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 Monday, workbook pages usually due Thursdays, quizzes from time to time covering several vocabulary lessons.

Lesson 4 -- Week of October 16
Lesson 5 -- Week of October 23
Quiz on lessons 4 & 5 -- Friday, November 3


CU
RRENT INSTRUCTION:     
USING SIGN POSTS TO READ CLOSELY
Introductory Lessons:  Notice and note Sign Posts in short mentor texts
Applying Sign Posts when reading a book:  Louis Sachar's There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom
Practice noticing and noting Sign Posts.  Group discussions.
Assessments:  Project -- due Tuesday, October 17
Participation -- on-going
Test - date TBA (November)


 

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

CURRENT INSTRUCTION :  
WRITING POETRY
Mentor texts, Master List, Writing/Editing/Publishing
Assessments:  Quiz on Poetry Terms -- Thursday, October 19
Final Published Poem (scored against rubric) -- due Thursday, October 26


CURRENT INSTRUCTION:  
EXPOSITORY WRITING
Frequent
, in-class writing exercises to build foundational skills:  stamina, organization, craft, and mechanics.
Assessments:  In-class writing exercises.  Trimester quiz - TBA.



MATH

CURRENT INSTRUCTION:  

NUMBERS AND OPERATIONS IN BASE TEN
- Understanding Base 10 & Place Value Concepts
- Comparing and Rounding Numbers
- Adding and Subtracting
Assessment:  Test:  TBA - early November


MULTIPLICATION FACTS
Timed Test:  Solve 100 multiplication facts (through 10x10)
Independent practice:  One-A-Day facts strategy
Test Date:  Tuesday, November 14

 


SOCIAL STUDIES

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

CURRENT INSTRUCTION:   INTEGRATING HISTORICAL INFORMATION:

COLUMBUS DAY
Texts and videos; integrating information;  understand biases
Assessment:  Open-Notes Quiz -- October 26 or 27

NEXT:  INTEGRATING MEDIA/TEXTS & WRITTEN EXERCISES:
ELECTION DAY
DAYLIGHT SAVINGS
VETERANS DAY



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 (as scheduled)

THURSDAY -  TECHNOLOGY (12:48)  AND HEALTH (Period 3);
                             - INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC (as scheduled)

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

 

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