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Welcome to Back to School Night 2011-2012 4th Grade Mrs. Gorges


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Title: Welcome to Back to School Night 2011-2012 4th Grade Mrs. Gorges

Welcome to Back to School Night2011-20124th
GradeMrs. Gorges
Dear Fourth Grade Parents,
  • We welcome you and your child to the fourth grade
    at Countryside School. This presentation will
    provide an overview of the upcoming year and
    answer questions you may have. Although it is
    just one grade higher, fourth grade is a giant
    step from third grade in terms of curriculum,
    academic requirements, and expectations. As the
    fourth grade curriculum is broad, there is more
    content for teachers to present and for students
    to learn.
  • In order to maximize the potential of every
    fourth grade student, we feel that there are
    specific goals all of us can work to achieve.

Teacher Goals
  1. Establish an atmosphere of trust
  2. Focus on developing self-esteem in each child
  3. Focus on the positive
  4. Develop lesson plans that creatively facilitate
    district curriculum, emphasizing critical
    thinking whenever possible
  5. Encourage a sense of student responsibility and
    pride in his/her work
  6. Be a positive role model

Student Goals
  1. Believe in oneself
  2. Be committed and determined to learn
  3. Be responsible for your work and behavior
  4. Take pride in the quality of your work
  5. Be positive to other students and adults
  6. Become actively involved in helping Countryside
    run as a true community

Wildcat Rules

  • Positive Behavior Intervention System
  • By following school and classroom rules and going
    above and beyond what is expected, students can
    earn PAWS.
  • PAWS can be given by any member of the school
  • Each month students can cash in their PAWS to
    participate in a PAWS celebration booster.
  • Students can use their PAWS in the classroom to
    cash in for different rewards.

4th Grade Testing
  • Reading Levels (Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark
    Reading Assessment)
  • CogAts (Fall-end of September)
  • MAPS (math and reading- Fall, Winter, and Spring)
  • ISATs (Spring)

RtIResponse to Intervention
  • Students who do not meet grade level benchmarks
    in reading or math for fall, winter, and spring
    will be receiving additional support through
    means of reading/math interventions.
  • Parents will be notified.
  • Interventions will be given by our classroom
    assistants, classroom teachers, speech
    pathologists, reading resource, diagnostician,
    extended resource teacher, etc.
  • Interventions will take place during your childs
    science and social studies block.

Progress Monitoring
  • Students receiving interventions will be progress
    monitored weekly if not bi-weekly to ensure they
    are making progress and that the intervention is

Individual Goal Setting
  • The goal setting process will take place 3 times
    per year in both reading and math.
  • Goals will be based on reading and math MAP
    scores reading benchmark assessments- focusing
    on areas of weakness or below grade level.
  • Each student will participate in the goal setting
    process and as a team (teacher, parents and
    student) we will work together to help the
    student achieve his or her goals.

  • Homework and Note trays
  • Subject Trays for completed work
  • Labeled Folders Friday Folder, Daily Take-Home
    Folder Unfinished Work Folder Portfolio
  • Reading and Writing Binder
  • Box for misc. supplies
  • Predictable Routine
  • Schedules and routines are posted around the room
    and located in student folders
  • Assignment notebooks will be filled out daily

  • All homework is due the following day unless
  • 40-60 minutes per night including self-selected
    reading and studying math facts.
  • Reading minutes will need to be signed weekly
  • Math facts will need to be signed nightly
  • Late/No homework tickets issued for late or
    missing homework.
  • All homework assignments will be recorded in
    daily assignment notebook.

How can I help my child with homework/school
  • Encourage and support Independence
  • Routine, routine, routine
  • Provide minimal assistance with homework
  • Encourage your child to reread assignments or
    directions before beginning homework
  • Have your child read directions aloud
  • Encourage your child to ask specific questions
  • Use textbooks and given resources when needed
  • Use notes when provided
  • Encourage your child to ask teacher for help
  • Encourage your child to check over their work
    when completed

  • Daily Take-Home Folders (notes and daily homework
  • Friday Folders (parent signature needed-graded
    work and notes)
  • Email/Phone
  • Weekly Newsletter (Fridays)
  • Assignment notebooks (teacher and parent initial
    each night)
  • Teacher webpage (updated daily or weekly)

