Laurie Schlaefer is the Fourth grad teacher. She graduated from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville and received a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in elementary education. She has worked as a teacher at Our Lady Queen of Peace since 1984. In addition to teaching, She enjoys working outdoors. She grew up on a dairy farm and has one sister, two brothers, and eleven nieces and nephews. She loves teaching and making learning fun.
Students attend Mass every Friday and every third Tuesday with their class. We focus mainly on the Ten Commandments.
We will be using the McGraw-Hill textbook which focuses on basic sentence structure, parts of speech, punctuation, and capitalization. They will be also writing personal, expository, descriptive, and persuasive paragraphs. I will also reinforce our English skills through Think Central on our Smart board.
There will be twenty-five words every week. The spelling words and addition skills will be in their Journey workbook.
Students will read a variety of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, folktales, and fairytales. They will make appropriate predictions and inferences before, during, and after each reading. Vocabulary will be reviewed also. Reading skills will be taught through Think Central on our Smart board.
The primary focus in fourth grade is on the states and regions of the United States. They will also research the Presidents of the United States and learn the states and capitals.
The fourth grade will be using the Saxon Math textbook. They will work mainly on adding, subtracting, multiplication, and division. Students will also learn about place value, rounding numbers, fractions, decimals, line segments, rays, angles, the calendar, surveys, range, median, mode, geometric shapes, and roman numerals. Additional reinforcement will also be done during their computer time.
We will be using the “Houghton Mifflin” science series. They will be focusing on nine units.
- Studying Science
- The Engineering Process
- Plants and Animals
- Energy and Ecosystems
- Earth and Space
Instructional methods will vary from small groups, individual instruction, lectures, hands-on projects, guest speakers, computers, and oral presentations.