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    4th Grade Welcome
    Mrs. Ahrens
    pahrens@frenchtownschool.org

     


     
    • 5 single subject notebooks
    • -1 for each subject: math, reading, writing, spelling, and health
    • 1 two subject notebook
    • with a divider for social studies and science
    • 5 pocket folders
    • 1 set of multiplication flash cards
    • 2 boxes of pencils
    • 4 large erasers
    • 1 box of colored pencils
    • 1 box of crayons
    • 1 pack of post-it notes
    • 4 dry erase markers
    • 1 dry eraser (even a clean sock will do)
    • 1 container of disinfecting wipes
    • earbuds or headphones
     

     


     

    Reading

    The Daily Five is a way of structuring the reading block so every student is independently engaged in meaningful literacy tasks. These research based tasks are ones that will have the biggest impact on student reading and writing achievement, as well as help foster children who love to read and write. Students receive explicit whole group instruction and then are given independent practice time to read and write independently while I provide focused, intense instruction to individuals and small groups of students.

    We spend our first weeks working intensely on building our reading and writing stamina, learning the behaviors of the Daily 5, and fostering our classroom community. I will also spend time learning about your child’s strengths and greatest needs as a reader in order to best plan for each student’s instruction. Your child will be taught to select “Good Fit Books” or books they can read, understand and are interested in, which they will read during Daily 5. They will be spending most of their time actually reading, which research supports as the number one way to improve reading. I anticipate the motivation and enjoyment of reading will grow when this gift of choosing their own books is accompanied by extended practice and specific reading instruction for each individual child.

    Math

    New Jersey adopted the Common Core State Standards in July 2010. In Grade 4, students focus on:

    • Operations and Algebraic Thinking
    • Number and Operations in Base Ten
    • Number and Operations - Fractions
    • Measure and Data
    • Geometry
    • Mathematical Practices

     

    Writers Workshop

    FES uses Lucy Calkins writing program. This series, which is being used K-8, reflects the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). In 4th grade the units include Realistic Fiction (narrative), Personal and Persuasive Essay (opinion), Bringing History to Life (information) and Literary Essay (opinion). 

    Science

    Our Science units include: Rocks and Minerals, Animal Behavior and Adaptations, Electricity, Food Chains and Webs and Body Systems.

    Social Studies

    In Social Studies, the fourth grade studies everything there is to know about New Jersey.