Course Syllabus

Maryland Elementary School

Lori Smith 
4th Grade English Language Arts


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Welcome to 4th grade at Maryland Elementary.  I am looking forward to getting to know and working with each one of you this year!  We are going to learn a lot this year, with lots of classroom experiences and of course, we will have fun! 

I have been in education for 12 years teaching elementary students.  I began teaching in Columbus City Schools, and this is my second year in Bexley Schools.  I love teaching across the disciplines but have a particular love for reading and writing.  Your children will have many opportunities in my classroom to explore their passions, content and ideas.  I have a Bachelor of Science in Education from The Ohio State University.  I am so excited to be teaching and looking forward to a great year.


Here is a brief overview of our year: 


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 Language Arts: (Additional support is given through the use of A Word A Day – Grade 4 vocabulary resource)



  • Fluency
  • Research skills
  • Infer and Predict
  • Non-fiction and Fiction
  • Organizational Patterns
  • Listening skills
  • Vocabulary comprehension

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  • Three main types of writing: opinion pieces, narratives, informative/explanatory
  • Ideas
  • Organization of details/addressing a prompt
  • Voice
  • Word Choice
  • Sentence Fluency
  • Conventions
  • Grammar and Usage


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 Sitton Spelling

  • High frequency words and core writing words (4th grade)


Homework/Assignment Notebook

     Your student should have approximately one hour of homework each night. 

     Students should be recording their nightly assignments in their homework pad.  The initials on the pad are a signal to you that the homework has been copied correctly from the assignment board.  If an assignment is finished, they are allowed to check off the box on their note pad to indicate that they have completed their work.

     Each night, please review with your student the work that they are asked to do.  Once you have checked with them, place your initials on the pad.  Your initials indicate to us that you have seen the assignment notebook.  This is also a great way for you to stay in touch with current topics of study and projects that we are working on in the classroom.

     If homework becomes overwhelming or takes over an hour to complete, please write a note.  Homework is usually a practice of what has been taught in the classroom. 



     Each student’s trapper has been organized with labeled folders for each subject area as well as a special parent folder.  You and your son/daughter should empty this parent folder each night together.  The contents of this folder include graded papers and any important information that need to reach the parent.  Papers kept in the other subject folders need to remain there.  These activity sheets are either current notes or works in progress.  We hope that this is a helpful tool for you and your child.



Parent Communications:  
I can be reached at the email address listed above.  Please allow 24 hours for me to get back to you.  If you send an email over the weekend I will follow-up shortly after the weekend, or earlier if I’m available.  If at any time you would like to schedule an in person or a telephone conference call with me please let me know as we work together to organize a schedule.  

If there is something significant impacting your student's well being please consider letting me know so I may make adjustments if needed to their workload.  As it may impact their learning and others.

Parents and Canvas: 
Please sign-up for a parent account into Canvas.  A parent/observer account will enable you to view classroom notices, assignments, resource lists, and more.  It's important that you have your own account and not use your student's login.  Privacy of student information and interactions are covered by Federal Educational Rights Privacy Act (FERPA). Your account permits you to see your student's work.  Your parent Canvas account will work across all buildings and classrooms that your children are in at Bexley Schools.

How to Sign-Up: Please use a desktop or laptop computer to sign-up initially, not a mobile device.  Go to the Canvas page ( click on Parent of a Canvas user.  Enter in the information asked for and then have your child enter in their Canvas/Network username and passcode.  Passcodes are unique to each student, this is why you’ll need your child with you when you initially setup your Canvas account or when adding another student.  An email will be set which you'll click in the finish the registration process.  Once you’re registered in the system you can add additional children under your Account, Settings, Observing.  Canvas provides you with one place to view and access course and classroom information across the multiple schools and classrooms.  Here is a website that describes the features available to the observer role.




I expect that each student to come to class ready to learn and to put forth his or her best effort each and every day.  That is the key to success in this classroom!


 **This syllabus is subject to change at any time. 
If this occurs, you will be informed of the change immediately.

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