Meet Mr. Herzog

Posted in Fourth Grade

I am so excited to become part of the Brookwood family!  I graduated from Weber State University in 2014 and my teaching career has already been very exciting.  I received a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education specializing in Special Education.   My first year teaching was in a technology focused charter school in northern Utah.  I love using technology in the classroom!  My second year teaching was in rural Montana where I taught students from the Northern Cheyenne and Crow Indian tribes.  What an experience!  I have grown to love different cultures and styles of teaching on my journey.  Most of my experience teaching has been in the 4th grade which I think is the best grade in the world! Part of my teaching philosophy includes focusing on who a student is and what they can become.  I do this by focusing on positive behaviors and providing students with opportunities to see their own success.  Success builds Success and together we succeed.  

Outside the classroom, I am a husband, father, and huge family man.  I have a good wife who supports me in everything I do.  We met while attending Weber State University.  Go Wildcats!  I played golf and thought I was pretty cool, she was a nerd and thought she was pretty cool.  Well, we make a double cool couple. I grew up in Ogden, Utah but have lived in British Columbia, Canada, and Southeastern Montana.  Last year our boy Russell joined the family.  He loves everything outside, and everything trucks (He takes after his dad).  I enjoy being outdoors, hunting, fishing, and hiking with the family.  I also love working on projects, especially cars and anything DIY.   

English Language Arts and Literacy/ Fourth Grade

Posted in Fourth Grade

We are excited to implement The Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy using the Reading Street/ Pearson Realize program. This instructional time will consist of whole group, cooperative groups and partners focusing on Concept Development, Vocabulary, Reading, Comprehension, Fluency, Spelling, Word Study, Grammar and Writing. The fourth grade Science and Social Studies core will be integrated throughout.

Pearson Realize helps us meet every student at every level.  Pearson offers the opportunity to look inside your child’s day-to-day learning. Visit www.pearsonrealize.com  to not only view your child's progress, but also interact with current concepts using innovative learning paths that include text, inquiry and digital options.  You will be amazed at how motivated and excited your child will be to share in the interactive learning experiences while studying at home. Watch as your child “teaches” you how to access the resources we utilize in the classroom.

Writing

During school day, best instructional practice emphasizes writing across content areas and integrated throughout the entire school day. There are both formal and informal practices, which include Writing to Learn and Product Writing.

The purpose of Writing to Learn:

  • Develop fluency
  • Practice written vocabulary and academic language
  • Practice communicating ideas formally and informally
  • Assess comprehension

During Writing to Learn tasks, students engage in two of the five levels of writing:

1) To get ideas down, and

  • To exhibit knowledge on a topic.

The purpose of Product Writing:

  • Knowledge on a topic or text
  • Well-developed composition with organization
  • Transitions, precise language and formal language
  • Refinement of writing skills
  • Conventions and grammar
  • Evaluation and feedback
  • Publishing

During Product Writing students engage in three of the five levels of writing: 3) Writing to be read and reviewed, revised and edited. 4) Writing to be critiqued, revised and edited. 5) Writing to be published.

Levels

Examples

1. Writing to get ideas down

Brainstorming, listing, graphic organizer

2. Writing to exhibit knowledge on a topic

Short answers, journals, learning logs

3. Writing to be read and reviewed, revised and edited

First draft of report, essay, narrative

4. Writing to be critiqued, revised and edited

Final draft of report, essay, narrative

5. Writing to be published

Shared with a wider audience (e.g. Reflections)

Mathematics / Fourth Grade

Posted in Fourth Grade

This year, we will be implementing The Common Core State Standards for Mathematics using Envision Math 2.0 / Pearson Realize. The standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. They are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. Our instructional time will consist of whole group, cooperative groups and partners as well as opportunities for additional skill-based instruction in small group and one-on-one setting with the teacher.

