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Title: Back to School Night Fourth Grade Ginger Norton Mary Patterson Amanda Smith Katie Morrow


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Back to School NightFourth GradeGinger
NortonMary PattersonAmanda SmithKatie Morrow
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Contact Information
  • Ginger Norton gnorton_at_americanacademyk8.org
  • Mary Patterson mpatterson_at_americanacademyk8.org
  • Amanda Smith asmith_at_americanacademyk8.org
  • Katie Morrow kmorrow_at_americanacademyk8.org

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4th Grade Curriculum Overview
  • Math
  • We use the Saxon Math curriculum at American
    Academy. This program is a spiral program.
    This means that, instead of being taught a
    concept just once, students practice a concept
    many times and a varying intervals throughout the
    year. This gives the student the time and
    practice needed to master a math concept.

2 2 4
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  • Reading
  • What materials/programs do we use?
  • Open Court Contains both narrative and
    expository selections of literature. Students
    will read one selection a week in class with the
    teacher. During the course of the reading, the
    students will learn new vocabulary words and
    practice valuable comprehension skills. The
    students will take a weekly comprehension test on
    the selection.
  • Core Knowledge novels Students will be reading a
    variety of novels including Robin Hood, King
    Arthur, Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Rip Van Winkle,
    Pollyanna, and Treasure Island. As the students
    read these novels, they will also learn new
    vocabulary and extend their use of the Open Court
    comprehension strategies. Students will take
    mid-book and end of the book tests and quizzes
    for most novels.

5
What you can do at home to help improve your
childs reading skills
  • Read to and with your child at home as much as
    possible.
  • Do some copy cat reading. Read a sentence
    aloud, with expression, and have your child
    repeat the sentence, copying your expression.
  • As you are reading together, stop frequently to
    check for understanding of the main idea and
    vocabulary.
  • At the beginning of each reading time, ask your
    child to summarize or retell what was read the
    previous reading time. Then, have your child make
    predictions about what is going to happen next in
    the story.
  • Ask your child to describe the characters of the
    story.
  • Check to see if your child can make a personal
    connection with the story--Ask your child if what
    you are reading reminded them of something that
    they have experienced or read in another book.

6
Accelerated Reader (AR)
  • Students read books and take online quizzes to
    earn points
  • The quiz link is on the AA homepage
  • Fourth graders must earn 175 points to go on the
    AR Mystery Trip at the end of the year

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Grammar
  • We use the Shurley English method for this
    subject. This is a systematic, research based
    program that has been proven effective in
    teaching students the skills needed in grammar.
    Students learn to identify all parts of speech,
    different patterns of sentences, direct objects
    and indirect objects, possessive nouns and so
    much more. The students also learn how to
    incorporate their knowledge of grammar in their
    reading and writing skills.

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Writing
  • With the Step Up to Writing curriculum, students
    learn and practice the following writing skills
    and many more
  • Note-taking (all classes)
  • Summaries (reading and writing class)
  • Responding to the text (reading and writing
    class)
  • 4 paragraph narratives with the use of dialogue
  • 3 point, 8 sentence expository paragraphs
  • Topic sentences
  • Persuasive essays
  • Descriptive essays 5 paragraph reports
  • Speeches

9
History and Geography
  • We use the Core Knowledge curriculum for history
    and geography. The following subjects are
    covered in 4th grade
  • Map Skills
  • Major Mountains and Mountain Ranges
  • Middle Ages in Europe
  • Islam
  • Early and Medieval African Kingdoms
  • Chinese Dynasties
  • American Revolution
  • Constitution
  • Reformers
  • Presidents
  • Colorado History

10
Science
  • Classifying Organisms
  • Cells to Systems
  • Human Body Systems
  • Plants
  • Interactions in Ecosystems
  • Changes in Ecosystems
  • Water on Earth
  • Weather Patterns
  • Earths Changing Surface
  • Protecting Earths Resources
  • Matter and Its Properties
  • Changes in Matter
  • Forces and Motion
  • Changing Forms of Energy
  • Electricity
  • Hurricanes and Tornadoes
  • Minerals and Rocks

11
Policies and Procedures In our school we strive
to be students of character. We use the
Essential 55 rules and the teaching of the core
virtues to accomplish this goal. Parents are
strongly encouraged to reinforce these
character-based rules at home. Our goal with
discipline is to promote a classroom atmosphere
that is conducive to learning and where students
are respectful. The following discipline plan is
designed to further that goal.
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Discipline Plan
  • Rewards
  • Individual Students have the opportunity to
    earn tickets for showing great responsibility
    during class time. Students also earn tickets
    for having their planners signed and for coming
    into class on time. Once a month, students may
    use these tickets to buy items out of the class
    treasure box.
  • Class the whole class will receive paper
    compliments for consistently good behavior in
    class and for verbal compliments given by other
    teachers/administration. Compliments are stapled
    together in a ring. Once the appropriate amount
    of compliments are earned, students receive a
    class party.
  • Important noteIt is each students job to follow
    classroom and school rules. Rewards such as
    compliments and tickets are the teachers extra
    gift to the students. The teacher may choose to
    withdraw this privilege at any time. Students
    should not ask for extra rewards. If they do
    ask, the answer will always be no.

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Discipline Plan contd
  • Consequences
  • For minor offences such as not being prepared for
    class, the student will be required to pay an
    appropriate number of tickets to the teacher.
  • For behavioral offences the 4th grade teachers
    use a card system.
  • 1st color change warning
  • 2nd color change homework assignment and
    signature from parent
  • 3rd color change infraction and possible
    detention

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Planners/agendas
  • Agendas (planners) are an important tool to help
    students plan their work, become responsible for
    doing it, and a form of communication between the
    teacher and parent. Throughout the day, students
    should be filling out their planners, recording
    assignments and due dates. Planners should be
    taken home each day and brought back the next day
    with a parents signature.

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Homework, projects, and grading
  • Homework
  • Here is some of the consistent homework you will
    have
  • Math--most nights students will be assigned a
    problem set as an extension of the lesson they
    learned that day. Students are given time to
    start their homework in class.
  • Spelling lists are given on the first school day
    of the week, there is practice work during the
    week, and then students are tested on the last
    day of the school week.
  • Work not completed in class will be assigned for
    homework.
  • When a test is given in Science or Social
    Studies, a study guide will go home a week ahead
    of time. Students should study a little every
    day so that they do not need to cram the night
    before the test.
  • Occasionally other projects will be assigned in
    subjects such as Social Studies
  • Late work
  • Late work will have 10 deducted from the score
    for each day it is late, up to 50. After 5
    days, it is counted as a zero.
  • Grading Scale
  • Per the Parent/Student Handbook, the following
    grading scale will be used
  • A 100 99, A 98 94, A- 93 92, B
    91 90, B 89 84, B- 83 82, C 81  
    80, C 79 74, C- 73 72, D 71 70, D
    69 65, F Below 65

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  • We are looking forward to partnering with you
    to make this a great year for everyone! Please
    do not hesitate to contact us with any questions
    that you might have.
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