Welcome to Mrs. Martin's Fourth Grade Class!
Dear Parents and Students,
Welcome to Fourth Grade! I'm looking forward to a successful school year with you and your child. Please know that my door is always open to discuss any concerns, questions, or issues that may arise.
Students are required to write down their homework in their planner from the homework board every night.
The students will have Math and ELA homework on Monday through Thursday every week. Please sign your child's planner every night, as this is an important form of communication. By following this procedure, you show your child how much you value thier effort and work. Your child needs to show responsibility and independence by completing all assignments accurately, legibly, and on time.
Feel free to e-mail me at anytime and I will get back to you as soon as possible. I included various websites that I encourage you and your children to use on a regular basis. Thank you for your support.
Assignments - Read for 20 minutes each night and parent's sign the reading log.
All comprehension questions need to be answered in complete sentences.
Writer's and Writer's Workshop will be a major focus this year.
All year students will write 3-5 paragraph essays to improve their writing skills. Detailed paragraphs, topic/concluding sentences, effective beginnings, figurative language, transtions, and verb-usage will be a major focus. Vocabulary, grammar, punctuation, spelling, sentence structure, and capitalization will be addressed during the student's writing process.
Reading Response Journal - entries will be answered daily, answering questions in complete sentences using various writing crafts as taught.
Students will focus on all genres of writing. (Personal Narrative, Expository/Explanatory, Speculative, Literary Essay, Research Project, and Open-Ended questions).
Students will be working on Topics 1-16 throughout the year, in consecutive order.
Students will have Math homework everynight - please ensure that all work is completed. It is imperative that students show all work in Math.
Social Studies -
We will be using a series called NJ Studies Weekly. We work on them everyday. A social Studies test will be administered every Friday, using NJ Studies Weekly. Students are encouraged to take these supplements home in order to study for their weekly test. We also work on current events by using "Scholastic News."
We are beginning a new Science curriculum this year. It is part of the New Generation Science program. Students will study using various handouts, doing experiments, watching videos, and taking notes. Students will be given a Science Study Guide about a week before the assessment.
All students should work towards making the Honor Roll. (Grades 4-6)
First Honors: A's in all subjects
Second Honors: 3 A's and 1 B
Third Honors: 2 A's and 2 B's
Honorable Mention: A's and B's in all subjects
A "U" in conduct will prohibit the students from being on the Honor Roll.
We hope the opportunity to make the Honor Roll will encourage the children to do their best in their schoolwork, and exhibit exemplary behavior as well.
All children...Believe in yourself - Take pride in your work - Have the confidence the YOU can do it - Do your best work - Put effort into all of your assignments - Take responsibility for your actions - Spend more time studying - Focus on the lesson being taught/ pay attention in class - Apply the skills you have been taught - Participate in class - Check all work/ proofread before handing in an assignment - Be prepared for class - Ask for help when needed - Ask questions in class - Look over material - Work in increments - Don't put off projects until the last minute - Be on time - Work independently - Follow written and oral directions - Obey classroom and school rules - Have a fun, successful school year!
Study Skills to Use: Look at material and follow along in class - Make connections to what you are learning to your life - Review study guides and worksheets distributed in class - Reread chapters discussed in class - Practice problems at home - read directions - highlight improtant information - memorize when needed - Use flashcards - Review notes - Read orally at home - have a study buddy - use a dictionary and thesaurus.
Organizational strategies - Keep a clean desk - use labeled folders - clean out folders weekly - use labeled notebooks