Welcome to Ms. DuBose’s 4th Grade Class
Hazelwood Elementary/Middle School 2019-2020
|Instructor||Room Number||Contact Information
Class Dojo Ms. DuBose 04-01
|Ms. Mardelphia DuBose||204||410-396-9098
About Me and My Philosophy
My name is Ms. DuBose and I am the teacher for class 4-01. I will be teaching your child, Math, Science, Language Arts, and Social Studies. I believe that all students have the right to a great education. This is my 28th school year and I am excited to teach each student and impart my knowledge.
Expectations and Goals
I expect that each student be respectful, responsible, and safe at all times this school year.
- 6 composition/spiral single subject notebooks
- 5 two-pocket plastic folders with prongs
- 3 packs #2 pencils with erasers
- 1 pack of black or blue pens
- 2 packs of glue sticks
- 1 pack of highlighters
- 1 box of crayons
- 1 box of colored pencils
- 1 box of markers
- 2 packs of “post-it” notes
- Pencil Sharpener
- 1 pair of child scissors
- 2 GB or larger flash drive
- An art smock or old t-shirt
For Community Use-Do Not Label:
2 large bottles of hand sanitizer
3 boxes of tissue
2 containers of baby wipes/hand wipes
What We’ll Learn This Year in the 4th Grade:
English: Our reading program provides for growth in comprehension, vocabulary, and fluency. Skills are taught through fiction and non-fiction literature. We use the Wit and Wisdom reading program.
Social Studies: Study of American History from the first Americans (Indians), explorers, colonization, and American Government. Many Skills are incorporated, and some work on the Presidents and the Constitution is included.
Math Course Topics:
Module 1: Place Value and Rounding: Place Value Chart and Place Value Cards: In Module 1, students make extensive use of place value tools, as they have done in earlier grade levels. Now, however, students work with the extended place value chart, which includes place values beyond hundreds, tens, and ones. They may also use place value cards as they have in earlier years to support their learning.
Module 2: Unit Conversion and Problem Solving: In Module 2, we use length, mass, and capacity in the metric system to convert between units using place value knowledge. We will explore the patterns in the place value system through metric unit conversions, and will use mixed unit conversions to prepare for fraction and decimal operations to come.
Module 3: Multi-Digit Multiplication and Division: In this module, we will start with applying multiplication and division to contexts such as area and perimeter to set the stage for multiplication and division of multi-digit whole numbers. We will practice various ways to model these problems, moving from concrete to abstract.
Module 4: Angle Measure and Plane Figures: This 20-day module introduces points, lines, line segments, rays, and angles, as well as the relationships between them. Students will construct, recognize, and define these geometric objects before using their new knowledge and understanding to classify figures and solve problems. Students will construct and measure angles, as well as create equations to find an unknown angle.
Module 5: Fraction Equivalence, Ordering and Operations: In this 41-lessonmodule, students explore fraction equivalence and extend this understanding to mixed numbers. They compare and represent fractions and mixed numbers using a variety of models. Toward the end of the module, they use what they know to be true about whole number operations to apply to fractions and mixed number operation.
Module 6: Decimal Fractions: Students explore decimal numbers and their relationship to decimal fractions (1/10, 1/100, etc.), learning to express a given quantity in both fraction and decimal forms. Students build on the work they did with fractions in Module 5, apply the same reasoning to decimal numbers, and set the stage for decimal operations in Grade
Science Course Topics:
Science in grade four focuses on providing students with the opportunity to learn concepts and skills in the life, earth, and physical sciences and to acquire scientific attitudes and habits of mind. The students’ study of science includes observing, measuring, recording, questioning, analyzing, identifying, and drawing conclusions. Through their explorations, students develop an understanding of and an ability to apply the components of the scientific method. Specifically, fourth graders explore the sciences within the framework of the following topics: “Science and Engineering Practices” (scientific inquiry and science process skills), “Weather and Climate” (water cycle, types of clouds, and severe weather), “Stars and the Solar System” (Earth, Sun, Moon and planets), “Forms of Energy – Light and Sound” (reflection, refraction, pitch, and volume), and “Characteristics and Growth of Organisms” (patterns of behavior and changes in the environment).
- Unit 1: It’s Electric
- Unit 2: Music To My Ears
- Unit 3: Roller Coaster
- Unit 4: Extreme Earth
- Unit 5: Where in the world
- Unit 6: Hot! Hot! Hot
Grading Information and Communication
The 4th grade team at Hazelwood Elementary/Middle will use the following grading practices. I will enter grades for each subject at least weekly. You can find updated information about grades at www.baltimorecitypublicschools.org/campus-portal.
All grades are the average of the quarterly grade.
|Assessments (70 Percent)||This category includes both formative (ongoing) and summative (culminating) of assessing student learning with the goals of supporting student growth and success. No single component should be weighted in a manner that it alone could cause a student to fail. Additionally, an adequate number of assessments must be given to allow a fair calculation of a grade.|
|Classwork (20 percent)||This includes practice work completed in the classroom setting.|
|Participation (5 percent)||This includes but is not limited to participation in classroom discussion, group work, and activities.|
|Homework (5 percent)||This includes all work completed outside the classroom. Enter your homework practice here, referring to the district’s recommended practice, if that matches your philosophy.|
Additional Information and Resources
I will provide makeup work within three (3) school days of the student’s last absence, and students must turn in assignments within seven (7) school days after they are provided by me. The time allowed for makeup work may be extended on a case-by-case basis for extenuating circumstances.
Reassessment and Support
With my agreement, a student may take an assignment that covers the same content that was covered in a prior assignment, and that grade can replace the previous grade. The specific questions must be changed from the prior exam, and the reassessment must occur in the same quarter, prior to the midterm or final examination.
I will try to contact you via the phone number provided to me or Class Dojo as soon as a student is in danger of failing a subject to implement a strategy. Should three interventions fail, I may refer the student to a Student Support Team Meeting.