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Open House 2008

  1. 1. Open House 2008 Mrs. Thompson, 4C
  2. 2. Educational Philosophy <ul><li>Learning can be fun </li></ul><ul><li>Students need to be active </li></ul><ul><li>Students are active participants in how the classroom is run/organized </li></ul><ul><li>Students are still kids </li></ul><ul><li>Limited amounts of homework (if you feel like your child needs more, practice multiplication/division facts, free read, or purchase workbooks) </li></ul>
  3. 3. My Hopes <ul><li>Each child in my class will develop a positive self-image, a sincere joy of learning, a solid core of knowledge, and an array of skills and problem-solving skills. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Responsive Classroom <ul><li>Community of Learners </li></ul><ul><li>Morning Meeting </li></ul><ul><li>Guided Discovery </li></ul><ul><li>Academic Choice </li></ul><ul><li>Logical Consequences </li></ul>
  5. 5. Homework <ul><li>Ways for parents to facilitate the completion of homework: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Scheduling a time and place in the house that will be for the child to do homework. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Writing a note/email to me if the child is repeatedly confused about directions, is unable to organize information, spent more than forty minutes on homework or has not grasped a concept. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Priority should be given to assignments due the next day. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  Cronic late/incomplete homework will result in loss of academic choice or recess </li></ul>
  6. 6. Math <ul><li>We will be using Everyday Mathematics, please be sure to look for the Home Links page at the beginning of each unit. Students progress will be assessed and instruction will be varied based upon the needs of the students. </li></ul><ul><li>Listed Below are the units contained in the Grade 4 Everyday Mathematics program. </li></ul><ul><li>Unit 1 Naming and Constructing Geometric Figures </li></ul><ul><li>Unit 2 Using Numbers and Organizing Data </li></ul><ul><li>Unit 3 Multiplication & Division; Number Sentences & Algebra </li></ul><ul><li>Unit 4 Decimals and Their Uses </li></ul><ul><li>Unit 5 Big Numbers, Estimation, and Computation </li></ul><ul><li>Unit 6 Division; Map Reference Frames; Measures of Angles </li></ul><ul><li>Unit 7 Fractions and Their Uses; Chance and Probability </li></ul><ul><li>Unit 8 Perimeter and Area </li></ul><ul><li>Unit 9 Percents </li></ul><ul><li>Unit 10 Reflections and Symmetry </li></ul><ul><li>Unit 11 3D Shapes, Weight, Volume, Capacity </li></ul><ul><li>Unit 12 Rates </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  7. 7. Language Arts <ul><li>Discussion </li></ul><ul><li>* use agreed-upon rules for informal & formal discussions in small and large groups. </li></ul><ul><li>Questioning, Listening, and Contributing </li></ul><ul><li>*pose questions, listen to the ideas of others, & contribute information or ideas in group discussions & interviews in order to acquire new knowledge. </li></ul><ul><li>Oral Presentation </li></ul><ul><li>* make oral presentations that demonstrate appropriate consideration of audience, purpose, & information to be conveyed. </li></ul><ul><li>Vocabulary and Concept Development </li></ul><ul><li>*understand & acquire new vocabulary & use it correctly in reading & writing. </li></ul><ul><li>Strategic Readers </li></ul><ul><li>*understand how to be effective readers & make meaning. </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding Text </li></ul><ul><li>*identify the basic facts & main ideas in a text & use them as the basis of interpretation. </li></ul><ul><li>Writing </li></ul><ul><li>*write with a clear focus, coherent organization, sufficient details & voice. </li></ul><ul><li>Revising </li></ul><ul><li>*demonstrate improvement in organization, content, paragraph development, level of detail, style, tone, & word choice in their compositions after revising them. </li></ul><ul><li>Standard English Conventions </li></ul><ul><li>*use knowledge of Standard English conventions in their writing, revising, and editing. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Reading <ul><li>Junior Great Books </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Involved short stories that involve reading comprehension, supporting ideas with evidence and group discussion </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Immigration Novels </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tied into Social Studies </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Literature Circles </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Selected grade level novels, students run discussion and maintain a journal </li></ul></ul><ul><li>National Geographic Mysteries </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mysteries surrounding animals in our National Parks </li></ul></ul><ul><li>SSR </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Silent Sustained Reading using Reading Strategies </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Book Projects </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Book Reports in disguise </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Writing <ul><li>Six Traits </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Voice, Ideas, Word Choice, Organization, Sentence Fluency, Conventions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Seasonal Stories </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fall, Winter, Spring </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Five Paragraph Essay </li></ul><ul><ul><li>MCAS Prep and Jr. Great Books </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Summaries </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Short Stories, Chapters, Non-fiction </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Science <ul><li>Electricity </li></ul><ul><li>*basic understanding of the properties and uses of electricity-what conditions are necessary for electricity to travel through a circut </li></ul><ul><li>*design & construct flashlights, operating circuits, & switches </li></ul><ul><li>Animals </li></ul><ul><li>*relationship between animals and their habitat </li></ul><ul><li>*animal characteristics & behavior </li></ul><ul><li>*animal adaptations </li></ul><ul><li>Solar System </li></ul><ul><li>* Earth is part of the “solar system: that includes the sun, planets, and many moons Earth is the third planet from the sun </li></ul><ul><li>* Earth orbits the sun in a year’s time and rotates on its axis is approximately 24 hours The rotation of the earth, day/night, and apparent movements of the sun, moon, and starts are connected </li></ul><ul><li>Engineering </li></ul><ul><li>* Conduction of electricity and magnetism are basic properties of materials </li></ul><ul><li>* Appropriate materials and tools are needed to construct a prototype safely </li></ul>
  11. 11. Social Studies <ul><li>Map Skills </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Identifying parts of maps, locations </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Immigration: Past and Present </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reasons behind immigration, where people immigrated from, where they immigrated to </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Regions of the United States </li></ul><ul><ul><li>New England, Southwest, Mountain/Pacific, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, South </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Mexico </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Major Cities, Culture, History </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Canada </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Major Cities, Culture, History </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Supplies <ul><li>Will be supplied by the school district this year. However, it would be a good idea to have a stash of supplies at home for your child to use (ruler, scissors, colored pencils, pencils, glue stick, dictionary). </li></ul><ul><li>One item that I am requesting that you provide for your child is a binder that is 1.5 inch to 2 inches with a clear front to insert paper behind. </li></ul><ul><li>At the end of the year your child will need clear sheet protectors. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Wishlist <ul><li>*Craft Supplies (pipe cleaners, popsicle sticks, foam stickers, googly eyes, pompoms, etc) *Stickers *Small Plastic Bins to organize classroom library *Ziploc Bags *USB storage drives *Classroom games for indoor recess *Electric Pencil Sharpener *Paper Cutter *Flame Retardant Rug (must have tag with California code) *Sports Decor *Used Tennis Balls *Antibacterial Wipes *Clorox Cleaning Wipes *Extra Dry Erase Markers </li></ul>
  14. 14. Volunteering <ul><li>If you are interested in volunteering in the classroom, please let me know! Also if you have a special talent or special knowledge about a topic we study, I would love to have you visit our classroom. You do need to complete the CORI form, even if you did one last year. They are available in the office. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Questions?