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Fourth Grade
    Who We Are

   Mrs. Laurie Colucci
   Mrs. Deb D’Angelo
     Mrs. Ida Fiorella
Mrs. Vanessa Majchrowicz
  Miss Amanda Reuter
 Miss Michelle Pancoe
                                    We want the students to

Goals for Fourth Grade
                                    enjoy learning!

                         We want the students
                         to acquire the skills
                         to be lifelong

                                     We want the students
                                     to do their best while
                                     maintaining a stress-
                                     free environment.
Switching Classes
 Groups include students of mixed abilities
  and interests
 Groups will change periodically
 All groups will go to each class daily
 We are working with the students on the
  skills necessary to be successful in this
  learning environment
Reading—Mrs. Majchrowicz
 Flexible Reading Groups based upon
  reading level and interest
 Homework will be given throughout the
  year. Students are expected to do their
  personal best on each and every assignment.
Writing—Mrs. D’Angelo
   Units of Study
     Personal Narrative

     Descriptive Writing

     Persuasive Writing

     Letter Writing

     Research Report
Other ELA
   Spelling and Vocabulary
      Differentiated spelling tests and new words
      introduced on Thursday
      Homework during the rest of the week

   Cursive
      Practice during September and October—
      primarily in school
      Homework and classwork in cursive by
      November 1st
Math—Miss Pancoe and Miss Reuter

   Chapters:
     Computation

     Place Value

     Geometry

     Fractions

     Decimals

     Measurement

     Probability and Graphs
Math—Miss Pancoe and Miss Reuter

   Family Letters—Standards, Vocab, Review
   Students will be tested on application
   Students will know which standards they are
   Technology as a resource

Science—Mrs. Colucci
   Units: Life Sciences
     Plants

     Plant and Animal Interdependence

     Animal Adaptations

     Life Cycles

     Inherited Traits
Science—Mrs. Colucci
   Units: Weather
     The Water Cycle

     Weathering

   Units: Physical Sciences
     Transfer of Energy

     Matter

     Chemistry

     Electricity

     Simple Machines
History—Mrs. Fiorella
   American History from the Perspective of
    New York State
                                                          I was certain that we
                                                           could get to China
                                                               from here!
  NY State Map                       Native Americans

   Challenges of
Industrial Revolution
  and Immigration

                        American Revolution             Colonial Life
Bill        Law       Is it fair?
     History--Learning Goals
+    Lesson 12   Understand 2 geographic features that influenced
                 the Revolutionary War

--   Lesson 13   Understand why the British wanted New York
                 City as their headquarters

+    Lesson 14   Understand the result of the Battle for New York

+    Lesson 15   Understand the British strategy for taking over the
                 colony of NY

     Lesson 16   Understand reasons why colonists would choose
                 to be patriots or loyalists
           History--Exit Tickets
Lesson 8    Which item should also be included in the 3 main points of The
            Declaration of Independence?

            1.     It tells how a fair government should act.
            2.     It lists ways that the British government was unfair.
            3.     ____________________________________

            a.     It declares loyalty to England.
            b.     It apologizes for the Boston Tea Party.
            c.     It announces independence of the colonies from England.
   History--Unit Tests

Study Guide   1 WEEK     Unit Test
 Students will continue practicing typing
 Students will have opportunities to use
  word processing software and presentation
 Students will use the Internet for research
 Staying safe on the Internet
 Critical evaluation of ads and promotions
 Determining which websites are appropriate
  for research
 Using manners in instant messaging and e-
 Respecting privacy and intellectual property
  in Cyberspace
Homeroom Teacher             Subject Area Teacher

•Dismissal Changes             •Homework questions
•Birthday Treats               •Asking for a book
•Lunch concerns                recommendation
•General questions             •Volunteering to be a
•Curriculum Extension          guest presenter
questions                      •Clarifying a question on
                               a test
                               •Concerns about specific
                               incidents during the day

E-mails don’t always get through the filters—if you
don’t get a response, please call or send a note.
Believe It or Not….

   Please check with us if you have any
    concerns about something your child says
    happened in school!
State Tests
 English Language Arts: Week of May 2
 Math: Week of May 9
 Science--Written: June 6
 Science--Performance: Week of May 31
 Make Ups following each test
State Tests—Scoring Changes
 Based   on the 2009 NYS tests, more
  than 75% of students statewide scored
  proficient in math and ELA.
 The State determined that not all
  students who scored proficient at the
  3rd through 8th grade levels were
  successful in high school and college
State Tests—Scoring Changes
 The  minimum scores to receive a
  proficient rating were raised.
 Students need to answer approximately
  85% of the questions correct to get a 3
  or a 4.
 These changes were implemented
  retroactive to the 2010 tests.
State Tests—Scoring Changes
 In   2010, between 50 and 60% of
    students statewide scored proficient in
    ELA and math.
   While our percentages are higher than the
    statewide averages, we still experienced
    the decrease in students scoring 3s and
State Tests—Implications
 More students qualify for Academic
  Intervention Services.
 AIS in English Language Arts will be
  provided during the day.
 For students who only require AIS in math,
  that AIS will be provided during the day.
 Students who require AIS in both will be
  invited to before or after school groups for
  AIS in math.
State Tests—Changes in Format
   ELA:
     Part 1—43 multiple choice questions

      based on reading passages
     Part 2—8 multiple choice and 3 short

      answer questions based on a passage read
      aloud and on knowledge of writing
     Part 3—4 short answer and 1 extended

      essay based on 2 reading passages
State Tests—Changes in Format
   Math:
     Part 1—45 multiple choice questions

     Part 2—8 short answer questions and 4
      multi-part or extended response questions
Their Personal Best
   We expect students to do their personal best on all
    classwork and homework assignments:
      Include first and last name and homeroom

