Everything You Need to Know About 4th Grade
In fourth grade, students must master their multiplication and division facts. These facts are key to being able to understand other concepts in math such as converting units of measurement. Students received triangular flash cards towards the beginning of the school year which they keep in their binder. They should use these cards each night to help practice their multiplication and division facts and learn the fact families. Students can also use www.reflexmath.com at home or the public library (as well as at school) to help build fluency with their facts.
In fourth grade, our focus is on Texas. Students learn about our state's history and its regions. Topics covered include Native Americans of Texas, exploration and missions, colonization, key battles in the fight for Texas independence, the impact of the Civil War on Texas, and Texas citizenship.
We begin each school year reviewing science safety rules, science tools, and the scientific process. Throughout the year we learn aspects of physical science (such as forms of energy), earth science (such as renewable versus nonrenewable resources), and life science (such as inherited traits and learned behaviors). Scientific learning takes place in the lab, outdoors, as well as in the classroom.
Reading skills and concepts are mastered through whole group instruction, small group instruction, and literacy centers. Some skills to help students practice at home include determining the meaning of unknown words by using context clues, using textual evidence to support answers, and determining the main idea.
We have DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) time daily for 20 minutes. This time is intended to build reading comprehension and fluency as well as increase reading stamina. This is silent reading time during which the focus is completely on independent reading. Students do not take AR tests during this time.
Students set AR goals each nine weeks. They may take AR tests during breakfast time as well as during literacy centers. Please remember that this is a key part of the Reading grade each nine weeks.
In March of each school year, students take the STAAR test for Writing. This test takes place over two days. Each testing day consists of 1) multiple choice passages in which students use their editing and revision skills and 2) written compositions. Students write a narrative composition on one testing day and an expository composition on the other testing day. We do not know which composition will take place on which day. Throughout the year, students practice crafting multiple types of compositions and also practice determining which type of writing is appropriate based on the prompt they are given.
Roosevelt uses Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS). We also utilize CHAMPS to help with classroom management. Through CHAMPS, students are cognizant of the appropriate conversation level based on the current activity (for example, Voice Level 1 = whisper), what to do if they need help, what activity is taking place, what type of movement is acceptable/required for the activity, and what type of participation should be taking place. Students who consistently follow CHAMPS expectations are well on their way to success.
AVID - Organization and Note Taking
Our fourth grade students participate in AVID Elementary. This program is an effort to create college-ready students. In fourth grade, this is accomplished through the use of organizational tools (such as a binder with dividers for each subject) and note taking. Students take two- and three-column notes in multiple subjects. These notes can be used for review as well as support when working on homework.
If you have any questions about our curriculum, CHAMPS, AVID, or anything else in the classroom, please contact me at 444-8375.