Welcome to Mrs. Zant's Fourth Grade Class. Room D 031 (bottom floor on the right :)
I am looking forward to a beautiful year with you. Please check our web page often for important information and dates.
What a great start to the year! Students have been learning and practicing the routines in order to ensure a smooth school year filled with learning. As with any year, our aim is to make the students independent learners and problem solvers. Much of what we are doing is to get them ready for rigorous work that requires them to think outside the box. This is a challenge for many, but with a good foundation of skills and determination, we hope to see the students thinking deeper and applying these skills to their everyday lives.
What we will be learning in October (some are ongoing skills):
- Math- Basic Facts of the four operations with problem solving, Area & Perimeter
- Reading- Problem and Solution, Drawing Conclusions and Making Inferences
- Science- Ongoing we will be doing the Scientific Method and will begin Planets; Earth, Sun, and Moon
- Virginia Studies- VS 3 The Jamestown Colony
It is very important that the students continually practice math facts and read. Using DreamBox (online math resource found in their Clever account) and the AR log (found in their A.R. folder) will help the students improve their math and reading skills. That foundation is very important for the higher level thinking that they will encounter in 4th grade and beyond.
Please check with your child about the supplies they might still be in need of and thank you for all you have already supplied for them and the class. An additional item we are requesting is headphones for use with the Chrome books. Everything is being put to good use! Thank you for being an academic supporter of your new fourth grader!
The Fourth Grade Team
Language Literacy Life
Greetings Bear Nation! What an incredible start to the 2019-2020 School Year. We’re so delighted to welcome so many new faces to our new building. Here in the literacy department, our year got off to a fun start meeting many of you at Back to School Night. Since then we’ve been busy! We are meeting with teams of teachers, analyzing assessment data and aligning resources to ensure ALL of our Moncure Bears build a literacy rich life.
This month we encourage you to support your children by simply reading aloud daily. We marvel at the many languages spoken by our Moncure Elementary students and families. Sometimes, parents and guardians think that, “if I don’t speak or read English then I can’t help my child with school.” This isn’t true! Stay involved because anytime you are reading, writing, listening or speaking with your child you are supporting their lifelong literacy.
- At home, try to keep reading and writing a positive activity. Don’t make it a chore.
- Praise and encourage your child for effort, and be specific about what they do well.
- When you finish a story, ask a few questions, or ask your child to draw you a picture of a favorite or important part of the book.
- If you find that getting your child to sit still for 20 minutes each night is too hard, look for ways to read for smaller amounts of time. 5 minutes a few times a day adds up!
- Keep books in the car while you wait for a sibling at an activity or practice. You might even try waking your child up with a quick story. This helps even a stubborn sleepy head start the day in a fun way.
- Show your child how much you value reading. Let them catch you reading for your own enjoyment. Don’t worry too much about matching ‘levels.’ Try to let them read what they’re interested in. Be honest, how often are you really reading a college level textbook for fun…? ;)
- If you are struggling to find good fit books- ones that aren’t too easy or too hard, reach out to your child’s teacher, or one of us, we’re happy to help.
As parents of elementary students ourselves, we understand how busy the school year can be. We hope a few of these suggestions help you enjoy this fleeting time with your elementary age child. As the saying goes, the days are long but the years are short.
Keep Reading, Bears!
Mark Your Calendars!
Lasagna and Literacy is Coming! Tuesday, October 29th Join us for a night of family literacy activities, learning opportunities, food and book giveaways. Look for more information to come home with your child soon!