Mrs. McCullough's Fourth Grade Classroom
Elms Road Elementary Room 141 School Phone # (810) 591-1251
Swartz Creek, Michigan Classroom Phone (810) 591-1271.
On Tuesday, October 21, the 4th and 5th grade classes will be going to the Whiting Auditorium to watch a presentation called, “Drum is the Thunder, Flute is the Wind”. This presentation begins at 12:15, so we will be leaving Elms Road around 11:00 or 11:30. This event is at no cost to your child. Lunch times will be altered on this day to accommodate the time of the presentation. A signed permission slip went home with your child Monday.
The end of the marking period is October 31. We do not give letter grades in elementary at Swartz Creek. The students will receive a 1, 2, or 3. Rarely will a student receive a 4. This report card will include the following assessments:
Common Core Math Standards
Clearly communicates mathematical thinking-Students are able to clearly explain math using math vocabulary.
Understands place value - This means that your child is able to recognize place value is 10 X the place to right. He or she is able to read, write, expand, compare multi-digit numbers and use place value to round numbers.
Fluently Adds and Subtracts whole numbers Children will frequently be given four problems for me to assess. You may see a 1, 2, 3, or 4 written on the paper. This is the assessment.
Common Core Reading Standards
Retells using details and examples from the text - I will use the results on the DRA test for this assessment. We will be working on this throughout the year. Students need to be able to explain their thinking clearly.
Refers to details and examples in a text when drawing inferences from the text I will use the results on the DRA test for this assessment. We will be working on this throughout the year.
Summarizes a text to determine a theme I will use the results on the DRA test for this assessment. We will be working on this throughout the year.
Reads and comprehends grade level literature I will use Accelerated Reader, DRA, and STAR test.
Knows and applies grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words - I will use STAR test results and DRA results.
Reads accurately and fluently to support comprehension - I will use DRA and DIBELS assessments.
Common Core Writing Standards
We write every day with one major project due every four to eight weeks. This marking period, the students are working on writing personal narratives. The final project will be due in two weeks.
Text Types and Purposes
Introduction: Focuses on chosen topic -The students should have a good lead sentence and a first paragraph that grabs the readers attention. I will use the personal narrative final project to assess.
Develops the topic with supporting details or facts- The students have had many lessons on how to add details to their writing. I will use the personal narrative final project to assess.
Links ideas with words and phrases- The students need to use words first, then, next to move their writing forward. I will use the personal narrative final project to assess.
Conclusion: Provides closure of the topic - I will use the personal narrative final project to assess.
Production and Distribution of Writing
Strengthens writing by planning, writing, revising, editing, or publishing -The students need to show evidence that they are planning their writing by showing their graphic organizer. They need to show their rough draft with evidence of revision and editing. Then the students will need to turn in a personal narrative final project.
Range of Writing
Sustains independent writing- The children need to be actively working on their writing every day. During conference times, they will show me what they have been working on. I will assess mostly
Demonstrates a command of the grade-level conventions of standard English grammar and usage - This includes all writing across the curriculum. The focus is using capital letters correctly, writing using complete sentences, and understands subjects, predicates, nouns, and action verbs.
Applies correct spelling of grade level words in written word-I will assess spelling in the following ways:
1. Spell No Excuse words correctly in writing
2. Spell content vocabulary words correctly in all writing
3. Know and use common spelling rules
4. Spell homophones and look alike words correctly
5. Be familiar with spelling patterns
6. Actively engage in word study activities and record in word study notebook
Start & End Times for Students Elementary: 8:40 a.m. – 3:40 p.m.
AM ½ Days
8:40 a.m. – 11:55 a.m.
Early Release Days
8:40 a.m. – 1:30 p.m
Note: This is our second year having early release days.
Cell Phone Policy
Cell Phone Policy – Please remind your child that if you require them to bring a cell phone to school, it must remain in their backpack and turned off during school time. We've had several incidents with students carrying cell phones or leaving them on. Active cell phones during school hours cause distractions to learning and class time activities. If this rule is broken, our school policy is to confiscate the cell phone, turn it into the office and have the child’s parent come and pick up the phone. Thank you for your help with this matter!
Children may bring in birthday treats. It should be something that is quick and easy. For example, it could be some sort of candy, cookies, or cupcakes. It is also a good idea to send napkins. It is best to drop it off in the morning, so I can figure out the best time to serve it. Today we have 27 students in our classroom. It could change by Tuesday.
Mark you calendar!
Elms Halloween parties are two different times.. Our class party will be October 31 at 9:30. The parade will be a 10:30. Parents are welcome to come.
We will need plates, cups, donuts and 2 gallons apple cider for our party. Please send a note with your child if you are able to bring any of these items. We have 25 students in our class.
Our Special Schedule
Our special schedule is a little bit complicating. Instead of a schedule being on one particular day, it rotates every three days. Also every sixth day, we have an extra special at the end of the day. Until November, that extra special is with Mr. Dutcher in the gym and the children will be released from there.
This makes it a little difficult to know when to bring tennis shoes for gym so each week I will try to post our gym schedule here.
Three Can Thursday – Three Can Thursday will officially start this week. This helps raise money for PTA.
The next PTA meeting will be Monday, October 13th at 4:00 pm. Hope to see you there!
There will be free childcare and activity/ craft provided.
Keep sending in those Box Tops and Labels for Education. Classroom contests will be starting up soon and every Box Top and Label count!
Every month children are rewarded for good behavior by participating in the Super Kid event. Children who receive six checks for not turning in homework or not following school rules do not participate. These events and dates are tentative. A note will go home soon for walking to McDonalds on October 3 weather permitting. We will need chaperones for this event. .A permission slip will go home soon.
Remember gym shoes
Scholastic Book Orders
Every Friday we have a popcorn sale for twenty-five cents a bag. The proceeds go to a different classroom to spend on supplies.
Snacks and Water Bottle
Children are allowed to eat snacks in the classroom. It should be a healthy snack. I also allow the children to have water bottles on their desk. The bottles need to have a top on them and should be filled with water only.
September Event: McDonalds & Elms Park Date: October 8rd - PM
October Event:to be announced
Date: October 29th -AM
November Event: Elms Cinema Date: November 26th – PM
December Event: Board Game Day
Date: January 9th - PM
January Event: Bowling* Date: January 30th - AM
February Event: Elms Cinema Date: February 27th - PM
March Event: Minute to Win It Date: March 26th - PM
April Event: McDonalds & Elms Park
Date: May 1st - PM
May Event: Scavenger Hunt Date: May 28th - PM