4th Grade Newsletter

What To Expect

NWEA MAP

The NWEA Map Screener is much like an eye exam. No one is telling you what to see, only you are telling the doctor what you see. In the same way, the NWEA MAP Growth assessment is an opportunity for students to state what they "see" in math and reading. The first score of the year sets the goals for the school year.


MAP Growth is a computer adaptive test created by NWEA that kids take two to three times per school year. The results provide teachers with information to help them deliver appropriate content for each student and determine each student’s academic growth over time. The results also set the goals for the school year specifically using the percentile rank. To measure one year's growth, a student should either increase or stay equal to the beginning of the year percentile rank.

Example: Linda scored a 205 which placed her in the 65th percentile. For Linda to make one year's growth and stay equal to the 65th percentile, she will need to increase her score to 217 by the end of the school year.


The NWEA MAP Growth assessment includes multiple-choice, drag-and-drop, and other types of questions. You can view the practice test below.


Teachers can use the score to inform instruction, personalize learning, and monitor the growth of individual students. Principals and administrators can use the scores to see the performance and progress of a grade level, school, or the entire district.

Lyla's Explains MAP Growth
NWEA MAP Practice Test

Username: grow Password: grow

Big Ideas

Reading

By the end of the school year, 4th graders will be able to do the following independently.

  • Distinguish how key details in literary and nonfiction/informational texts to discriminate various genres.
  • Summarize events or plots (i.e., beginning, middle, end, conflict, and climax) of a story or text.
  • Paraphrase the main idea with supporting details in a text.


Example:

Which sentence from the passage best supports the idea that sleep is important to learning?

A. Scientists have been trying to answer that question for hundreds of years.

B. The dreams give us a safe way to handle the events of our day.

C. Scientists think that their brains are trying to quickly memorize and organize this new information.

D. She asked her students to think about a problem they had before going to sleep.


Correct Answer: C. This sentence supports the idea that sleep is important to learning by discussing how our brains are able to memorize and organize new information.

Reading & Writing Stamina

Words Correct Read Per Minute: 133-184

Stamina Expectations: Read/Focus on a book without interruption for at least 60 minutes


  • Summarize longer stories in greater detail.
  • Compare the features of various texts to identify the type of writing (for example, myths, stories, articles, biographies, etc.).
  • Develop longer writing pieces through editing and rewriting to create clear and organized work.
  • Determine if the author created the piece to persuade, inform, or entertain the reader.
  • Identify word parts such as affixes, roots, and stems to determine the meaning of words.
  • Write three to four paragraphs for a narrative, opinion, and informative essay.

Big Universe Library

Big Universe is a Library built into the Online School (OLS). Simply log in to your K12 account then locate the "quick link" section. Click on Big Universe to access your online library.



  • Click "All Books"
  • On the right-hand side, locate and click the purple button "Lexile."
  • Start with the 400-499 Lexile and work your way up.

Math

During math this year, your 4th grader will be building on their previous math knowledge. We will be doing "4th grade multiplication", fractions, decimals, geometry and so much more.


By the end of the school year, your 4th grader should be able to:

  • multiply a 3-digit number by a 1-digit and a 2-digit number by a 2-digit
  • divide a 3-digit number by a 1-digit number
  • add and subtract fractions
  • represent and compare fractions and decimals
  • solve problems involving money and time
  • describe, classify and construct polygons
  • geometry working with angles, lines and rays
  • collect and organize data



The students who have the most success in fourth grade and beyond understand multiplication and their facts. We encourage our incoming fourth graders to practice their multiplication facts daily. Research says students should only take 3-5 seconds to state the product of a multiplication fact which is about 12-20 per minute.



2019-20 State Testing - Parent, Student, Teacher Guides

2020-21 School Year is not available yet. However, the 2019-20 guide will give parents and students insight of the testing experience.

Teacher Graded Assignments (TGA)

Writing TGA

Writing TGAs are completed once a quarter. They are designed to meet not only fourth-grade state standards but to prepare students for college and career readiness. These are essay style with 3-5 paragraphs each.


These will be turned in via SeeSaw.

Math TGA (Live in Class Connects)

Math TGAs are done once a quarter during our live class time. Math TGAs are specifically created to check for a students mathematical thinking and comprehension. While this is a "math" TGA, there is an expectation that students be able to express mathematical problem solving using complete sentences. Math TGAs typically consist of 3-5 questions.

Work Sample (Live in Class Connects)

Work samples are completed once a quarter. A Work Sample is a written constructed response that will be completed during ELA Class Connects. These are typically one paragraph with 4-8 sentences over a passage. The passage and prompt are not shared before the ELA Class Connect. This will not only prepare your students for college and career readiness but support them on this year's state exam.

Other Fun Links to Try Out

Sequoyah Childrens List

Note: OVCA has not personally reviewed the books on this list. We highly recommend that parents review these and decide for themselves if the content is appropriate for their child as this list is intended for students in 3rd – 6th grades.

Preparing for the 2020-21 School Year

2020 - 2021 School Calendar

Important Websites

IT Support

If you are experiencing technical issues, please use the link above or call 866-512-2273 to submit a ticket.

Fourth Grade Teachers

Kelsey Radford

Homeroom Teacher

kradford@okvirtual.org

405.259.9478 ext

Kimberly Ring

Homeroom Teacher

kring@okvirtual.org

405.259.9478 ext 1011

Jessica Hopkins

Homeroom Teacher

jhopkins@okvirtual.org

405.259.9478 ext 3162

Teri Reeves

Homeroom Teacher

treeves@okvirtual.org

405.259.9478 ext