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About Miss Hedrick

I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from East Stroudsburg University and a Master’s degree in Reading from Kutztown University. I taught 3rd grade for 9 years and have taught 4th grade for two years. I am very excited to be able to focus on ELA this year and hopefully instill a love of reading!

In my classroom we value team work and aim to recognize the many strengths each student brings to the team. Each child is UNIQUE and offers something different to the class. When we truly work TOGETHER anything is possible!

Contact Information

Room 203

4th & 5th Grade Center Main Office:
215-679-6288 Ext. (TBD)

Email:
jhedrick@upsd.org


Availability:

8:00 - 8:30 a.m.

3:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Scholastic Class Code:

HJ8QM

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All About 4th Grade

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Student Expectations

Be Safe ~ Follow school and classroom rules, think before you act, and be aware of yourself and your surroundings.

Be Respectful ~ Listen to adults and peers, consider others' ideas without judgment, be kind to everyone, and be honest.

Be Responsible ~ Complete homework, bring appropriate materials to school and class, and take good care of your property and the property of others.


What can I look forward to?

  • Reading Olympics (optional)
  • Playing an instrument (optional)
  • STEM activities
  • Color UP Walk
  • Jump Rope Contest
  • Field Trip to Harrisburg
  • Individual and Whole Class Rewards
And much, much more!

Homework

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What to Expect for ELA Homework

SPELLING: Students will receive a new spelling list on Day 1 and words will be tested on Day 5. Words will be phonics based and follow a spelling pattern of some sort. The pattern will be practiced and reinforced through literacy centers and homework. The words are not meant to be memorized, instead the spelling rules/patterns should be learned. Additional practice activities are included on the bottom of each list for at-home practice. Spelling tests will run on the 5 day cycle so new lists will not necessarily be introduced on a Monday and tested on Fridays. Students will be instructed to write the test date on their spelling lists.
 
Students will have the opportunity to choose their spelling homework with a choice board. Once each choice has been practiced in the first 2 spelling cycles, students will receive their choices and choose which assignments they want to complete. All spelling assignments will be due on day 5. They DO NOT need to complete every choice.
 

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Forgot your spelling list? Click here.

 

READING: Students should plan to spend some time reading independently at home. The ELA team has not yet determined what (if any) at-home requirements will be expected of students.

 

Suggested Practice

* read a "good fit" book

* study spelling words nightly

* study for any upcoming tests/quizzes

* talk with your child about what he or she is reading

Schedule

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Team
Schedule
Hedrick
Homeroom
Diffenderfer
Homeroom
8:35-9:00HomeroomHomeroom
9:00-10:25ReadingMath
10:30-11:10SpecialsSpecials
11:10-11:40RecessRecess
11:40-12:10LunchLunch
12:15-1:45MathReading
1:45-2:35Science/Social StudiesWriting
2:35-3:20WritingScience/Social Studies
3:20-3:30Prepare for DismissalPrepare for Dismissal


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(Miss Hedrick's Homeroom only)

Day 1 ~ Art (with Miss Pyatt)

Day 2 ~ Library (with Miss McGovern)

Day 3 ~ FLITE School (with Mr. Guellich)

Day 4 ~ Gym (with Mr. Leamer)

Day 5 ~ Music (with Mrs. Arnold)


Behavior Management


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Students will earn points throughout the day for positive behavior and lose points for behavior that needs work. Points are reset at the beginning of each month so everyone has a "clean slate." Parents and students are able to sign in to view the details of the day by joining our class at www.classdojo.com and using your child's code. If you have misplaced your parent/child code, please contact Miss Hedrick for a new copy. On occasion pictures and/or videos may be posted, but only parents of students in our class will have access. Class Dojo will also be used for classroom updates, reminders, and communication.
Positive Behavior
Students earn points (point values vary)
    • Active Listening
    • Following directions quickly
    • Helping others
    • Ignoring distractions
    • On task
    • Participating
    • Perseverance
    • Taking risks (academic)
    • Teamwork
    • Using time wisely
    • Working hard
Needs Work (subject to change)
Students lose points (point values vary)
    • Arguing
    • Bullying (of any kind)
    • Misbehavior in the bathroom
    • Not listening
    • Off task
    • Talking at inappropriate times
    • Being uncooperative (with peers or staff)
    • Being unprepared (after directions have been given)

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ELA

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Elementary students use the Benchmark Literacy program from Kindergarten through 5th grades.

Shared Reading: 3 week units

Week 1: reading strategy and skills check

Week 2: genre study and written response

Week 3: readers theater and unit test

Guided Reading: small, focused groups to reinforce and practice skills from shared reading

Read Aloud: Chosen to fit genre study and comprehension strategies

Writer’s Workshop: a variety of writing types, both formal and informal, along with grammar, spelling, and word study.

*Personal Narrative

*Science Fiction

*Informational

*Book Review

*Procedural Text

4th Grade Supplies

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Students will need the following supplies for Miss Hedrick & Mrs. Diffenderfer

❖ 2 yellow highlighters

❖ #2 pencils (sharpened already if possible) Disposable mechanical pencils work great too.

❖ 1 red pen

Fine point, unscented dry-erase markers

❖ 1 Clean Old Sock (for dry erase boards)

❖ 2 glue sticks

❖ Pair of earbuds/headphones (these do not need to be new!)

❖ (1) 1 ½ inch 3-ring binder

❖ (4) folders with holes punched

❖ (1) zippered pencil pouch with holes

❖ (1) crayons OR colored pencils

❖ (1) scissors

Additional Supplies are Appreciated

* Hand Sanitizer

*Clorox Wipes

*Tissues

Thank you!!

    Computer Links

    Independent Reading


    Choosing Appropriate Books


    Students should choose books that are just right, not too easy or too hard. Open to any page and read it...hold up one finger for each unfamiliar word. At 4-5 unfamiliar words consider choosing a different book. Scholastic Book Wizard is a great website where you can search by grade, genre, title, author, level, etc. if you are looking for new books for your student. I am also happy to make recommendations based on observations and conversations I've had with your child.

    25 Book challenge

    This year I will challenge students to read 25 books during their 4th grade year. They will have a minimum of 20 minutes to read during the school day most days in addition to any time they choose to spend reading at home. In addition, I will help provide guidance by giving them a breakdown of a suggested number of books from various genres. Students are introduced to different genres during our whole group reading lessons, but through independent reading of each genre they will begin to learn what genres they truly enjoy reading. In class read aloud books will count towards the challenge total, but not the suggested number for each genre. Genres include Biography, Informational Nonfiction, Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Traditional Literature.

    SCHOLASTIC BOOK ORDERS

    I will try to send home book orders multiple times per year, but if you would like to order books at other times you may go to Scholastic Book Clubs at any time to place an order. Please send me an email to let me know you have placed an order. I have to "release" the order before it will be processed or shipped. My class code is HJ8QM.