Mrs. Hatch

Mrs. Hatch

Welcome to my Web Page. My name is Mrs. Hatch and I am so excited to be teaching 4th grade at Benton Elementary this year! Teaching has been a passion of mine since I was a little girl. I Graduated from Lawrence in 1994 and have lived in the district my entire life. I have been teaching in this district for the past 6 years. Our classroom values and encourages a Positive Growth Mindset. We believe that everyone is capable of learning and succeeding with a positive mind, hard work, and determination. are a family of learners and work together to grow our minds every single day. Our classroom is a place where children are loved, respected, and challenged. We celebrate mistakes, effort, hard work

For more information on Growth Mindset and its purpose in the classroom, please follow this link.

Content Studies

As a district we use the enVisionmath2.0 Common Core Program. This program is aligned with the Common Core State Standards and is broken down into 16 topics.
Each Topic begins with a Review What You Know  and My Word Cards. Here the children revisit previous concepts and the word cards help to build vocabulary that is necessary for the upcoming topic. The topic closes with a topic test.

Our district uses the Exploring Science program which focuses on the Next Generation Science Standards. Throughout the units the children think and work like scientists. Here are some of the major units we explore as 4th graders.

                        Physical Science: Energy, Waves and Information

                        Life Science: Structure, Function and Information Processing

                        Earth Science: Earth’s Systems: Processes that Shape the Earth Social Studies:

We begin our year learning all about the founding of our country focusing on three important U.S. documents. (The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights) We study the early settlers, learn the meaning behind the US flag, and location of the US regions and states. Our geography study is launched by learning all about the globe with a focus on the seven continents and five oceans. From there we focus on the United States of America, on our people, history and economy. the Beginnings of our Country as well as the Regions of the United States ( the Southwest, the Southeast, the Northeast, the Mid-West, and the West) and the placement of each state