4th Grade News

  • As we return to in-person learning, there are a couple updates we'd like to make you aware of.

    The first is that assignments will only be open for 3 weeks from the due date. Assignments will not reopen for late submission or resubmission after the 3 week mark.

    The second is a reminder of test retake policies. See Writing and Social Studies for updates.

    Tests can ONLY be taken at school under teacher supervision. They will not be open for the students to access at home or after school hours.

    1. Tests will NOT have an automatic second try.
    2. Test retakes are available when a corrective, re-learning assignment is completed. This will be different for each subject and the redo assignment will be provided when requested by the student.
    3. The re-take will be a different version of the assessment, but will cover the same standards. The second version will often be more complex to show mastery and not simply the reciting of correct answers on the previous assessment.
    4. There are NO RETAKES on spelling tests.

    Math Retake Policy:

    Students may have one retake on any graded quiz, except a final, but the questions will all be different so they can show mastery. In order to take the redo, students will need to correct all their errors on the scratch paper used to take the test. They should be taking this home in their “take home folder” after the test. Corrections should include:

    1. Writing a sentence explaining where they made the mistake and how to solve it correctly next time.
    2. Then list the correct answer for the problem missed.

    This work will have to be turned in to Mrs. Kozubal first, before a retake will be made available.

     Reading Retake Policy:

    Students may have one retake on any graded quiz, except final and district assessments. To retake a test or quiz students will need to do the following on a piece of lined paper:

    1. Explain why the answer they selected was incorrect.
    2. Determine the correct answer.
    3. Explain why it is the correct response, using text evidence when appropriate.

    Once this is submitted to Mrs. Graddy, the new version of the assessment will be made available. Please note that it will be a different assessment covering the same standards. The higher of the 2 grades will be used as the score for that assessment.

    Writing Retake Policy:

    There are no retakes on quick writes or on-demand prompts.

    Science Retake Policy

    Students may have one retake on any quiz or test. Students must first access their first attempt and see which questions they missed. They will then research the correct answers by re-watching any videos from previous lessons or by bringing up any other assignments they used to learn the concepts. Students then need to provide a paper with the concept explained in about 1 or two sentences. After this paper is submitted to Mr. Cohon, the retake will be made available to the student.

    Social Studies Retake Policy

    Social Studies projects are taken as an assessment grade and can be resubmitted once after the original grade is given. Comprehension quizzes have one attempt and there are no retakes.


This Week in Math

    • Module 5 Fractions

      Weekly Essential Questions:

    • How can models help us understand the multiplication of fractions and whole numbers?
    • How are models used to show how fractional parts are combined or separated?
    • Our objective of the week is to represent the multiplication of a whole number times a fraction
    • and a whole number and a mixed number. This will include word problems with models.
    • The projected lessons of the week are: 35 ,36, 37/38 & 39
    • Monday the students will create a line plot graph. This has been taught in class in the past, and
    • we will also review.  There will be a quiz in the future on this standard/concept. 
    • Multiplication Practice- please review for  10 minutes nightly
    • Updated-Week of January 25

This Week in Language Arts

  • ELA Writing

    We are continuing Module 6.

    • READ this sentence: Earth's natural wonders can teach us a great deal.
    • THINK about a natural wonder you are interested in.
    • WRITE a letter to an expert in the field of study asking for more information.


    ELA Reading

    in this module, students will listen to, read, and view a variety of texts that present them with information about Earth’s natural wonders.

    A genre focus on informational text provides students with opportunities to identify text and graphic features, central ideas, and text structures in order to better understand unfamiliar texts.

    Students will also encounter poetry and literary nonfiction to build knowledge across genres.

    As students build their vocabulary and synthesize topic knowledge, they will learn that our world is full of unique places with amazing wonders on land, in the ocean, and in the sky


    Updated for Week of Jan. 19th.

This Week in Social Studies

  • During the month of January, we will be learning about Colonization and the Triangular Trade.

    We will be learning from the textbook and completeing a few short projects.

    All turned in assignments will be for a PowerSchool grade (1-3 per week).

    Updated for the month of January

This Week in Science

  • ❓ Weekly Essential Question(s)

    What is your watery cave story?

    What does your watery cave tour look like?

    What do you think?

    The students will brainstorm ideas for a Water Cave narrative, expository and opinion essay.  They will then choose one to complete the essay and turn in.

    Graded Assignments this week:  23 | Day 4: Water Cave Writing Assignment   and   23 | Day 5: Animals Through Time Assessment 

    Updated for the week of Jan. 18

Contact Info

  • Office hours are 8:00AM - 4:00PM, please email outside those times.  
    Google Voice numbers are for duing Virtual Learning and accept text messages.  
    Mr. Cohon
    Science & Writing
    Classroom Phone: 623-445-7658
    Google Voice:  480-744-7390
    Email:  alex.cohon@dvusd.org
    Mrs. Kozubal
    Math & Writing
    Classroom Phone:  623-445-7657
    Google Voice Phone:  317-953-3536
    Email:  debbie.kozubal@dvusd.org
    Ms. Miyagawa
    Social Studies & Writing
    Phone:  623-445-7660
    Google Voice:  602-888-1207
    Email:  cece.miyagawa@dvusd.org
    Mrs. Graddy
    Reading & Writing
    Classroom Phone:  623-445-7659    
    Email:  kierstin.graddy@dvusd.org


Mission Statement

  • We the Students of Terramar’s 4th Grade, in Order to form a more proper Classroom Environment to establish Hard Workers, promote Self Confidence and Good Behaviors and secure Respect to everyone at school, do ordain and establish this Mission Statement for the 4th Grade Classes of Terramar Academy of the Arts.



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