Curriculum Night Presentation If you have any questions about any slide, please contact me.09/04/12 1
My PhilosophyCreate a learning environment thatprovides students the opportunityto develop anunderstanding/curiosity of howacademics and good character canhave a positive impact onthemselves, their peers, and theglobal community.
What to Expect in Fourth GradeDevelopment of self-responsibilityApplying their knowledgePrepare for Middle School and beyondThey won’t have all this perfected by theend of the year.
Communication with YouAssignment Notebook (signed)Classroom WebsiteTest Folders4-2 NewsEmail and/or Phone CallRoom Moms: Ms. Cole and Ms. Heintz
Character EducationThe 6 pillars of Character Counts are taughtthrough group activities, modeling, anddiscussions.Self-Motivation and intrinsic rewardPopcorn jarR.A.P. form
HomeworkRead for an estimated 20minutes a night (signature & min.)Practice math facts 5-10 minutes a night40-50 minutes a night. This can fluctuatedepending on projects and assignments.
Homework (cont.)Returning Homework / TestsLate homework notices– Signed and returned with late assignment completedMake up work
Testing/Conference ScheduleMAP Testing (Reading and Math) – Fall, Winter, SpringISAT (Reading, Math, and Science) – MarchAIMSWeb (Fluency)- September and monitor if need beConferences-November and March-I would like if kids could attend
Field Trips Art Institute Field Museum Chaperones Background checks for allvolunteers
Food / TardiesNotification when using food inexperimentsHealthy morning snack (nut-free)Parents must escort students intoschool if they are tardy
WIREDWorld Focus: Connecting to worldIntegrate: Connecting curriculum, 21st CenturySkills and Habits of MindReflect: How is what I’m doing, or have done,going to affect the futureEngage: Commitment, interconnections, andinvolvementDiscovery: A sense of wonder
4 C’s (21st Century Skills) / HOM Creativity Communication Collaboration Critical Thinking
Habits of MindPersistenceThinking about ThinkingQuestioningCommunicatingCreativityThinking Interdependently
Habits of Mind (cont.) Thinking flexibly Striving for Accuracy Applying past knowledge Remaining open to continuouslearning
Google Apps / Docs (cont.)TrainingFeedbackCreativityLess paper
SpellingPretestStudents will receive individualized spellinglistsThey study their words throughout theweek and practice using them (Google Docs)Bring their lists back on Friday
Reading– Whole class: model skills and strategies and practice together– Small group reading– Application of skills: (BDA and novels)– Possible at home reading project
Reading (cont.)Shifting from “how to read” to:• Reading for information• Building vocabulary skills• Thinking critically about the text• Making judgments and evaluating the text• Providing support from the text
Writing (WEX)Staying focused and showing insteadof telling.Character DevelopmentRevise and edit to clarify thoughtsSharing and supporting each other
MathNumber Sense – Multiply by 2 digit numbers – Divide 3 numbers by 1 number – Compare and contrast large numbers, fractions, and decimalsPerimeter and areaAlgebraGeometry parallel, perpendicular, angles, and congruencyData analysis and probability – Organize and display data in a variety of tables and graphs, find the mean, median, mode and range given a set of data
ScienceScience InquiryMatterElectricity (new this year)Earth’s Changing Surface
Social StudiesMap Skills – contact infoEarly American IndiansExploration of the New WorldEarly SettlementsColonizationCurrent Events
What You Can DoPlease contact me if you notice a change inyour child or that something may be impactingtheir learning.Practice Math Facts online or with flash cardsTake a quick moment each night to make surethat what is in their assignment notebook iscompleted and write down their minutes.Make sure kids have all school supplies (rulers,calculators, protractors, etc.)
Sign and ReturnBlue Sheet (Dryden Handbook)Volunteer Form (optional)Parent Survey (optional)Dryden CelebrationKindle permission slip