Pearson Realize helps us meet every student at every level. Pearson offers the opportunity to look inside your child’s day-to-day learning. Visit www.pearsonrealize.com  to not only view your child's progress, but also interact with current concepts using innovative learning paths that include text, inquiry and digital options.  You will be amazed at how motivated and excited your child will be to share in the interactive learning experiences while studying at home. Watch as your child “teaches” you how to access the resources we utilize in the classroom.

By fourth grade, simple addition and subtraction facts should be mastered.  If your student does not fluently know the multiplication facts through 12, please take time to practice with them (cards, computer games, skip counting, etc.), because we test these facts almost daily.  We have found the students who achieve automaticity with their multiplication facts are the ones who can concentrate on higher order thinking and best achieve in mathematics.  Those who do not know them are stalled in their progress.  Your student may need extra help at home in this area. By the end of the year, all multiplication facts should be memorized and well into mastering the division facts.

Reflex Math is an excellent, effective tool available to all Brookwood Students. Reflex helps students of all ability levels to develop fluency with their basic facts in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. https://www.reflexmath.com

We are fortunate to be using ST Math is a subscription based math practice website for elementary children. It is a game-based program that builds deeper conceptual understanding of math. Providing results at scale, plus personalized intervention. Fourth graders will engage in differentiated learning experiences based on their unique needs. Students will use this program (at school and home) to enhance understanding of the current math curriculum, review/reinforcement/practice previous and current concepts, extend knowledge and enrich through engaging practice. 

Fourth Grade Mathematics Overview

Operations and Algebraic Thinking

  • Use the four operations with whole numbers to solve problems.
  • Gain familiarity with factors and multiples.
  • Generate and analyze patterns.

Number and Operations in Base Ten

  • Generalize place value understanding for multi-digit whole numbers.
  • Use place value understanding and properties of operations to perform multi-digit arithmetic.

Number and Operations—Fractions

  • Extend understanding of fraction equivalence and ordering.
  • Build fractions from unit fractions by applying and extending previous understandings of operations on whole numbers.
  • Understand decimal notation for fractions, and compare decimals and fractions.

Measurement and Data

  • Solve problems involving measurement and conversion of measurements from a larger unit to a smaller unit.
  • Represent and interpret data.
  • Geometric measurement: understand concepts of angle and measure angles.

Geometry

  • Draw and identify lines and angles, and classify shapes by properties of their lines and angles.

In Fourth Grade, mathematical instructional time will focus on three critical areas:

  1. developing understanding and fluency with multi-digit multiplication, and developing understanding of dividing to find quotients involving multi-digit dividends;
  2. developing an understanding of fraction equivalence, addition and subtraction of fractions with like denominators, and multiplication of fractions by whole numbers;
  3. understanding that geometric figures can be analyzed and classified based on their properties, such as having parallel sides, perpendicular sides, particular angle measures, and symmetry.

Homework, Home Reading, and University of Learning

Posted in Fourth Grade

 

By fourth grade, simple addition and subtraction facts should be mastered.  If your student does not fluently know the multiplication facts through 12, please take time to practice with them (cards, computer games, skip counting, etc.), because we test these facts almost daily.  We have found the students who achieve automaticity with their multiplication facts are the ones who can concentrate on higher order thinking and best achieve in mathematics.  Those who do not know them are stalled in their progress.  Your student may need extra help at home in this area. By the end of the year, all multiplication facts should be memorized and well into mastering the division facts. Reflex Math is an excellent, effective tool available to all Brookwood Students. Reflex helps students of all ability levels to develop fluency with their basic facts in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. https://www.reflexmath.com

We are fortunate to be using ST Math is a subscription based math practice website for elementary children. It is a game-based program that builds deeper conceptual understanding of math. Providing results at scale, plus personalized intervention. Fourth graders will engage in differentiated learning experiences based on their unique needs. Students will use this program (at school and home) to enhance understanding of the current math curriculum, review/reinforcement/practice previous and current concepts, extend knowledge and enrich through engaging practice. 

