Fourth grade is a year of transition and growth, in which we focus on becoming more responsible not only in our schoolwork, but in building and maintaining friendships and relationships with our peers. Students in 4th grade collaborate with peers on group projects more frequently and meet with their book clubs several times a week. As the work and expectations increase, the students will learn to manage their time and work more independently as they build more confidence. In 4th grade, students will have the opportunity to learn and practice presentation techniques. They will also learn to become more detailed and proficient readers, writers, and speakers in all subject areas, completing most projects and assignments, with the use of their Chrome books, on Google Docs and Google Slides.
The 4th grade math curriculum is aligned with the common core standards. Students work on developing strategies used for solving real world problems. Students will:
multiply, divide, add, and subtract multi-digit numbers
develop and understanding of fraction equivalence, add a subtract fractions with like denominators and multiply fraction by whole numbers
understand that geometric figures can be classified based on properties (parallel or perpendicular sides, symmetry, etc.)
Students in 4th grade are introduced to science material with hands-on exploration activities in the areas of solid earth, environments, and magnetism and electricity.
Reading: In 4th grade, each student is individually assessed on their overall reading level (fluency, accuracy and comprehension) using the Fountas and Pinnell assessment program. Students focus on elements of literature in leveled self -run literature reading groups and through guided instruction. Students will:
keep thinking tracks and focus on elements of literature in their book clubs and during us of our Reading Street Program.
keep vocabulary spirals with each week’s vocabulary words which include the word, definition, synonym, antonym, part of speech and sentence to show their understanding of the word.
Writing: In 4th grade, students work on becoming more detailed and structured writers, while expanding our understanding of the writing process. Students will:
follow the writing process timeline (prewrite, rough draft, revise/edit & publish).
compose detailed multi-sentence paragraphs.
compose 5-paragraph essays.
complete several writing assignments (biography report, poetry book, etc.)
conference with teachers (one on one) on a weekly basis.
4th grade students will explore California history. Some areas of focus include:
The Land and early people of California (California Indians, mission life, etc.),
The road to statehood, growth and development such as transportation and communication, the Gold Rush, and government.
Students will complete several individual research projects and group projects throughout the year, which will be presented in front of the class.