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.
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.
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.