Mrs. Thompson

 

Welcome to Mrs. Thompson's 4th Grade Class!

2013-2014

 

Welcome to

 

Fourth Grade!

 

Math 4

Science

 

Mrs. Thompson

 

 

Dear Parents and Students,

Welcome back to an exciting year at CES! My name is Mrs. Thompson and I will be one of the fourth grade teachers. I will be teaching Math and Science to all fourth grade students.  I will also be teaching Writing to my homeroom students. I am looking forward to a great new school year!  Open House for the 2013-2014 school year is scheduled for Thursday, August 8 from 1:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

I look forward to meeting you!

Enjoy the remainder of your summer!

Mrs. Thompson

 

Class Requirements

Materials

For English/Writing

One YELLOW single subject spiral notebook

For Math:

Two RED single subject spiral notebooks

Two RED folders with pockets

Two EXPO (dry erase) markers

For Science:

Two GREEN single subject spiral notebooks

Two GREEN folders with pockets

For All Subjects:

Loose Leaf Paper (continuous supply)

School Box or Zippered Pencil Bag Containing:

Glue Sticks (4), 2 dozen Pencils, Scissors,

Crayons or Colored Pencils,

Highlighters (2)

One Zip Drive

 

Fourth Grade Class Expectations

     There are five classroom expectations for our fourth grade students and these expectations are consistent across both fourth grade classrooms. They are as follows:

1. Be in class on time and have all materials ready.

2. Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself.

3. Listen to directions the first time they are given.

4. Use appropriate and polite language.

5. Always do your BEST!

     Students are rewarded for positive behaviors through daily, weekly, and nine week reward incentives.  Negative behaviors are recorded on a clipboard.  Too many negative behaviors will result in a phone call home or an office referral.  A student discipline plan form will be sent home at the beginning of the year which further explains our rewards for meeting class expectations and consequences for not following classroom rules.

     Students will become fourth grade STARS by remembering the following:    

                                 Stay on task

                                 Talk politely and work quietly

                                 Always follow directions and procedures

                                 Respect everyone and everything

 

Grading

 

 

English/Writing

Math

Science

Homework

none

10%

10%

Daily Grades

40 %

40%

40%

Quizzes, Test, and Projects

* Test & Project count as two grades

none

50%

50%

Writing Samples

60 %

none

none

 

ACPS Grading Scale

98-100 A+
95-97 A
92-94 A-
89-91 B+
86-88 B
83-85 B-
80-82 C+
77-79 C
74-76 C-
71-73 D+
68-70 D
65-67 D-
64- Below F

                                     

Class Routines

Homework

               I believe homework is an essential part of a child’s education. It is valuable because it reinforces the skills taught in class, teaches responsibility, and prepares the students for the future, as homework will get much more demanding in the years to come.

                Homework is usually assigned on Monday through Thursday nights. At times, the students will be working on bigger projects, which may need to be finished at home. I will never give homework on a subject that has not been covered in class. Homework should be a time to reinforce skills learned during the school day. I will generally always give a little bit of math homework and students are to read a minimum of 20 minutes per night. They should also be practicing their math facts each night. Any work that was not completed in class may also become part of your child’s homework. For those nights that homework does not take as long, students should be encouraged to read for a bit longer, write a letter to a friend, write a journal entry, or anything else along those lines.

                Your child will keep track of their assignments in the agenda. They will be responsible for writing down their assignments each morning during morning work. Please sign the bottom of the agenda each day after your child’s homework had been completed. I often use the agenda to communicate to parents regarding missed homework assignments, or other issues that may have come up throughout the day. It is essential for you to check your child’s assignments and agenda each day. I appreciate your support in this matter!

                If your child has not turned in their homework the following day, he/she will be required to eat at the silent lunch table and work on the missing assignment. The student will have to complete the assignment at home to be turned in the next day.

                In Math class, each student will receive a HOLLYWOOD HOMEWORK punch card.  For each night homework is completed and turned in on time, students will receive a star punch on the card.  Once the card is filled, the student will receive a homework pass which can be redeemed for one homework assignment.

            Thank you so much for your support!

Start of the Day Procedures

          All students are expected to report to the classroom quietly and prepare for the day. Students should write homework assignments for the night in the agenda, have teacher initial by the assignments, sharpen pencil as needed, make sure that all homework papers are complete and ready to turn into the teacher.  On Tuesday morning, as the student prepares for the day, they will show the homeroom teacher the signed, weekly fourth grade newsletter and return the blue Monday folder. Once prepared for the day, the student will refer to the  smart board for the morning assignment to work on before the first class begins.

