Dear Parents,

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself.  My name is Carter Johnson and I am your child’s new social studies teacher.  I graduated from the University of Florida (Go Gators!) with a B.A. in classical civilizations.  This will be my first year teaching and I look forward to the challenges that await me.  My goal is to foster a sense of appreciation and curiosity for history in your child that equals my own.

This year will be an exciting one for the students in my classes. They will be learning about Florida, its geography, climate and history in a highly engaging way.

The fourth grade Florida history class uses Social Studies Alive!, a program that truly engages students in learning. Your child will be an active participant instead of a passive observer, experiencing social studies through innovative teaching practices that include dramatic role playing, creative simulations, dynamic group projects, and writing from a historical perspective.

Each student will be issued a textbook and an Interactive Student Notebook.  These materials need to be brought to class every time.  Textbooks must be covered with a cloth book cover.  The Interactive Student Notebook will be used for reading notes and in-class assignments.

Homework assignments will consist of activities form the Florida Studies Weekly newspaper series as well as additional readings and comprehension worksheets.  Homework will be assigned weekly and is due each Tuesday morning. A test will be given at the end of each chapter.  Please consult the Florida History section on the Jupitergrades website for more information regarding assignment and test dates. 

It is very important that students take responsibility for assignment due dates.  Homework assignments that are turned in late will have five points deducted from the grade for each day past the original due date.  Students may have the opportunity to work on homework assignments during Independent Work time.  Study Hall is also available for students who need help completing their assignments.

The grading outline for Social Studies is the following:

Assignments:                                     40%

Tests and Projects:                          50%

Participation:                                    10%

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at cjohnson@millhopper.com.

I want to thank you in advance for your support. I am looking forward to an exciting, enjoyable, and enriching year working with you and your child.

Sincerely,

Carter Johnson

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