Fourth Grade Curriculum
The Reading Workshop is a method that teaches students strategies for reading and comprehension. The full literacy curriculum is designed to meet the different ability levels, needs, and interests of each student. Students choose Just Right Books from classroom leveled libraries and read independently after listening to a strategy lesson. Students are given the opportunity to respond and reflect about what they have read. Partner shares and group discussions are an important part of the Reading Workshop, and it allows students to discuss strategies used in their reading. The teacher reads aloud to model appropriate reading behaviors and strategies. The different components of the workshop give students the chance to work in collaborative partnerships and/or small groups on a daily basis.
The 4th grade reading curriculum includes launching the reading workshop, character study, nonfiction, historical fiction, poetry, and independent reading projects.
Students learn geometry, number sense, operations, problem solving, patterns, decimals, measurement, money, statistics and probability, and fractions through the spiraling program of the Everyday Math program. The students learn through many ways such as hands on experiences, math box activities, games, mental math exercises and math message investigations.
Our science program is a hands-on exploration of three exciting units. We study Energy and Waves, where we learn about the transfer of energy, electricity and circuts. We also study structure and function where we learn what animals and plants need to survive, grow and reproduce. Lastly, we look at earth's processes.
In Social Studies students explore three interesting units consiting of the Revolutionary War, Immigration, and the global ecoonomy.
The Writing Workshop teaches writing using a workshop model. It is designed to meet the different ability levels, needs, and interests of each student. Students are immersed in mentor texts that demonstrate a specific writing genre. Mini lessons teach writing strategies and techniques. Students pre-write, draft, revise, edit, and publish in each genre taught. The different components of the workshop give the students the chance to work in collaborative partnerships and/or small groups on a daily basis. Teacher conferences allow for observations, discussions, and goal setting.
The 4th grade writing curriculum includes launching the writing workshop, personal narrative, personal essay, realistic fiction, literary essay, poetry, and independent writing projects.
The spelling program, Words Their Way, is a developmental approach to phonics, vocabulary, grammar and spelling instruction. Students use the discovery approach by examining, manipulating, comparing and categorizing words. The student’s focus is on the critical features of the words such as sound, pattern, and meaning. Grammar and vocabulary is also carefully and specifically infused as part of the program.