Welcome to Fourth Grade
Fourth grade is a year of many changes! Teachers provide a warm, comfortable, and caring environment for their students as they become more independent and responsible in their learning. It is the students' responsibility to turn the assigned tasks in on time and in the designated places. Keeping an assignment notebook up-to-date on a daily basis is also expected. Students will use iPads in the classroom to enhance their learning.
New academic topics are introduced in fourth grade as well as mastery of old topics.
English: The students will continue with narrative, persuasive, and expository writing using the 6+1 Traits of Writing. Learning and using parts of speech and grammar correctly are also emphasized. The teachers expect the students to use correct capitalization and punctuation in their daily writing as well as on tests. Children enjoy a poetry unit as well.
Math: The four operations are covered and reviewed. Upon entering fourth grade, students are expected to already know their basic facts including addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Units on place value, geometry, fractions, decimals, long division, and measurement are also taught. Fourth grade takes the PARCC test in the Spring.
Reading: Instruction focuses on developing vocabulary and increasing comprehension and fluency. There are six themes to our basal reader. Each theme has five lessons. Each lesson contains a story and vocabulary, and focuses on specific skills. We will also use novels periodically to reinforce the skills we’ve learned. Fourth grade takes the PARCC test in the Spring.
Science: Some topics studied in Science include Earth's natural resources, animals, light and sound, properties of matter, and rocks. Activities with an investigative nature are performed as well.
Social Studies: Students learn about the history, the people and heritage, and the economy of all regions throughout the United States including the Northeast, Southeast, Middle West, Mountain States, Southwest, and the West. Fourth grade will also learn the States and Capitals throughout the year. The social studies curriculum has an Illinois focus of study. In the fall, a trip is taken to New Salem, and Springfield is visited in the Spring. There is much to be learned about our state by visiting these two places. These are two unforgettable trips!
There is also ample time and instruction dedicated to teaching problem solving throughout all academic areas.
Fourth grade is a busy and exciting learning experience for all! Continued parental support and encouragement are essential in helping your child reach his/her full potential!
New academic topics are introduced in fourth grade, as well as, mastery of old topics.
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About Mrs. Higus
I live in Peoria with my wonderful husband, who is also an educator. We got married in the summer of 2016 and purchased a house shortly before that keeps us very busy. I grew up in Waukegan, IL. I obtained my Bachelor's Degree from Illinois Wesleyan in 2011 and received a Masters in Reading Education in 2015 from St. Xavier University. I began teaching in Chillicothe, IL where I taught 5th grade for 6 years. I am incredibly excited to start my first year at Lincoln and I look forward to being a part of the Morton Community! Go Lions!
It is my personal mission as a fourth grade teacher to provide all students with the highest quality of education. I promise to do so in a safe learning environment that will continually support the academic, social, emotional, and physical growth of my students. I will strive to teach all students fourth grade curriculum in innovative ways. Not only will I teach and stress the importance of academics, I will also work hard to help students develop the skills they need to be knowledgeable, value-driven, and open-minded members of our community.
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About Mrs. Knepp:
I met my incredible husband, Andy, at Morton High School, and we have been married for 20 years. After graduating from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, we settled in Mahomet where I spent seven years teaching junior high language arts. During that time, I also earned my Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Illinois. In 2004, I decided to stay home with our daughters, Aleksi (now a junior at MHS), and Ilyse (now an 8th grader at MJHS). In 2005, Andy’s job brought us back to Morton. I volunteered and subbed at Lincoln before my return to teaching in 2014. I have taught 3rd and 4th grades at Lincoln and am excited to be returning to 4th grade once again this year! Aside from teaching, I keep busy with traveling, photography, tennis, and pickleball.
“You can do more than you think you can” became my classroom mantra in 2014, and I can sincerely say that it is incredibly fulfilling to watch children embrace this notion. It has always been my philosophy that children should feel loved, valued, and respected academically as well as emotionally before any learning will occur. I run a “silly but strict” classroom. Your children can probably describe this better than I can. Basically, I love to laugh and to see your children laugh. However, my expectations for work ethic and respect for one another are high. I have no tolerance for bullying or misbehavior in a safety situation. Even though you can expect me to push your child to do his/her best, I consider myself pretty laid back. Additionally, I sincerely believe that your child’s education has to be a partnership between home and school. It takes all of us to ensure your child’s success!
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About the Teacher
Mrs. Schreiner is very excited to be teaching fourth grade at Lincoln where she began in 2015! She graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education. She currently lives in Normal, IL with her husband Chris, her children and fur baby Lulu. She enjoys swimming, running, shopping, and spending time with friends and family!
Mission for the Class
My mission as a teacher is to instill a sense of confidence within my students which allows them to have the motivation and willpower to be successful.