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224 | 4th Grade Math & Science | Mrs. Conley, NBCT

4th Grade Mrs. Conley
Math, Science, Writing
jakolkmeyer@cps.edu
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Mrs. Conley



FYI

No-Name Papers: Despite my best efforts to remind students a couple times and catch these early, there are several papers hanging behind my desk on the no-name board. If a student knows they turned something in, and it's listed as missing, he/she should check the board, find the paper, put their name on it, and turn it back in. I will update the grade without penalty.

Missing Classwork: Students typically do not complete work at the same rate. When students finish their classwork, they are supposed to turn it in (I have plastic drawers organized by homeroom class) and then work on the next activity that I have posted. At the end of class, I remind all students that if they have not yet turned in classwork, it should be turned in before going back to their class (Sosa's homeroom) or moving on to our next activity. Several students are not turning in this work and I don't catch it until I grade the papers at home that evening or the following day. This is causing zeros for classwork, which can greatly affect grades. If you see any of these classwork zeros, please speak to your child and remind them to turn it in! I DO accept late classwork! 

Homework: Homework will be given every day in math with the exception of test days or other days where there is not a math lesson. Students are given time to write homework in their agenda, it is written on the homework calendar in class, and can be found on the homework calendar above. Homework is listed early on the homework calendar so students may choose to work ahead. Homework is usually checked for completion only but occasionally collected and graded. Homework grades worth 5 points indicate it was just checked for completion. Students must complete ALL of the homework to receive the 5 points. Partial credit isn't given.

Science homework will occasionally be given. Typically, students will have science homework 2-3 times each month, at most. 

Reading and Social Studies: 
Information can be found on Mrs. Sosa's Page.  

Late Work * New*
Homework - Because homework answers are usually given in class, homework that is not completed at the beginning of class will not receive the 5 points for completion. Students who were absent, will still be given an extra day to complete the homework. 
Classwork - Each Friday, students will be provided time to check their grades and complete a reflection page. At this time, if a student notices any "missing" assignments (indicating that something wasn't turned in when expected) they MAY work on it (instead of computer time) or turn it in (if it was forgotten) for a 10% grade deduction. After Friday, classwork will not be accepted the following week for a grade. 

Absent Work:
Students will have the same number of days to complete work after an absence as the days they were absent. I encourage students to use the homework link to be sure they complete all homework. Any handouts that were given during an absence will be given to the student. 


Specials for 1st Quarter
Specials 11am-12pm M-F
Monday - Library
Tuesday - Art
Wednesday - PE
Thursday - PE
Friday - Computers

Grading Scale:
100-90 = A (greatly exceeds standards)
89-80 = B (exceeds standards)
79-70 = C (meets standards)
69-60 = D (below standards)
59-0 = F
MATH SCHEDULE
Topic 3 
Place Value
Oct 11 - No Math - Field Trip
Oct 12 - Analyze Data from Topic 2 Test & Lesson 3-1 Representing Numbers
Oct 15 - 3-2, Place Value Relationships 
Oct 16 - 3-3, Comparing Numbers
Oct 17 - 3-4 Ordering Numbers
Oct 18 - 3-5 Rounding Whole Numbers
Oct 19 - 3-6 Problem Solving
Oct 22 - Study Day
Oct 23 - Topic 3 Test  

Topic 4
Addition and Subtraction of Whole Numbers
Oct 25 - Analyze data from topic 3 test and 4-1 Using Mental Math to Add and Subtract
Oct 226 - 4-2 Estimating Sums an Differences of Whole Numbers
Oct 29 - 4-3 Adding Whole Numbers
Oct 30 - 4-4 Subtracting Whole Numbers
Oct 31 - No Math, Field Trip
Nov 1 - 4-5 Subtracting Across Zeros
Nov 2 - 4-6 Problem Solving
Nov 3 - Study Day
Nov 4 - Topic 4 Test

Username and password should be written in the front of your agenda. They are different for everyone!
Most usernames are the child's first name followed by conley224 with no spaces. The password is mathclass4 for all students. For about 4 students, the username is their first and last name followed by 244 (same password).  


Spelling
Spelling tests are each Friday and will take place in each students' homeroom. These spelling words complement the reading class (Mrs. Sosa's classroom). Lists are posted on Mrs. Sosa's webpage as well as the workbook pages that accompany each week's story.  They should also be written in your reading notebook from our in-class practice time that will take place on at least 3 occasions before Friday's test.
SCIENCE
Human Machine
Human Body, Senses, and the Brain

Our second unit is 
Human Machine

This introductory human body unit takes the perspective that we can think about our bodies as being like a machine. We have parts for moving around, sensors, and a built-in computer. Students explore their senses and consider how the information we process helps us understand and react to our environment. 

Mysteries in this unit include:
  • Why do your biceps bulge?
  • What do people who are blind see?
  • How can some animals see in the dark? 
  • How does your brain control your body?

Grading Scale for Participation in Science and Math

5 points “A” 
• Works until finished; always on task 
• Completes all required work to specified standards 
• Shows initiative by helping others 
• Asks for assistance in an appropriate way  (raises hand, doesn't interrupt, waits until teacher is done with other students)

4 points “B” 
• Works until finished but needs support to remain on task 
• Needs a little prompting to complete work 
• Works and helps others with some guidance 
• Usually asks for help in an appropriate way 

3 points “D” 
• Needs regular prompting to finish work 
• Does not consistently complete work as directed 
• Works with others with little prompting 
• Usually does not help others 
• Needs reminded to ask for assistance in an appropriate way 

1 points F 
• Often off task 
• Often gains attention through inappropriate means 
• Incomplete work (due to lack of attention to assignment), or does not complete it according to directions (due to excessive talking/not paying attention)