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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: How We Organize Ourselves

Central Idea: When people acquire land for power, change occurs

Lines of Inquiry:

  • When change occurs, there is a cultural impact on all people involved
  • There are challenges and benefits when establishing a settlement
  • Governments explore and colonize for different reasons.

Approaches to Learning: Research, Communication, and Thinking

Summative Project:  Mission Report (Organizers completed: March 8th. ; Final Report Due: March 15th.)

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  


Thursdays:  P.E., Art and Music      


Early conferences will take place starting February 11.  Your student should have brought the letter for you to confirm your scheduled time.  Please be on time and bring your report card with you.  Student must attend the conference.  

(Conferences for students that received letters only)  If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me at 760-331-3379           


There is Math homework everyday.

Please, make sure your student reads at least 30 minutes daily (Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday 1 Achieve 3000 article with 75% passing; Thursday and Friday Free Choice).

Study your Math Notes everyday









The following field trips are already scheduled:

  • Rancho Adobe Vista - January 25 (Need drivers)
  • Leo Carrillo Ranch-February 15
  • Cannon Libray-February 20
  • 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 (through Clever)-Keyboarding





Maria Teran-Cruz Locker


   Parents, please do not forget to sign your student's  reading log after they have read and check their math homework. 



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.