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Title: Welcome to Ms. Jester

Welcome to Ms. Jesters 4th Grade Class
Ms. Jester
  • Originally from Barrington, New Jersey
  • I have lived in all 3 Delaware Counties, but I
    now reside in Newark, De. Go UD Blue Hens!?
  • Graduated from the University of Delaware with a
    Bachelor of Science in Education/English
  • Graduated from the University of Delaware with a
    Master of Instruction Degree with a
    specialization in technology.
  • Certified grades K-8

  • Provide a caring, welcoming, and comfortable
    learning environment where students feel
    confident to become risk-takers.
  • Improve students academic content knowledge and
    skills to prepare them for the Real World.

PBS (Positive Behavior Support)
  • Positive behavior support (PBS) is a school wide
    behavioral management system that recognizes and
    encourages positive behaviors. PBS establishes
    clear and consistent expectations and language
    throughout Brick Mill Elementary School.
  • Respectful, Responsible, and Ready

RTI (Response To Intervention)
  • This is a statewide initiative.
  • During this time, every 4th grade student will go
    to their assigned group.
  • Students are assigned to groups based on their
    greatest need, as determined by assessments and
    benchmarking (reading inventories, DIBELS, MAP,
  • If a student has a need for a group, they will
    attend the group for a 6 week period and will
    then be re-assessed to check for progress.
  • It is likely that students will be moved through
    several different groups throughout the year

RTI groups consist of
  • Readers Theater
  • Math Enrichment
  • Real-Life Comprehension
  • Fiction Comprehension Strategies
  • RARE
  • Literacy Circles

Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS)
  • Beginning September 20, 2010 DCAS testing will
    begin, which will include tests in reading and
    mathematics for grades 3 through 10. These online
    tests will help to identify your childs
    strengths and weaknesses so that teachers can
    focus the instruction in your childs classes to
    meet the needs of their students.
  • Online testing will provide immediate
  • feedback
  • If you would like more information about the
  • DCAS Test - http//de.portal.airast.org

Fourth Grade Writing Curriculum
  • The Writing Academy the curriculum focuses on
    meeting the needs of diverse learners through
    lessons that focus on visual, auditory, and
    kinesthetic learning. The curriculum continues to
    support our use of 6 traits with added emphasis
    on voice and personality in writing.

Fourth Grade Reading Curriculum
  • Scott Foresman
  • Reading Street
  • We typically will read a story from our Anthology
  • Throughout the week or so, we will focus on
    specific reading skills (comprehension,
    problem/solution, making inferences, summarizing,
  • Students will have opportunities to work
    individually, with partners, in small student
    groups, and in a small teacher directed group.
  • Students will demonstrate their skills through
    class work, centers, and teacher observations
    throughout the week.

Fourth Grade Reading Curriculum
  • Comprehension Skills
  • Authors purpose
  • Cause effect
  • Compare contrast
  • Draw conclusions
  • Fact opinion
  • Follow directions
  • Generalize
  • Graphic sources (charts, diagrams, maps, graphs,
    and tables)
  • Main idea supporting details
  • Realism/fantasy
  • Sequence of events
  • Comprehension Strategies for
  • Reading Street by Scott Foresman
  • Preview the text
  • Set monitor reading purpose
  • Activate use prior knowledge
  • Make, confirm, modify predictions
  • Monitor comprehension use fix-up strategies
  • Use graphic organizers to focus on text questions
  • Answer questions
  • Generate questions
  • Recognize text structure story informational
  • Summarize text by retelling stories or
    identifying main ideas
  • Visualize use mental imagery
  • Make connections

Reading Centers
Working With Words/Spelling
  • Each new story, students will be given a
  • Contract
  • Word lists will consist of 20 spelling words and
    5 challenge words
  • Students are required to complete 4 spelling
    activities by the due date listed on the
  • Contracts are to be turned in on the due date
    with all boxes initialed.
  • Tests will be given on the due date.

Fourth Grade Math Curriculum
  • Terc (Investigations in Number, Data, and Space)
  • Unit 1 Factors, Multiples, and Arrays
  • Unit 2 Describing the Shape of Data
  • Unit 3 Multiple Towers and Division Stories
  • Unit 4 Size, Shape, and Symmetry
  • Unit 5 Landmarks and Large Numbers
  • Unit 6 Fraction Cards and Decimal Squares
  • Unit 7 Moving Between Solids and Silhouettes
  • Unit 8 How many Packages? How many Groups?
  • Unit 9 Penny Jars and Plant Growth

IXL/Fastt Math
  • IXL
  • At first glance, IXL Math is a simple Web tool
    that makes math study fun. But at its heart, IXL
    Math provides a one-of-a-kind, individualized
    learning experience that satisfies the needs of
    everyone involved in a child's education.
  • For students, IXL Math provides
  • An engaging environment to strengthen their math
  • Opportunity to learn at their own pace.
  • Math problems that are targeted to match their
    personal skill level.
  • Question-specific explanations that enhance
  • For teachers and parents, IXL Math provides tools
  • Identifying a student's trouble spots.
  • Measuring a student's level of improvement for
    each skill over time.
  • Recording the amount of time a student spends
  • Fastt Math
  • This program helps students develop fluency with
    basic math facts
  • in addition, subtraction, multiplication,
    and division.

