Adventure Awaits...

Parents' Night 2016

Mrs. Gehman's 4th Grade Classroom

"Reel" Important Stuff Parents Need to Know...

For their child to be...

  1. Organized Learners
  2. Responsible and Caring Classroom Citizens
  3. Strong Academically
  4. Part of a strong Parent/Teacher/Student Community
  5. A Few More "Reel" Important Things

Fourth Grade Organized Learners

It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.

-Eleanor Roosevelt

Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up.

-A. A. Milne

Organized Learners show up on time...

Organized Learners are prepared...

Keep track of supplies and have them ready when asked.

Organized Learners put things away in the right place...

And, they don't need to rummage through piles to find what they need...

So they don't have to go searching...

Organized Learners make a plan to get on and stay on task...

A plan for...

  • Who to ask for help
  • How to work at a good pace
  • Getting all assignments completed on time

Fourth Grade Responsible and Caring Classroom Citizens

“We’re not a team because we work together.

We are a team because we respect, trust, and care for each other.” 

Responsible and Caring Classroom Citizens...

  • Include others
  • Speak well of others
  • Speak respectfully to others
  • Help others
  • Follow safety guidelines given by the district and classroom teacher

Responsible and Caring Classroom Citizens...

Are busy making sure they... 

  • produce quality work
  • are reflective and thorough in their assignments
  • read and follow oral and written directions carefully

Responsible and Caring Classroom Citizens...

  • Follow School rules
  • Know and follow the Classroom Behavior Plan

Fourth Grade Academics

Common Core... 



Academically strong students are expert readers who...

Read with precision, expression and depth...
  • Comprehend and evaluate complex text across a range of types and disciplines.
  • Be a critical consumer of text and other media to recognize, appreciate, and understand multiple perspectives and cultures.
  • Produce writing to address task, purpose, perspective, and intended audience; research and gather evidence to create a clear and coherent message

  • Communicate effectively for varied purposes and audiences.

  • Listen actively to engage in a range of conversations, to analyze and synthesize idea and positions, and to evaluate accuracy in order to learn, reflect, and


                                            It's hard work!

But Reading and Writing are also...

A lot of fun!

We'll read in groups and with partners.  We'll have fun activities and stimulating, enjoyable class discussions.  

More specifically in fourth-grade, we will...

...Enjoy  a rich time of instruction in ELA (English Language Arts) with an end goal of helping all students to become more expert readers.  We will take a balanced literacy approach which includes mini-lessons in writing, reading, grammar, and word study.  Students will have daily opportunities to learn in both large and small group instruction and on his or her instructional level. 

Award-winning novels and relevant non-fiction articles enhance the ELA experience, and students enjoy daily teacher read aloud. The writing experience includes narrative, informative, and opinion essays.

Novels you can look forward to enjoying include:

  • Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
  • Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillio
  • Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner
  • The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman

And they are skilled mathematicians who independently...

1.  Make sense of and persevere in solving complex and novel mathematical problems.

2. Use effective mathematical reasoning to construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.

3. Communicate precisely when making mathematical statements and express answers with a degree of precision appropriate for the context of the problem/situation.

4. Apply mathematical knowledge to analyze and model situations/relationships using multiple representations and appropriate tools in order to make decisions, solve problems, and draw conclusions.

5. Make use of structure and repeated reasoning to gain a mathematical perspective and formulate generalized problem-solving strategies.

                                      It's hard work!

But Math is not just hard work, it's also... 

...A roarin' good time!

We'll work in groups and pairs and sometimes we'll get to go outside to experience math in nature.  Other times we'll play games at centers.  Yes, we'll work hard to learn, but we'll have fun while we're doing it!

More specifically in fourth grade, we will...

...use Eureka Math from EngageNY to deepen our conceptual knowledge. Math lessons are designed to provide a great deal of practice using a simple structure:

Math Sprints for Fluency

   Application Problem for Review

         Lesson and Problem Sets for New Learning

               Student Debrief Time for Clarification

                      Exit Tickets for Assessing Understanding

                               Homework for Practice

Module 1: Place Value, Rounding, and Algorithms for Adding and Subtracting

Module 2: Unit Conversions and Problem Solving with Metric Measurement

Module 3: Multi-Digit Multiplication and Division

Module 4: Angle Measure and Plane Figures

Module 5: Fraction Equivalence, Ordering, and Operations

Module 6: Decimal Fractions

Module 7: Exploring Measurement with Multiplication

     In addition, we will practice  multiplication and division facts through the 12's using Rocket Math.   Our 4th-grade goal is to complete 50 problems accurately in 2 minutes or less.

Strong Parent-Student-Teacher Community

“Coming together is the beginning.

Keeping together is the progress.

Working together is success.”

-Henry Ford

A Strong Parent-Student-Teacher Community has...

...Parent Involvement 

  • School Events
  • HSA
  • Field Trip Chaperone - Harrisburg Capital Building
  • Planetarium - Join your child there
  • Fundraisers

Strong Parent-Student-Teacher Community has...

Strong Three-Way Communication in Print


  • Assignments
  • Student Behavior
  • Events
  • Policies

A Strong Parent-Student-Teacher Community is known for...

Respectful Communication all the way around!

  • Conferences
  • Phone Calls
  • Emails and Social Media* 

A Few More "Reel" Important Things Before You leave...

Do you have your volunteer clearances?

Does the office have the correct phone and email for you?

Have you signed up for a conference time?

Do you wish to be a homeroom parent? 

A Few More "Reel" Important Things...

As we jump into a new year, please know...

  • There are 19 students in Mrs. Gehman's Homeroom. 
  •  We have a student with a peanut allergy.
  • Birthday snacks are happily received and need to be individual and easily served in the cafeteria at lunch.

Mrs. Gehman

Married to Steve in 1987

Mom of 4 grown children

M.Ed.,Cedar Crest College, 2010

+ 30 Graduate Credits

Technology Certificate, 

Augustana University, 2016

...Adventure awaits!

Mrs. C.E. Gehman

Fourth Grade

Boyertown Area School District

Room 143

Phone: 610.754.9589  x 1923

1406 Route 100

Barto, PA 19504

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Parents' Night 2016

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Public - 9/5/16, 5:38 PM