Welcome to fourth or fifth grade! A major goal of the upper elementary grades is to prepare students for the upcoming transition to sixth grade and middle school. To do this the students will work on being responsible and accountable as well as independent learners. This will include establishing good study habits, developing organizational skills, and demonstrating age appropriate conduct. These skills will be reinforced throughout fourth and fifth grade.
In all class assignments, students are encouraged to put forth effort into their work. Effort includes a willingness to put time into their assignments; being focused without distractions; being resourceful and knowing where to go to get an answer; looking at feedback and making corrections; being committed and finishing with their best work; and lastly, being persistent, trying different strategies until they find one that works.
Fourth and fifth graders will also be preparing for the SOLs which will all be taken on-line. The reading, math, science (5th grade only), and social studies (4th grade only) SOLs will be taken in the second part of May. Students will prepare for the tests throughout the year.
One of the best ways to improve reading skills is to read, read, read. Therefore, it is important that your child reads each night as well as in the classroom. He/she will be expected to earn Accelerated Reader Points as part of his/her reading grade as well as a homework assignment. Please encourage your child to put down the video game and read.
The fourth and fifth grade policy includes daily homework. Completing homework reinforces what children have learned in class. Your child will be expected to complete many of the same assignments as the general education students; however, I will modify assignments at times. I will also follow the general education teacher's homework policies.
In order to ensure effective communication, I will include any graded papers, notes, or projects in the general education teacher's “Thursday Folder”. This way there is only one folder for you to worry about. At times, I will also write brief notes or send home information in your child’s agenda. So please make sure you sign the agenda each night.