Village Meadows th Grade Overview of Social Studies

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         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
 Teacher Candidates…
     Miss LiBrandi
    (1st Semester)
   & Mrs. Banghart
    (2nd Semester)
All About Miss LiBrandi
 -Born in Long Beach, California
       -Twin brother Joe
     -AZ Native for 17yrs
-Graduated from Mountain Ridge
           High School
-Attending NAU and graduating
         in December! 
Fourth Grade Expectations
Overview of
    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
    •More rigorous
    •Focus on language development as a whole – reading,
    writing, speaking, and listening…across the curriculum.
     Weekly Skills
• Fluency
   – Students will work towards reading smoothly with
     accuracy and expression.
• Comprehension
   – Students will use strategies to help them
     understand what they read.
   – Harcourt to introduce skills
   – Literature studies and Expository Text studies to
• Vocabulary
   – Students will use knowledge of root words and
     affixes to determine the meaning of unknown words.
• Remediation/Enrichment
Overview of
        Math state standards
         can be found at…

• Common Core Math Standards as well

• User name: MRGrade4student
• Password: MRGRADE4
           State Standards
• 4th Year of Adoption
• Lessons based on
  Arizona State
• Hands-on activities to
  build foundational
• Real-world problem
  solving skills
               Math Goals

• 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% 
              Flex Grouping

• Purpose – to group students who have
  common readiness to tackle a skill or set
  of skills.
• Mr. Lyons, Mrs. Orr, Mrs. Copenhaver
  will contact you by email.
• Teach according to needs
• Pre-test/Post-test
• 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
    •At dinner
    •Free time
    •Flash cards
Overview of
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
  Choice)               (Conventions)
      4th Grade Writing
      Portfolio Evidence
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
 Overview of
Social Studies
      Field Trips

Field Trips are an important
part of experiencing Social
What materials will we use
 to teach social studies?

   Types of Instruction?

•Reading instruction

•Hands-on activities

•Project based

•Integrated writing
Overview of

•   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”

  • Water
  • Landforms
  • Electricity & Magnetism
  • Environments
 Water Watchers

• Glendale Water
• Focus is on principles
  conservation of water in
• Related to Project Wet
Overview of
   Sitton Spelling

• Focus is learning spelling
  strategies and skills
• Word lists of 20 words not
  given out.
• Students can differentiate their
  challenge level by bumping up to
  using multisyllabic words for their
  conceptual assignments.
 Weekly Spelling
• 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
   the activities.
 – Thursday is an oral test.
 – The next unit is given out on Friday
   and the cycle repeats.
            Fun Stuff
• 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
  contain peanuts.

• Lunch: It’s okay if you have a peanut butter
  sandwich, just make sure it is in a ziplock

  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
    up misconceptions.
  – SIGNATURE= Parents need to sign WWP,
    due on Friday.
    Retake Contract
• 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
               BE RESPONSIBLE!!!!
• 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.
          My Website
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• I put a lot of time and energy into updating
  this site so let’s use it! 

           Power School

• You are able to access your child’s
  attendance and grades online.
• Go to
• 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!

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