Welcome New Class 405 - If it is not hard for you to do, it will not make you better!
Bowling Trip & Heart Field DayThursday is the bolwing trip. Buses will leave around 9: 00 am. Students should dress comfortably for what is probably going to be an air conditioned bowling alley.
Friday is Heart Field Day. Wear orange to score points for 405.
Thank You for AttendingIt takes a partnership to help a child grow and I appreciate the 405 families who partner with me towards that goal. I thank the families, who came to conference on May 13th for their continued support.
Back to GrowthNow that all but the state science test is behind us, it is time to focus on getting each and every 405 student to grow to grade level, or above it. Those who have put in maximum effort have shown the most growth. It's time for the rest of the class to step up.
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 classdojo.com. 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 http://www.classdojo.com/parent
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.
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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