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    I am thrilled to be teaching your children this year!

    Below is some information about our classroom.  Feel free to contact me is by email: formak@nvnet.org 


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    Subject Summaries:


    Novels are used as the foundation of our reading program. We begin our year with reading Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing.  The students have a great time reading with expression. Vocabulary and comprehension activities are incorporated. Personal reflections are written in their Reader's Response Notebooks.                                                                                                  tales


    Guided and Individual Reading Levels: Each student is benchmarked three times a year to determine their guided and individual reading levels. Tiered reading instruction is an essential facet of our reading program. Students are expected to use these leveled texts during their independent reading time, particularly during Book Clubs and DEAR (Drop Everything and Read). Each student is held accountable for what he/she is reading by responding to his/her books in their Reading Response Notebooks. 

    Homework includes a minimum of 20 minutes of reading on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights. Students are to fill in their weekly Reading Logs daily and hand them in on Fridays. 

    Language Arts:

    Writing pieces in Fourth Grade are based on a theme and follow the writing process. Students plan outlines of paragraphs with graphic organizers and create first drafts. Then students participate in peer conferences and incorporate their suggestions and corrections. After that, a teacher conference is scheduled and further revisions are made. Then the work is written in script on a themed paper and shared with their classmates. Their work is then hung on the writing bulletin board. When one piece is ready to be displayed, the prior piece is taken down and added to their writing binder. By June, they will have a wonderful collection to bring home for you to treasure.

    During the year we will also use a Writer’s Notebook where students will write their own personal narratives. Using the writing process students will publish a story that is unique to them. It is a fulfilling and sometimes arduous process, but the author’s celebration at the end will fill each student with such a great sense of pride and accomplishment.


    This year, LLE is excited to roll out a new spelling program. We will focus on our assigned lists for two weeks. Week one will consist of definitions and week two will hone in on the proper spelling of the applied word lists.

    You can access the vocabulary at vocabulayworkshop.com  "Use the 2011 text, orange book"



    Go Math! is our math program in 4th Grade. Students have a hard covered text in school. I use the text as a guideline, but try to plan hands-on experiences to teach the concepts. The practice workbook is for homework, and worksheets done in class reteach and challenge the students. We have a chapter test at the end of each chapter. I will send home a review sheet that has the types of questions for that chapter test. I also spend the day before the test reviewing the concepts. As many of you know, our math program comes with terrific interactive tools for the students to use in the classroom as well as at home. 

    Fourth graders need to know basic addition, subtraction and multiplication facts. Check out my special links to some great sites where you can create flashcards or do online games. Flashcards and drills are important if your child does not rapidly recall these facts.

    Problem solving is a central focus of the math curriculum. Several individual and cooperative activities are provided to help teach concepts and skills. Over time the children develop skills to handle this kind of work. We strive for students to be competent in mathematical problem solving skills.


    Students enjoy hands on experiments every week. During the experiments we complete lab sheets. Each student is responsible for keeping a folder with all the experiments and observations for the year. We have four main topics and several small text modules.

    Topics include: Changes on the Surface of the Earth; Forces, such as electricity, sound, light, gravity; Matter which is simple chemistry with liquids, solids and gases; and Body Systems which is covered in Health class. Science is tested this year by the state NJASK.

    Social Studies:

    Our Social Studies teacher this year is Ms. Kim. Please feel free to contact her with any questions.


    The students will use a Health text book this year and read relevant articles from Current Health magazine. The conversation really sparks during Health class! Every student becomes an active participant. Students will have the chance to act out many scenarios and write skits that reflect everyday situations that they may find themselves in.

    Health is a lot of fun and we cover many topics; Personal Health and Wellness, Growth and Development, Systems of the Body, Character Development, and more!


    Test Folders:

    I will send home tests and compositions on Wednesdays. Please review the papers with your child. There are directions for test corrections in the test folder. Once corrected, please sign and return each sheet and return the folder to class by Friday.