OUR SCHOOL DAY
Each day, we begin our math block with a warm up activity, to get our brains ready to think math. Typically, these are from a resource called "Daily Math Practice" - but I have a wide variety of others available. We also warm up with several activities from our "Math's Mates" resource. Both of these activities are wonderful ways to keep learned skills fresh, as well as get a sneak peak at newer skills. Then we go into the lesson for the day. We work with the "Go Math!" curriculum, which has been used by Highland for the past several years. Typically we will teach one lesson per day, starting with a whole group lesson. We may move to small, differentiated groups for a period of time, and then close the lesson with the whole group again. At the end of the block, students will often be asked to complete an "Exit Ticket." This tells me whether or not each student has learned that days' skill. With that information, I decide next steps - reteach or move on.
My goal for this year is to encourage students to THINK and problem-solve for themselves. Each student has plenty of background knowledge in math instruction to be able to tackle most problems. YES, we will learn new skills, but math builds upon itself so those previous experiences are so important to each new skill we learn.
For "Block 1" - I have my home room. For "Block 2" - I have Mrs. Storebo's homeroom. For "Block 3" - I have Mrs. Butler's homeroom.
We have a planner that I will have the kids write in. Typically, any particular news or important information will be written on the appropriate date. I encourage you to check those planners regularly to stay up to date!
We also have a black folder in their binders. That folder is for school/home communication. School policy is that we send home notes, flyers, etc. on Mondays, so that would be a good day to check that folder. I also send home graded work whenever it is complete, but not on any particular day. I ask that the kids put that in those black folders to go home as well.
The nature of how math is taught these days causes problems for homework. I totally understand the frustration for parents when students say "that's not how they taught us at school!!!" -- and then there are tears for both parent and child. For this reason, I do not send home any homework from our book. It isn't worth the stress for you all at home.
Having said that, it is CRUCIAL that your child has a handle on their basic math facts. They should be automatic! For example, I ask "what is 8 x 4?" - they should know it is 32 without any hesitation.
Other skills that will not be taught, but that are very important, are time and money. Fourth graders are not taught to tell time as that is a skill that should already be solid. Money is covered when we learn about decimals, but they need to have a basic understanding of the value of each coin and bill.
So, homework is basic -- practice basic math facts, time, and money!
If you feel that you need resources for your child so that you can help them along during the year, please reach out to me and I am happy to supply you with whatever I can!
8:15 - 9:45 - Block 1
9:45 - 11:10 - Block 2
11:10 - 11:30 - Lunch
11:30 - 11:55 - Recess
12:00 - 1:30 - Block 3
1:30 - 2:20 - Specials
2:20 - 2:35 - Snack, Class Meeting
2:35 - 2:50 - Recess
2:50 - 3:10 - Reflection, Pack up/Clean up
Culley's Home Room Specials Schedule
This year there are only 4 specials: PE, Music, Art, and Technology. Monday through Thursday are set:
Fridays, the specials schedule rotates from week to week, and I will have the kids write that special in their planners.