Ravenswood Elementary School

Fourth Grade Overview

Fourth grade is a fun year. Our students are becoming used to the routines and workloads required. In fourth grade, we focus on building inclusivity and inquisitivity in the classroom.

You’ll find information on all of our fourth plans below. Please scroll down, or click on a link, to learn more.

 

Our Teachers

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

 

4th Grade Curriculum

IMG_8596.JPG
IMG_8597.JPG
IMG_8599.JPG

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.

IMG_8605.JPG

4th Grade Daily Schedule

Though every day is different, and we’re always learning new things, our average day looks 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!

IMG_8731.JPG

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.

IMG_8754.JPG

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.