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WELCOME
JESSICA DOBBS
FOURTH GRADE
MAIN POINTS
Gwinnett AKS Curriculum:
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Language arts
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Math
Social studies
Science
Important information:
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Schedules
Procedures
Reminders
communication
MY PHILOSOPHY
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ALL children can succeed to the best of their ability
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Parents/Guardians AND teachers working together as a team is the best way to ensure your child’s
success in school
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COMMUNICATION is very important!!!
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ALL children are unique and special in their own way!!!!
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RESPECT from both teacher and student is vital to the learning environment
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LEARNING CAN BE FUN!!!!
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READ, READ, READ!!!
Miss Dobbs’ Schedule
STUDY TIPS
MAKE SURE TO REFER TO THE AKS PAMPHLET! It tells you in detail what we will be
learning this year. All lessons and tests are based on the AKS.
Feel free to have your children bring home their textbooks at any time!
Study guides will be posted on my website for major tests, primarily in Science and Social
Studies. I will post them at the beginning of each unit as much as possible, to give your children
ample time for reviewing material. Students do need to remember that class notes and the
textbook are also resources for study. If you can’t access a computer, please send a note with
your child, and I will provide a paper copy.
Study Tips to review with your child will be printed in the weekly newsletters that go home each
Friday. Please continue to review these throughout the year with your child.
LANGUAGE ARTS AKS
READER’S WORKSHOP:
* Whole Group Lessons/Genre Studies/Critical Thinking Skills
* Journal Reponses based on Genre Wheel independent reading program
* Guided Reading/Lit Circles/Book Clubs
* Focus on Text Evidence and close reading
GRAMMAR SKILLS
WRITER’S WORKSHOP:
* Genre Writing (Narrative, Expository, Opinion)
* The Writing Process (About 2 class published pieces per 9 weeks,
and 1 timed prompt per 9 weeks). Graded on the County Writiing Rubric (on the website)
* Content area writing (Science, Social Studies, Math)
* Traits of Writing: Ideas, Voice, Sentence Fluency, Organization, Conventions, Published Work
* Document Based Writing
SPELLING
* Word Study: Greek/Latin Roots
* Content Vocabulary
* Weekly Spelling units based on spelling patterns * Fry high frequency words
MATH
AKS: Emphasis on hands-on problem solving and relation to real
word applications. Draw it, solve it, explain it!
PLACE VALUE, ROUNDING, ESTIMATING INTO THE MILLIONS
MULTIPLICATION
LONG DIVISION
GEOMETRY
MEASUREMENT
DECIMALS AND FRACTIONS
PROBLEM SOLVING – EXEMPLARS
SOCIAL STUDIES
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Map and Globe Skills
Native American Cultures
Exploration
Colonial Period
American Revolution
Westward Movement, Pioneers
Government
Economics
SCIENCE
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WATER CYCLE/WEATHER
SOLAR SYSTEM
LIGHT AND SOUND
FORCE AND MOTION/GRAVITY
SIMPLE MACHINES
ECOSYSTEMS
HEALTH
TESTING/ADVANCEMENT REQUIREMENTS FOR 4TH GRADE
TESTS GIVEN IN 4TH GRADE:
No CRCT
4TH Grade students will receive promotion based on classroom
performance (classwork & summative assessments) and interim
testing.
CLASS CONSTITUTION
BEHAVIOR PLAN:
A note will be written in the student’s “Pride Passport” when he/she does not adhere to
classroom/school procedures. This will come home to you that night for your review
and signature, and will be communicated in the weekly Friday Folder. This will
determine your child’s weekly conduct grade. For severe problems, students will be
referred to administration. I DON’T ANTICIPATE THIS TO BE A PROBLEM!!!
REWARDS:
During the school day, I will give out Bulldog Bucks to those students who go “above
and beyond” class expectations. Bulldog Bucks will be used to shop in the class store
on Fridays.
IMPORTANT REMINDERS
Homework due the morning after it is assigned. If
homework is not completed, your child will take
these assignments out to recess to complete.
Please be aware that family trips are no longer
considered excused absences unless it is a family
emergency.
Please sign your child’s agenda book each night.
If your child is going home differently than usual,
I MUST have a note that morning.
If your child is sick, please send in a note the
following day. You may pick up makeup work
from school, or I can send it home with a sibling.
Please note that makeup work is due within 5 days
of your child’s absence.
Always make sure your child’s personal
information is up to date. I can’t send a student
home with anyone other than the people listed on
the form provided to the office.
Feel free to send in treats for your child’s birthday.
We will enjoy them during our lunch time. I do ask
that you let me know when you will be sending in
treats, and that they are already cut into serving pieces.
Lunch is from 11:50 – 12:15 every day. Feel free to
enjoy lunch with your child!
Homework HOMEWORK/GRADING
will generally consist of:
 Reading 20 minutes – based on Genre Wheel Independent Reading program
 Studying weekly spelling patterns and Greek/Latin roots. Suggested activities have been
uploaded to Homework Now.
 Spirals: Grammar & Math practice work
 Writing – Tuesdays and Thursdays for 15 minutes. This will begin in September. Either a
short writing assignment, or free writing.
 Science and Social Studies – Reading and defining vocabulary words when assigned, studying
for tests, completing unfinished work if necessary.
GWINNETT GRADING PERCENTAGES:
* A = 90 – 100
* B = 80 – 89
* C = 74 – 79
* D = 70 – 73
* U = 69 or Less
COMMUNICATION
AGENDAS: Feel free to jot me a note, and I will read it in the morning.
PRIDE PASSPORTS: These will be sent home at night IF there is an issue that warrants your immediate attention.
FRIDAY FOLDERS: Will contain graded work, PTA information, and weekly behavior and academic log. Weekly
newsletters will be posted on my website. If you need a paper copy, please let me know.
WEEBLY: This is the website we will be using this year. I will post homework, study aids, class news, and the class newsletter on this site.
Go to: http://msdobbsclassroom.weebly.com/. I will make all attempts to update this site daily.
FACEBOOK: Feel free to follow our class on Facebook- Miss Dobbs’ Classroom
E-MAIL: Feel free to e – mail me at [email protected] You can also e – mail directly from the link on our class website.
Please understand that I am not able to answer most e-mail until after 3:30 pm.
PHONE: You may call the school at (770) 985-0244, and leave a message. I will get back with you promptly, but probably not until after
3:30 pm!!!!
I also encourage everyone who has not already signed up for the Go Gwinnett Parent portal to do so. This site will allow you to check
grades, attendance records, and test scores daily. I have forms available.
REMIND 101
ECLASS/IPASS
E-Class/I-Pass: Go to the Pharr Website: www.pharres.org
On the RIGHT hand side, CLICK UNDER MY STUDENT AND YOU WILL SEE “LEARNING Links”. Click on
this to have access to E-Class and I-Pass,
as well as other available learning sites. For E-Class and I-Pass, Your child
will login using their
student number and the login learn 2015.
SUMMER READING/MOCK
READER’S RALLY
Friday, August 22rd during Specials

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