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Title: Curriculum Night


1
Curriculum Night
  • 2013-2014

2
Welcome
  • This is my 6th year at Patterson, as well as my
    6th year teaching 4th Grade.
  • This is my second year teaching CTA.
  • Personal Info
  • Bachelors in Elem. Ed. from ASU in 2006
  • Masters in Elem. Ed from NAU in 2007
  • Kids (Owen 7 and Hayden 5 ½).

3
CTA versus Classic Math
  • Uses Scott Foresman for math, and is on grade
    level.
  • Math concepts are taught in overall units.
  • To keep aligned with new Common Core math
    standards, supplemental material is used.
  • 4th grade students will be piloting a new
    district acceleration program.
  • Timed tests are not part of the Classic report
    card.
  • Uses Saxon Math and is 1 year ahead.
  • Math concepts are taught through spiraling.
  • To keep aligned with new Common Core math
    standards, supplemental material is used.
  • 4th grade students will be piloting a new
    district acceleration program.
  • Weekly timed tests will be graded. This is a
    separate line on the report card and does NOT
    affect the overall math grade.
  • CTA
  • Classic

4
CTA versus Classic Language arts
  • Uses Harcourt.
  • Supplemental materials may be used.
  • Easy Grammar or Harcourt is used to meet the
    Common Core Standards.
  • The Writing Road to Reading and Thinking Maps are
    used.
  • Projects are the same or similar. 50 Non-Fiction
    and 50 Fiction
  • Silent Reading Time
  • Uses Opencourt, as well as McCall Crabs.
  • Supplemental materials may be used.
  • Easy Grammar and Spalding is used to meet Common
    Core standards.
  • 2 Oral Recitations a quarter.
  • The Writing Road to Reading and Thinking Maps are
    used.
  • Projects are the same or similar. 50 Non-Fiction
    and 50 Fiction
  • Silent Reading Time
  • CTA
  • Classic

5
CTA Versus Classic Spelling
  • Uses The Spalding Method. It integrates,
    spelling, writing, and reading.
  • Spelling words are from the Ayres word list.
  • Phonograms
  • OPR WPR
  • Spelling notebooks.
  • Dictation and marking.
  • Spalding Cursive is used.
  • Words are from the Harcourt text.
  • The weekly words usually have a skill or theme,
    such as words with the long a sound.
  • Weekly spelling tests are given.
  • CTA
  • Classic

6
Social Studies
  • CTA and Classic use the same Harcourt Social
    Studies text.
  • Supplemental materials, such as Splash!
    Publications are often used.
  • Lessons, assignments, and projects are aligned
    with state and district standards.
  • Quarter 1 Project Salt Dough Map of AZ
  • Quarter 2 Pioneer/Western Day
  • Quarter 3 Field Trip State Capitol Museum
  • Quarter 4 Famous Arizonan Wax Museum

7
Science
  • CTA and classic use the same Harcourt Science
    text.
  • Supplemental materials, based on the unit being
    taught, are used.
  • Lessons, assignments, and projects are aligned
    with state and district standards.
  • Quarter 1 Life Science (Cells, adaptations,
    resources).
  • Quarter 2 Electricity and Magnetism Begin
    Science Fair. Field Trip Chandler Water Festival
  • Quarter 3 Finish Science Fair Earth Science
    (The Water Cycle, Weather, etc.)
  • Quarter 4 Review and apply The Scientific Method.

8
Homework
  • HW will take the average student around an hour.
    This does NOT include AR time.
  • HW is assigned Monday-Thursday.
  • Includes
  • 30 math problems from the Saxon text.
  • Finish/Correct timed tests from the day.
  • Spelling
  • Either a grammar or reading assignment.
  • AR Reading if needed.
  • Long-term projects will require extra HW time.
  • HW is graded based on COMPLETION. There is a
    separate line on the report card for HW.
    SIGNATURES count as part of the HW grade.

