Welcome to Fourth Grade Reading, Language Arts, and Social Studies!
Mrs. Hainsfurther's Bio:
Bachelor's Degree-Illinois College
Teacher Education Program-University of Illinois Springfield
Masters Degree in Education; Curriculum and Instruction-Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Passion-improving our students' reading/writing levels while inspiring life long readers and writers :)
Motto: Together let's inspire all students to learn how to learn through reading, and to develop a passion/love for great literature that will last a lifetime.
Did you know that research shows reading OUTSIDE of class is the real ticket to academic achievement?
Please continue to encourage your child to read independently every day, or to partner read with you to complete the monthly AR requirement. The next due date for an AR novel is Thursday, October 31st.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's Journeys is our new reading series. "Journeys is a research-based, comprehensive English Language Arts program designed to build the skills students need to become literate, lifelong learners while developing a true love of reading and writing."
The first week of school students will take a Group Placement Assessment. The result of this comprehension assessment will allow your child to be placed in a group with students who are reading at the same level; thus reading content is differentiated to meet the needs of students reading and comprehending at different levels. As the year progresses students are assessed and moved when appropriate.
We use textbooks for whole group instruction, differentiated readers (leveled books) for small group instruction, novels, Scholastic News, and the Promethean board/research to extend our learning. Reading outside of class and using additional resources are both stressed daily.
The theme throughout NMIS fourth grade for Unit 1 is "Reaching Out." The focus of our reading content is helping others, civil rights, media, raising money, and traditional tales.
We are set to enjoy a prosperous year of reading, reading, reading!
Success with reading provides the foundation for learning. Please take every opportunity to model reading for your child, read aloud to your children, listen to them read, and encourage independent reading along with critical thinking discussions between you and all of your children. Someday they will thank you.
Fourth grade students will also write for many purposes. We will follow the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts to empower students to become independent readers, researchers, note takers, writers, listeners, speakers, and critical thinkers who confidently approach and respond to Literature, Social Studies, and global questions. Mrs. Hainsfurther loves for students to write because it deepens comprehension and prepares students for a successful future!
Social Studies will be taught daily following the Illinois Learning Standards for Social Science. Emphasis will be placed on maps, geography, Illinois, government, economics, and the history of Illinois, the East and Midwest followed by the West. Students wil be asked to answer essential questions through inquiry, gathering and evaluating resources for evidence, and communicating conclusions. The learning opportunities gained through reading and studying Social Studies are never ending!
4H HOMEROOM SCHEDULE
8:10-9:30 Language Arts (Reading, Writing, Spelling) in homeroom
9:30-10:05 Social Studies in homeroom
10:05-10:35 PE Daily
10:40-11:05 Music on Mondays and Thursdays & Computers on Tuesdays and Fridays
11:15-12:00 Lunch and Recess
12:00-2:00 Math and Science with Mrs. Mulacek
2:00-2:30 FLEX Reading Centers and Small Group Instruction
2:30-3:00 Band/Study Hall
*Keep hands, feet, and other objects to yourself
*Keep all materials clear of walkways
*Rotate in an orderly fashion
*Act as a positive role model for your classmates
*Treat everyone as you would like to be treated
*Stay positive, use appropriate language and manners
*Keep your work area orderly and clean
*Stay on task and read/work until teacher dismisses you
*Do not distract your peers while they are trying to learn
*Record all assignments in your agenda daily
*Come to class prepared with all materials
*Turn in assignments on time with your name on your work and your best effort put forth