Welcome to Mrs. Laurenzo’s 4th Grade

Our Curriculum

Reading

The class will read 4 novels together as a class.

Houghton Mifflin Series – There are seven themes and emphasis will be on a variety of comprehension skills presented throu literature and related activities.

Independent Reading – Books are selected for book reports and are independently read by students on a daily basis. Students are encouraged to read a variety of books. They will need a chapter book to read in class at all times.

Math

We use the Houghton Mifflin Series. Emphasis is on mastery of multiplication, division, fractions, geometry, and measuring. “Mad-Minutes” will be used to help with memorization of their multiplication.

Spelling

We use the Zaner Bloser Series. Spelling tests are on Friday. There are 20 words students will be responsible for. Exercises are assigned each day and will be corrected in class. We are also using a spelling notebook this year.

Social Studies

We use the Houghton Mifflin Series. The objectives of the curriculum is focused on New York State along with map skills. New York history is covered along with many group activities.

English

We use the MacMillian Series. Writing in journals will emphasize basic skills as well as paragraph and composition writing. Letter writing, creative story writing, narrative and descriptive writing are some of the topics that will be covered

Religion

We use the Family Life and Blessed Are We Series. This series will foster adventure of self-discovery and enable students to see what happens as he/she matures in mind, body, and spirit. Mass participation regularly and church visits are done as a class. The class will also be responsible for planning two masses.

Science

We use the Scott Foresman text book. We will be studying, life science, physical science, health/nutrition and the human body. The state science test will be in the spring.

Other Classroom Information

  • Field Trips – We will be taking various field trips related to the curriculum throughout the year. You will be notified regarding them as they are organized. We will also have speakers come into the classroom to speak on topics.
  • Report Cards – Grades are based on many criteria: in class participation and attitude, homework, extra-credit assignments, as well as quizzes and tests. Effort is very important.
  • Birthdays – Treats are welcome–try to let us know a day or two in advance so we can plan. Birthday treats are shared at lunchtime after the students finish eating their lunches.
  • Scholastic Book Orders – These will be offered on a monthly basis. Cash or a check made out to Arrow will be accepted.
  • School to Home Newsletter – This newsletter will be sent home on Fridays to give parents a “week at a glance”. It will keep you informed as to what we do in class each week. Included will be upcoming test dates and long term project information.
  • Organization – We will work on organizational skills in fourth grade. This is an essential skill and will help students toward future success.

Students Need:

  • Materials (ALL supplies in class always!
  • Piece of literature to read independently each day.
  • FOLDERS – 1 “take home” folder to transport returned papers home
  • 1 Desk folder for papers kept in school