Fourth Grade Team

Welcome to Team 4!

Welcome to Team 4! We are excited to start the 2017-2018 school year and look forward to building relationships, establishing high expectations, and getting to know one another. Please explore this page to find specific information on Team 4 news, events, and expectations. We look forward to a wonderful year of learning and growing!  Please contact us with any questions or concerns at Fredstrom (436-1140) or through email.  Also, please feel free to check out our team Facebook page for news, updates, and photos here.

Specials Schedule

Teacher: A Day
B Day
C Day
D Day

*Please remember to wear tennis shoes on P.E. day.

Library Schedule

Mrs. Kotopka — TBD
Ms. Nabben — TBD
Mrs. Redfearn — TBD
Ms. Starr — TBD

Homework Expectations

Fourth grade year is full of learning and growth!  To help make this learning permanent, students will have consistent homework to practice learned skills.  Regular homework will include:

Spelling:  Spelling words and homework will go home on the first day of each reading “week”.  Reading follows a 5 day cycle.  Because of vacations or other days off, these weeks may not always start on Mondays.  Spelling tests will be on the final day of the 5 day reading week.  Students will bring their spelling words and homework home the first day of each week.  For spelling homework, students should:

Day 1:  write each word 1 time
Day 2:  write each word 1 time
Day 3:  write each word 1 time
Day 4:  write meaningful sentences for 10 spelling words

Spelling homework should be returned on the 5th day (when students will also take their test).  Please note that all students will take the on-level test for unit 1.  After that, students who maintain a 90% average or higher on the above level list will not be required to do spelling homework.

Spelling grades are as follows:

90% and above (with beyond level list) — 4
80%-89% — 3
60%-79% — 2
59% and below — 1

Reading Minutes:  Reading minutes begin on Monday and are due the next Monday.  Minutes should be recorded and totaled in your students planner.  We ask that students read 75 minutes a week.

Math:  Math homework will be sent home almost every night.  There may be exceptions to this, such as on test days.  Students should complete both sides and show their work/thinking.  In addition, math minutes, like reading minutes, should be done weekly.  We ask that students spend 30 minutes each week practicing their basic facts and record this in their planner.  Math homework does not count as math minutes.

Curriculum Information


Reading consists of word work (spelling, handwriting, grammar), whole group reading, vocabulary, and guided reading.  Students will practice using the reading strategies of predict/infer, phonics/decoding, monitor/clarify, questioning, and evaluating, as well as other reading skills to improve their reading skills throughout the year.  Students’ reading will be measured through their accuracy, comprehension, and fluency.  The fluency goals for 4th grade are:  first quarter — 94 words per minutes, second quarter — 112 words per minute, third quarter — 112 words per minute, and fourth quarter — 124 words per minute.  A great way to improve your child’s reading is to spend time independent reading or reading out loud at home.  Weekly reading minutes are used to encourage and support this.


Math homework is sent home almost every day.  It is an opportunity to practice the learning that is done in math class and a chance to make it more “permanent.”  Additionally, students are expected to spend 30 minutes a week practicing math facts (time spent on homework sheets does not count) as part of their math minutes.  Math minutes should be recorded in students’ planners and are essential for success in skills like long division and multiplication.

Unit Studies

At Fredstrom Elementary students study health, art, and Nebraska history as part of unit studies.  This year students will be changing classes for unit studies as each teacher will be teaching a different subject.

Art – Ms. Nabben
Health – Mrs. Redfearn
Nebraska History – Ms. Starr
Nebraska History – Mrs. Kotopka