4th Graders are super!
Welcome to an AMAZING school year! Though I will be out on maternity leave until November, I hope to see you all at Back to School Night on September 26th!
We follow the Teacher’s College Reading Workshop model. It is a way of authentically teaching students the skills needed to be a successful reader. The skills are taught using texts that are the “just right” level for each young reader.
Unit 1: Interpreting Characters
Unit 2: Purposeful Reading of Nonfiction
Unit 3: Reading History: The American Revolution
Unit 4: Historical Fiction Clubs
We are currently working on Unit 1: Interpreting Characters. During this unit, students will learn to read realistic fiction in a meaningful way, drawing on higher order thinking skills such as inferring and interpreting symbols. We will read Tiger Rising by Kate Dicamillo as a mentor text. Additionally, students will learn their "Just Right" reading levels. It is important that students read A LOT and that they read at an appropriate level.
We also use Teacher’s College Writing Workshop as part of our program. Students learn to think like authors and write with independence. They write narratives, opinion pieces, and essays. Along the way, they learn organizational skills, practice conventions, and become well rehearsed in the entire writing process.
Unit 1: Realistic Fiction
Unit 2: Personal and Persuasive Essays
Unit 3: Brining History to Life
Unit 4: The Literary Essay
We are working on Unit 1: Realistic Fiction. This unit not only works well alongside our reading curriculum, it is also a natural progression from the Personal Narrative unit in third grade. In this unit, students learn to base realitic fiction in a personal event. They also learn certain "tricks of the trade" that writers use to enhance their work. Additionally, students will work on using more complex sentence structure and correct grammar.
Cover many topics:
addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division
fractions and decimals
See you child's Pearson account for current topic assistence and to view grades. They know how to access their account using the launchpad on the Jackson website.
In science, students are immersed in projects and experiments to develop not only content knowledge, but important problem solving skills as well. During each unit, students will build their understanding of the topic through inquiries and research. They will then work cooperatively in a group to solve a real world problem.
Similar to the science program, our social studies curriculum is hands on and project based. The work is interactive and places more responsibility on the student to come up with questions and independently (or in cooperative group) seek the answers.
NJ resources-What makes it a good place to live?
We will begin this year with a study of the Lenape.
Please sign your child's planner and reading log each night.
For anyone having trouble with the Pearson online tools, I hope this slideshow will prove to be a good resource. Parent Guide
Please come back to see the schedule.