Welcome to 4th Grade!
I am excited to be your 4th grade teacher this school year! I am writing to tell you about some things we will do in fourth grade and below I have listed supplies your child will need for the first day of school, Tuesday, September 8, 2020. (Laporte School will have an Open House in some form (possibly by appointment) and the school will let you know about that soon.)
•The theme for the year will be “Explore!” as we study the amazing world around us
•4th graders will Explore the world of ants with ant farms the first week of school
•Students will Explore the USA and maps by shaping and painting a 3D salt dough map
•We will Explore data collection and display through launching paper rockets
•We will make flat versions of ourselves (Flat Stanleys) and send them around the world
•Our school will again be part of the National Geography Bee!
•We will have pen pals in Queretaro, Mexico!
•We will study rocks, electricity and the properties of matter
As you know, school will be different this year.
Please read the attached letter from the school with information about wearing masks and social distancing as well as other modifications to our environment as we deal with the COVID pandemic and follow State requirements. 4th grade has traditionally gone on some amazing field trips, including an overnight to Deep Portage Outdoor Learning Center and to the Science Museum of Minnesota and a Twins game, but all those field trips are very much in doubt as we adhere to new restrictions. Stay tuned!
Laporte School is currently offering in person, face to face learning, and most of the fourth graders have opted to come to school in person, but things could change if the number of infections go up in Hubbard County. Again, please refer to the school letter attached for more information on this.
With so many unknowns for this school year, I think it’s important that we share some common expectations. Please go over these expectations with your fourth grader so we can make the most of this learning year.
Expectations of Mr. Booth:
- To do his best to provide a safe and calm and interesting learning environment for fourth grade students
- To do his best to teach students the new social distancing requirements in school (mask wearing, etc)
- To communicate clearly with students and parents homework expectations through a weekly newsletter that will be available through a paper copy and online
- To answer communications from parents in a timely manner through email, phone and online
- To teach appropriate behaviors in school and online
- To hold students accountable for appropriate behaviors
- To teach to the Minnesota State Standards and hold fourth grade students accountable to those standards
Expectations of 4th Grade Students in school:
- To attend school each day with a positive attitude and open mind
- To do your best work while completing assignments on time
- To follow the safety protocols in place throughout the school and classroom
- To adhere to CATS: Be someone who is Caring, with good Attitude and a Team member + Safety.
Expectations of 4th Grade Virtual Students:
- To attend virtual school online each day with a positive attitude and open mind
- To do your best work while completing assignments on time
- To attend every scheduled virtual meeting with a camera on
- To follow the instructions when it comes to muting or other directives specific to virtual learning
- To watch all assigned lessons either live or recorded
- Adhere to CATS: Be someone who is Caring, with good Attitude and a Team member + Safety online.
Expectations of Parents and Guardians of Virtual Students AND In-Person Students:
- To monitor students as they work throughout the school day on their Google Classroom site and checking grades on synergy
- To hold students accountable to completing their assignments (virtual, homework, or in school).
- To communicate with Mr. Booth either through email, online, The Remind App, or phone calls with questions or concerns
- To check emails, Remind App, and class website for updates
- To stay current with our district implementations either from the website or social media
Other important information for parents
- Every Friday, a school newsletter will come home with your child and it will be made available online. PLEASE GO OVER THE NEWSLETTER WITH YOUR FOURTH GRADER EVERY WEEK! It will let you know what we have been doing during the week, it will contain some short and important homework assignments and it will have the weekly spelling words.
- Students who do well in spelling study their words at home. The number of spelling words depends on your child’s ability in spelling (which may change during the school year). Please post these words somewhere you and your child won’t forget about (like on the refrigerator) and help your child find ways to go over a few words a day. This is not just about doing well on the Friday spelling test, this is about reaping the rewards of establishing good study habits.
Contact Information Email: email@example.com
Phone: 218.224.2288 x138
Remind App: send a text to 81010 and test the message @mrbooths4
To join our 4th Grade Google Classroom:
- go to Google Classroom
- use the code: vmijxyl
To join our classroom Google Meet:
To find our 4th grade classroom website:
- Click on Academics, then Elementary, then Mr. Booth
- From here you can navigate 4th grade information with the tabs on the left hand side
No matter what, this will be an exciting learning year! Thank you!
Supplies for 4th Grade:
□*4 separate “theme notebooks”…these are bound, the pages cannot be ripped out
□1 pack of lined paper (preferable college-ruled or narrow-ruled)
□1 very durable folder for papers going to and from home
□pencil box for desk to hold supplies
□1 backpack to be used daily to transport papers and belongings
□*crayons and/or colored pencils and/or markers
□ *personal pencil sharpener (optional)
□ *head phones (not earbuds, but small and light, like the $5 Walmart variety)
Optional classroom items, if you can help out:
□two dozen *pencils to share
□several *glue sticks to share
□*Scotch tape for class
□pack of dry erase markers for classroom use
□box of Kleenex to share
□extra set of headphones for class
□extra theme books for class
□extra markers for class
□extra pair of scissors
Also for first days of school assignments:
□*1 clear glass jar with lid for an ant farm
□*one summer memento (photo or object that will help you write a story about one of your best [or worst!] experiences of the summer)….some of last year’s example: rock, compass, feather
□*several photos of you, your family, pets, places you’ve been which we can use on a poster All About You.
□*3 cups flour and 3 cups salt in separate zip-lock bags for your child’s salt dough map of North America (if you can provide extra bags of flour and salt for students who are unable to provide these supplies, that would be great!!)
□we will need 18”x18” think plywood for our maps…if anyone has some one hand, please let me know!
□*large zip lock bag