Mr. Rambaldi-grade 4

Greetings!  Welcome to fourth grade!  My philosophy is "FIRM but FAIR".  My expectations for the class are academic excellence, social acceptance and respect for peers and the rules.  I use the Positive Behavior Model using rewards for quality work and attitude/behavior and give clear expectations regarding work and classroom performance.  Our learning is a mix of facts and fun--I strive daily to keep your child engaged and entertained while they are absorbing knowledge. Parent contact will occur DAILY.  I am always available for questions or concerns and look forward to working as a team to educate our children. I'm looking forward to a great year!
~Mr. R. 

Our daily schedule:
9:05-10:15-Morning Math/warm-ups
10:15-11-Related Arts
11-12-Math block (11:30-12 intervention)
12-12:30-ELA 1
1:15-2:45-ELA 2 (2-2:45 intevention)

HOMEWORK REMINDER: 20 MIN. READING -students will complete a written response IN CLASS, not at home....just sign their AGENDA and I'll take that as confirmation that you observed them reading for at least 20 min.

RELATED ARTS class schedules will be posted each week, on the board and in ti=heir agendas.  Please be sure your child is wearing appropriate clothing/shoes to participate.

8/25-Reading-Our story,"Porpoises in Peril" follows the Science Squad as they uncover a plot to steal some valuable stones and the resulting damage done to the environment and the porpoises...our instructional objectives include re-read, siting evidence from the text, hypothesizing, author's purpose and POV.
Math-We are exploring place value and our instructional objectives include correct place value charts and design. movement from value to value, comparing numbers using the chart and ordering data from greatest to least and least to greatest, again using the chart.

9/10-Our latest story, "Mary Anning", tells of a woman in the 1700's who stumbles upon a career as a fossil collector/scientist and deals with issues like gender bias in the world.  We will cross curriculum into science as we study fossils and with social studies as we discuss the difficulty women have had earning equal rights.  We will continue Math Module 1, exploring tape diagrams and word problems while reinforcing our basic skills with daily practice. 

9/25-Our new story, "Fragile Frogs", discusses the situation where scientists across the globe discover a decrease in the population of certain amphibians.  We explore the possible reasons for this decline that include human encroachment, disease and introduction of new predators.  In math we wrap up Module 1, finishing our work with tape diagrams and continuing our constant scaffolding re: basic skills.  Remember to sign and return your child's field trip form, as we will be going to the Water Festival in three weeks!

10/7-We are finishing "Fragile Frogs" this week and focusing on comparing our three texts for common themes and ideas.  Math sees us in Module 2, exploring the Metric system and learning how to convert metric amounts.  Field trip forms are due no later than Friday, and Parent/Teacher conference sign ups will go out next week.

10/16-Parent/Teacher sign up forms come home today.  Please choose your first, second and third "picks" and I'll return confirmation ASAP. We've moved on to our new story "SKELETONS"-a non-fiction look at the bones within us--and lots of other animals too!  Ask you child to fill you in!!  We also just completed our first PBA-SCIENTIST BIOGRAPHIES--which walked us through the writing process from rough draft to final cut with typing and illustration.  We had some exemplary work done--stop by our bulletin board and check our your childs' work.

10/23-10/30-Parent Teacher conferences-please be sure to check your times and let me know if something changes and you will be unable to attend so we can reschedule. We are finishing our latest story, "King of the Parking Lot"-ask your child to fill you in!

10/20-Reminder-Field trip to the Water Festival on Tues. Oct 24th-wear your Water Festival t-shirts! 

10/30-31-NO SCHOOL!!!! Happy Halloween!!!!!:)