Ms. Genis’ Fourth- Grade Class Welcome My Goals To teach students the academic and social skills they need to be our future leaders! To provide a supportive and fun classroom environment. To help students make new friends and discover new interests. Specialist Schedule Monday – Music 10:20-11:10 Tuesday – Art 10:20-11:10 Thursday – Computers 10:20- 11:10 Friday – Library 9:10-9:35 P. E. 10:20-11:05 Class Subjects The subjects we cover during fourth grade are: Reading and Writing Math Science Social Studies Music and Art Technology Reading Guided Reading focus on literary themes, reading workshop, comprehension, fluency and decoding strategies. Self-Selected Reading focus on fluency, independent use of the strategies taught during guided reading and fostering a love of reading. Reading A-Z booklet Weekly assignment with Read and Respond handout Book Reports Every quarter there will be one book project. I will send home information on the book project at the beginning of each quarter. Students must have their book approved by me first to ensure it’s appropriateness for the book project. Wranglin’ Reader There is a new program this year. Students will write down the number of minutes they read on a monthly calendar. The calendar is due at the end of the month. It will be kept in their binder. Student do not need to write down the book titles on the reverse side. Please look for more information in notes home. Writing We will be writing summaries, personal narratives, poetry, nonfiction and fiction this year. Sources used for the teaching of writing are: The Six Traits of Writing Lucy Calkins Teaching Writing Grades 3-5 Teaching Quality Writing Spelling Emphasis: Correct spelling in daily writing Students will be tested every Thursday on their spelling words. The 1st six weeks students will be working with 300 words that students should know by the time they enter 4th grade. We will start using the spelling words in the spelling book on the 7th week. The challenge words in the unit will be given for extra credit. Students will be completing their spelling worksheets in class and at home. Spelling worksheets are due on Thursday. Handwriting D’Nealian Method We will be reviewing and practicing in class. Emphasis on neatness/legibility on all assignments Spelling homework and journals are to be written in cursive. Math Emphasis on using addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, geometry, fractions, decimals, probability, algebra and graphing. Multiplication/Division timed tests will begin approx. the 2nd week in September. Hands on activities and games to reinforce concepts taught. Science FOSS Kits are used in 4th grade. Science as inquiry/Scientific Process History and nature of science Life science Physical science Earth and space science Social Studies US regions All about Arizona History Geography Civics/Government Economics (Tourism, current events, etc.) Behavioral Studies (Cultural influences) Geography Technology Students will visit the computer lab weekly. They will learn basic computer skills including keyboarding, word processing, inserting clip art, saving to a disc and/or the school server. They will be working with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint as well as the Internet. Classroom Community Our classroom is a community. In our community, we have rules to help us get along with each other. Our class rules are: Respect and follow teacher’s instructions promptly Respect others, their belongings, and their feelings Respect classroom materials Turn in completed work on-time Be on-time to class and ready to learn everyday Ask questions when something is unclear Positive Rewards Payday Friday Classroom parties Extra computer time Positive call or email to parent Stickers, pencils, extra recess, praise, prizes, teacher assistant, etc. Motivational activities (buddies) Consequences 1st offense: Warning…Verbal /Eye Contact or Close Proximity 2nd offense: Move ticket 3rd offense: Move ticket and stay in during recess to talk to Ms. Genis 4th offense: Call or email home Payday Friday Weekly 30 minute reward for hard work and good behavior Kickball, games and puzzles, free choice, art project, karaoke, etc. Four basic requirements to earn Payday Friday: Complete homework on time Good behavior A ticket that is not red Assignment book must be signed each night Homework Homework will be assigned on a daily basis. Check planner and/or homework hotline All homework is expected to be turned in on time. If your child was not able to complete their homework, a parent note must be given to the teacher and an extra day will be given. All homework may be corrected for a higher grade but it must have a parent signature. All late work turned in must have a parent signature. Assignment Books Assignment books come home daily in their notebook. List of assignments and activities for the day. Means of communication to and from school. Please sign the assignment book every night. If homework is not finished on time, a parent note must be given to the teacher and an extra day will be given. Field Trips We have lots of fun field trips planned for this year! An Orienteering Field Study will be held at the Wilson lower field in October In November we will be going to Saguaro National Park West to view petroglyphs We will attend a play at Ironwood Ridge High School Classroom Website www.amphi.com/teachers/egenis/home.html Updates about activities in the classroom. Classroom/homework policies Links to educational websites Link to this PowerPoint Book Orders I place multiple book orders once a month. Please write a check for the books addressed to the book company. No cash please. Let’s Have a WONDERFUL Year!
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