4th Grade

The Fourth Grade Teachers
Mrs. England

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Mrs. Jones

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Mrs. Merklin

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Mrs. Varrelmann

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Fourth grade classes are self-contained with the exception of math, social studies, and science. Classes are scheduled using a five day cycle.

The fourth grade student is entering a new scene... a new way of seeing things. School and studies inform fourth graders about the real world. Math can be used to solve shopping problems. Stories they read have real plots. The skills practiced in the earlier grades now can be put to use. Students can actively contribute to their own lives. They want to discover more!

School Day
8:00 am-Playground Supervised
8:15 am-Entrance bell
8:30 am-Classes begin
11:55 am - 12:20 pm - Lunch
12:20 - 12:45 pm - Noon Recess
2:00 - 2:15 pm- Afternoon Recess
3:20 pm - Dismissal (2:20 on Wednesdays)

Special Area Classes
Physical Education

Ways you can help your fourth grader do well in school

Encourage your child and praise his/her efforts in school.
Discuss with your child what he/she learns each day.
Practice spelling words and math fact triangles with your child.
Ask your child's opinion. Provide opportunities for discussion.
Provide a quiet place for your child to study.
Take trips to the library.
Watch and discuss television shows about nature, foreign lands, or history.
Visit museums, historical sites, markets, and local businesses. Talk about what you see.
Make sure your child gets enough sleep. (Children work best when they receive 9 hours of sleep on a consistent schedule going to bed and getting up at the same time.)
Provide your child with a nourishing breakfast. (School does have a breakfast program if needed)
Make sure your child has school supplies, and replenish them when needed.
Have your child dress appropriately for the season. (Long or short sleeves, jackets, winter coats, snow pants, boots, mittens, etc.)
Help your child to understand the viewpoints and interests of others.
Make all kinds of reading materials available.
Be supportive of your child's interest in being part of a group. Group experiences can help your child learn the important life skills of sharing ideas, working out conflicts, and taking leadership positions.

(Adapted from Scott Foresman - Home School Connection)

Fourth Grade Courses of Study

Word Works Math
Sentence Writing Place Value and Time
Parts of Speech Adding and Subtracting Whole Numbers and Money
Punctuation and Capitalization Multiplication and Division Concepts
Sentence Structure Multiplying by 1 and 2 digit Factors
Spelling Dividing by 1-Digit Factors
Reading Measurement
Daily Oral Language Problem Solving
Literature Fractions & Decimals
Time For Kids

Social Studies Focus:
Bringing it to life by traveling to each state with hands-on activities and virtual tours. Map Skills
Regions of the United States Geography

Scientific Inquiry or Science Method: Special Projects:
Electricity Field trip to the Fire Station
Sound Field trip to the Science Center in DesMoines
Energy in Motion Leader Dog Puppy Program / 4th Grade Store
Light Giving Garden
Rocks & Minerals
Project Lead the Way
Plants/Community Garden

Web sites for Kids and Parents
Math Sites
Math practice and activities
Johnnie's Math Page
Language Arts games and more
Language Arts/Reading
The Teachers Cafe
E-Learning for Kids