Religion – The fourth grade will incorporate the school wide religion theme – Ignite your Light...Radiate God's Love - into the religion curriculum. The overall goal for the year is for each student to recognize God's light and to become agents to radiate his love in actions and choices in everyday life.
Each month we will focus on a scripture story or story of a saint that reveals God's light and love.
A weekly newsletter, The Good News Weekly, is used each Friday to prepare the children for Sunday’s liturgy. As a school we go to Mass on Wednesdays.
Workbook – Blest are We. Pearson, Silver Burnett Publisher, 2010.
Grading – bookwork 30%, journal 30%, projects 40%
Language Arts - During the year we will study various kinds of sentences, their structure, as well as nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs. We will begin writing detailed and descriptive paragraphs and move into writing longer essays. We will focus on narrative, descriptive, expository, informative, and persuasive essays as well as poetry.
Textbook – Houghton Mifflin English Grade 4. Houghton Mifflin Co. 2006
Grading – tests 40%, quizzes 20%, homework 10%, classwork 30%
Reading/Spelling – We will read stories from our reading book. With each story we will work on various comprehension skills as well as spelling and vocabulary words. Each Friday students will take a test on the story read that week and on the spelling and vocabulary words of the week.
Additionally, we will read novels as a whole class during the school year, and students will be required to complete work relating to the book.
Textbook – Storytown. Harcourt School Publishing, 2009.
Reading - Grading – tests 40%, classwork 30%, homework 10%, projects 20%
Spelling – Grading – tests 50%, classwork/homework 50%
Social Studies – Current events, regions of the United States, U. S. Geography and Illinois will be studied this year.
Textbook – Our Country’s Regions. Macmillan/McGraw Hill Publishers, 2005.
Grading – tests 50%, quizzes 25%, projects 15%, homework 10%
Science – This year science and engineering practices along with the scientific method will be applied to various areas of science which will include; Physics- energy, motion, forces, transfer and waves. Geology- Earth’s resources, structure, function and natural hazards.
Textbook- Inspire Science McGraw-Hill 2017
Be a Scientist Notebook, McGraw-Hill 2017
Grading – tests/quizzes 30%, labs, demos and projects 40%, homework/classwork 30%
Math – This year there are two levels of math. Both math curricula include place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, decimals, geometry, and measurement. Class activities focus on the students’ interests and can be applied to their everyday lives.
Students will receive homework most nights to review the skills they are learning.
Friday Facts will be handed out on Monday and collected on Friday. Friday Facts are generally a review of work we have done throughout the year. All work must be shown in order to receive credit.
Mad Minutes are timed tests based on the four major functions of math. They will be given approximately once a week. If a student is struggling in any area they may need to work on flashcards at home.
Textbook – Illinois Math Connects Grade 4. Macmillan McGraw Hill Publisher, 2009.
Textbook- Illinois Math Connects Grade 5. Macmillan McGraw Hill Publisher, 2009.
Grading – tests 40%, quizzes 25%, Friday Facts 15%, Mad Minutes 10%, classwork/homework 10%
We will use IPADS, laptops, the Promethean Board as well as the computer lab to conduct research and create documents and presentations. Don't forget to check out our websites for more classroom information at your fingertips. Mary Seat of Wisdom is taking great strides to enhance our technology and to integrate it into classroom by using blended learning.
Students will generally have some homework each night. We expect them to complete their homework and hand it in each morning.
We expect the students to come to school each day ready for class and prepared to learn. They should have their homework and school supplies.
We expect the students to be respectful of their classmates and their belongings. We expect them to be kind and polite and inclusive. Ultimately, we expect the students to follow the Golden Rule, to treat others as they wish to be treated.
In the fourth grade we use positive reinforcement. Mrs. Noble’s class earn marbles for outstanding behavior, such as walking quietly and in line in the hall, being respectful of others, etc. When our jar fills up with marbles we will have a treat, such as free time to play games, watch a movie, special activity, etc. Mrs. Noble will also have a late chart to reward students weekly who do not have any late assignments and are always prepared for their subjects.
Mrs. Friel’s and Mrs. Roche’s class use a clip chart where students can move up the chart for excellent or outstanding behavior, but also move down the chart for warnings. Students earn points as they go up the chart. We will add up the points and the top three students who earned the most points will be able to pick from a prize box. The class will earn some “Friday Free time” to play games together for exceptional behavior, if all weekly work is completed with best effort.
Homework is important and we expect students to complete it in a timely manner, however we understand that sometimes children cannot complete it. Each child has 3 “Oops Coupons”, per trimester, to be used on homework only. The homework still needs to be completed the following day, but their grade will not be reduced.
Late assignments without an “Oops Coupon” need to be turned in the next day, and will earn a maximum of 90%. They will continue to lose an additional 10% each day it is late. After 3 days it will be recorded as a 60% and that will be the final grade for the late homework.
Please see the school handbook for further information on discipline procedures. Please note that behavior and uniform violations will result in a lunch detention and a note will be sent home.
Ms. Noble’s class attends Art on Monday, Music on Tuesday, P.E. on Wednesday and Thursday, and Computer and Spanish on Friday.
Mrs. Friel's/Mrs. Roche class attends Art on Monday, Music on Tuesday, P.E. on Wednesday and Thursday, and Computer and Spanish on Friday.
All the 4th grade teachers have a website containing pertinent information to their class. The students are to keep a daily assignment notebook. Any notes or mail from school will be put in their home pocket at the front of their subject binders. Tests will be asked to be signed and returned, so the teacher knows you are aware of their grade. You will have access to Power School to view your child's progress throughout each trimester.
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