We are thrilled to announce the addition of Pearson Realize to our educational curriculum helping us meet every student at every level.  Pearson offers you the opportunity to look inside your child’s day-to-day learning. Visit https://www.pearsonrealize.com to not only view your child's progress in both Engish Language Arts and Mathematics, but also interact with current concepts using innovative learning paths that include text, inquiry and digital options.  You will be amazed at how motivated and excited your child will be to share in the interactive learning experiences while studying at home. Watch as your child “teaches” you how to access the resources we utilize in the classroom.

Home / Independent Reading should be a daily planner entry and habit.  Students are expected to record reading minutes on the daily calendar in their planner each day.  All students are encouraged to read a minimum of 20 minutes each day.  Minutes read on the weekends count towards the weekly 100 minute goal.  We suggest that students have a book to enjoy at home as well as one in their tote-tray at school.

Parents are an important part of this home reading program. Your help will be needed with:

  • Encouraging and monitoring independent reading at home.
  • Listening to your child read.  You and your child will decide how often reading will be aloud.
  • Recording and signing minutes read in school planner.
  • Asking your child questions about their reading, checking for understanding.
  • Helping your child pick diverse and appropriate literature to read. This may be from school texts, library books, newspapers, or any other recreational reading.

2018 University of Learning Booklet

Dates to Know / Fourth Grade

Posted in Fourth Grade

Fourth Grade Dates for 2018- 2019
(All dates are subject to change)

September:

3 Labor Day Recess

4 Emergency Preparedness Kits due

4 PTA School Fundraiser Kickoff

5 Symphony at Hillcrest High School

14 PTA School Fundraiser Celebration 1:10

20 Fall Pictures

20 September Citizenship Activity 2:15

21 No Student Day/ Professional Development

25-27 Book Fair

25 Brookwood Reading Den 8 am

27-28 Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences

27 Read-a-thon

27 Early Out 1:55pm

29 No Student Day/Compensatory Day

 

October:

1 Meet the Masters Assembly

8-12 Digital Citizenship Technology Week

11 Watch dogs: Dudes and Donuts 8:00 am

15-17 Safety Week

16 Reflections Entries Due

18-19 Fall Recess / No school

22-26 Red Ribbon Week

25 Picture Makeup Day

26  October Citizenship Activity 11:15

29 No Student Day / Professional Development

31 Halloween Parade/Class Activities


 

November:

9 Career Day

15 Reflections Assembly 2:30

21-23 Thanksgiving Recess

30 Meet the Masters assembly 9:50

30 November Citizenship Activity 2:15

 

December:

3-7 Computer Science Week (coding)

18 EML service activity

17 December Citizenship Activity 2:15

19 Sing-Along /Winter Break Activities

20 - Jan 2 Winter Break / No School :)

 

January:

1 Happy 2019

2 Welcome Back from Winter Break

2 Breathe Utah Presentation 1:00-2:00

3 Fire Safety Presentation

8 Watchdog Pizza Night 6:00pm

18 No Student Day /Professional Development

21 Martin Luther King Jr Day / No School

25 January Citizenship Activity 11:15

29 Family Science Night 6-7:30pm

February:

Acts of Kindness month-long activities begins

14 Valentine's Day Activities

15 No Student Day / Professional Development

18 President's Day Recess / No School

22 Meet the Masters assembly 2:15

22 Citizenship Activity 11:15

26- 28 Book Fair /Reading Den (Tuesday 8:00 am)

27- 28 Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences

28 Read-a-thon

28 Early Out 1:55pm

 

March:

1 No Student Day/Compensatory Day

7  Spring Picture Day

14 Art-A-Palooza

29 March Citizenship Activity 11:15

 

April:

1-5 Spring Recess / No School

22-26 Earth Week

25 Administrative Professionals Day

26 April Citizenship Activity 11:15

 

May:

2 Utah Program for Brookwood Students 2:30

3 Utah Program for Parents 9:30

6-10 Teacher Appreciation Week

27 Memorial Day / No School

31 Family Fun Run Festival

 

June:

3 May Citizenship Activity

4 Rendezvous

5 Brookwood Field Day!

6 Last Day of School-Early Dismissal 1:00

     flagpole, assembly, dance celebration