WELCOME TO OUR
• Please sign in at the back
table next to your child’s
• Find your child’s seat.
• Please write a special note
for your child and leave it
on the desk. I know this
will make him/her smile!
• The other paper is for
• Check out your child’s
Thanks for sharing your
child with me this year!
All About Me
~ Born in Wyoming
~ High School in Holland
~ Graduated from the University of Wyoming
~ Married for 10 years
~ 2 kids- Hannah & Ross
~ This is my 12th year of teaching
( 8 yrs in Texas, 4th year in AZ)
~ 2nd Grade-7 years
~ 3rd Grade-2 years
~ 6th Grade-1 year
~ 4th Grade- 2nd year
This year we get the
opportunity to have two
& Mrs. Banghart
All About Miss LiBrandi
-Born in Long Beach, California
-Twin brother Joe
-AZ Native for 17yrs
-Graduated from Mountain Ridge
-Attending NAU and graduating
Fourth Grade Expectations
Weekly Harcourt Story
• Organized into themes
•1st theme is “You Can Do It!”
•Focus of this year for reading:
•Individual/small group needs
•Finding root causes for gaps in learning, and filling those
•Stretching students into more mature, confident readers
•State is moving to Common Core Standards
•Focus on language development as a whole – reading,
writing, speaking, and listening…across the curriculum.
– Students will work towards reading smoothly with
accuracy and expression.
– Students will use strategies to help them
understand what they read.
– Harcourt to introduce skills
– Literature studies and Expository Text studies to
– Students will use knowledge of root words and
affixes to determine the meaning of unknown words.
Math state standards
can be found at…
• Common Core Math Standards as well
• User name: MRGrade4student
• Password: MRGRADE4
• 4th Year of Adoption
• Lessons based on
• Hands-on activities to
• Real-world problem
• Last year, 83% of the students met or
exceeded in Math.
• NCLB mandates that 100% of students
meet or exceed by 2014.
• In order to meet goal, this years
students must gain at least 6%.
• Our goal is for 89% or more to meet or
• Of course we are shooting for 100%
• Purpose – to group students who have
common readiness to tackle a skill or set
• Mr. Lyons, Mrs. Orr, Mrs. Copenhaver
will contact you by email.
• Teach according to needs
• Regroup as necessary
Timed Fact Tests
•Purpose: Students need to be fluent in their facts so that when
they get to multi-step multiplication, division, and fractions, it
is easier for them and they can focus on the process rather
than the facts.
•Fact fluency makes math easier and more fun.
•Multiplication: Facts 1’s though 12’s; 50 facts in 2 minutes
•Division: Facts 1’s through 12’s; 100 facts in 5 minutes
•Please help at home
•Study in the car
Writing For 4th Grade
Across the Curriculum
4th Grade Students will
be assessed using the
Six Traits’ Rubric
• Clearly • Demonstrate Voice
communicate ideas • Use well written
• Organize ideas in sentence structure
a logical manner to support sentence
• Choose words fluency
appropriately to • Use appropriate
communicate ideas grammar,
and paint mental punctuation and
pictures (Word spelling
4th Grade Writing
Expressive – Personal narrative, story, poetry, skit
Expository – Expository paragraphs, essay, summary,
Newspaper, article, reflective, paper, log,
Functional - letters, invitations, messages, thank you
notes, directions, recipes, procedures,
rubrics, labels, graphs/tables
Persuasive - advertisement, paragraph
Literary Response - reflection to a Literature selection;
journal entry, book review,
response to a literature selection
Research – Informational report
Field Trips are an important
part of experiencing Social
What materials will we use
to teach social studies?
Types of Instruction?
• S – Science
• T – Technology
• E – Engineering
• M - Mathematics
• Weather is our school wide
• Weather Bug- Gathering
info. every morning.
• The Common Core Standards
for Language Arts pushes
more speaking and writing
standards into content areas
such as science.
• “Science Talk”
• Electricity & Magnetism
• Glendale Water
• Focus is on principles
conservation of water in
• Related to Project Wet
• Focus is learning spelling
strategies and skills
• Word lists of 20 words not
• Students can differentiate their
challenge level by bumping up to
using multisyllabic words for their
• Spelling test on THURSDAY
– Friday- We will go over the skills
and concepts of the week.
– Students have the weekend, plus
Monday – Wednesday to complete
– Thursday is an oral test.
– The next unit is given out on Friday
and the cycle repeats.
• Birthdays…Please let me know if you are
bringing treats so I can plan accordingly.
• Bring plates/napkins/plastic knife to cut it
• ROOM PARENT for parties!!!
• Volunteers…Make sure you are trained. Next
class is Volunteer Basic Training
• 2011-2012 Open Volunteer Training Dates
AUGUST 30- 9:30 MEDIA CENTER
• Students are given tickets for coming to
school, participating in class, doing
homework, doing what is right without being
asked, helping others, etc.
• Owe me tickets if they don’t do homework,
don’t follow our school/classroom rules, etc.
• Auction: candy, popcorn, free homework
pass, sit at Viper Desk, sit by friend, sit in
rolling chair, have lunch with me, character
counts slips, mystery box.
• They have earned this!!! Good motivation to
work hard and do what is right!
• Donate items/toys…THANK YOU!
Peanut Free/Snack Time
• Please make sure to not bring snacks that
• Lunch: It’s okay if you have a peanut butter
sandwich, just make sure it is in a ziplock
• SNACK TIME & WATER BOTTLE- Students
are allowed to bring a HEALTHY (peanut
free) snack to class. Please make sure your
child brings a water bottle, it is so hot
outside and they need to stay hydrated.
• WWP=Wednesday Work Packets
– ALL graded work will come home on
Wednesdays. Papers will be stapled
together with a half sheet on the front.
Tells how many papers are attached.
– REDOS= If you child scored below a 70%
it is considered a REDO. Student needs to
correct and return paper. Grade will stay
the same, but correcting paper will clear
– SIGNATURE= Parents need to sign WWP,
due on Friday.
• What is the retake contract?
• Allows students the opportunity to
demonstrate mastery. If your child doesn’t
do well on an assignment, they can fill out
the contract, do all the steps expected, and
return with your signature. A different test
will be given.
• Not about the grades, it’s about the
• Every night your child will have homework.
• Math WS/Facts-turned in next day
• Spelling-turned in on Thursday
• Read 20 min. & record main idea each night.
Journal/notebook paper, etc.-turn in Friday
• Tuesday Newsday-turned in Tuesday
• Study Vocab words-test Friday
• WWP- turned in Friday
• It is imperative that homework is completed
and turned in on time.
• Notes, calling a friend, rewriting, etc.
• Please check my website every Sunday night.
• I put a lot of time and energy into updating
this site so let’s use it!
• You are able to access your child’s
attendance and grades online.
• Go to http://ps.dvusd.org
• There is a new system for logging
• If you go to the page, you can
download detailed instructions of
what to do.
Thank you for coming to
curriculum night! It’s going to
be an amazing year! Keep in
touch. We are a team
working together to help
your child! YES!