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  • UNIT 1

    ELA Unit 2 Biography

    SOME of CCSS standards that will be examined include 

    Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.

    Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text, identifying which reasons and evidence support which point(s).

    Integrate information from several texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.

    CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

    Introduce a topic clearly, provide a general observation and focus, and group related information logically; include formatting (e.g., headings), illustrations, and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.

    Develop the topic with facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples related to the topic.


    Some of what students are expected to UNDERSTAND: 


    Please click on the CCSS link provided to read details of skills students are expected to demonstrate.

    MATH Unit 2 - What's Your Part?

    Students will develop fluency of operations and make reasonable estimates of their results. They will develop the relationships between decimals and fractions. By the end of this module, it will be important for students to use an algorithm to compute with fractions and decimals. However, building understanding through the use of manipulatives, mathematical representations, and student discourse is essential to abstract understanding.

    CCSS Standards include: 


    Write simple expressions that record calculations with numbers, and interpret numerical expressions without evaluating them. For example, express the calculation “add 8 and 7, then multiply by 2” as 2 × (8 + 7). Recognize that 3 × (18932 + 921) is three times as large as 18932 + 921,without having to calculate the indicated sum or product.


    Read, write, and compare decimals to thousandths.

    a. Read and write decimals to thousandths using base-ten numerals, number names, and expanded form, e.g., 347.392 = 3 × 100 + 4 × 10 + 7 × 1 + 3 × (1/10) + 9 × (1/100) + 2 × (1/1000).

    b. Compare two decimals to thousandths based on meanings of the digits in each place, using >, =, and < symbols to record the results of comparisons.


     Use place value understanding to round decimals to any place.


    Add, subtract, multiply, and divide decimals to hundredths, using concrete models or drawings and strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction; relate the strategy to a written method and explain the reasoning used.


    Add and subtract fractions with unlike denominators (including mixed numbers) by replacing given fractions with equivalent fractions in such a way as to produce an equivalent sum or difference of fractions with like denominators. For example, 2/3 + 5/4 = 8/12 + 15/12 = 23/12. (In general, a/b + c/d = (ad + bc)/bd.)


    Solve word problems involving addition and subtraction of fractions referring to the same whole, including cases of unlike denominators, e.g., by using visual fraction models or equations to represent the problem. Use benchmark fractions and number sense of fractions to estimate mentally and assess the reasonableness of answers. For example, recognize an incorrect result 2/5 + 1/2 = 3/7, by observing that 3/7 < 1/2.


    Interpret a fraction as division of the numerator by the denominator

    (a/b = a ÷ b). Solve word problems involving division of whole

    numbers leading to answers in the form of fractions or mixed numbers,e.g., by using visual fraction models or equations to represent the problem.


    Make a line plot to display a data set of measurements in fractions of a unit (1/2, 1/4, 1/8). Use operations on fractions for this grade to solve problems involving information presented in line plots.



  • CCSS and Daily Reminders

    1) The Common Core's basic intent is to strive to get the student to ask the "how" and "why"  they arrived to their answer or conclusion, in all content areas. You will see "I can" statements listed, and below is a link to explain those funny looking codes  wink!


    2) Please discuss current events with your child each evening. These events are essential in my classroom, for not only being aware of societal issues around us, but also it provides an opportunity for "text" connections in the future.

    3) DRA have been replaced with mCLASS DIBELS and TRC. These assessments will be performed 3 times a year. It will also be used more frequently with students receiving Tier II and Tier III services. Your child is only tested in the Fall if they currently are receiving Tier 2 or 3 services.


  • Daily Schedule


    Grade 4

    8:40 - 9:20





    Literacy (Unit/Writing)

    11:25 - 11:45

    11:45- 12:05


    12:10 - 12:40

    Literacy (Grammar/DOL)

    12:40 – 1:25

    ELA small group and independent work



    2:20- 2:35

    SSR/ Read A-loud
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