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
Next Log/Response due Friday, June 15

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

Lesson 20 - week of May 21
Lesson 21 - week of May 29
Quiz on lessons 20 & 21 - Wednesday, June 6


CU
RRENT INSTRUCTION:     


SADAKO AND THE THOUSAND PAPER CRANES
Historical background
Group reading/discussion/notice and note
Assessment:  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:  10-sentence paragraphs and 5-paragraph essays (three types of writing, agriculture in NJ video) - mid-June

WRITING A NON-FICTION/INFORMATIONAL TEXT
Elements of non-fiction/informational texts
Numerous mentor texts
Generating ideas, organizing/planning, research, writing, revising/editing
Non-Fiction Test:  April 17
Non-Fiction "Booklet" due:  Monday, June 4



MATH

CURRENT INSTRUCTION:  

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

MULTIPLYING USING STANDARD ALGORITHM
Multiplying 2-, 3-, & 4-digit numbers by 1-digit numbers
Multiplying 2-digit numbers by 2-digit numbers
Instructional packet and textbook practice

4 OPERATIONS REVIEW
Review of multi-digit addition & multi-digit subtraction using the standard algorithm, multiplication of four digits by one digit and two digits by two digits using the standard algorithm, and division with up to four-digit quotients and one-digit divisors using area models.
Test date:  TBA/June



MULTIPLICATION FACTS

Timed Test:  Solve 100 multiplication facts (through 10x10) in 4 minutes or less
Independent practice:  One-A-Day facts strategy
Test Date for third trimester:  No test.

 


SOCIAL STUDIES

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

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


THE LENNI LENAPE IN NEW JERSEY      
Instructional videos, texts, project (due date in June/TBA)                                                                                                                        


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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