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Welcome to 4th Grade!!

This is the fourth year in which I get to be a part of the LPCS community of teachers and staff and my third as a 4th grade homeroom teacher

I am so honored to be your teacher! I spent last summer teaching Summer Safari Camp at the Denver Zoo. I love to hike, cook, be outside, and learn about animals.

This is going to be a GREAT YEAR! 

Contact Information

resposito@lps.k12.co.us         or            (303) 734-1995 x 214

If you'd like to discuss anything, I am available from 3:30-4pm. In the morning between 7:45-8am, we focus on getting all students ready for the day.

 

Littleton Prep Core Values

Core Values:

Excellence: Do your best all the time.

Respect: Treat yourself, your belongings, and others in a kind and positive way. 

Integrity: Do the right thing (even when no one's looking). Honesty really is the best policy.

Compassion: Be empathetic (put yourself in someone else's shoes) and sympathetic (trying to understand someone else's sadness or suffering). Be a good listener and help others.

Safety: Play safe on the playground, walk in the halls, and keep one another emotionally safe by using kind words.

About 4th grade

School doors open at 7:45. School begins at 8:00. Please be sure your child arrives on time. Important classroom community building takes place during Morning Meeting every day from 8:00 - 8:17. Students build positive relationships with their peers and me, practice encouragement, problem solving, and conflict resolution at this time. Also, LPCS TV (our in-house produced Channel 1) is shown at this time, and we celebrate birthdays and accomplishments.

 Morning classes include skills, spelling, math, reading, and english. Afternoon classes include history and science. Each afternoon, fourth graders will have science with me all year as well as history with Ms. Johnson. 

Birthdays

Birthdays are celebrated during Morning Meeting. In the classroom, we celebrate birthdays by singing and your child will receive a big birthday sticker from me. We will not celebrate with food. Please review Littleton Prep's Wellness Guidelines, and let me know if you have questions.

Homework

Your fourth grader should have average of 30-45 minutes of homework per night. This may include: studying, work completion from a classroom assignment not finished, 20 minutes of reading their AR book,  or organization of backpack and/or school supplies. Please encourage 30 minutes per night of play or physical activity outside of school.Research shows improving physical fitness helps boost your immune system, increase blood flow to the frontal cortex of the brain, reduce risk for disease, and can result in greater academic achievement.

 Students have each been given an assignment calendar which they are required to use to keep track of their assignments, homework, tests, and projects.  While I don’t require a parent/guardian signature, I recommend that you go over it nightly with your child.  Our students have so many classes and different teachers each day that it’s really difficult for most of them to remember all the different assignments they are to complete.  

Late Work / Lunch Tutorial

Work is considered late if it is not complete at the start of class. If a child does not have his or her assignment, he or she will be assigned to lunch tutorial to complete the work.  Parents/Guardians will be notified if any work is missing via email. Late work will be scored beginning at 75% of the original score.  Late or missing work will be indicated in the online Infinite Campus grade book. 

Parents/Guardians:  Be sure you have requested a password from the main office in order to access your child’s grades. You will need to bring a photo i.d. and it only takes about three minutes.
 

Get Some Sleep!

Research finds children need 10 hours of sleep per night. This allows the brain to store information learned throughout the day, make memories and replenish brain chemicals needed for healthy brain activity.

Homework Calendar
Math Games that Reinforce Skills

Want to know how you can help your child in math? PLAY GAMES!! Board games, cards, and dice games help children with their verbal, symbolic, and quantitative math skills.

This link has a bunch of cool stuff, too. Have fun!

Weekly Accelerated Reader Goal

STAR tests to determine new AR goals will be taken during the first two weeks of Septmeber. Books can be checked out of the library before or after school. 

Go to arbookfind.com to look up books and save a reading list to your virtual backpack. Please encourage your child to read at least 20 minutes nightly. Reading each night increases a child's literary ability incredibly.

Students will be given weekly AR goals to help them achieve their semester goal, which is 10% of their reading grade. Check your child's reading grade to see where what their goal is and where they are in their progress 

Students should be reading for their AR books for 20 minutes per night! Kids should be reading and testing about 1.5  points worth of AR per week.

Science

For the first month of school, students learn about biodiversity, relatedness among organisms, heredity, adaptations, and the fossil record. They also learn to make inferences, to use captions and illustrations as they read, and to write comparison paragraphs. They learn and use scientific vocabulary such as characteristic, extinct, evidence, and claim.

Research shows that talking about academic subjects at home increases students’ achievement. You don’t need to know a lot about science to talk with your student about what they’ve been learning. Try asking your student some of these questions. These questions aren’t meant to have one right answer, but rather to be open-ended discussion starters.

Questions to ask your student about our Variation and Adaptation unit:

What’s one of your favorite animals? What characteristics does that animal have?

What are some ways that different kinds of plants and animals are different from each other?

What are two kinds of animals that are related to each other? How do you know they are related?

 

Colorado Science Standard (Life Science): Students know and understand the characteristics and structure of living things, the processes of life, and how living things interact with each other and their environment.

1. All living things share similar characteristics, but they also have differences that can be described and classified.

2. Comparing fossils to each other or to living organisms reveals features of prehistoric environments and provides information about organisms today.

3. There is interaction and interdependence between and among living and nonliving components of systems 

 

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