“The Place for Academic Achievement”

Elneeta Jones, Principal

Ms. Armstrong

2011-2012Course Description:

In fourth grade, the basic facts of all four operations (+, -, x, and, ÷) will be used regularly and should be memorized in math class. This year (2011-2012) Baltimore city will be focusing more on the common core standards which will take full effect in 2014. Therefore, I encourage you to assist your child at home to master all skills especially the ones marked common core below. These are the topics to be covered before MSA.

Common core standards are marked *

4th Grade Math Topics:

Unit 1: Whole Number Concepts

Read, Write, Represent Whole Numbers*

Place Value and Expanded Form of Whole Numbers*

Compare and Order Whole Numbers*

Unit 2: Whole Number Computation 1

Add Whole Numbers*

Subtract Whole Numbers*

Estimate Sums and Differences*

Compare Values of Mixed Currency

Unit 3: Number Theory and Computation 2

Multiples

Factors

Multiply Whole Numbers*

Divide Whole Numbers*

Estimate Products and Quotients

Divisibility Rules

UNIT 4: Algebra 1

Numeric Patterns

Repeating Patterns

Growing Patterns

Solve for Unknown Quantities

Function Tables

Unit 5: Fraction Concepts

Proper Fractions and Mixed Numbers

Compare and Order Fractions and Mixed Numbers

Fractional Number Lines

Add and Subtract Proper Fractions and Mixed Numbers*

Unit 6: Statistics and Probability

Probability

Median, Mode and Range

Line Plots

Coordinate Grids

Line Graphs

UNIT 7: Algebra 2

Write Expressions

Equivalent Expressions

Write Relationships

Unit 8: Geometry 1

Angles

Transformations

Unit 9: Geometry 2

Geometric Solids

Nets for Cubes and Pyramids

Unit 10: Decimals

Read, Write, Represent Decimals

Place Value and Expanded Form of Decimals

Compare and Order Decimals

Add Decimals

Subtract Decimals

Estimate Decimal Sums and Differences

Unit 11: Measurement 1

Measure Length

Determine Equivalent Units of Length

Unit 12: Measurement 2

Perimeter

Area

Start time, Elapsed Time, and End Time

After MSA Math Topics

Unit 13: Fraction Concepts 2

Least Common Multiple

Equivalent Forms of Fractions*

Add and Subtract Proper Fractions with Unlike Denominators*

Unit 14: Simplify & Compare Fractions

Identify GCF and Simplify Fractions

Compare and Order Fractions with Unlike Denominators*

Unit 15: Decimal Notation for Fractions

Express a fraction with denominator 10 as an equivalent fraction with denominator 100*

Use decimal notation for fractions with denominators 10 or 100*

Compare two decimals to hundredths by reasoning about their size*

Unit 16: Whole Number Computation 2

Multiply Whole Numbers*

Divide Whole Numbers*

Science Topics

This year’s science curriculum has been infused with the STEM program, (Science, Technology, Engineering and math). This program is designed to encourage students to be critical thinkers so that they will be in line with the technical age that we are living in today. The following are the units that will be covered in the 4th grade science curriculum.

QUARTER 1

Unit 1: Material and Processes that Shape our Planet- STEM Unit- The Grand CanonUnit 2: Earth History

Unit 3: Astronomy

Unit 4: Hydrosphere and Atmosphere

QUARTER 2

Unit 5: Thermodynamics

UNIT 6: Mechanics- STEM Unit- Sheep in a Jeep

Unit 7: Organizing Matter

QUARTER 3

Unit 8: Diversity of Life- STEM Unit- Name that shell

Unit 9: Genetics

Unit 10: Evolution

QUARTER 4

Unit 11: Flow of Matter and Energy

Unit 12: Ecology and Environmental Issues -STEM Unit- oil spills

Grading Scale

A: 90-100

B: 80-89

C: 70-79

D: 60-69

F: 59 and below

* Be prepared with work and materials

* Keep the classroom clean

* Follow direction and work quietly

* Follow all rules as stated in the BCPS Handbook

**** These are five basic fourth grade rules that all students will be held accountable to. Additionally, I expect my students to enter my room quietly and do no unnecessary talking, get materials out, have two sharpened pencil, and begin working on their morning drill. There will be rewards for students who follow the all rules and consequences for those who don’t.

Make-Up Work

If your child is absent, he/she is responsible for obtaining the missed work from me and return it in a timely manner; normally the following day, unless we have agreed upon a specific date.

Homework

Students will be expected to complete weekly homework packets which are designed to have students practice all the skills needed to be successful in the MSA.

Homework should be completed only with pencil and must be signed by a parent. Students may start their homework in class if they are finished with all other assignments, that way I can clarify any questions or concerns they may have. Home work is collected every Friday and the new packet handed out. If students are absent that day they can turn in their packet on Monday and receive the new one for that week.

Students can also turn in their packet early if it is completed. They will receive one ‘No Homework Pass’ for each completed packet which can only be used for one day homework.

Quizzes/Drills & Tests

Student will receive a basic fact drill each morning before the lesson begins. Students will receive a pre and post unit test to determine what knowledge they already have and what they learned. They will also be required to complete a post test for each topic that has been taught. This will be graded, but it will help me to determine who needs further help with that particular topic. Those who need further help will be re-taught and will be given a second chance to retake the test.

Students are expected to bring all material home to adequately prepare themselves for all tests. I will be available for any assistance your child may need to prepare.

For the science curriculum students will be required to complete a pre-test in September and post test in May in the form of a benchmark assessment as well regular class tests that are designed by me. They will be required to complete numerous projects and carry out regular experiments. Students are required to follow all safety rules for science class. Please assist your child with at home projects and turn them in on the stated due dates, but do not complete the project for your child.

Journals

Each student will be required to have a spiral note book for math journal keeping and a composition note book for science. Journals will be kept at school and students will be prompted on when to complete an entry, what needs to be entered and how it should be done. All journals must be kept neat and clean at all times.

How to contact Ms. Armstrong

I am available, by appointment, during my planning block between 9:00 and 9:45 or immediately after school at 2:30 on most days. I can be reached by phone during these times or anytime afterschool (410-900-6246). You can also contact me through email at kaarmstrong@bcps.k12.md.us which I check daily, except on the weekends. You are also free to write me a letter if that works best for you. I want you to know that I am committed to helping you and your child in any way possible, so please do not hesitate to contact me.

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