From left to right: Jamie Shunk, Terri Hegeman, Peg Link, Sandi Wiley
Fourth Grade Curriculum
The reading program includes the use of novels, book reports, science and social studies content, as well as a connection with writing through the use of Daybooks and Story Works magazine.
September — Fiction, Monitoring Comprehension
October — Non-fiction, Activating and Connecting Background Knowledge
November — Non-Fiction, Questioning and Reading for Understanding
December — Visualizing, Determining Importance, Drawing Inferences
January — Historical Fiction, Summarizing and Synthesizing
February — Author Study, Inferences
March — Poetry
April — Free Choice
May — Humor in Text
The writing process is used to create a variety of literary genres for an intended audience. We focus on persuasive, narrative and informational writing, using the Lucy Calkins writing program. Writing mechanics and grammar are taught in the context of the students' actual compositions as well as with separate drill and exercises.
Mechanics and Grammar — sentence formation, punctuation, and spelling
Spelling/Vocabulary — Wordly Wise
The Wordly Wise website has the word lists for each unit as well as games students can play to practice vocabulary.
Wordly Wise 3000: http://www.wordlywise3000.com
Quizlet is another great site you can use for vocabulary practice. Go to Quizlet.com and type in Wordly Wise 3000, book 4, and then the lesson number. All kinds of games and activities have been posted there that your child can use to study from.
Bridges is the primary resource used for instruction, which builds on the fundamental mathematical strands. In fourth grade, we focus on:
This link will take you to the Reflex Math website where students can practice math facts:
This site could help support math concepts. It has instructional videos on many math topics:
Geography - Maps and Globes
Trappers and Traders
Gold Rush and Mining
Units of Study:
Foss offers a great website to complement our science program.
Technology is is integrated into our various units of study. Parents are encouraged to provide keyboarding practice at home.
Type to Learn: https://www.typetolearn.com (This is a password-protected site. Ask your teacher for logon instructions.)
Fourth Grade Homework Expectations
You can expect up to 30-40 minutes of homework each night. This may include math home connections, cursive, vocabulary, silent reading and/or typing practice. The children are expected to write their homework assignments in their planners each day. We then ask parents to sign the planner each night.
Fourth Grade Schedule
8:50 First Bell — Roll
9:00-9:15 POWER Time
9:50-10:05 Healthy Snack & Recess
12:00-12:45 Science/Social Studies
1:30-3:15 Literacy/Language Arts
3:15-3:30 Closing - Read Aloud & Dismissal