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Maria Teran-Cruz

Fourth Grade


Essential Agreements Class 2016-2017

Be Polite:

  • Use May I......?
  • Raise hand to talk
  • Listen Carefully
  • Use your words with kindness
  • Use your manners: Thank you, ad Please                                                 

  • Keep voices down in the classroom

Be Responsible:

  • Complete work in class
  • Bring homework everyday
  • Keep your area clean
  • Pick up your trash
  • Push your chair in

Ask Questions


Persevere-Never Give Up


Make Mistakes-Learn From Them






Theme: Sharing the Planet

Central Idea: Plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival.

Lines of Inquiry:

  • Plants and animals have internal and external structures. (form)
  • Animals senses help them survive (function)
  • Animals process information in order to adapt to their environment (causation)


Maria Teran-Cruz


Our school year is running at full speed now and our class is working hard! Parents, your help and support at home will help your child to complete this year successfully.  Our second semester is starting and it is the perfect time to make new goals and work hard before we reach the finish line.

Here are a few tips:

Please make sure they come prepare to school with all they need to work in class.  Keep practicing all basic operations in math as they are the foundation for the rest of our math curriculum: fractions, decimals, and geometry to name a few.  MULTIPLICATION TABLES AND CONSISTENCY ARE THE KEY!

Make sure they are reading every night for at least 30 minutes, completing 2 Achieve 3000 articles at home with a 75% score or higher, and practicing their spelling.

Please contact me at 760-331-5579 if you have any questions or concerns. 



8:15-8:30  Physical Fitness

8:30-10:30  Inquiry into Language Arts

10:30-10:45 Recess

10:45-12:00  Inquiry into Math

12:00-12:45 Lunch

12:45-2:30 I.B. Units  


Mondays:  P.E., Art and Music (not available right now)                   

Tuesdays: Library and Computer Lab

Wednesdays: Computer Lab

Thursdays: Computer Lab

Fridays: Spanish Lab (not available right now), Computer Lab and Dance P.E


Spelling, Reading Log, and Vocabulary will go home every Monday.

There is Math homework everyday.

Please, make sure your student reads at least 30 minutes daily

There is spelling and vocabulary tests every Friday.







The following field trips are already scheduled:

  • Rancho Adobe Vista - January 25 (Need drivers)
  • Leo Carrillo Ranch-February 15
  • Cannon Library-March 6
  • GIA - April 26 (Need drivers)
  • Old Town - June 12 (Need drivers to train station)

Important websites

Please use the following links to help your child gather information or practice skills.


Spellingcity .com (novel study, science vocabulary)


Math Magician (+,-,x )


Achieve 3000 (through Clever)- Non-fiction 2x/week


Think Central (Go Math) -through Clever


Duolingo (through Clever)-Language (through Clever)-Keyboarding





Maria Teran-Cruz Locker


   Parents, please do not forget to sign your student's vocabulary test, and reading log weekly. 



Current Chapter:  Chapter 6/7/8 - Fractions




IMPORTANT: Please study your multiplication tables and practice your addition, subtraction and long division!!!!! They are the essential for the rest of your math education.


Math to come:  Fractions, decimals, geometry.