Welcome to Fourth Grade Literature and Composition!  (That’s just a fancy way of saying “reading and writing”.)  I am so excited to begin each day with you.  Here are some things you might like to know about our class.  If you have any questions, please ask!

Teacher:          Ms. Jennifer Kuntz

Schedule:        9:00 – 9:45, Monday – Friday (5 days) in Upper Elementary classroom

What does Ms. Jennifer expect from you? 

  • Be ready to start class on time

Please be in class and prepared to start every day at 9:00 a.m.  “Prepared” means in your desk with a pencil, your Language Arts folder, your reading and writing journals, and whatever we are reading / discussing.  It also means you have completed whatever reading or other homework was assigned, and are ready to participate in class.

  • Homework

Homework is due at the beginning of class on the day it is due.  That means completed and ready to turn in – no last minute printing or editing.

  • Late Assignments

Five points per school day will be deducted for late assignments.  If you are at school on the day something is due, it must be turned in.  Discuss special circumstances with Ms. Jennifer as soon as possible.  Assignments will NOT be accepted more than two weeks late.

  • Absences

If you know you will be absent ahead of time, please let Ms. Jennifer know so you can get any assignments you might miss.  If you are absent on the day something is due, you are responsible for turning the assignment in on the day you return to school.  It is also your responsibility to find out what you missed.

 

  • 30 minutes of reading daily

On average, fourth graders should be reading at least 30 minutes per day – every day.  Beginning in September, you’ll keep a daily log of your reading. The log should be turned in at the beginning of the next month.  Any reading we do for class counts!

  • Regular writing practice

You will personalize an individual journal to explore different types of writing.  Writing prompts will be assigned on a regular basis.

  • No excuses

You will soon find out that “can’t” is a bad word in our class – because you can do it!  If you need help, please ask.  

How are grades set up? 

All assignments, homework and quizzes will be posted in JupiterGrades, so check there frequently.  Here’s how our class is broken down:

  • Composition (part of Language Arts):   Writing-focused assignments and homework.Included in overall Language Arts grade with Spelling and Grammar
  • Reading:  Classwork, homework, quizzes and assignments directly related to reading or reading skills. 

50% – Assignments: includes longer-term homework assignments and multi-part projects.  You’ll probably have 2-3 of these a grading period.

40% – Participation: This includes discussion, in-class work and behavior, and “quick” homework (such as worksheets).  The majority of the work we do is graded in this way.

10% – Quizzes: These are short tests reviewing assigned reading and concepts covered in class.  The purpose of quizzes is to 1) check you are doing the reading, and 2) make sure you understand what you’ve read or discussed in class.  The lowest quiz grade per quarter will be dropped.

What should I expect from this class?

Expect to work hard, have fun, and learn a lot!  You will get as much out of this class as you put into it.

Here’s to a great school year!

Warmly,

Ms. Jennifer