4M May End of Year Assessment Dates

Dear 4M Families,

Please see the end of year assessment dates below for your reference.

Please make sure students come to school on-time, well-rested, and fed on these days, so they can do their best on the assessments.

NWEA MAP Reading – Tuesday, May 17 & Wednesday, May 18     8:30-9:30 am

NWEA MAP Language -Tuesday, May 25      10 – 11 am

NWEA MAP Math – Thursday, May 27           10 – 11 am

Extended Time/Make-ups    Friday, May 21 & Friday, May 28

Students who want additional time on the assessment will be provided with extended time. The timed sessions represent how long it takes a typical student to finish.

Fountas & Pinnell Reading Assessments (Student reads aloud and interprets text 1:1 with teacher) –

Individual assessments administered each day May 17- May 28

Thank you for your attention to this and please let me know if you have any questions or concerns,

Ms. McNally

Conferences

Dear Fourth Grade Families,

Please plan to have your children attend the conference with you. They’ll spend a few minutes at the beginning of the conference sharing their socio-emotional and academic reflections with you. The idea is for them to get more comfortable communicating about their own progress, challenges, and successes, as in middle school they will need to begin leading the conferences themselves.

If you feel there is anything we need to discuss privately later on, we can have your child step out after they’ve shared their reflections.

Thank you and please let me know if you have any questions or concerns about this.

Ms. McNally

Opinion & Persuasive Writing

Dear Fourth Grade Families,

We are currently working on a unit on persuasive writing, an important genre in fourth grade. Students are learning to write essays that state a clear and important thesis and support their thesis with a variety of types of evidence, such as stories, examples, and quotations. They are learning to structure essays into introductions, body paragraphs, and conclusions and to use transition phrases to make the relationships between their ideas and evidence clear.

I am attaching here a couple examples of the type of work that is expected in our Writer’s Workshop curriculum. Please click the links below to take a look. A fourth grade example and a fifth grade example are included to give you an idea of the work that would meet and would exceed expectations.

G5_OpinionEssay

G4_OpinionEssay

Let me know if you have any questions about this.

Thanks!

Ms. McNally

 

Scope and Sequence of Math Curriculum

Dear Fourth Grade Families,

In the above image you can see an overview of our fourth grade math curriculum. Currently we are in Unit 5 – Computation of Fractions and Mixed Numbers. Next month, we will move onto Unit 6 which focuses on Division.

On this site from the University of Chicago, you can find tips for supporting our math curriculum at home as well as more information about each unit: https://everydaymath.uchicago.edu/parents/4th-grade/em4-at-home/

We welcome any questions about curriculum.

Thanks!

Ms. McNally