Fourth Grade Curriculum
Reading - Our text includes Language Arts and Spelling. Each week we will work on a main selection and another related selection. A weekly test will be given. We will also work on many related skills such as, main idea, context clues, making generalizations, drawing conclusions, etc. We will continue to do Accelerated Reader (AR) which will consist mostly of reading done during silent reading time and at-home. The students may use any AR book from our school library, our classroom library, or any other book that has an AR quiz. We would still like to see at least 20 minutes of reading each night at home, depending on the amount of homework. It can be any type of reading (i.e. AR books, children’s magazines, textbooks, or other books you have at home.) We will have some time in the year to read a few chapter books together as a class. We have a great selection of books such as, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, George Washington's Socks, James and the Giant Peach, and many more.
Language Arts - Language Arts is linked to our reading curriculum and will consist of short weekly writing assignments as well as grammar and parts of speech. There will be a longer writing assignment at the end of each unit, approximately every 6 weeks. Students will also write and present demonstration speeches.
Spelling - Each week the students will be given a list of 20 words. Students should bring home a list to study on Monday and the tests will be on Friday. If there is a short week, we typically have an abbreviated list and test on the last day of the week. Each list follows one or two patterns that we will identify. We will practice the words throughout the week with practice sheets, games, and cursive and sentence practice.
Math - We use the math series, Trailblazers. Students create data tables, graphs, do problem solving, learn geometry, multiplication, place value, decimals, division, fractions, and measurement. We want students to master their multiplication facts and learn efficient ways to solve math problems.
Science/Health - Units include, Plants, Animals, Rocks and Minerals, Astronomy, Food and Nutrition, Sound, and Weather. Students will learn about the scientific method and participate in experiments, demonstrations, and other hands-on activities. We do have a textbook but it is not used everyday and is shared among the grade level.
Social Studies - Our program focuses on studying the regions of the United States. The students will also learn map skills and practice learning the 50 states with "Fishbowl Geography." At the end of the year we test students on all fifty states as well as 19 other important locations.