Welcome to Parent Information Night 2015-2016 4th Grade Welcome Fourth Grade Parents! • We welcome you and your child to the fourth grade at West Chatham Elementary. This presentation will provide an overview of the upcoming year and answer questions you may have. Although it is just one grade higher, fourth grade is a giant step from third grade in terms of curriculum, academic requirements, and expectations. As the fourth grade curriculum is broad, there is more content for teachers to present and for students to learn. We believe students should have goals to help get them through the year. Here are some goals for our students. 1. Believe in oneself 2. Be committed and determined to learn 3. Be responsible for your work and behavior 4. Take pride in the quality of your work 5. Be positive to other students and adults Eagle Rules (PBIS) • Stay Safe • On task • Attitude • Respectful PBIS • Positive Behavior Intervention System • By following school and classroom rules and going above and beyond what is expected, students can earn Eagles. • Class Eagles and Individual Eagles can be given by any member of the school staff. • Students can use their Eagles at the Eagle school store to cash in for different rewards. 4th Grade Testing • Reading/Lexile Level: Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI- Fall, Winter, Spring) • MAP (Math - Fall, Winter, and Spring) • GA Milestones (Spring) • Cold Reads: Data collected biweekly Scholastic Reference Test (SRI)-Reading Students must have a 645 or greater for promotion to the 5th grade! MAP- Math Students must obtain a 205 or greater for promotion to 5th grade! GA Milestones • TAKEN ON COMUPTERS! KEYBOARDING SKILLS NEED TO BE PRACTICED WEEKLY AT HOME AND AT SCHOOL ! • ELA will consist of 3 sections, 1 of which will focus mainly on writing • Mathematics will consist of 2 sections • Science will consist of 2 sections • Social Studies will consist of 2 sections RTI Response to Intervention • Students who do not meet grade level benchmarks in reading or math for fall, winter, and spring will be receiving additional support through means of reading/math interventions. • Interventions will be given by our classroom assistants, classroom teachers, speech pathologists, reading resource, diagnostician, extended resource teacher, etc. • Interventions will take place during your child’s FLEX block. Progress Monitoring • Students receiving interventions will be progress monitored weekly if not bi-weekly to ensure they are making progress and that the intervention is working. Grades/Weights • • • • Assessments: 50% Classwork:40% Homework: 10% Classwork needs to be completed and turned in daily! • Assignments not turned in are a ZERO unless turned in. Then, they are -15 for every day late. • Cold Reads grades will be given biweekly. Keep an eye out for the grades on these because they indicate if your child is improving in reading. • ON MONDAYS!! Folder for classwork goes home and needs to be signed and returned on Tuesday! Homework • All homework is due Friday unless specified! • 30-40 minutes per night including self-selected reading and studying math facts. – Reading Logs will need to be signed weekly and returned as well. • All homework assignments will be recorded in your child’s agenda daily. How can I help my child with homework/school organization? • Encourage and support Independence • Routine, routine, routine • Encourage your child to reread assignments or directions before beginning homework • Have your child read directions aloud • Encourage your child to ask specific questions • Use notes when provided • Encourage your child to ask teacher for help • Encourage your child to check over their work when completed Communication • Daily Take-Home BEE book (notes and daily homework assignments in agendas) • Monday Folders (parent signature neededgraded work) • Email/Phone/Notes • Teacher webpage (updated weekly) Reading • Our core reading program involves reading novels. The first two are: • Who Was Neil Armstrong? (1st 9 weeks) • George Washington’s Socks (2nd 9 weeks) Ideas to support Reading at Home • Model a love for reading and share your thinking as you read • Compliment your child on his or her reading • Have conversations about the books and various texts your child is reading • Read together as a family • Read to younger siblings • Read aloud to your children Spelling/Vocabulary Spelling- • Lists will go home biweekly. • Words will be individualized based on Greek and Latin roots. • Students will learn the spelling of each word and test on Fridays rotating with Vocabulary. Vocabulary• Students will learn the meanings of each Greek or Latin word and test on Fridays rotating with Spelling. Math • Emphasis will be on developing students’ ability to use math problem solving processes and on developing students’ math facts, skills, and concepts. • We will be covering place value, rounding/estimation, number sense, multiplication (2 digit by 1 digit and 2 digit by 2 digit), division (long division), fractions (adding, subtracting, reduce/simplify, like denominators), measurement, decimals, geometry, patterns, and problem solving. Math Facts!!!! • Please make sure your child is working towards mastering their MULTIPLICATION and DIVISION facts!!! Science • Scientific Method/Science Process Skills • 1st MP: Our Stars/Solar System • 2nd MP: Sound and Light • 3rd MP: Ecology/Weather • 4th MP: Force and Motion Social Studies • Geography/Regions (Map Skills and Globes) • Early Americans thru the Revolutionary War • Current events Computers • Practice keyboarding! Site: TYPING! DANCE MAP http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/z3c6tfr • Computer times will vary depending on activities and projects. • Compass Learning/Odyssey (SRI/MAP goals) – students can access Compass Learning at home. T.E.A.M. Together Everyone Achieves More ANY QUESTIONS?? Feel free to contact your homeroom teacher! Thank you so much for coming!!! We are all in this together!