Jim Filoso


Mr. James Filoso
 
 
GRADE 4

Language Arts, Challenge Reading, Social Studies, Math
 

 

OUR CLASS OPERATING PRINCIPLES

HERE YOU WILL SEE US....

Being a team that makes sure everyone learns, succeeds, and feels proud

Creating an encouraging place where we feel safe

Apologizing and forgiving

Knowing when to express and when to listen

Caring even when it is difficult

Making sure no one feels badly

Celebrating hard work and achievement

Asking for clarity and listening

Helping others to understand without being degrading or pompous

Looking out for those who need

Smiling, welcoming, including

Having compassion

 

GRADING POLICIES, STUDY GUIDES, TESTS, SIGNATURES, ETC.

Please review grading policies sheet that you should keep at home.  This sheet explains the grading philosophy, how marking period grades are determined, homework, making up work when absent, and tests.

Study guides are distributed about one week before major tests.   Students may earn extra credit points on tests if study guides are signed and returned at the time of the test.  Study guides are not distributed for short, in-class graded assignments or quizzes. 

All tests and assignments that are graded need to be signed and returned.

 

HOMEWORK

Please ask your child exactly what he/she learned in each class each day.  Read the assignment pad and check that assignments are completed.  Test dates, project due dates, and other information can be found in the assignment pad as well.

 

CURRENT LESSON TOPICS

Please note that quiz/test dates may need to be adjusted from time to time.  Check here, assignment pads, study guides for updates.

 

CHALLENGE READING

INDEPENDENT READING LOG/RESPONSE: 
Select independent reading book, read, complete log, written response from many choices; due Fridays 

Use of Fountas & Pinnell reading levels

VOCABULARY:  
VocabULit workbook
Lessons assigned most Mondays, workbook pages usually due Thursdays, quizzes from time to time covering several vocabulary lessons.

Lesson 9 - week of January 2
Lesson 10 - week of January 8
Lesson 11 - week of January 16
Quiz on lessons 9, 10, 11 -- Thursday, January 25


CU
RRENT INSTRUCTION:     
FOLKTALE:  "TANTE TINA"
Folktales background
Characteristics of folktales
Read closely, "Tante Tina"
Planning and writing an essay 
Assessment:  Essay explaining why "Tante Tina" is a folktale


ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS


CURRENT INSTRUCTION:  

EXPOSITORY WRITING PRACTICE - ON-GOING
Frequent
, in-class writing exercises to build foundational skills:  stamina, organization, craft, and mechanics.
Writing practice exercises based on Expository Writing Master List
Assessments:  In-class writing exercises; Trimester quiz 


WRITING A MEMOIR
Elements of a memoir
Mentor text, Saturdays and Teacakes and memoirs written by former students
Master List of Features of Great Memoirs
Generating ideas, writing off the page, organizing the memoir, using transitional words, writing dialogue, using internal thinking, using descriptive words, revising/editing, etc.
Memoir Test:  TBA (January)
Memoir due:  TBA (January)



MATH

CURRENT INSTRUCTION:  

CALENDAR MATH
On-going application of basic facts; spiral review; test-prep strategies

GROWTH MINDSET IN MATH
Videos, activities, exercises on developing a growth mindset in math

INTRODUCTION TO FRACTIONS
Benchmark fractions
Meanings of fractions
Visual fractions

Assessments:  Benchmark fractions project; quiz (later in January/TBA)


NEXT:
COMPARING FRACTIONS
EQUIVALENT FRACTIONS


MULTIPLICATION FACTS

Timed Test:  Solve 100 multiplication facts (through 10x10) in 4 minutes or less
Independent practice:  One-A-Day facts strategy
Test Date:  March 2

 


SOCIAL STUDIES

Mr. Filoso teaches social studies to both fourth-grade classes. 

CURRENT INSTRUCTION:   INTEGRATING HISTORICAL INFORMATION:

INTEGRATING MEDIA:  VIDEOS AND TEXTS; WRITTEN EXERCISES:

MODERN NEW JERSEY
Videos, texts
Assessments:  Map Facts Project; Writing Exercises; Short presentations

DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY
Videos and texts
Taking notes & integrating information from texts and videos to answer questions
How to cite texts to support explanations when answering questions
Open-notes quiz Thursday 1/18 or Friday 1/19


ON-GOING:
DOCUMENT-BASED QUESTIONS 
Practice integrating texts and answering questions on various historical topics.
Assessments:  Articles with questions


SPECIALS / ADDITIONAL CLASSES & INSTRUCTION - SCHEDULE FOR 4F

(SPECIALS CLASSES -- Periods 6 & 7, 12:04-12:48 & 12:48-1:32

MONDAY -   GYM AND SPANISH

TUESDAY -  ART AND TECHNOLOGY

WEDNESDAY -  ART AND MUSIC;  
                              - INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC LESSONS (as scheduled)

THURSDAY -  BEGINNING BAND PRACTICE (7:45 AM)
                           - TECHNOLOGY AND HEALTH (Period 3);
                             - INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC LESSONS (as scheduled)

FRIDAY - MUSIC AND GYM;
                   - MEDIA CENTER (Period 1, 8:24-9:08, according to schedule)

 

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