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4th grade tips completed

  1. 1. Information for your 4th Grade Year
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>Fourth grade is a year of MAJOR growth and transition for the student and parents alike. It is a year with greatly increased responsibility and more complicated academic endeavors. Fourth grade sets the tone for the rest of your child’s academic career. Their success is crucial. </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Leader in Me <ul><li>This is the title of the character building program our school implemented last year with great success. </li></ul><ul><li>We encourage families to use the components and bywords at home. This reinforces the life lessons the program teaches. </li></ul><ul><li>They are listed on the slide that follow. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Be Proactive Begin with the End in Mind Put First Things First Think Win-Win Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood Synergize Sharpen the Saw The Seven Habits
  5. 5. Parental Responsibilities <ul><li>Make sure your child has a quiet place to do their homework each night. Yes, they will have homework every night. Get excited! </li></ul><ul><li>Stay on top of their assignments. Ask to see their agenda and go over their homework with them. </li></ul><ul><li>Students, whose parents play an active consistent role, achieve greater success! </li></ul><ul><li>Communicate any questions and concerns to the teachers. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Student Responsibilities <ul><li>Come to school with the necessary materials. </li></ul><ul><li>Always write down that day’s assignment in your agenda. </li></ul><ul><li>Listen to all instruction. </li></ul><ul><li>Be sure to let the teacher know when you have questions. </li></ul><ul><li>Be a good citizen by cooperating with staff and students. </li></ul><ul><li>Always do your best. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>The next few slides introduce your child’s teachers and the subjects they are responsible for. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Know Your Child’s Teachers Jeanne Buck 4th grade Language Arts and Social Studies Elementary Education Undergraduate Degree from T.C.U. Masters Degree from Texas State University Years Taught: 30 Elementary Teacher of the Year 2001-2002 [email_address]
  9. 9. Reading <ul><li>All fourth graders are required to earn an average of 2 AR points weekly. </li></ul><ul><li>If the student is reading his full 20 minutes each night and using his reading time at school well... this is a piece of cake! </li></ul><ul><li>Research shows the more a person reads the higher vocabulary they have. They develop a “story sense” and increase their understanding of a multitude of subjects. </li></ul><ul><li>Reading is vital to their success in all subjects. </li></ul><ul><li>Reading is fun! </li></ul>Reading is cool!
  10. 10. Writing Writing rises to a whole new level in 4th grade. The students are expected to excel at many different genres and develop their interesting ideas with voice and excellent word choices. They also must organize their compositions so they flow well and use correct conventions such as punctuation, capitalization, verb tenses, and spelling.
  11. 11. Spelling and Vocabulary <ul><li>Typically the children will have spelling words 3 weeks out of the month and vocabulary one week. </li></ul><ul><li>The lists come home on Monday written in their agendas. </li></ul><ul><li>The tests are on Fridays. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Social Studies <ul><li>It’s ALL about Texas in fourth grade. </li></ul><ul><li>History from early man to present day will be covered. </li></ul><ul><li>Geography, economics, and politics are also an integral part of Social Studies. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Know Your Child’s Teachers Years taught: 5 M.E. Teacher of the Year 2010-2011 Emily Petree 4th grade Math/Science [email_address] Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education at Texas State University
  14. 14. Math <ul><li>It is essential that children have memorized their basic addition and subtraction facts. </li></ul><ul><li>Practice these with your child daily. </li></ul><ul><li>Multiplication will be added soon. </li></ul><ul><li>Math Homework will be every Tuesday and Thursday nights. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Science <ul><li>This year we will be investigating through research and lab experiments. </li></ul><ul><li>Studying the vocabulary is key to the understanding of all concepts. </li></ul><ul><li>Grades are based on lab completion, participation, and tests. Science will focus on concepts and skills needed for the 5th grade Science STAAR test. </li></ul>
  16. 16. STAAR Tests <ul><li>TAKS has been replaced by the STAAR tests beginning with this school year. </li></ul><ul><li>Your fourth grader will take a reading, writing, and math STAAR Test in the spring. </li></ul><ul><li>There will be information coming your way as the year progresses. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Healthy Habits <ul><li>Make smart food choices at every meal. </li></ul><ul><li>Limit sugar. Research shows many Americans consume an excess of sugar which can lead to behavioral changes , obesity, diabetes , and many other health problems. </li></ul><ul><li>Most children need at least 10-12 hours of sleep each night . Lack of sleep causes problems with irritability and attention . </li></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>We are looking forward to working with your child and helping her/him achieve the highest success possible. We send monthly newsletters as well as have websites with important information and links. Please don’t hesitate to communicate with us. Teamwork is powerful. </li></ul>Working together brings success. student family teachers