Mrs. Smith's All-Star Team
Welcome to the fourth grade! We are so excited that we will be working together this year. This year 4th grade students will be placed on teams with three teachers. This is something new for students. Mrs. Smith will be teaching reading and language arts. Mr. Miller will be your math teacher, and Mrs. Sherman will be teaching science, social studies and health. This letter will explain our procedures and rules. We want your fourth grade year to run smoothly. Please keep in mind that this is an overview of our team’s policies; we will be explaining more details to students during class time.
Language Arts: Mrs. Smith will be teaching the language arts. Students K-8 will be using a blended learning language arts curriculum. About 70% of your child’s learning in my class will be on their electronic device. Students will have an online course that includes reading units, spelling, grammar, and writing. Students will be reading a variety of texts this year to broaden their understanding of literature. Our spelling program is Words Their Way. Students will be working on a spelling sort at their academic level. We will spend two weeks on each spelling sort. Our vocab words will be part of their weekly reading comprehension test We will also be doing book clubs this year. Students will be submersed in reading this year. A weekly reading log will be sent home on the back of the SOAR behavior chart. Please make sure you sign this reading log each night. I will go over more details about my course with the students in class. I know we are going to have a great year!
Science, Computer Science, Social Studies, and Health: Mrs. Sherman will be teaching science, social studies, and health. Students will meet with Mrs. Sherman daily, but may not have instruction daily in all three subjects. In science class this year, we will learn to think like a scientist. We will explore heat, electricity and other forms of energy, investigate the ways land changes over time (weathering, erosion, volcanoes, and earthquakes), look into ways we protect and harm the environment and our limited natural resources, ask questions about the structures of plants and animals and their growth and survival, and also, design and measure the motion of a moving system focusing on the forces of thrust, drag, gravity and lift. In social studies, we will be learning about the history and geography of Indiana and how Hoosier Citizens impact our country and our world. In health, we will be using the research-based Second Step program. The program will help students to interact with their peers by reinforcing skills such as participating in conversations, giving compliments, managing strong feelings, and taking responsibility.
Math: Mr. Miller will be teaching math. In fourth grade, we will come across a variety of content. Fractions, decimals, geometry, and the four operations are just some examples of the content that will be covered this year. Each week students will be given 2-3 practice pages for homework. It is crucial for students to practice with the homework in order to build on concepts taught in class. Students will mainly be building on the skills that they learned in the previous year. This our second year for the math curriculum called Bridges. After one year of experience with the curriculum, we have had several realizations and identified ways to try and maximize learning through using the program. Since the program is still new, I will use the newsletter to update parents and help them understand it better. There will also be resources available to students and parents on Buzz to help at home. Students in the accelerated math class will not be using Bridges. Their resources will come from notes, instructional videos, online activities/games, and other helpful information that will be uploaded on their google drive. Students can access this anytime to get additional practice with content. At various times throughout the school year, I will be offering free practice sessions for students who need additional work on fluently mastering math facts and skills. These sessions will be held after school on Wednesdays. Updates and a tentative schedule will be added into the newsletter for more information on these sessions. I am really looking forward to a great school year!
Discipline: Each week your child will be filling out their own personal SOAR chart. This chart tracks their behavior throughout Mrs. Sherman, Mrs. Smith, and Mr. Miller’s room. A perfect score for the day is a 12. We will collect these sheets every Monday and keep track of points earned. If a student receives a SOAR score lower than an eight that will result in a loss of a recess for the day. You will find the SOAR chart in the back of their Smillerman Playbook.
Homework: Unfinished classwork will be the main source of homework. However, students will be given a math page a couple of times a week. Students will also be expected to read 20 minutes a night for a reading log. Students should check the agendas in Buzz for each of their core classes for daily class work. If there is class work that your child does not finish, they will also be asked to take their incomplete work home for homework. This also applies to unfinished computer work. If a student fails to complete their homework or unfinished work more than three times, they will be assigned a homework session after school.
Student Absences: If you know your child will not be coming to school or has a doctor’s appointment and will be leaving early, please let us know. Send in a note with your child or send an email to all three of us at firstname.lastname@example.org and cc the office at email@example.com . If your child is leaving school early, we can then get him/her packed up and ready to go.
Birthday Celebrations: Students will have a special chair for the day in each room. Students are also welcome to bring in an item for the class to sign. Examples: T-shirt, basketball, soccer ball, tote bag
Teacher/Home Communication: When your child comes home, please look for the SMILLERMAN PLAYBOOK (white binder). This will contain notes for you, their planner, and folders for their work. If you have questions don’t hesitate to contact us.
Mrs. Smith Reading & Language firstname.lastname@example.org ext. 18126
Mr. Miller Math email@example.com ext. 18133
Mrs. Sherman Science, Social Studies, & Health firstname.lastname@example.org ext. 18137
Email All Three of Us at email@example.com
This is just a small glimpse into fourth grade. If you need more information on anything in this letter please contact us!
Mrs. Smith, Mrs. Sherman, and Mr. Miller