FOURTH GRADE CURRICULUM
Our goal for children in fourth grade is to improve their working and study skills, which will enable them to continue on the road to becoming critical thinkers and learners, as well as responsible citizens. In addition, a focus for this year is the development of social skills and the enhancement of self-esteem.
Our goal in language arts is to foster a love of reading, increase facility with written expression, and strengthen your child's skills in verbal communication. We use a variety of strategies to meet the needs of all our students. They include individual and group activities.
Reading - The core literacy curriculum features whole class interaction followed by differentiated small group instruction and shared connections followed by independent focus using the Wonders Reading program. This comprehensive, balanced literacy program is fully correlated to the Common Core State Standards and provides all the tools needed to inspire students through the art of active literacy.
Listening and Speaking -Throughout the school year students will participate in ongoing activities to develop listening and speaking skills.
Spelling -Each week students will study Wonders spelling words. Each week students write words and definitions to develop their understanding of the words.
Written Expression – We will continue to develop the writing process skills. Types of writing will include informational, persuasive and narrative. Students will become familiar with the Pennsylvania Writing domain rubric which includes style, focus, content, organization and conventions.
Math in Focus provides an authentic Singapore math curriculum --- highlighting problem solving as the focus of mathematical learning. This complete program teaches concepts using a concrete --- pictorial --- abstract learning progression to anchor learning in real-world, hands-on experiences, supported by seamless integration of technology with the use of eBooks, Interactive Whiteboard activities, online student activities, online manipulatives, and bar modeling.
During the school year, fourth graders will study geography skills and the history of the United States starting with first European settlements. The text we will use is Houghton Mifflin's Social Studies – U.S. History – Early Years.
We will be studying Ecosystems, Electric Circuits, Motion and Design as well as a unit on Microsystems. The District has adopted the National Science Resource Center's program, "Science and Technology for Children." We will have science 3 times during a 6-day cycle. This includes 2 labs and 1 classroom instruction.
We focus on deterring alcohol and drug abuse through decision making and problem solving skills.
Homework is a necessary part of the curriculum and vital to the learning process. It provides the necessary practice of skills and enriches upon classroom experience. Consistent homework completion fosters responsibility, independence and good study skills and work habits.
Parents can help by:
Providing an atmosphere conducive to study, including a quiet, well-lighted work place, ample space, and the necessary materials. Helping your child develop a satisfactory study schedule, which includes ample time to study regularly and complete long and short term assignments will ensure consistency. Encouraging reading at home on a regular basis will help solidify skills learned in the classroom.