Mr. Samuels ** Class 405 ** 2014-2015 **** Ability + Effort = Achievement

Welcome New Class 405 - If it is not hard for you to do, it will not make you better!


Spring Break: April 3rd to 10th

. Thursday April 2nd is the last day of school before break.Students will return to school on Monday April 13th. The state ELA test begins April 14th and it is important that your child does work every day to stay active and be prepared.


State Exams are Coming Up

Whatever you may think of them, state exams are part of our current system and will arrive shortly. ELA will start on April 14th (one day after we return from Spring Break) and Math will begin on April 23rd. It is critical that your child give maximum effort in advance of the test,which includes working every day during Spring break.

Opting Out

Some parents have expressed an interest in opting out  of the state exams on behalf of their child. If you do, your child will have to have alternative assessments in order to determine whether your child meets the criteria for promotion. I would be happy to discuss this with any parent.



New Helpful Website

IXL has both m ath and ELA activities that can help all students practice on their own. It is especially rich in math activities. See Mr. Samuels for help in using the site. There is a link on the right and also right here.

I also found a great app that helps your child's reading fluency, which leads to better understanding of the texts. I can send texts to your child via Google Drive, which is part of Gmail. I have already started sending passages to some students. If you are interested, please see me.




A Great Way to Communicate with Parents

I have set up an account on This site allows you to get updates about your child on a smartphone. You can download the app on google play for Android phones and Itunes for iphones. An instruction note is being sent home It contains an account code. Here is a link to sign up


Helpful Websites

  The internet has many websites that can help students practice what they learn in class. Our website has links to many of them,which can be found on the right hand side under the Education Sites section. If parents want help finding and understanding how to use these websites, I will be happy to help you.


Reading at Home

In order to improve, it is important that all students spend at least 30 minutes reading at home. Even if an assignment may be completed in shorter time,a student should engage in rereading a second or third time in order to closely read and understand the text. The first reading is to get the gist, or general meaning of the text and to find out the meaning of words not in the students vocabulary.
Students can aid understanding by thinking about what they read and understood from prior readings and then previewing the pages to be read. Previewing involves looking at the headings and pictures to make a prediction, or educated guess as to what the text will be about.
Students who follow this process will take out greater and deeper meaning from their reading.



Homework serves an important role for 4th grade students. Studies and my experience show that 4th grade students should do about an hour of homework a night. This amount can vary depending on a child's abilities. Homework helps to reinforce the lesson, gives a child practice, and the teacher feedback about the child's understanding of a topic.
It is important that parents and guardians make their children accountable for giving their best effort on homework by taking an active interest in it. This goes beyond merely asking if homework has been completed. Rather asking the child to describe what they did and how they did it.
Homework will always be posted on this website, so parents and guardians may stay aware of assignments.







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