Mr. Stefan Fisher
3rd year in Shanghai at SAS, 16th
2 children, Ryan(6) and Connor(4)
wife, Jennifer, teaches 1st
have taught in US prior to arriving in Shanghai
SAS MISSION STATEMENT
Shanghai American School inspires in all students
A lifelong passion for learning;
A commitment to act with integrity and
The courage to live their dreams.
COMPUTER/INTERNET AT HOME
5 CORE SUBJECTS
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
GOOD READING HABITS
Building Reading Partnerships
Elements of Fiction
Launching Book Clubs – Realistic Fiction
Daily Oral Language/Word Study (8:15-8:25)
Writer’s Workshop (8:25-9:35)
Chinese Class (10:35-11:20)
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)
What is word study?
+ vocabulary instruction
= Word Study
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
What are the parts of workshop model?
The language component of our curriculum covers:
• Parts of speech
• Sentence structure
• Types of sentences
• Complete sentences
• Multiple Meaning Words
• Reference Skills
FRIENDLY LETTER UNIT
LAUNCHING WRITER’S WORKSHOP
RAISING THE QUALITY OF NARRATIVES
➣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)
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.
Grade 4 overview – math
Operations and Algebraic Thinking
• Use the four operations with whole numbers to
• Gain familiarity with factors and multiples.
• Generate and analyze patterns.
Number and Operations in Base Ten
• Generalize place value understanding for multidigit
• Use place value understanding and properties of
operations to perform multi-digit arithmetic.
Grade 4 overview-math (cont.)
Number and Operations—Fractions
• Extend understanding of fraction equivalence
• 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.
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.
• Draw and identify lines and angles, and classify
shapes by properties of their lines and angles.
Magnetism and Electricity
From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and
Geography: Maps, Atlas, Longitude/Latitude, Landforms
Geography of Asia and China
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.
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
SUPER FOURTH EVENTS
Soccer days (Sept. 26th
CHINA ALIVE – PEASANT PAINTING
Classroom Holiday Party
Other planned events
Please send in a healthy snack with your child
NUT FREE SCHOOL
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
Students are expected to copy assignments from
Parents are expected to sign the agenda daily.
This allows you to know what we are studying in
Student Success Depends on….
All of us working together as a TEAM
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