unit to a smaller unit. • Represent and interpret data. • Geometric measurement: understand concepts of angle and measure angles. Geometry • Draw and identify lines and angles, and classify shapes by properties of their lines and angles.
  20. 20. Science Units  Magnetism and Electricity  Water  From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
  21. 21. Social Studies Trimester 1 Geography: Maps, Atlas, Longitude/Latitude, Landforms Geography of Asia and China Trimester 2 Ancient China Terracotta Warriors Chinese artifacts Trimester 3 Modern China Ongoing Current Events
  22. 22. Homework Homework is an opportunity for students to practice and fine-tune the skills we are working on in class. Each school night 20 minutes of homework (reading response assignments, word study or daily oral language activities, math practice, writing assignments and science/social studies work). Chinese – 20 minutes Unfinished Work – Any work not completed in class will be sent home for homework. 20 minutes of reading each night. Students record the books they read in their agendas. Nightly reading should balance out other homework. If your child has very little homework one night, they should read more than usual.
  23. 23. SAS REPORT CARD  1 = Area of Concern  2 = Progressing (but may lack consistency)  3 = Meeting Expectations  4* = Meeting with Excellence  *4s are something to celebrate, not expect. They are difficult to earn and a mark achieved only by surpassing the expectations with extra credit work and/or producing outstanding quality on assignments.
  24. 24. SUPER FOURTH EVENTS  Soccer days (Sept. 26th & Spring)  Halloween Party  Field trips  SHANGHAI MUSEUM  CHINA ALIVE – PEASANT PAINTING  Sharing Lunch-November  Classroom Holiday Party  Book Swap  Other planned events
  25. 25. Reminders  Please send in a healthy snack with your child  NUT FREE SCHOOL  Birthdays Please let me know if and when you would like to send in treats. Please send in precut or individual treats. If you invite the entire class to an outside birthday party you may send out invites at school. We don’t want students feeling left out.
  26. 26. agenda  Students are expected to copy assignments from the board.  Parents are expected to sign the agenda daily. This allows you to know what we are studying in class.
  27. 27. Student Success Depends on….  Adequate sleep  Positive Attitude  Healthy diet  Daily reading  Parent support  All of us working together as a TEAM
  28. 28. Checklist for parents  ___Check my child’s agenda  ___Send a healthy snack daily  ___Make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep  (9-11 hours recommended)  ___Check class blog
  29. 29. COMMUNICATION  stefan.fisher@saschina.org  http://teachers.saschina.org/sfisher/
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