4th Grade Expectancies


Teacher Expectancies

Teacher:     Steve Moses - 4th Grade      smoses@ackerman.k12.ca.us

                                                            530-885-1974 ext. 109



Fourth grade curriculum follows California State Standards.


·         Benchmark Advance. Comprehensive curriculum, which offers alignment with Common Core. Areas covered include phonics and decoding, reading for fluency and comprehension, writing, literature, and spelling.

·         Accelerated Reader (AR). Provides daily formative assessment and periodic progress-monitoring technology to enhance the LA curriculum, support differentiated instruction, and personalize practice in reading,

·         IXL, an online math and language arts program, will be used to supplement lessons

MATH: Go Math! Newly adopted (14-15) Common Core curriculum. IXL, an online math and language arts program, will be used to supplement math lessons. IXL's math skills are aligned to the Common Core State Standards, providing comprehensive coverage of math concepts and applications. Areas covered include problem solving, algebra, coordinate systems, exploring data, patterns, geometry, measurement, operations, and number facts.

LIBRARY: Students will select books weekly from the school library.

TECHNOLOGY: 1:1 Chromebooks for classroom use.

SCIENCE: Scott Foresman Science curriculum. Areas covered are Earth Science, Life Science, and Physical Science. Science units using FOSS Science kits and the newly adopted curriculum provide hands-on opportunities for investigation and experimentation. Additional enrichment provided by special guests and “Learning Adventures” outside the classroom.


HIST0RY/SOCIAL SCIENCE: California Studies Weekly. Standards-based lessons, activities, and stories bring California history to life for fourth-graders. Full-color magazines approved as supplemental material through the legal and social compliance process. Numerous activities and assignments will be completed both in class as well as at home. Additional enrichment is brought in with Houghton –Mifflin curriculum materials. This course covers the history and geography of California. Further enrichment activities and learning adventures outside the classroom enhance the social studies program. 


·         Whole class recorder program (See attached handout).

·         Brummitt-Taylor Music Listening Program.




After reading the homework policy you should be aware of how much homework is expected of a student, how regularly it is assigned, the effect of homework on the student’s grade and how late homework is treated.

Homework is assigned so as to average 40 minutes each day. Incomplete classroom assignments may need to be completed at home.

Homework strongly affects the “effort” section of the report card. All homework must be completed or made up unless special arrangements are made. Late homework has less value than work turned in on time. Students are required to keep track of assignments in their Daily Homework Log. A parent review, sign, or initial the homework assignment nightly as directed. Students with missing homework and classwork may not be allowed to participate in school activities and learning adventures. Missing homework is to be made up at recess or ZAP.


After reading the grading policy you should be aware of expectancies that will determine the letter grade (“A”, “B”, “C”, “D”, and “F”.) earned by a student. You should be aware of what kinds of assessments are given, how often, and what weight they carry on a student’s grade. Where applicable, the effect of written work on a student’s grade is also explained.

Grades are determined on a percentage basis. Assignments are given a point value and or corresponding grade. 90-100% = A, 80-89% = B, 70-79% = C, 60-69% =D, below 60%, depending on effort, = F. 

LANGUAGE ARTS: Reading, writing, Paragraph-a-Week, spelling, book reports, Theme Skills, Summative Tests, and Daily Bite grades are all included in the Language Arts report card grade.

MATH: Grades will be determined by classwork/homework, ongoing chapter assessments.

SCIENCE: Experiments and observations will be graded. Class work, quizzes, and projects will be given. Grades are influenced by class participation.

SOCIAL STUDIES: The grade is calculated from unit tests, quizzes, and classwork assignments. Special projects and class participation count 1/4th of the grade.

P.E.: Grades in P.E. will be determined by the criteria laid out by our P.E. Teacher, Mr. Swope.


After reading the absence/tardy policy you should be aware of what an excused or unexcused absence has to do with the student’s grade, what the student is allowed and/or expected to do on return from an absence and what consequences there are for tardiness.

All missed assignments must be made up. This can be done before, during, or after school, either at school or at home. An independent study program can be arranged ahead of time. Notes or phone calls are needed for all absences and tardiness.


After reading the class rules/consequences section you should be aware of the teacher’s rules and what consequences are likely to be evoked for breaking each rule. You should also be aware of what infractions would cause the teacher to send a child to the office and what might cause the teacher to recommend a student suspension.

The general class rules are:

1.       To treat others as you would like to be treated.

2.       To respect others and their property. Any behavior, which infringes on the rights of others and is not appropriate in class, is considered an infraction of the rule.


Consequences are missing recess, writing a letter explaining the inappropriate behavior, staying after school, or calling home. Excessive infractions and/or more serious offenses, such as fighting or extreme disrespect, will cause the student to be sent to the office and considered for possible suspension.