Mrs Kofman

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Mrs. Kofman

Welcome to Fourth Grade!

Dear Parents and Students,

Welcome to fourth grade! I am very excited to be spending the upcoming year with all of you. I hope that everyone had a wonderful summer and is ready to begin another productive school year. Our classroom will be a safe place for discussion, difference of opinions, and practicing team building skills. Along with gaining academic skills, this year we will also focus on what it means to be a kind and thoughtful person. We will practice how to encourage and support one another on a daily basis. This year will also be filled with hands-on activities and projects to help student learn and “own” information. Meeting individual and classroom goals will be emphasized throughout all of our work.

Every day in class, we will spend time working on reading skills and strategies using Scott Foresman’s Reading Street books. This series includes grammar, writing, spelling and a literature based reader. The reading skills will be further reinforced and enriched by using chapter books in our class on a regular basis.

Fourth grade curriculum in math involves estimation, problem solving, fraction and decimal operations and computation, graphs, geometry and measurement, pattern and relationship, number sense. We will begin the year with a review of multiplication and division concepts and facts. Our text is “Envision Math” by Scott Foresman. It is designed to teach the material necessary to meet the standards of the math frameworks for the state.

In the area of Spelling, a new list of words will be assigned weekly. Students will be given different types of work with new words introduced every day. On Thursdays, children will be tested on the list of spelling words for that week.

This year, we will do a great deal of writing. We will learn how to write long compositions, short stories, and poems. The students will keep their work in their Writing Portfolios.

In Social Studies, we will be learning about states and regions of our country. Also, we will learn more about our Westfield community.

As part of our Science curriculum, we will begin the year with unit of Earth’s Land Resourced. We will learn how moving water, wind and ice shape the land; natural resources and conservation efforts; consequences of producing and disposing of trash.

Homework will be assigned daily, Monday through Thursday, and will be written down in the students’ assignment notebook. The purpose of the homework is to reinforce the curriculum being taught.

During the course of the school year, I will be collaborating with two other 4th Grade teachers: Mr. King and Ms.Bush.  Together, we will work on various projects, lessons and activities.   

Attendance is very important as we have so many wonderful things planned. If your child is out sick, please send in a note upon their return. If your child will be dismissed early, or be taking a different bus home, please send in a note so we are all aware of the change.

Each student may bring a water bottle to have on his/her desk at all times.

If possible, I would like each child to purchase the following materials for school:

  • 2 one-subject spiral notebooks ( for Science and Social Studies)
  • Pencils
  • Eraser tops
  • Highlighter (any color)
  • A ruler
  • One pair of scissors
  • One box of tissues   

    I am sure with good communication, support, and cooperation between home and school, this year will be very successful one for each student. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions, concerns, or comments. I know we’ll have a fun and learning-filled year!

     

     Homework Policy Grade 4K

    Dear Parents,

    As we begin the year, it is important that we work together to establish efficient and helpful homework routine. Homework will be assigned on a daily basis during the school week. There will rarely be assignments over the weekends with the exceptions of long range projects from time to time.

    All of the students have an assignment notebook. They will copy their assignments off the board each day before dismissal. I will verify that every child has copied the assignment into their notebook before they leave for the day.

    Homework will include 20 minutes of reading from a child chosen book in addition to the assignment for the day. Homework should not take longer than 20-30 minutes to complete. Please let me know if the assignment took longer, or leads to frustration. If your child becomes frustrated, please end homework time after 30-40 minutes and write me a note. Attached are the homework expectations that we have discussed, and helpful hints for choosing a homework area. I realize that family life is busy and I will work with you and your child to help promote a homework routine that eliminates any stress.

    Please sign this sheet and return to me with your child.

     

     

     4K Homework Help

    Homework Hints

    - Find a calm, clean work area (no TV, music, or distractions)

    - Bring all necessary supplies to the homework area (keep supplies in a container such as a shoe    box, basket, etc.)

    - Set aside a time each day for homework

    - Check your assignment notebook and folder daily

    Homework Supplies

  • Pencils
  • Erasers
  • Crayons
  • Colored pencils
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Dictionary
  • Extra paper

4K Homework Expectations

 -All homework should be completed in pencil (unless otherwise stated for a specific assignment)

-All work must be labeled with your name and the date

-Your work should be completed neatly

-Homework should be clean, unstained, and unwrinkled

-Edit your work/Check it over

-When completing a writing assignment use your own words

-Always do your best work

 

Room 24’s Classroom Contract

As a classroom we have listed below the rules and expectations that will be followed throughout the year. Please sign below and keep in your child’s folder.

 

1. Treat others how you want to be treated

2. Be kind to one another

3. Raise your hand

4. Do not talk while others are talking

5.  Be respectful of all people

6. Be respectful of classroom supplies

7. Be respectful of personal space

8. Do your best work

9. Follow all safety rules (walking feet in the hallway, keep hands to yourself etc.)