My Class4th Grade
Welcome to Fourth Grade!
The transition from third to fourth grade can be a very challenging one for many students. Students become more responsible for their own learning, more able to complete tasks independently, and see an increase in the material they are required to master. As a result, your student will become a more independent, self-directed learner.
The language arts curriculum incorporates elements of reading, writing, grammar, and spelling. Reading is taught primarily through the use of our Storytown reading series with selected novels and StoryWorks magazine used as supplemental materials. There is an emphasis placed on the writing process, with students composing various narrative, opinion/persuasive, and expository pieces throughout the year.
The science and social studies curricula are quite comprehensive. Students are required to do more technical reading of non-fiction material than in prior grades. The focus of the social studies curriculum is on the geography of the United States, while science is taught using the Mystery Science program.
This program allows students to explore the sciences in a more engaging, hands-on way. The mathematics curriculum covers a wide-range of topics, including all four operations, fractions, geometry, measurement, and decimals. Students must have a solid grasp of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts to have success with the more difficult computation. There is an
emphasis on problem solving and reasoning in preparation for state testing. We look forward to a great year in fourth grade!
Ms. Jeanie Dennis
4th Grade Teacher
Teaching is a career that I chose in the second stage of my life. I had been a teacher's aide for 6 years and decided... I love this job, and I love children! I went back to Illinois State University and received a bachelor's degree in history and elementary education. I have taught 3rd grade for two years and fourth grade for 13 years.
I attended Grundy School as did my three sons. We are definitely a Grundy Gator family!! My oldest son Justin is married to Sarah and lives in Chicago. They have a 4 year old son, Jonah and an 18 month old son, Bennett. My middle son Jeff is married to Mindy and they have a 6 month old daughter, Elena. It is kind of funny that both my daughters-in-law are attorneys! My youngest son, Jared graduated from ISU and is a police officer in Deer Creek and Mackinaw. I love a good book, visiting Williamsburg, Virginia, hanging out with the original Mrs. Gunn, conversing with Mr. Wheat, eating great food, traveling to historic sites, and laughing with my friend, Tom.
My mission is to meet the curriculum needs of fourth grade and offer activities that enable students to investigate, research, and participate in interactive learning in a fun, safe, and nurturing environment. My classroom is based on mutual respect, which enables us to have positive learning and social experiences within the classroom community.
Mr. Jon Wheat
4th Grade Teacher
This is my 23rd year of teaching fourth grade at Grundy School, and I believe I teach in one of the finest school districts in Illinois. I grew up in nearby Mackinaw, IL and graduated from Deer Creek-Mackinaw High School in 1991. I graduated from Eureka College with a B.A. in Elementary Education in 1995 and received my Master's Degree in Teaching and Leadership from St. Xavier University of Chicago in 2002. In the fall and winter, I am the public address announcer for Morton High School football and boys' basketball games. I retired from coaching boys’ tennis at MHS in 2016, having spent 15 years with the program. In my spare time, I enjoy jogging, playing tennis, reading books related to WWII and the Cold War, attending all Bradley Braves home basketball games with my father, and rooting on my beloved University of Alabama Crimson Tide football team.
In my classroom, I will set expectations that require each child to work to the best of his/her abilities. In addition, if I expect maximum effort from my students, I will put in the necessary time myself to instruct them properly and to assess them fairly. I believe preparation is a key to success. I look forward to another outstanding school year! Roll Tide, Roll!