4th Grade is Fabulous!

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Welcome to 4th Grade!
I am just thrilled to be your 4th grade teacher this year! Please take a moment to explore our classroom website to learn more about your new teacher and what we will be learning.  If you are in my homeroom for the 2017-18 school year, I will be your Math, Science, & Social Studies teacher.  You will have Mrs. Stern (a super awesome teacher) for Literacy class.  Although 4th grade in a new school may seem a little scary at first, I promise you that before long you will be walking around Indian Hill like you own the place!   I am so excited to learn and grow together this year.  I can't wait to meet you on the first day of school!   Love, Mrs. Atkinson

Back-To-School Night Presentation
This year Parent Night for 4th grade will be held on Tuesday, September 12, 2017.  Just in case you missed it (or want a sneak peek), here is the presentation that Mrs. Atkinson will share. (NOTE: this one is actually from last year).  There will also be an informational packet distributed.  If you are not able to attend, or the date above is past and you would like a packet, just let me know.  Happy viewing!

Supplies for 2017-2018:
The 4th grade supply list is posted on the Indian Hill website (and also at the bottom of this page).  This is a general list for all 4th grade students.  If you ordered the supply packet to be delivered to the classroom, you are all set!  If not, please follow the list attached or on the website.  I am not requesting any additional supplies for my classes (the list is quite extensive as it is!).  However, I will recommend that your spiral math notebook that you'll need for math class is a heavy duty, Five-star brand or similar with paper size 8.5 x 11. The paper size is important because we will be using this notebook as an interactive math journal and will be gluing down regular size paper(8.5x11) directly into the notebook.  So if your page size is too small, the papers we glue down will not fit and will have to be cut (huge time waster!). Personally, I went shopping for my notebook and found this one at Walmart.  It is a 3 subject instead of a 1 subject (which is totally okay, actually even better).  Last year I ran out of paper, so it never hurts to go bigger!  I also like it because it has a reinforced spine that is covered and some great pockets and tabs inside.  

I'm not sure what the pre-ordered supply kits include, so it might not be a bad idea to purchase an additional math notebook that is durable.  Remember:  the paper size should be larger (8.5x11).  If you could label your notebook with your first and last name on the inside, that would be great.  I will have a name label pre-printed for you to add to the front along with a larger label that designates your notebook as your math notebook.    It would be fabulous if students also have an assortment of colorful writing implements to use for writing in their interactive notebooks in math, science, and social studies.  Colored pencils are on the original list, but thin markers and/or colored pens might be a good option as well.  Having a good pair of personal scissors to keep in your pencil case is a LIFESAVER!  Write your initials or name on them in permanent marker and treat them like gold!  It will save you a ton of time to always have scissors on hand and not have to get up to borrow from the supply center (or search for them around the room!).  One of your folders (you'll need 7) will be used as your "Take Home Folder".  This will be your main folder that travels back and forth to school and home every day.  Feel free to get a fancy folder that you love!  You'll be looking at this folder every day for sure!  You will also be using many composition notebooks this year.  Several are for literacy, but the ones you'll need for me are a SCIENCE NOTEBOOK and a SOCIAL STUDIES NOTEBOOK.  Both of these composition books will be brimming with information when we are done with them at the end of the year!  I always like to pick out a special notebook with a fancy cover that I won't tire of looking at, but plain black and white composition notebooks are perfectly fine too.  

Here's the  composition notebook I picked out this year:

20170819_084121.jpgCool, right? What I like is that it has thicker paper, a sturdy cover, and even a pocket on the inside! I got 2 of them (purchased at Walmart for about $3.50). One is to use as my science model notebook and one for social studies. Whatever composition notebooks you choose, please just make sure that it has the full 100 pages.  Also, I've found that the "recycled paper" ones don't hold up as well as the paper tears easily.

 GLUE STICKS will be your best friends this year...I'm not joking.  We go through SO MANY GLUE STICKS!!!   You may want to keep some at home and replenish when necessary.  I will have lots to borrow in September and October, but after that it's every man for himself (I'm kidding...kind of).   I usually go to Costco and purchase a big pack of them for everyone to share, but it doesn't last long.  My advice is to write your initials on your stick's cap and keep a stock of them either in your locker or at home.  A brand new glue stick is a hot commodity around here!  While we are on the subject of lockers...I know that many of the girls (and boys) like to decorate the insides of their lockers with all kinds of fancy things like rugs, wallpaper, and chandeliers (I think I went into the wrong business!).  It is totally fine to decorate however students choose as long as it doesn't interfere with fitting the school supplies/coats they will need to keep in their lockers.  Also, I would prefer if students decorated either after school or before school (if possible). You may NOT put stickers directly on the inside or outside of your locker as they are hard to remove at the end of the year.   If you have any questions at all regarding supplies, please feel free to e-mail me anytime. No worries if you can't get all the supplies in on the first day.  Please note that some supplies may be collected and used by all students throughout the year, but the basics will be kept in the soft pencil case that your child carries around with him/her to class.  If possible, please write student's first and last name in permanent marker on the soft pencil case.  It is always the first thing to get lost!
Summer Reading for Incoming 4th Graders...
Did you do your summer reading?!  I hope so!!  This summer, be sure to read at least 3 (or more!) books from the summer reading choice board (link below).  Color in the squares as you go.  Try to make a pattern!  Your literacy teacher and I will be SO impressed if you are able to shade in many squares! Be sure to bring your colored in choice board and either the commemorative stamp or the commemorative coin to your literacy teacher the first day of school.  The image you design should reflect the most important thing about one of the books you read.  Briefly explain how your image reflects the book.  Feel free to design your own coin or stamp on another piece of paper if you wish.  We look forward to discussing all of the great books that you read over the summer!  

Mrs. Atkinson's Top Book Picks...
Although I am no longer a literacy teacher, I will always be one at heart!  I am often asked by parents and students to recommend books that match students' independent reading levels and interests.   Scholastic has a wonderful website that allows students to enter their guided reading level (A-Z) and automatically selects books that might be a good fit.  I have also created a list of my recommendations.  You can visit it by clicking on the link below.  Just type in "Atkinson" to search the shared book lists.  Happy reading!!
Jenna Atkinson,
Sep 10, 2015, 12:51 PM
Jenna Atkinson,
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Jenna Atkinson,
Aug 19, 2017, 6:42 AM