May 31, 2016
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Dear Parents of Rising Fourth Graders,
As you begin your summer break, please plan to include activities that will help your child be successful in fourth grade.
You may have noticed that the third grade math curriculum does not require mastery of multiplication facts. Please be aware that the fourth grade math curriculum assumes that students have mastered their multiplication facts. There are many fun ways to build math fact fluency. Apps, websites, and flash cards are a few great options! We will post a list of websites that will be helpful on the fourth grade teachers’ blogs. Use everyday opportunities to develop math reasoning with your child. For example, have them assist you when following recipes, calculating costs when shopping, and determining change.
Please make sure that your child has access to a variety of reading materials over the summer. This year Cobb County is excited to be participating in a summer reading program competition where students compete to break a world record! Summer reading letters were sent home at the end of the school year with a user name and password for your child. We also invite you to LOG YOUR SUMMER READING MINUTES at The Scholastic Reading Challenge. It would be extremely cool if Mt. Bethel students could OUTREAD every other school in the nation! Mt. Bethel is always up for a competition and usually comes out on top! So get reading and log your minutes. You can learn more about the CCSD Summer Reading Program at www.cobbcat.org/srp. Read on Buccaneers!
Cobb County Schools has put together an exemplary SUMMER LINK website
( http://www.cobbk12.org/cobblink/ ) with resources for continued practice and learning in both Math and Literacy. You can find an overview of both Math and Literacy standards and skills for the coming year paired with sample problems/explanations.
Seek out opportunities for students to write. Summer would be a great time to have your child practice cursive writing by sending letters to family members, writing thank you notes, etc. In addition, as your child enters the intermediate grades, he/she will be typing more, so practice those keyboarding skills over the summer. Check out fourth grade blogs for sites to help.
As you and your soon-to-be fourth grader look ahead to next year, discuss fourth-grade expectations. Class sizes are larger in fourth grade, and fourth grade requires more independence and study skills. The grading scale for fourth grade is not a 1-2-3 system. Students receive A, B, C, D, or F based on percentage of correct responses. Report card grades are an average of the grades students have earned.
Have a fun and enriching summer!
The Fourth Grade Team
Mount Bethel Elementary School