Welcome to our classroom webpage!
Although you will find some useful information on our classroom webpage, you will want to check Google Classroom regularly to keep up to date on what is happening in our classroom! Daily assignments, questions, and links will be posted there. You can click this link to be taken to Google Classroom.
Our Classroom Schedule
We will work on Lexia most mornings during this time. On Mondays we will have a Spelling Pretest and on Fridays we will take the Spelling Test during this time. The Pretests and tests are taken on Spellingcity.com/mkenaga. Students earning 85% or better on the pretest will use the challenge list for their test on Friday. Students earning less than 85% on the pretest will use the regular list on Friday. Students should use this app to practice their words during the week. Students will typically have Spelling homework on Monday. The homework is due by Thursday but can be turned in at any point prior to Thursday.
On Fridays following the spelling test, we will have a Morning Meeting. Students earning Brag Tags throughout the week will be recognized and receive their tags to be added to their Brag Tag Chains. Brag Tags are earned by meeting or exceeding classroom goals throughout the week.
This block will be split between writing workshop and grammar instruction. Students have a writing binder containing their writing workshop notes and drafts. Students will work on writing stamina to maintain focus while implementing the six traits of writing.
Monday - Library (Bare Books are available for $2.00)
Math block begins with Xtra Math practice. Students are expected to master Addition, Subtraction, and Multiplication facts before Halloween, but the sooner the better! We will begin double digit multiplication soon, and students who are struggling with their facts will have a difficult time! Division facts should be mastered by Thanksgiving.
Next we will check the homework from the prior night and discuss/review any questions with the assignment.
Math lessons are taught with a mini-lesson, guided practice, and independent practice. Independent practice is generally started in class with progress checks as the students are working. Assignments that are not completed in class will be homework. Homework is due the next morning. A homework notice will be sent home for any incomplete or missing assignments. The notice needs to be signed and returned with the completed assignment on the next school day.
4th Grade lunch is from 12:00-12:20 and recess is 12:20-12:40. If you would like to have lunch with your child, please send in a note in advance. We have a special lunch area for family dining. Only students are able to eat in the cafeteria.
Ice Cream Fridays are the last Friday of the month beginning in September. Ice cream sandwiches are available for $1.00.
12:40-1:05 Social Studies & Science
We will work through our social studies curriculum on Mondays and Tuesdays. Science curriculum will be addressed during this time on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Fridays will be reserved for projects and experiments for both subjects.
1:05-1:30 Success Math
Success Math is a pre-teaching of the next days math lesson. Students take a pretest for each new math chapter to gauge their understanding of the topic. Students in all three classrooms are divided into three differentiated groups to receive instruction based on their level of understanding of the upcoming lessons. This allows students to be exposed to each lesson twice.
Our Reading Block will contain several components. Students will be given an introduction to the vocabulary words for the week each Monday with a test over the vocabulary words given on Thursday. There will be a whole group mini-lesson on the skill or strategy of the week. Students will engage in learning centers throughout the week, including word work, work on writing, reading to self to increase stamina, buddy reading, and listening to reading to increase fluency and comprehension. Students will take a skill-based reading test on Friday each week.
Reading Counts: Students are expected to earn a minimum of 36 Reading Counts points each quarter and will receive a grade based on their level of completion. This means that each week, students should earn at least 4 points in order to stay on track. Please encourage your student to read at least 20 minutes each night and to take Reading Counts quizzes as soon as they finish a book.