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Welcome to 4th Grade!

Welcome to 4th grade ELA/Social Studies!
I'm so happy to be a returning 4th grade ELA and Social Studies teacher at Rock Springs! This will be my fourth year in 4th grade! I grew up here in middle TN and graduated with a master's degree in Elementary Education from UTK in 2013. I've been teaching for ten years and have experience ranging from pre-k to 5th grade. I absolutely LOVE teaching 4th grade and strive to make it a fun year while maintaining high academic expectations for all students. 
In ELA, we use a curriculum that engages students in discussion and collaboration centered around complex texts. Major topics throughout the year include poetry/poets and becoming writers, animal defenses, the American Revolution, and the women's suffrage movement. Students build deeper knowledge in these science or social studies topics while reading, discussing, and writing about rigorous text. Our curriculum includes vocabulary, writing, fluency, grammar, reading comprehension, independent reading, effective learning habits, and more. In 4th grade, you can expect your student to be writing 4-paragraph essays and reading increasingly complex texts. We also write from different perspectives, create a choose-your-own-adventure narrative story, and learn how to use powerpoint for presentations. 
In social studies we use the Gallopade curriculum, which can be accessed online via Clever. In 4th grade we learn about US history starting with colonization and ending with the Civil War. 
Many parents want to know how to help at home. One of the best ways to support your child is to have them read daily and help them find books they enjoy. Other ways to help are by reviewing your child's work with them, helping them study for social studies, and using the links on my Clever page.
If you need to contact me, you may use either Class Dojo or email - [email protected].
I mainly use ClassDojo for general updates and communication. I recommend downloading the free ClassDojo phone app to ensure you always stay in the loop with what's happening at school. Please note that any urgent communication (such as a transportation change) must go through the front office, since I may not be able to view messages until after school. I will always reply to parent questions and concerns within a 24-hour business day. 
I look forward to another wonderful year at Rock Springs!