• 2019-2020 Fourth Grade Overview

     

    Here are a few highlights of the Fourth Grade Experience...

     Science: We are continuing to integrate hands-on science kits into our curriculum.  The three main units of study are:
    • Electricity & Magnetism
    • Human Body
    • Earth Movements


    Social Studies:

    • The Constitution, Bill of Rights, and Branches of Government
    • Industrial Revolution and Westward Expansion
    • Slavery & The Civil War

    Math:
    Students will receive instruction in 4th Grade Math using the Grade 4 Math in Focus: Singapore Math Curriculum Resources
    Topics included cover:
    • whole number and decimal place value to the millions
    • methods of estimation
    • multiplication and division of larger numbers
    • measurement in metric and standard units
    • addition & subtraction using fractions, mixed numbers, and decimals
    • geometry including angles, protractor use, composite figures, and area & perimeter
    • problem-solving strategies, including bar model use

    Reading: We are following the Reader's Workshop model, and will explore novels and passages from a variety of genres—fiction, non-fiction, mythology, poetry and biographies, as well as some anthology stories. This is an evolving curriculum.  Reading strategies and language skills will be emphasized throughout.  This year will also include an increased focus on Text-dependent Analysis (TDA), which involves writing about reading and thinking deeper about an aspect of a reading passage.  We are also continuing to utilize the Harcourt spelling program to focus on specific spelling patterns, and we will use the Wordly Wise vocabulary development program to challenge and enrich each student at his or her level.

     Spelling:  Click here to practice your list on Spelling City!

    Writing: We are following the Writer's Workshop model, covering narrative, persuasive, and informational/nonfiction writing styles, to name a few.

     
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    Field Trips- Our plans include a trip to Historic Philadelphia in the Fall and a trip to Gettysburg Battlefield & Museum in the Spring.  More information on our field trips will be shared during the year, along with any opportunities for chaperones to join us.
     
    Science Fair- Students will have the opportunity to participate in this year's 4th and 5th grade science fair.  Contestants will be guided through the steps of creating exciting and interesting science fair projects.  Stay tuned for more information later this year!