Ravenswood Elementary School

Fourth Grade Overview

Update from the 4th Grade Team for the 2019-2020 School Year!

The 4th grade teacher team has some great news to share with all of you!  In September, we will begin a partially departmentalized program. This means Ms. Stallard will focus on teaching English Language Arts (Reading and Writing), Ms. Manocha will focus on teaching Math and Science/Social Studies and Ms. Gangichiodo will team teach with both teachers to provide support for Diverse Learners.   

Our rationale:    

  • To help ease the transition to a fully departmentalized program in 5th grade where students transition between 4 different teachers for core subjects and across the building.  In 4th grade, students will only transition between 2 teachers and just across the hallway.    

  • Helps students learn to improve their executive functioning skills (set of processes that all have to do with managing oneself and one's resources in order to achieve a goal).  

  • Students are exposed to different teaching styles of more than one teacher.

  • Students have a release of energy as they transition between classes

  • Teachers get to know all students in grade thus creating a strong 4th grade community. 

  • More specialized instruction and attention in each content area

  • Teachers can become experts in their content area

What This Looks Like For Kids: 

  • Students will have a homeroom teacher (either Ms. Manocha in 305 or Ms. Stallard in 304) with whom they will begin their day and end their day.  

  • Students’ belongings will stay in their homeroom.

For questions, concerns or comments of support, please contact Dr. Singleton at psingleton@cps.edu.  Please scroll down, or click on a link, to learn more about the rest of our fourth grade plans:

 

Our Teachers

Please feel free to email your student’s teacher directly to discuss any questions or concerns.

 

4th Grade Curriculum

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In 4th grade, we study reading, writing, Everyday Math, social studies and science. As we do in the rest of our grades, we follow a differentiated learning approach in 4th grade, to ensure students can work at the pace and level that best encourages them.

Reading & WRITING

In reading, students learn to interpret characters, read realistic fiction, read and evaluate non-fiction (including an in-depth study of the American Revolution and Westward Expansion), and read historical fiction (including learning about different cultures through historical fiction). We’ll learn how to write realistic fiction, personal and persuasive essays, and informational writing, which will tie into our studies of the American Revolution. We’ll also learn how to write literary essays and how to write about fiction.

Mathematics

In mathematics, using our Everyday Math curriculum, we’ll study multi-digit addition and subtraction, multiplication, geometry, fractions and decimals, division and angles, measurement, and fractional operations and applications.

Social Studies & Science

In social studies, we’ll study community building, US regions, the American Revolution and Westward Expansion (connecting back to our reading and writing focus), and the World’s Fair. In science, we’ll be studying energy, waves, the Earth’s place in the universe, and life sciences.

PROBLEM SOLVING AND SOLUTIONS

In 4th grade, we focus on social emotional skill building. Our students hold regular class meetings to give compliments, offer solutions to new class problems, and follow-up on prior solutions. Our classroom solution choices include: teacher reminders, breaks at our peace place, a break with the school counselor, individual reflection, reflection with the teacher, a drink of water, or collaboration with family. Students may select a solution they think may help them most or a teacher may select one for them, depending on the situation.

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4th Grade Daily Schedule

In the 2019-2020 school year, our fourth graders begin to transfer classrooms to learn new subject areas. In addition to going to a new room for our essentials classes, as they’ve done since Kindergarten, students now also transfer across the hall for reading or math / science / social sciences. The typical day will look something like this:

  • 8:45 - 9:05 Breakfast, unpack, word work

  • 9:05 - 9:15 Morning meeting

  • 9:15 - 9:45 Reading

  • 9:45 - 10:45 Dance, Art, P.E., Drama

  • 10:45 - 11:40 Writing

  • 11:45 - 12:40 Lunch, recess

  • 12:40 - 1:20 Researcher’s Workshop

  • 1:20-1:45 Read Aloud or Class Meeting

  • 1:45 - 2:15 Goal-Driven Learning Time

  • 2:15-3:45 Math

 

4th Grade Homework & Grading Approach

Grading Approach

Grading is based on a standard scale:

  • 100-90% - A - Exceeding 4th Grade Standards

  • 89-80% - B - Above 4th Grade Standards

  • 79 - 70% - C - Meeting 4th Grade Standards

  • 69 - 60% - D - Below 4th Grade Standards

  • 59% or below - F - Well Below 4thh Grade Standards

Grades are based on student performance in each of our curriculum categories. Please reach out to your child’s teacher for more information on specific sections. Report cards are sent home quarterly.

Homework

We do have homework in 4th grade. That usually includes:

  1. Finishing any classwork or math homework sent home

  2. Word study from our menu (Tuesday through Friday) - we have a practice test on Friday and a quiz on Monday!

  3. Reading every night for at least 30 minutes. Studies have shown that kids need to read 60 minutes a day minimally to become fluent readers. We encourage students to read as much as possible!

  4. Book Club Assignments (if not finished at school)

  5. Plus a challenge: Do Xtra Math or JiJi at Home!

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Our 4th Grade Community!

We welcome all parents, guardians and family of fourth graders to join our classroom community! You can join us in a variety of ways.

Our teachers send out a monthly newsletter. Please send them your email address to get the latest news and updates.

If you’re on Facebook, please join our class Facebook page. You’ll find playdate and party invites, discussions, and questions posted here. Please note that this is a closed Facebook group, so conversations are private, and we will ask you to confirm your student’s name.

We always need help getting organized. Your teachers can share more details. Please note that, per CPS policy, you do need to be a registered volunteer. You can also send a note to our room parents for more great ways to get involved.

Field Trips

In 4th grade, our field trips align with our studies, and take advantage of all of the wonderful opportunities our city has to offer. For example, we’ll plan a field trip to Chinatown as we begin to study different cultures as part of our social studies and reading curriculum.

 

Supplies, Wish Lists & Donors Choose

Your financial support of our classrooms is very much appreciated!

 

Supply Lists

You can purchase school supplies through Yubbler, buy them from Amazon Smile using the list here (we get credit for referring you, plus the Smile donation) or choose your favorite store.

Wish Lists

We wish our school supplies lasted all year. Since they don’t, we’ve made wish lists of materials that we really need to replace. If you can, please support our students with these additional purchases.

Ms. Stallard: http://a.co/2wuuFSU

Donors Choose

For larger classroom purchases, or for capital supplies like bookcases or seating, we request grants and funding from Donors Choose. Your support of our projects helps our students and may be tax deductible.

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Parent Supports

Parenting is never easy. We’re here to help.

Our school counselor provides counseling, free of charge, to all Ravenswood students. Families are encouraged to reach out at any time.

You can download introductory presentations from our teachers by clicking on the button below.

If you have any questions or concerns about your student’s schoolwork, classroom behavior, social & emotional skills, or academic performance, please feel free to email your teacher.