We look forward to a year of growth, citizenship and community!!!
Reading class is a 90-minute block. Thirty minutes are devoted to whole group reading. Students will then work in groups or individually for at least one hour. Skills will be targeted to your child’s needs at this time. Students enjoy working in groups through use of textbooks, trade books, newspapers, and articles. Students also practice reading skills by using FCAT Explorer via the Internet. Students may access the HCES Library via http://destiny.ocps.net/
4th grade students are expected to read 30 minutes or more at home. This reading will be recorded in their Reading Logs daily. Leisure reading promotes literacy. Parents that support reading at home will foster stronger readers. Each student is expected to read an Accelerated Reader book at his or her level each month. Upon completion of the book, students should take and pass one or more AR test a month.
Students will use the Envision Math textbooks to support our math curriculum. Parents can go to https://www.pearsonsuccessnet.com/snpapp/login/login.jsp to get help or find the practice page for the homework. The beginning of the year will be review. During this time, students will be expected to solidify math facts learned in the 3rd grade. These facts are the building blocks of our 4th grade curriculum. All students are expected to memorize and have quick recall of math facts by no later than October. Students will learn a variety of skills and will work to apply these skills to real-life math.
Fourth Grade is a year for writing! We work very hard to build on 3rd grade skills. Students will learn to write personal narratives and expository essays. HCES teachers use Write Traits as a foundation for writing while supplementing lessons with our writing curriculum. Your child will learn everything from sentence structures to writing stories that have voice. The FCAT Writes is given in late Febraury/early March. Students work vigorously to prepare for this test. 4th Grade writing also includes reports, letter writing, and PAWS stories. It is a lot of fun! Students love to express themselves through journal writing, prompts, and poetry!
Our year is packed with scientific inquiries! Focus is given to the scientific method while learning about concepts in the areas of Life Science, Physical Science, Earth Science, and Space and Technology. We have been able to acquire several on-campus presentations to enhance our science curriculum. 4th Grade students work with the 1st graders in our Science Buddy program. Science Buddies are trained to help 1st grade to do their own inquiries. We culminate the year with our annual Science Fair. At this time, students apply the steps of the Scientific Method to their own science inquiry. This wonderful project supports learning from all subject areas.
Florida history is the focus for 4th grade. Students learn about geography, map skills, history, and government. We take a trip to St. Augustine and invite a Native Floridian to support our curriculum. Students love to see the information from the textbook come to life! In the spring, we prepare for the Annual HCES Multicultural Fair. We study the continent of South America. Each 4th grade class focuses on a country. This information is presented to students school wide during Multicultural Fair Day.
Organization and Grading
Please take the opportunity to monitor your child's progress. OCPS schools have acquired the Progress Book program so that you may view your child’s grades as often as you like. Parents and students are given confidential access codes. Teachers post grades weekly. 4th grade teachers use rubrics and points to grade your child.
Students are all given planners at the beginning of the year. Students are required to write in their planner daily. Parents should check completed homework and give support as needed. Planners should be signed daily (Monday-Friday).
Students will bring home Friday folders or envelopes with corrected papers and pamphlets. Please look through this information on Friday. This will help your child complete any missing work before school on Monday.
If any questions or concerns arise, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher. Our weekly homework is posted on Progress Book; however, please know that the information in your child's planner will be the most current homework. Teachers will send newsletters monthly via email to enhance communication between school and home. Paper copies are available at request.