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 14 & 15 quiz - March/TBA


CU
RRENT INSTRUCTION:     

NONFICTION/INFORMATIONAL TEXTS
Texts:"Ever Wondered Who Invented Pizza?" & "The Great Chicago Fire" 
Strategies for reading nonfiction.
Assessment:  Test on Applying Nonfiction Reading Strategies - March 5-6

Next/March:
Reading a Folktale, "Tante Tina"
Writing a theme-based essay


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


WRITING A MEMOIR
February/March
Mentor texts, including Saturdays & Teacakes and student-written memoirs
Developing a Master List of necessary features of memoirs
Planning: determining topic, visualizing scenes, storytelling, "writing off the page", etc.
Writing workshop and conference days
Using resources to improve and revise writing
Due date: TBA/March - memoir graded against Master List/rubric
Related test on using skills and resources to write a memoir: TBA/March

Next:
April/May - Writing Nonfiction



MATH

CURRENT INSTRUCTION:  

iReady
Individualized computer program (45 minutes/week; on-going)

Multi-Step Problem Solving
Frequent practice solving multi-step problems.

Fact Ring
50 Geometry & Measurement vocabulary terms & concepts - Coming Soon!
Assessments:  Fact Ring and Test (TBA)

UNIT 4 - NUMBER AND OPERATIONS - FRACTIONS
Introduction to Fractions - meaning of fractions, benchmark fractions, developing "fraction sense" - QUIZ Tuesday, February 26
Lesson 13 - Equivalent Fractions
Lesson 14 - Compare Fractions
Review of Improper Fractions & Mixed Numbers
Lessons 15, 16, 17 - Fraction & Mixed Number Addition & Subtraction
Lessons 18 & 19 - Fraction Multiplication
Lessons 20, 21, 22 - Fractions and Decimal Connections
Assessment:  Cumulative Test on Fractions/Decimals Concepts (March) with quizzes on focused concepts along the way.


SOCIAL STUDIES

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

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


Presidents' Day - research on presidents using BrainPop videos, writing a well-structured paragraph based on research
The White House - related videos, virtual tours, etc.

Text/Unit 3 - The Civil War in NJ through Modern Society:  influence of Civil War in the South on New Jersey; connections to slavery, restoration, industrial vs. agricultural economies, etc.  Videos and texts.  Short, in-class assessments.

Next:
March is Women's History Month
American Revolution in New Jersey

Later:
Research and poster on Monmouth County (for Monmouth County Poster Contest)
Lenni Lenape in New Jersey: videos, texts, project; related field trip to Huber Woods                                                                                      


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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