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Welcome to 4th grade!

4th Grade

Welcome to fourth grade! We are looking forward to a very exciting and rewarding year for our students. Fourth grade is an exciting transitional year filled with many firsts. We have a departmental schedule with additional time devoted to Science and Social Studies.

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Study skills are an important part of the curriculum and will be an integral part of our daily lessons. It is our goal to help each student learn how to study and value the importance of this skill. We feel it is important to get to know our students on a personal level and strive to learn their skills, their strength and weakness, and their interests.

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We believe that a collaborative environment enhances every student's educational experience. We provide opportunities for group activities and encourage students to participate and discuss topics in order to help them achieve success in the classroom. We feel it is our responsibility to make each student feel safe and confident in the classroom.

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Our teaching philosophy can be summed up in the words of a famous Pennsylvanian:

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"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn."

Benjamin Franklin

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We look forward to a wonderful year with your children!

Mrs. Koch and Ms. Roche

More Information

Week of September 25th, 2017



Notes:
**Oral Reading begins this week!
Social Studies Chapter 1 test on Wednesday, September 27th
Science quiz on Wednesday, September 27th
Spelling test on Friday, September 22nd
Vocab and Grammar test on Friday, September 29th
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Social Studies (in school) project will be due on Tuesday, October 3rd.

Monday
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Spelling: 1) Separate your Spelling words into two lists- long e and long o sounds. 2) Choose 7 Spelling words, look up their definitions, and write it down.Due Friday
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Math:Page 11 of the packet
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Grammar: RW notebook pg. 72
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Tuesday

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Spelling:See Monday. Due on Friday.
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Social Studies: Study for Ch. 1 test. Tomorrow, Wednesday the 27th
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Science:Study for quiz tomorrow, Wednesday the 27th.
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Spelling:See Monday. Due on Friday.
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Math:Page 13 of the packet
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Science:
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Religion:
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Spelling:See Monday. Due on Friday. Test tomorrow
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Math:
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Vocabulary:
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Challenge Words

*Challenge Words will be available beginning in October


Overview of Curriculum

Religion: The main areas of study include; the Ten Commandments, the Beatitudes, the Rosary and Works of Mercy. We look at God's Laws of Love and Jesus' Pathway to Happiness. This curriculum will emphasize making good choices and we will discuss our love for God and others.

Math:Focuses on multiplication and division involving multi-digit numbers, fraction equivalence, and operations with fractions and geometric figures.

Science: Students will be working with the Lab Learner Program. The experiments, activities, text, and illustrations in this series are designedas CELLS (Core Experience Learning Labs). Students will be using authentic science equipment, which is perfectly matched to every CELL, therefore, providing opportunities for hands-on activities, which will increase their understanding of science and the world around them.

English Language Arts and Social Studies

Overview of Curriculum

English Language Arts:Our curriculum focuses on students' ability to Read, Write, Use Language skills and to be able to Speak and Listen in class.

  • In Reading, students read both Fiction and Non-fiction texts. We focus on character, story elements, facts and opinions, main idea and supporting details,summarizing, sequencing, and students practice making inferences.
  • In Writing, students focus on the three main reasons an author writes: to persuade, inform and entertain through both formal and quick writing projects.
  • In Language skills, students focus on vocabulary development, spelling skills and use of grammar rules.
  • Speaking and Listening are incorporated into all areas with opportunities to practice public speaking skills

Social Studies:Pennsylvania is the focus for our year. The students learn about the geographic locations of cities and rivers in Pennsylvania, the first people in Pennsylvania, the development of the State, the wars that led to our Independence, and the way in which government shapes our state.

Additional General Information

Books: All workbooks and consumables should be covered and labeled with clear contact paper. The student's name should be on the front.

Supplies: Every student must come to class prepared with the items listed on the school website for each grade level.

Homework: Approximately 40-45 minutes per night for both study and written homework. Study skills are very important to students and we will be working to develop these skills during the school day as well.

Parents, Please sign homework books each night.

All assignments are to be neatly written and complete. Incomplete homework that is unexcused will result in loss of points. Homework assignments will be posted on the classroom website daily.

Tests: Tests will be sent home weekly. Students have two school days to return tests signed.

Academics:Numerical grades will be given this year. These grades are determined by tests, quizzes, projects, and class participation. Fourth-grade students will also receive a grade on their report card in Specialty Areas of study: Art, Gym, Library (in ELA), Music, Spanish, and Technology.

Discipline:Discipline problems will be handled in the classroom. Recurring misbehavior or discipline issues will result in an email or phone to the parents.

Correspondence: The best way to contact either of us is by email.

Mrs. Koch can be reached at kkoch@stjpschool.info and Ms. Roche can be reached at hroche@stjpschool.info

We will make every effort to answer every email the same day it is received. If we do not have any prep periods during the day we will return the email after school or in the evening.

Please contact the school office if you have important information that must be received during the school day.

Wecan also be reached through the school office phone number, 215-884-0843. We will return your call as soon as possible.

Notes - Ms. Roche

Weekly Spelling Words

1. sigh

2. right

3. weigh

4. eight

5. detail

6. height

7. spray

8. braid

9. bait

10. grain

11. slight

12. thigh

13. tight

14. raisin

15. triat

16. highway

17. frighten

18. dismay

19. freight

20. sleigh

Challenge Words

Challenge words will be available beginning in October.

You can access our Google Classroom 205 Homeroom page at classroom.google.com. Our class code is.p8ltssn. Students must log in using their school email and password. Parents, please make sure that you are logged out of any other Google accounts first, otherwise, your child cannot access the page.

Weekly Spelling Words

1. sigh

2. right

3. weigh

4. eight

5. detail

6. height

7. spray

8. braid

9. bait

10. grain

11. slight

12. thigh

13. tight

14. raisin

15. highway

16.trait

17.frighten

18.dismay

19. freight

20. sleigh

Challenge Words


*Challenge Words will be available beginning in October

Specials


Monday: Art

Tuesday: Gym

Wednesday: Music

Thursday: Library and Technology

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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