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.
Lessons 4 & 5 Quiz - Thursday, October 25


CU
RRENT INSTRUCTION:     

USING SIGNPOSTS to notice and note important inferences in texts.
Text:  TBA
Assessments:  Participation, use of Sign Posts, Project (TBA), Test (TBA)


ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS


CURRENT INSTRUCTION:  

EXPOSITORY WRITING 
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;  Writing quizzes


WRITING POETRY
Mentor texts, Master List for Poetry, writing poetry
Assessments:  Quiz on poetry terms - Wednesday, October 24, Poem (TBA)



MATH

CURRENT INSTRUCTION:  

iReady
Individualized computer program

WORKING WITH WHOLE NUMBERS
Introductory Family Letters at the beginning of each lesson
Each lesson includes 3-5 days of instruction/practice
Quiz after each lesson
Unit test 

Lesson 1 - Place Value (Practice Quiz)
Lesson 2 - Comparing (Quiz completed)
Lesson 3 - Addition/Subtraction - Quiz TBA
Lesson 4 - Rounding - Quiz TBA
Unit Test TBA


MULTIPLICATION FACTS

Timed Test:  Solve 100 multiplication facts (through 10x10) in 5 minutes or less
Independent practice:  One-A-Day facts strategy
Test Date for first trimester: TBA

 


SOCIAL STUDIES

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

CURRENT INSTRUCTION:   INTEGRATING HISTORICAL INFORMATION:
INTEGRATING MEDIA:  VIDEOS AND TEXTS; WRITTEN EXERCISES:


Christopher Columbus and Recognizing Bias in Historical Texts & Videos
Test TBA

Document-based Questions - integrating information from two texts to answer questions - on-going                                                                                                           


SPECIALS / ADDITIONAL CLASSES & INSTRUCTION - SCHEDULE FOR 4FILOSO


MONDAY -   GYM AND SPANISH AND HEALTH

TUESDAY -  ART AND TECHNOLOGY;
                        - MEDIA CENTER (alternate weeks)

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

FRIDAY - MUSIC AND GYM 
                   - MEDIA CENTER (according to alternating schedule)

 

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