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Welcome to 4th grade! I’m excited about the opportunity to get to know everyone, and I’m looking forward to a happy and productive 2018-2019 school year.
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This is the place where I will update our classroom program, provide links to our sites for homework and share student news.
2017-2018 Mountain Region Tourism Commercials: As part of the language arts curriculum, students learned about persuasive and opinion writing. In social studies, they learned that tourism is the major economic industry of the mountain region states. The students worked in teams to research, write and produce their commercials. They did a fantastic job. I hope you enjoy them.
Here is the link. You may see an error or two in the commercials, unfortunately I was unable to edit them after publication.
Introducing New Programs for the Intermediate Grades
EnVision for Math
The new enVisionmath is fully powered for Common Core to support print, blended, and 1:1 digital learning experiences. We use this as our primary program and it is also the basis for support SRBI needs. Homework is assigned both in print and digital formats. There will be times throughout the year when students will have an opportunity to bring an iPad home to complete math assignments.
ELA: English Language Arts
We were very fortunate to receive a new classroom library, full of fabulous fiction and nonfiction trade books. We will utilize this new library to implement reading instruction. These trade books provide a variety of quality literature with many opportunities for students to improve their reading skills, as well as write and reflect on what they have read. In addition, we integrate reading into the Social Studies and Science units. Reading Workshop integrates all the Common Core Standard Skills.
Here at Hampton Elementary School our students have many opportunities to write in a wide variety of genres. They each have a writing folder, and they also keep journals. Throughout the school year they will continue to develop their narrative writing (story writing), informational writing and persuasive writing skills. The children also learn to write a research report which requires practice in note taking, outlining and paraphrasing. Grammar, punctuation, editing and proofreading skills are practiced and new skills for revising will be introduced.
We are currently focusing on words that are often needed for writing. For those children who are excellent spellers vocabulary development is emphasized. Children practice spelling daily in class and at home with a final test usually on Fridays. The homework routine is typically writing the words three time on Monday, ten sentences on Tuesday, and then again on Wednesday. Thursday is reserved for studying for the test on Friday. Parent support is helpful. I am not opposed to children typing their sentences, although I do encourage them to try to write them cursive if possible.
Please explore and utilize the Spelling City app/link. It gives students opportunities to practice their words in game like situations, as well as take practice tests. Current spelling lists will be posted on the site weekly. To log on to spelling city, you must include /afolan/ in order to get to our page.
DAILY SCHEDULE 2018-2019
In addition, to the above curriculum areas, fourth graders receive instruction in art, music, physical education, computer, and library skills. Many take part in our diverse music program with instrumental lessons, band, chorus, drama and creative kids program. Also, we have health class once a week. Below is our daily schedule.
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