9
Accelerated Reading
  • Students will take a STAR test quarterly to see
    what their Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD) is.
    This is the level at which the student can
    successfully read independently.
  • I am somewhat flexible with this because of
    students interests and background knowledge.
  • Students will receive a Quarterly Goal.
  • Students will read books and test on them.
  • Students WILL be graded on AR, based on the
    completion of their goal, and their average
    scores. This does NOT affect the overall Reading
    grade.
  • AR Home Connect
  • My Expectations Students should test on a
    non-fiction book at their AR Level weekly. They
    should continue to read chapter books of interest
    to them.

10
AR Incentives
  • Mr. Douwstra has made changes to the Millionaires
    Club.
  • Awards are based on word count.
  • 4th graders word count goal is 750,000 words.
  • Students will receive an award when theyve
    reached ½ of their grade level goal.
  • When theyve reached their goal.
  • If they read 1, 2, 3, or 4 Million words.
  • For the last 2 years, a 4th Grader has been the
    top reader in the school. Last year the top
    reader read over 6 million words. Can we do it
    again?

11
Read Hot Readers
  • 4th Grades Incentive Program. (Similar to Rock
    Star Readers in 3rd Grade).
  • Students will receive awards in 4 categories
  • Word Count
  • of non-fiction books read
  • Meeting their goal and going over it
  • End of quarter average score.
  • The difficulty for reaching these awards will
    change quarterly, so watch for the flyer each
    quarter.

12
Communication
  • I will e-mail 1-2 times per week with information
    that I feel is valuable.
  • I will try to send an update e-mail on Fridays in
    lieu of a newsletter.
  • When we need volunteers or supplies, I will
    either contact you via e-mail, or through
    signupgenius.com.
  • E-mail is the easiest way for us to keep in
    touch.
  • If you have any questions, comments, or concerns,
    please come to me first.
  • My classroom phone number is 224-3672. It will
    automatically go to voice-mail and I will call
    you back at my earliest convenience.
  • Students MUST have a note, or I must have a phone
    call or e-mail if there is a change of plans for
    the way your child gets home. If I dont have
    this, your child will go home their normal way.

13
Behavior and Incentives
  • We will be using ClassDojo, and online program.
  • Students will earn positive or negative Dojo
    Points depending on their behavior.
  • Points will be logged in students agendas.
  • A weekly e-mail should come to you from
    ClassDojo.
  • Daily Brain Break
  • Fun Friday
  • Tickets (to be drawn on Fridays for a visit to
    the treasure box).
  • Praise
  • Notes home
  • Phone calls
  • Special Treats
  • Etc.
  • Behavior
  • Incentives

14
Agendas
  • Agendas are filled out at the end of the day,
    reminding the students what their HW is for the
    night. You DO need to sign this.
  • Filling out agendas and having them initialed by
    a parent is part of the HW grade.
  • Behaviors will be logged in the agenda.

15
Field Trips
  • 4th Grade is the year that we study AZ.
    Therefore, there are a LOT of great field trip
    ideas.
  • The only way we can go on one or more of these
    field trips, is if YOU help out with Tax Credit
    money.
  • This is NOT a deduction, but is a refund. (Talk
    with your tax preparer for more information).
  • Singles can donate up to 200 and Married Couples
    can donate up to 400.
  • Make sure to mark your form for 4th Grade Field
    Trips.

16
Misc.
  • Online grade book Infinite Campus
  • Math Book PDF is online.
  • Website Patterson http//mychandlerschools.org/pa
    tterson
  • Select Teacher Pages
  • Select Cumbo
  • Website Cumbo
  • http//mychandlerschools.org/page/19260
  • Long-term assignments, oral recitations, or
    assignments that need an explanation will be
    posted.
  • I will try to put up the weekly HW.

17
Questions ANswers
  • Thank you for attending Curriculum Night
  • Im sure you have questions Ask away!
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