|Bill Hermanson - Fourth Grade (Send e-mail)|
In the next week, students in my class will participate in benchmark screenings provided by FastBridge Learning. FastBridge is District 157-Cís new screening instrument that will take the place of AIMSweb. Similarly to AIMSweb, this assessment will be provided in the fall, winter and spring to help teachers determine which students are likely to meet the end of the year learning goals and which students may require intervention. This computer based assessment measures performance in reading and math. The district will be providing training to all teachers on score interpretation. More information will be forthcoming to parents. I look forward to working with your child this school year.
We are starting a new math program this year..."Eureka". The district researched, piloted and briefly implemented it the tail end of it last year. It's a new style of learning and research states student understanding grew. If student understanding grows...so will their intelligence and obviously test scores. Eureka will be a challenge for us all...administrators, teachers, students and parents. I ask that you be patient, give Eureka a chance and work with your child each night on the daily taught skill. I will send home all the examples we do in class to guide you/students in completing the homework. Also I sent home login papers on how to access the Eureka site where you can find instruction, examples, models, practice sheets and the homework. You can also 'Google' videos of teachers teaching the lessons. We will get through this TOGETHER!
For those parents that want to sign up for "Remind" (a group text alert from me) please text
I will send group texts for big reminders such as field trips, 1/2 days, school spirit days, etc.
All other info such as assignments, upcoming tests, curricular activities, etc. will be posted on this webpage and will not be "group texted" out.
VERY IMPORTANT: I CANNOT RECEIVE TEXTS IF YOU RESPOND. THIS IS A ONE-WAY TEXTING SYSTEM. YOU CAN EMAIL/CALL ME ANYTIME OBVIOUSLY.
STUDENT OF THE WEEK:
Favorite Food: "Noodles"
Favorite Thing About Me: "I'm Good At Sports"
Favorite TV Show/Movie: "Cinderella"
My Birthday is: "November 14th"
Favorite Pet: "Dog....Bullet, Roxy and Holly"
Favorite Thing To Do: "Play Sports"
Favorite Subject: "PE and Science"
Place I Want to Visit: "Hawaii"
I'm Special Because: "I Play More Sports Than The Average Person"
Favorite Book/Magazine: "Dork Diaries"
My Family is: "Mom, Dad, Sophia, Nate, Arianna, Jacqueline, Tom and Me and my hamsters...Winter, Ares and Harry"
Favorite Sport/Game/Activity: "Soccer"
Favorite Color: "Yellow"
What I Want To Be When I Grow Up: "A Famous Soccer Player"
CURRICULUM UPDATE FOR THE WEEK OF: 9/18-9/22
We are into our first unit..."New Beginnings". We will study immigration, the time period around it and what immigrants experienced during those times. We began our first novel..."If Your Name Was Changed At Ellis Island". We will be focusing on main idea and detail, domain vocabulary and first/secondhand accounts.
I encourage you to have your child read 20 minutes minimum each night. In doing that will increase vocabulary, fluency, confidence and background knowledge.
Our type of writing we'll be doing Quarter 1 is Informational Writing. Students will research a topic and learn the format for Informational Writing. I will model and then students will create their own papers throughout the quarter. Their topic on writing will be any major natural disaster (earthquake, tornado, tsunami, etc.).
This week we will be continuing with adding/subtracting whole numbers, estimating and adding/subtracting along with many word problems.
We started map skills... such as the parts of a map...the key, scale, compass, inset map, etc. We will examine various maps to identify these components. Students need to draw a map of a floor of their house. I'm not grading on the drawing/artwork...I'm grading on the map components: title, key, inset map, compass, etc.
We're also examining the continents and oceans, equator, Prime Meridian, etc.
We will start to look at rock, layers of rock and fossils.