  • Our core reading program- Making Meaning
  • Delivered in a Readers Workshop model- 120
    minutes per day
  • Genre Studies
  • Poetry Mythology Fables and Tall Tales

Readers WorkshopModel
  • Focus Lesson (Making Meaning) Whole
    Group-strategies and skills are explicitly taught
    and are in a systematic order
  • Interactive Read Aloud Teacher modeling Shared
    Reading Turn and Talk Think, Pair, Share with
    your partner
  • Small Group Instruction focusing on a particular
    skill or strategy groups are flexible
  • Independent Daily Reading and Daily 3 reading
    activities students are completing reading
    activities or reading self-selected books at
    their independent reading level (just right
    books) while practicing skill or strategy
  • Individualized Reading Conferences one-on-one
    (reading strategy or skill check-in goal
  • Celebration students will share a what they
    learned, what they practiced, or about what they
  • Word study/spelling Vocabulary (Making Meaning
    and Word Wisdom) Word Sorts

Ideas to support Reading at Home
  • Model a love for reading and share your thinking
    as you read
  • Compliment your child on his or her reading
  • Have conversations about the books and various
    texts your child is reading
  • Books on CD
  • Read together as a family
  • Read to younger siblings
  • Read aloud to your children
  • Have your child read aloud to you
  • Ask questions

  • We believe in creating everyday spellers not
    Friday spellers.
  • Lists will be individualized based on a spelling
  • Lists will include but not limited to grade level
    words, words specific to each students
    individual spelling stage, content-area
    vocabulary words, grade level high frequency
    words, student chosen words, vocabulary
  • words, and words from your childs
  • writing.

  • Our core writing program- Being a Writer
  • Focusing on the 6 1 Traits of Writing-
    Organization, Voice, Sentence Fluency,
    Conventions, Word Choice, Ideas
  • Delivered in a Writers Workshop model- 60
    minutes per day

Writers WorkshopModel
  • Focus Lesson (Making Meaning) Whole
    Group-strategies and skills are explicitly taught
    and are in a systematic order
  • Teacher modeling Shared Writing Turn and Talk
    Think, Pair, Share with your partner
  • Small Group Instruction focusing on one of the 6
    traits of writing
  • Independent Daily Writing Pre-Writing, Draft,
    Revise, Edit, and Publish)
  • Individualized Writing Conferences one-on-one
    (quick check-in goal setting)
  • Celebration students share aloud a
    piece of their writing something they

Ideas to support Writing at Home
  • Model a love for writing
  • Compliment your childs work
  • Encourage your child to journal or write stories
  • Provide support or assistance only when needed or
  • Show interest in your childs writings and
    provide positive feedback
  • Celebrate good writing ?

  • Emphasis will be on developing students ability
    to use math problem solving processes and on
    developing students math facts, skills, and
  • We will be covering place value (thru trillions),
    rounding/estimation, number sense, multiplication
    (2 digit by 1 digit and 2 digit by 2 digit),
    division (long division), fractions (adding,
    subtracting, reduce/simplify, unlike/like
    denominators), measurement, hands-on algebra,
    decimals, geometry, patterns, and problem solving.

Math Facts!!!!
  • Please make sure your child is working towards
    mastering their MULTIPLICATION and DIVISION facts!

  • Scientific Method/Science Process Skills
  • Prairie
  • Science Kits
  • Land and Water (Fall)
  • Electricity and Magnetism (Winter)
  • Ecosystems (Spring)
  • Review of Space, Rocks and Minerals
  • National Geographic For Kids

Social Studies
  • Geography/Regions (Map Skills and Globes)
  • Early Americans thru the Revolutionary War
  • Current events

  • Ultrakey-keyboarding
  • Additional computer times will vary depending on
    activities and projects
  • Compass Odyssey (MAP goals)
  • students can access Compass Learning at home.
  • Compass Club
  • Classroom Blog

  • A 90-100
  • B 80-89
  • C 70-79
  • D 60-69
  • F 50-59
  • On some assignments students may receive an
    assignment grade as well as a spelling grade.
  • Quarter averages are composed of test, quiz,
    homework, and participation grades. All tests and
    quiz grades are final.

  • ISAT testing will take place during the month
  • Students will be tested on the following
  • Reading
  • Math
  • Science
  • Parent power point presentation
  • available on my webpage.

  • Together Everyone Achieves More

Thank you so much for coming!!!
  • Please sign up for classroom parties and fall
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