Fourth Grade Curriculum Science
  • STC (Science and Technology for Children, NSF)
    Science Kits
  • FOSS Science Kits
  • Units of Study Structures of Life, Magnetism
    Electricity, Land and Water

Fourth Grade Curriculum Social Studies
  • The Delaware Adventure / McGraw Hill Social
    Studies Series
  • Units of Study Civics, Economics, Geography,

Fourth Grade Curriculum Related Arts
  • Art Ms. Gue
  • Physical Education Mrs. Sumner
  • Music Mr. Jalbert
  • Technology Mrs. Camponelli
  • Health and Fitness Mrs. Guth
  • Guidance Mrs. Sakers
  • Foreign Language (Mrs. Chang, Mrs. Cintora)
  • French, Spanish, Chinese, and Japanese)

Talent Development
  • All forms of self-expression that tap into
    curiosities, talents or deeply held interests,
    when pursued to excellence, are deeply
    nourishing. The goal of the talent development
    program is to identify and develop the creative
    potential of every child.
  • Major Features of Enrichment Clusters --All
    activity is directed toward the production of a
    product or service. --Students and teachers
    select the clusters in which they will
    participate. --When possible, students are
    grouped across grade levels by interest
    areas. --There are no predetermined lesson or
    unit plans. --The authentic methods of
    professional investigators are used to pursue
    product and service development. --Divisions of
    labor are used to guarantee that all students are
    not doing the same thing. --Specially designated
    time blocks are set aside for clusters.

  • 4th/5th Grade
  • Flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet,
    trombone/baritone, and percussion (xylophone and
  • Pull out program
  • Students will be pulled out of class to attend
    two 25 minute lessons per week. Students are
    responsible for all material that they miss.

  • We will have Library check-out during SSR
    (Self-Selected Reading)
  • Please make sure your child has his/her library
    books here on the day they are due

  • Each student is encouraged to take one personal
    A.R. quiz a week
  • Students MUST bring their A.R. book to school
    each day
  • Each book has an A.R. level indicated either on
    the spine, on the outside back cover, or inside
    the back cover. That A.R. level must match your
    childs A.R. levels (each child has three levels
    at a time)
  • An A.R. level of 4.0 indicates 4th grade, 0
    months. If your child is not at that level yet,
    please encourage them to read their A.R. books
    often for their reading log at night. Ask them
    questions, also, as they finish their book to
    help ensure their comprehension.
  • Students are to keep their AR log in their
    Assessment Binder and record their score after
    taking a test. I will then initial the log. The
    assessment binder will come home every Friday for
    your review.
  • Once a student takes and passes 3 A.R. quizzes
    with 80 or higher, they will move up another

  • Reading and Spelling
  • Each new story, students will be given a
    Spelling Contract which also
  • includes their reading log.
  • Students are required to complete 4 spelling
    activities and 4 nights of
  • reading 15 minutes by the due date listed on
    the contract.
  • Contracts are to be turned in on the due date
    with all boxes initialed.
  • Other Subjects
  • Occasionally there will be homework in other
    subjects and this will be
  • listed in their agenda book.

Friday Folders/Assessment Binder
  • Friday Folder is located in Assessment Binder
  • Completed every Friday to keep you updated on
    your childs behavior
  • Indicates how responsible, respectful, and ready
    your child has been all week with home/class work
    and behavior (no reflection on academic grades).
    Please sign each week
  • Assessment Binder contains all graded work. There
    will not be grades for every subject, every week.
    Please keep all graded work in binder. You will
    receive all graded work at conference time.

Report Cards
  • Your child will earn letter grades on their
    report card based on all graded work. Grades are
    determined as follows
  • 50 - class work and participation (Formative)
  • 50 - quizzes, assessments, and projects
  • First Marking Period will vary slightly in
    Reading as 10 of the
  • summative grade is for the Summer Reading Project
  • Please encourage your child to always do their
    best at home and
  • in the classroom. ?

  • Parent conferencing will be arranged for the
    first two marking periods, the final marking
    period report card will be sent home with your
    child on the last day of school.
  • End of 1st marking period November 12, 2010
  • End of 2nd marking period February 8, 2011
  • Final report card sent home last student day.

  • Recess is provided daily.
  • Please make sure your child is prepared for
    outdoor recess. If it is going to be below 60
    degrees, they must have a jacket to go outside.

Agenda Books
  • Assignments books are checked at the end of each
    day to make sure that class assignments are
  • Agenda books also include the Flying High,
    Caution and Grounded System. Green, Yellow, Red
  • Please check your childs agenda book to monitor
    homework assignments, behavior stars, and
    occasional teacher notes

Contact Info
  • The best way to get a hold of me is through
  • Ms. Jesters email address is
  • Agenda books are a great way to keep in contact
    with meremember they are checked at the end of
    the each day.
  • If all else failscontact the school at 378-5288

  • Thank you in advance for your continued help and
  • I look forward to a fun, exciting, and successful
    school year!
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