The schedule for the 4th grade S.O.L. has been created. Please schedule all doctor's appointments around these dates/times. Also, ensure that your child gets a good night's sleep the night prior to the test and eats a healthy breakfast on the day of the test. All tests will begin at approximately 8:15 A.M. and are untimed. If your child comes in after the test has begun, they will not be able to take the test that day.
Reading: Thursday, May 11.
VA Studies: Wednesday, May 17.
Math: Wednesday, May 24.
This week fourth graders will begin Clock Multiplication. They will start out writing the products to each fact in 1 1/2 minutes. After they have mastered this "club," they will graduate to the 1-minute, 45-, 30-, and 20-second clubs. Our class will do it every Wednesday. Your child will select two different X tables for each week. He/she then will review the clocks at school and at home. Any facts that are mastered will be recorded in your child's HW agenda on a prepared chart. I hope Clock Multiplication will enable your child to learn and review the X tables in a motivating manner!
Race to the Governor's House
We have already begun the Race to the Governor's House. It is a program designed to help students learn the material for the S.S. S.O.L.. Approximately every three weeks, your child will bring home a set of cards to study. The first set is coming home tomorrow. There is a total of nine sets of cards. Each new set will be a different color. At the end of the three week period, a test will be given in class. Your child will be required to write the answer on the test. Please help your child study the cards. The first week have your child study five or six cards daily. During the second week have your child review all the cards daily and quiz your child orally. During the third week it would be helpful to have your child write the answers to the questions on paper, since that is what will be required on the test at school. Reasonable (not perfect) spelling is expected on the test. The Race schedule can be found on the calendar located on this site.
Last Wednesday, the class began the 'Accelerated Math' program. This is a differentiated, self-paced program that we will be using for the majority of the school year. They are given a practice assignment every morning (M-Th) during the Core Extension block. On Fridays, they are given a test on all the objectives they mastered on the practice assignments (a maximum of 5). This will count as a weekly quiz grade. The test score sheet will be sent home in their Friday folders showing their grade and the number of objectives they passed for the week. Please look for these to come home every Friday.
Virginia Studies Textbook
The 4th grade Virginia Studies textbook is available online!! Log on to www.eharcourtschool.com. Your child's username and password were sent home today. They are also found in their agenda.
Online gradebooks for Nokesville have been synchronized with the Parent Portal and are now available for parents to view.
Beginning October 1, your child will be required to read and take a test on a minimum of one 'AR' book per month. The same expectation will be required throughout the remainder of the school year. I will count these test grades as one of your child's reading grades. Please remember that if your child reads more than one 'AR' book per month, I count the highest score as their test grade. Please ensure that he/she is reading a book that is on their assigned reading level. These were given after your child was given numerous assessments and are found on a label in the front of their agenda.