Weekly Resource Schedule

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

P.E.

Music

P.E.

Art

Library

Daily Schedule

8:30 – 9:00 Bus Arrival, Breakfast, Morning Announcements, Independent Reading or Writing

9:05 – 9:50 Specials

9:55 – 10:30 Writing

10:30 – 11:35 Science or VA Studies (alternating days)

11:35 – 12:05 Reading Intervention / Enrichment

12:05 – 12:50 Lunch / Recess

12:50 – 2:13 Reading (Mrs. Thompson’s Class)/Math (Mrs. Overstreet’s Class)

2:15 – 3:30 Math (Mrs. Thompson’s Class)/ Reading (Mrs. Overstreet’s Class)

3:45 Dismissal 

Absences & Make-up Work

 

          Attendance is key to a successful school year. It is very important that all students are in school and on time every day. If a student needs to be absent, all work missed will be gathered by the student's STUDY BUDDY. The work will be placed in a folder and placed in the student’s mailbox for the student to gather upon return to school. The newsletter which is sent out the first day of the week will assist the student if absent. It has Quiz and Test dates, as well as, homework assignments listed, telling what assignments to do or study one week ahead of schedule. All make-up work is to be completed and turned in two days after the student returns to school. 

              

Topics

First Nine Weeks Math 4 Objectives

4.1 The student will

a) identify orally and in writing the place value for each digit in a whole number expressed

through millions;

b) compare two whole numbers expressed through millions, using symbols (>, <, or = ); and

c) round whole numbers expressed through millions to the nearest thousand, ten thousand, and

hundred thousand.

4.4 The student will

a) estimate sums, differences, products, and quotients of whole numbers;

b) add, subtract, and multiply whole numbers;

c) divide whole numbers, finding quotients with and without remainders; and

d) solve single-step and multistep addition, subtraction, and multiplication problems with

whole numbers.

4.3 The student will

a) read, write, represent, and identify decimals expressed through thousandths;

b) round decimals to the nearest whole number, tenth, and hundredth;

c) compare and order decimals; and

d) given a model, write the decimal and fraction equivalents.

3.5 The student will recall multiplication facts through the twelves table, and the corresponding

division facts.

4.14 The student will collect, organize, display, and interpret data from a variety of graphs

 

First Nine Weeks Science 4 Objectives

Scientific Investigation, Reasoning, and Logic

4.1 The student will plan and conduct investigations in which

a) distinctions are made among observations, conclusions, inferences, and predictions;

b) hypotheses are formulated based on cause-and-effect relationships;

c) variables that must be held constant in an experimental situation are defined;

d) appropriate instruments are selected to measure linear distance, volume, mass, and

temperature;

e) appropriate metric measures are used to collect, record, and report data;

f) data are displayed using bar and basic line graphs;

g) numerical data that are contradictory or unusual in experimental results are recognized; and

h) predictions are made based on data from picture graphs, bar graphs, and basic line graphs.

Force, Motion, and Energy

4.2 The student will investigate and understand characteristics and interaction of moving objects. Key

concepts include

a) motion is described by an object’s direction and speed;

b) forces cause changes in motion;

c) friction is a force that opposes motion; and

d) moving objects have kinetic energy.

4.3 The student will investigate and understand the characteristics of electricity. Key concepts

include

a) conductors and insulators;

b) basic circuits (open/closed, parallel/series);

c) static electricity;

d) the ability of electrical energy to be transformed into heat, light, and mechanical energy;

e) simple electromagnets and magnetism; and

f) historical contributions in understanding electricity

First Nine Weeks Writing Objectives

Focus: Narrative

4.7 The student will write cohesively for a variety of purposes.

a) identify audience

b) focus on topic

c) variety prewriting strategies

d) writing-convey central idea

e) different modes of writing/patterns of organization

f) clear topic sentence on main idea

j) revise writing for clarity

4.8 The student will edit writing for correct grammar, capitalization, spelling,

punctuation, sentence structure and paragraphing.

d) noun-pronoun agreement

f) adjectives only

h) Include review of contractions – singular possessives

Contact Information

Mrs. Thompson

Central Elementary School

4th Grade Teacher

434-946-9700

dthompson@amherst.k12.va.us


 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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