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Title: Parent Orientation Grade 4: Pleasant Ridge Elementary School


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Parent Orientation Grade 4 Pleasant Ridge
Elementary School
August 30, 2005
2
Grade 4 Subject Areas
  • Math
  • Language
  • Reading
  • Science/Health
  • Social Studies
  • Spelling/Vocabulary

3
Science Curriculum 4 Units
  • Life Sciences
  • Earth Science
  • Physical Science
  • Space Technology

4
Math Curriculum 7 Areas
  • Number Sense
  • Computation
  • Algebra Functions
  • Geometry
  • Measurement
  • Data Analysis Probability
  • Problem Solving (Exemplars)

5
Mid-Term Reports/Report Cards
  • Mid-Terms will go home about half-way through
    each 9 weeks.
  • The entire 4th grade uses the same mid-term
    sheet.
  • Not all subject areas will necessarily receive
    grades every quarter. For example, Social Studies
    could have a grade when Science/Health does not.
    (S or CR for credit is usually given in the
    subject not covered in that period.)
  • At times, the social studies grade may be a part
    of the reading grade.
  • Report cards are issued every 9 weeks.
  • Grades are taken from class assignments,
    homework, special projects, and tests.

6
Assessment NWEA and ISTEP
  • Every fall and spring, students take a
    computerized test called the NWEA.
  • The NWEA (Also called the MAP test) provides data
    that is used to gauge each students overall
    strengths, and areas that need improvement, for
    diagnostic purposes.
  • Unlike the ISTEP, NWEA scores are available
    immediately and are used to plan instruction in
    many ways.
  • The NWEA gives all of us a snapshot of a
    student at the beginning of the year and at the
    end of the year. Scores can be compared and
    hopefully the students will show growth from the
    beginning of the year to the end.
  • Copies of NWEA scores will be provided to parents
    at conferences, or by mail.
  • More can be found at http//www.nwea.org/

7
ISTEP Indiana State Test for Educational
Progress
  • ISTEP is administered to all public schools in
    September. (Grades 3-10) It is a
    criterion-referenced (It measures what skills a
    student can and cannot do) standardized test
    based on Indiana's Academic Standards.
  • The test is one way to measure mastery of the
    state standards. The test is used to determine
    mastery of the standards from the previous school
    year.
  • For example, the 5th grade test is actually
    measuring the skills learned during 4th grade.
  • Test results are reported in three categories
    Pass , Pass, and Did Not Pass.
  • The state plans to have this years results
    available by December.

8
School Website
  • The Pleasant Ridge website is located at
    http//www.gcs.k12.in.us/pres/
  • The site is regularly updated with info on school
    activities, supply lists, and other useful data.

9
Special Area Classes
  • 915 1000 Monday through Friday (Varies per
    teacher)
  • Physical Education
  • Library
  • Music
  • Art
  • Computers (Every other nine weeks)

10
Social Studies
  • Indiana History
  • Geography
  • History
  • Exploration and Conquest
  • Laws
  • Becoming a state
  • The growth of Indiana
  • Living in Indiana as a citizen
  • The Civil War
  • Lewis Clark Exploration
  • Native Americans

11
Language Arts/Behavior Management
  • Literacy Groups
  • Groups within our room
  • Cooperative learning
  • Graphic organizer
  • Thematic units
  • Novel units
  • Creative Writing
  • Six Traits of Writing
  • Five steps of writing
  • Genres
  • Rubrics
  • Buccaneer Bucs
  • Procedures
  • Rewards and Consequences

12
Required Paperwork
  • Review any forms needing immediate action
  • Present timeframe for completing new employee
    paperwork

13
Summary
  • Discuss topics covered
  • Reiterate welcome
  • Reminder to submit paperwork
  • Wrap-up
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