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    4th Grade

    Atlas Elementary

    2020-2021

    🍎Mrs. Amy B. Wise

    awise@cdaschools.org

    208-762-0626

     

    Course Overview

    This school year course will be structured based on  standards and core objectives of 4th grade. However, the expectation for each student will be individually based. Student growth will be measured throughout the course and reported in a variety of ways, including two semester report cards. There will be opportunities for collaboration between students, end of unit assessments, daily reading projects and some standardized testing. 

    The Fourth Grade day consists of studies in language arts ( reading and writing), mathematics, social studies, and  science and specialist classes. There is an emphasis on Thinking Strategies used  for learning that can be applied to all areas of study. We also promote the concept of having a growth mindset. We are always learning.  Once a week specials include art, music, physical education, library and technology lab. In our classroom we will blend  Reading and Writing Units of Study into a workshop model style of learning. In math, we will be using IReady, which most students are familiar with from past years. Fourth grade is the year that multiplication and division facts get solidified and fluent in order to problem solve efficiently. We will be diving into Idaho History the entire year for our social studies component.  Soils, Rocks, and Landforms, Environments and Energy are the units we cover in Science. 

    Logistics (For Blended Learning)

    Monday

    Assignments for the week will be posted.

    Monday/Tuesday

    Cohort A is face to face with the teachers at school.

    Cohort B is learning at home/online.

    Wednesday

    All students are learning at home/online.

    Virtual Office Hours ( Mrs. Wise) 1:00-2:00 pm

    *Possible Whole Class Meeting  (TBD when students have been given Chromebooks at home) 

    Thursday/Friday

    Cohort A is learning at home/online.

    Cohort B is face to face with the teachers at school.

     

    Teacher Bio  ( Written for my students, but parents and guardians can read it too!)

    Welcome to 4th grade at Atlas Elementary! We are going to have a fabulous year! It will definitely be one for the history books and you will be able to say, “ I attended 4th grade during a worldwide pandemic and it was amazing!” That is my hope for each of you!

    I am Mrs. Amy  B. Wise and I will be your teacher this year. I earned both my Bachelor’s degree and my Masters degree from the University of Idaho, Go VANDALS! I have been teaching for a very long time and I love it! My favorite part of teaching is watching students grow and think and share their learning with one another. I also enjoy cultivating relationships with  families and feel very blessed to make those connections year after year. 

    I am married to Mike and we have five kids. Three of our kids are married and have children of their own, one son is off to college and “my baby” is a freshman in high school this year. I also have 5 grandchildren, the oldest one started kindergarten with a mask on his face this year.  Our family loves to camp, go boating and skiing, play board games, ride dirt bikes, watch movies and eat lots of good food together.  I love to read, bake and play outside. 

     

    My promise to ALL of  you: This year will be full of amazing growth opportunities and time for exploring new ways to do things. I will do my very best to  meet you at your point of need and  balance the teaching and learning in a safe, comfortable environment that is still challenging and exciting.  Our first few weeks together will focus on creating a community of learners that honor, respect and trust each other enough to take risks, make mistakes and grow individually and as a group, showing  grace to all. I do like to  build routines and predictability into our daily schedule  so you and your classmates can thrive and feel a sense of  responsibility for your own learning. That structure, as we build it together, will allow all of us to see opportunities for our own agency in learning.  



    💻 Course Communication 

    General Communication

    Communication will be both consistent and fluid based on the needs of the class as a whole and individual students. Please look for a weekly communication in the form of a newsletter  that will be sent via email to the whole class. Other communication will be on an as needed basis and you should always feel free to contact me via email, phone, or notes you can send to school  with your child. 

    Class Announcements 

    Will be posted on Schoology (in Hybrid and Online Learning times)  after the first few weeks of school.

    (Email will be our communication form for the first two or three weeks of school. ) 

    Email/Personal Messages 

    awise@cdaschools.org   is the best way to contact me


    When writing a message, please include your name and your student’s name. 

    Note: It may take up to 24 hours to receive a reply during the week.  Don’t wait to reach out for help or to share concerns.  

    Questions from students about At Home Learning

    If you have a question about the course or an assignment, I encourage you to post your question on Schoology (as soon as we all learn it) on the “stream.” The stream is visible to the entire class community, so I encourage you to both ask and answer questions there. If a classmate asks a question and you know the answer, please jump in and help them out!

    Online Discussions  (If needed)

    Online discussions are an opportunity for you to interact with and learn from your peers. As we need to, our  class will  engage in conversations online  about  what we are learning.  I will notice when you are participating in these academic discussions. 


    You are expected to post thoughtful, respectful  responses to the discussion questions and reply thoughtfully to other students.  Be kind is what I’m trying to say. 

     

    📚 Required Materials 

    • Bring your supplies to school and we will leave them there for the year.  See supply list for fourth grade on our Atlas website.
    • It will be helpful if you have books at home to read, so visiting the library and checking out books or using your Sora or Epic! Apps electronically are encouraged.  I will also be sending out opportunities to order books from Scholastic Book Club flyers. 

     

    🗓 Schedule 

    Fourth Grade

    Entry

    9:00-9:15

    Intervention

    9:15-9:45

    ELA Block

    9:45-10:45

    Recess

    10:45-11:00

    ELA Block

    11:00-11:45

    Lunch

    11:45-12:30

    Math

    12:30-1:10

    Specials

    1:10-1:55

    Math 

    2:00-2:45

    Recess

    2:45-3:00

    Sci/SS

    3:00-3:20

    Our Special  Class Schedule

    Monday

    Tuesday

    Wednesday

    Thursday

    Friday

    P.E. with Mrs. Richmond

    Art with Mrs. Cannon

    Library with Mrs. Grimm

    Tech Time with Mrs. Slater

    Music with Mrs. Houck

     

    💡Student Code of Conduct

    Be Kind. Be Safe. Be Respectful. Be Responsible. Be Honest.

     

    🙋🏻‍♀️ Attendance Policy

    Come to school as often as you are assigned to come! I want you here!

    But please stay home if you are sick or symptomatic.