      Read everything carefully, follow all

       directions, and complete all tasks
      Work neatly with correct capitalization,

       punctuation, and spelling
      Check work over and turn it in on time
   Agenda will come home each and every night
   Agenda needs to be signed every night
   Homework will be appropriate, meaningful, and
    will not be given just for the sake of giving
   Homework should not take more than 45 minutes
    a night
   Work will not be provided when students go on
    vacation--students can keep a journal or read
   Missing Homeworks will be noted in the front of
    the agenda and need to be initialed
   Free Homework Passes may be used in place of
    any homework assignment unless specified
   A Free Homework Pass counts for ONE page of a
    spelling assignment
Assessing Student Learning
 We are assessing learning and
  understanding, not memorization
 We need to determine which skills and
  ideas have been mastered and which still
  need to be reinforced
 Assessments are used to guide further
Assessing Student Learning
 Study sheets will be provided for science
  and social studies that give an overview of
  the material in the unit
 Students will be expected to demonstrate
  understanding, not recite facts
 Assessments will consist of a variety of
  types of questions for students to
  demonstrate their knowledge
Party Money and Parties
   We are collecting a voluntary donation of
    $15 per child (send in with child—checks
    made out to Dodge Elementary)
   The food and activities at the parties will be
    based on the amount of money we are able to
    collect—fourth graders eat a lot! 
   Because of allergies and other health concerns,
    it is safer for our students to avoid food
   This donation means you will NOT be asked to
    supply food or paper products throughout the
Party Money and Parties

 All parents are welcome to attend
 Please do not bring siblings
 We will be providing a list of party times
  and dates
 There will also be a fourth grade picnic in
   You are welcome to send in a birthday treat
   We invite students with July and August birthdays
    to celebrate half-birthdays
   Birthday on a weekend or holiday? Let us know
    when you would like to celebrate it.
   Be aware that not everyone will be able to eat
    every treat, due to allergies.
   Parents whose children cannot eat all treats may
    want to provide alternate treats
   Plan on 23 students per room
   Reminder of school policies:
     Students may bring them in or parents may

      drop them off in the office
     Students will not be able to deliver to other

      classrooms, so you don’t need to send extras
Field Trips and Programs
 Fort Niagara
 Storyteller Moira Keenan
 Surly Sal
 Tifft Nature Preserve
 Several visits to the Planetarium
Random Reminders
   Because of our schedule, we do not have

   Our lockers are small—locker shelves make
    keeping supplies next MUCH more difficult
      If you sent in a locker shelf, please take it
Other People to Know
   CE Teachers—
     Art: Mr. Knab

     P.E.: Ms. Courtney and Mr. Venditti

     Music and Chorus: Mrs. Accurso

     Ideas: Miss Slawiak

     Instrumental: Mrs. Gengo and

       Miss Pohlman
Health and Safety
 Students should stay home when they are
 Students cannot return to school until they
  have been fever-free (without fever-
  suppressing medication) for 24 hours.
Health and Safety
 Students need to get home safely.
 Students will be sent home on the bus
  unless we receive a note that morning
  stating otherwise.
 The ONLY exceptions are students who
  attend Just for Kids or are picked up every
  single day.
 For Intramurals, AIS groups, clubs etc.,
  your child MUST have a note each day.
 Thank you to the PTA for coordinating the
  collection of the money for the agendas.
  Agendas are $5. There are PTA volunteers
  in the hallway to collect money.
 You may also send in money with your
  child. Please put it in an envelope.
 Checks may be made out to Dodge PTA.
Technology Resources for You
 Team Website

 Coming Up
Welcome to the

Dodge Elementary Music Department
     Betsy Gengo, Band Director
   Maureen Pohlman, Orch. Director
Concert Dates
   Winter Concert – Thursday Jan. 27th 7pm
      Band, Orchestra & Chorus

   Spring Concert – Thursday May 26th 7pm
       Band, Orchestra & Chorus

In-School Performances Are the Same Day
Concert Dress
 White Shirt on top
 Black (dark) pants or skirts (skorts) on
 Boys are welcome to wear ties
 Everyone should try to wear dark shoes.
 Jeans, sweats and T-shirts are not preferred.
 Concert Dress required at In-School
Lessons & Rehearsals
   Every Band & Orchestra Student receives one
    small-group 30min. lesson every week.
   Lessons are on the same day every week but never
    at the same time.
   Starting in November, the entire band and
    orchestra will meet for a weekly rehearsal during
    the school day to prepare our concert music.
   Some students will have to bring their instruments
    2 times a week.
Instrument Rentals
 Please rent instruments and buy lesson
  books as soon as possible.
 Label instruments and books. Luggage tags
  work very well !
 Orchestra Books
    Essential Elements 2000

 Band Books
    Accent on Achievement Bk. 1

    Essential Elements 2000 Bk. 1
Positive Practice Pointers
       ―You only have to practice on the days that you eat!‖
                        – Shinichi Suzuki
   Make practicing a part of the daily schedule! Children need
    to run through the same routine countless times to develop
    the muscle memory needed to play in longer rehearsals and
    practice sessions.
   Practice at the same time every day!
   Stick to your schedule – make practicing a part of the daily
    homework routine!
   Practice in the same place every day – free of any
   Practice with someone else.
   Have your child practice / play for you.
Thank you!
 Without your support and encouragement,
  we couldn’t do our job!
 Please call us at the first sign of frustration
  or a lack of interest.
 An extra private lesson may solve the
  problem and reinforce the positive feelings
  about playing! It can be hard to be a
  beginner again – but success is always
  measured effort!!!
Thank You for

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