It’s wonderful to be teaching 4th grade. I always look forward to a terrific year filled with lots of learning, fun, and friendships. I alwats seem to have many familiar faces and also some new faces that I enjoy getting to know. I have been at Skyway for many years, and have seen both my sons graduate from the Coeur d'Alene Schools. I grew up in the Seattle area, but am happy to call Twin Lakes/Rathdrum my home.
In science this year we will be learning about natural resources. We will also be studying energy and circuit systems. Towards the end of the year we will be identifying the needs of animals and plants and describe the structure and behavioral adaptations that help meet those needs.
Our reading curriculum has some exciting and interesting literature. The students are really going to enjoy the stories. We will be focusing on different reading skills and strategies each week as we read each selection in the theme.
Math will begin with place value. Some of this will be review for the first few weeks. I am hoping that most of the students are fairly fluent with their multiplication facts. This will be very important as we get into multi digit multiplication and division problems. Practice those facts daily. Fractions will be a major focus in our 4th grade math curriculum.
Writing will be a part of our everyday curriculum. Students will work on writing narrative, expository, and opinion pieces.
In Social Studies, the students will learn about maps as we study the regions of Idaho State. Idaho history is going to be our main focus this year.
In general, your child can expect to have about 30-40 minutes of homework each Monday – Thursday night. I don’t usually give homework over the weekend unless it is an assignment not completed on time or a larger project that will take more than one day.
Every Monday through Thursday, I ask that the students read for 20 minutes. The reading material and minutes will need to be written down on the homework sheet.
Students need to study their spelling words every night in addition to their written homework assignments.
I know that all of you have busy lives outside of school, and that you and your family have many additional commitments and responsibilities. For that reason, the majority of the homework assigned is usually something that can be completed by your child independently. If for any reason your child is unable to complete their assignment or does not understand it, please write a note on their homework planner sheet. Homework will generally consist of skills that have been previously taught during class time. Please make sure to initial your child’s homework sheet daily.
I am happy to celebrate your child’s birthday in the classroom. We have 30 children in here this year. Please don’t send anything that needs to be sliced or served. We usually always celebrate right before our afternoon recess which begins at 1:45.