Fourth Grade Curriculum Snapshot

  • Reading Street
    Reading Street is a literature-based series that is presented in themes and contains a variety of genres. This series uses literature to teach and reinforce vital reading skills and strategies. Most days of the week the skill, strategy, and/or vocabulary is presented in a whole-group setting and then reinforced and assessed through small-groups, activities, and individual practice. 

    Students will be actively engaged in independent, partner, and small-group activities throughout the week. All activities are designed to improve, enrich, and expand the reading skills and strategies taught through the program. These skills and strategies include predicting, visualizing, drawing conclusions, making inferences, identifying cause and effect, comparing and contrasting, using context clues, and examining plot elements. 

    We will also be working on using paired texts, or texts that have similar content from various sources. Students will read, analyze and discuss a variety of information to form opinions, and produce persuasive and opinion writings, presentations, and/or projects.

    Math - McGraw-Hill My Math
    A typical day in math is 75 minutes. Students begin class with review and warm-up exercises that consist of a variety of problem-solving. Students complete "Math Minutes," Target equations, Plexors, and YouCubed challenges to "warm up their brains" to begin our lesson for the day.

    Students spend about 30 minutes in whole class learning, then divide into small groups or partnerships for guided math. Whole class learning progression for skills and concepts begins with the concrete: hands-on manipulation, working into the abstract algorithms. Guided math consists of working on specific, as needed, skills and concepts with Mrs. Walsh, practicing math facts, playing review games, review work on skills on the  computers or iPads, and problem-solving with ongoing projects for enrichment. Students have a wide variety of options throughout math class to reach the many diverse interests in class.

    For the grammar portion of language arts, students will be using the Reading Street Grammar program, and an English text. Grammar skills are taught and practiced throughout the week, and will be used and reinforced across the curriculum. Throughout the year, students will participate in lessons designed to strengthen their grammar usage and mechanics skills. Sentence structure, parts of speech, capitalization and punctuation are all covered in fourth grade.

    Writing is an extremely important piece of daily instruction. During fourth grade, an emphasis is placed on giving details and evidence for support in writing.  Students will learn the purpose of using the text to support their ideas.  They will be exposed to a variety of writing genres through the Lucy Calkins Writing Workshop method. Students will also learn to research, take notes, and how to use this information to organize their writing. This will aid in the understanding of main idea and supporting details.

    Social Studies
    During fourth grade, students will use the Macmillan/McGraw-Hill, Our Country's Regions, series to develop an understanding of the unique qualities that make up each of our country's regions. Through reading and many active learning opportunities, students will learn about the environment/geography, history/culture, and economy of the Southwest, Southeast, Northeast, Midwest, Mountain States, and West regions. Students will also be exposed to lessons on citizenship, map skills, government, and technology's impact on society.

    We will complete two interactive learning units this year: Pilgrims (November) and Pioneers (May).

    Mystery Science is our new, hands-on, experiential learning process in science.  Check back for more information as we begin this exciting time.