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In fourth grade, students transition from "learning to read" to "reading to learn." This is a critical year in their academic development, and we four teachers take our responsibility very seriously (though we do make sure to have some fun along the way, too). I will have a number of processes and procedures set up that allow the students to monitor their own progress and hold them accountable for their assignments and choices. Feel free to stop in and chat about these or any other topics.
In our classroom, we will study the disciplines of reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies. We will also periodically work on cooperation, team-building, and character development. Above all else, we are a community of learners and, by the end of the year, we will know and appreciate each students' strengths and abilities. We all have something to contribute to the group.
Each week, the student will also participate in music, art, physical education, library, and tech lab. Students in fourth grade will begin learning keyboarding skills, which are a required component in our new Idaho Standards tests.
During the school day, students will each have two sessions of math and reading. They will spend time in our "core" class, learning the required curriculum established by the district. Then, they will also have a "strategic" session, where they get specialized instruction that is modified to meet their greatest needs. We have experienced a great deal of success with this model.
Students will receive a homework assignment each day except Friday. Homework consists of two things: reading for 20 minutes and a worksheet. The reading can be done alone, with a partner, or they can be read to. The worksheet is normally a review of a concept previously taught. There will occasionally be optional extra assignments that count as extra credit.