Curriculum/Programs/Procedures

*Due to COVID, our 2020-2021 year might look a little differently than what is shared below! Thank you for your understanding!

Homework Folders

~Please check the pockets of your child’s Homework Folder each evening.  This folder may contain homework, important papers, schoolwork, and parent information.  Folders are to be returned to school every day.  

Homework

~Homework should take no longer than 40-45 minutes.
Homework Tip # 1
Choose a well lit, quiet place at home to do homework.  Even if most homework is completed at another location after school, there still should be a place in the home in which to study.
~IMPORTANT:  Keep the radio and TV off while homework is being done.
~IMPORTANT:  Whenever possible, keep the study area off limits to brothers and sisters during homework time.
Homework Tip #2
Schedule a specific time each day for homework.  For most children the best time is often as soon as they (and the parent) arrive home at the end of the day.  For others, after play time or other activities works best.
Homework Tip #3
By encouraging children to work on their own, a parent helps develop important life skills such as following directions, beginning and completing a task, and time management.  Do this every day:
1.) Check to see if your child has a homework assignment.
2.) Remind your child when homework time has been scheduled.
3.) Check to see that your child has all the necessary materials.
4.) Ask your child to tell you what the homework assignment is.
5.) If necessary, read the directions together with your child. Make sure he or she understands what is expected.
6.) Give your child help only if he or she makes a real effort to do the work first.
Homework Tip #4
Children need encouragement and support from the people whose opinions they  value the most~their parents.  Your consistent praise can encourage your child to feel good about his or her ability and motivate your child to do his or her best work.  Praise you child efforts made each day.  It is, after all, the day-to-day efforts that will lead to higher achievement in school.

Transportation Notes from Parents

~Please write a note if your child’s transportation routine after school will be different than their usual routine.  (He or she is getting picked up rather than going home on the bus, etc.)  In your note, explain who will be picking your child up and at what time.

HAMBRIGHT’S PBIS program…

  • Positive Behavior Intervention & Support

    Philosophy-at-a-Glance

    What is PBIS?

    PBIS is a way for schools to encourage appropriate behavior.  With PBIS, schools teach kids about behavior, just as they would teach about other subjects like reading or math. The focus of PBIS is prevention, not punishment.  This does not mean that consequences do not exist for poor behavior, but it ensures that we, as a school, are committed to the behavioral progress of students the same way that we are committed to their academic progress.    

    PBIS is a framework used by many schools throughout the state.  Though the specific elements of a PBIS program can be tailored to an individual school, the guiding principles the PBIS framework are the same:

    • All children can engage in positive behavior.   
    • Early intervention will prevent more serious behavioral problems later. 
    • Schools need to provide different kinds of behavior support. 
    • A child’s behavior progress is important just like their academic progress. 
    • Schools refer to data to make decisions regarding student behavior.  

    How is PBIS organized?

    PBIS utilizes a tiered approach, just like MTSS or RTII models.  

    Is PBIS a stagnant program?

    One of the most important aspects of PBIS is that it can be implemented in different phases and can evolve as the school changes.  Different elements can be added or altered depending on the needs of students and staff.   

~Consequences:
I reinforce natural and logical consequences in my classroom.  I try to use situations that arise as learning opportunities for children.  The goal is to stop poor behavior and help the students make more positive choices.  We are always working hard to be LEADERS.

Content…Social Studies & Science

~The fourth grade teachers work as a team to ensure optimal learning!  Students will be receiving lessons from all 3 fourth grade teachers.  We will be focusing on various social studies and science units.  Units include:  Scientific Method, Biology, Earth Science, Physics, PA Geography, PA History, PA Regions, and more.

 

Math Program

Our math program, “My Math”, spans all grade levels, K-6.  This program is linked to the Common Core Standards about which you have been hearing so much.
You may have noticed an increased level of difficulty and a more rigorous pace than has been the case in the past.  A major component of Common Core is rigor.
According to our new program, rigor is described as “pursuing with equal intensity these three facets of instruction:
~Students will develop a conceptual understanding.
~Students will learn procedural skills and develop fluency.
~Students will apply mathematical concepts.”
We encourage your support with your child’s homework each evening.  You may have noticed the “Homework Helper” section on the top of the homework sheet.  You can use this as a handy reference to the day’s lesson.
You will get more information in the near future regarding an at-home, online component to this program as another resource.  We appreciate your continued support as we learn with your child and help him/her be as successful as possible with math in fourth grade.

Math Homework:  Each evening, Monday through Thursday, students will typically bring home a math paper to complete.  Math homework should take no longer than 30 minutes to finish.  Math facts will be sent home in the future.  Thanks in advance for helping your child with his/her math homework each evening.

 **Concepts learned this year include:  addition, subtraction, place value, multiplication, division, decimals, fractions, geometry, problem solving

 

Reading, and Language Arts Program

 Reading– Our reading program consists of whole group lessons and reading, as well as reading books at each child’s own level.  We will be reading stories from our fourth grade anthology, reading shorter fiction and nonfiction texts, and learning how to read accurately and fluently while building comprehension skills.  Many important skills are included in this program in order to help students to become better readers.

In addition, students are encouraged to be reading independently at home each evening for at least 15 minutes.  Hopefully, you have already seen the reading letter sent home with instructions on how the at-home independent reading program works.  Please share in your child’s reading by reading aloud to them, or having them read aloud to you as well.  I appreciate your support with this program!

WritingIn fourth grade we focus on 3 main types of writing pieces:
personal narratives, informational, and persuasive.  We use the writing process, which includes the following steps…prewriting, writing/drafting, revising, editing, and publishing.  Our pieces will eventually be five paragraphs long.  Students will also be having grammar lessons as well.

 SpellingPLEASE NOTE:  For our 2020-2021 school year, students will only be practicing spelling words, learning their meanings, and using them in context.  We will NOT be having traditional spelling tests this year!

For each new lesson, we will have a pretest, and students will be given a list of 20 words to study.  These 20 “Core Words” are listed according to letter sounds.  Look for the new lists and pre-tests at the start of a new lesson.  Students will practice in class by working on their spelling packets and various spelling activities. Test dates will be announced.  Students who seek challenges may want to try the challenge words given each week.  Spelling City is one way to practice at home!