4th Grade Curriculum

Fourth Grade Curriculum

Mathematics

A Single-Subject Math teacher teaches Math daily. Utilizing the SMART Board, Mrs. Sun engages every 4th and 5th Grade student in active lessons that build sequentially from hands-on activities to written problem solving.

Singapore Math

  1. A proven world-class curriculum that emphasizes developing a concrete understanding of math concepts by first using manipulative materials and hands-on SMART board exercises, followed by word problems, written exercises, and independent practice to solidify problem solving and computational skills.
  2. Accurate computation skills are integral to cognitive progress in Math so math facts are drilled and tested in all grades.
  3. Unique pedagogy emphasizes a Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract approach to build understanding of “why” before proceeding to the abstract “how.”

By 4rd Grade, students are expected to be fluent with all of the above math facts so that they can master each new concept without confusion. Weekly drills reinforce automaticity.

Academic Choice tutoring is available after school at no charge.

Science

The FOSS (Full Option Science System) program is taught three days a week by Mrs. Flavin, a single-subject Science teacher. FOSS science includes hands-on learning activities most days.

Fourth Grade units include: Magnetism and Electricity, Ecosystems, Minerals and Rocks. Students record findings in their science notebooks to learn the steps of scientific inquiry.

Students discuss the many new scientific events that are occurring to deepen their understanding of the world they live in.

Reading

Reading material in the Fourth Grade prepares children for advanced study. An enriched vocabulary provides opportunities to apply sounds, rules, and techniques to more difficult words and ideas. Power to attack new words independently now becomes a more fruitful experience as they progress along the road of learning. Students understand syllables and accents, prefixes, and suffixes. They study homonyms with careful planning. They strengthen personal study habits steadily because more difficult reading requires more concentration and systematic organization. They master subject and predicate, in company with the parts of speech in order that they may apply grammar as a tool of comprehension successfully. They use critical thinking when listening, reading, speaking, or writing.

Literature

The Literature in Fourth Grade is rich and varied. Students are treated to the classical literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

  • Doctor Doolittle
  • The Swiss Family Robinson
  • Bambi, a Life in the Woods

The book is read by episodes or chapters with class discussions of plot, action, and characters. A journal is kept noting main characters, locations, and new animals and plants. In this way they experience geography and science. New vocabulary words with definitions are written in the journal before the chapter is read so that the words are familiar when encountered in the book. The children build understanding and appreciation through appropriate comments and questions.

Language Arts

Log

The Log is kept each day as in previous grades. Students write the Fact for the day, the Rule, and Sound. Homework is written in a planner provided to each student. The Log should go home each evening for study. Often in the Log under Rule you may find a Word Group. They are words with similar spelling that do not come until the usual spelling rules. They are the “odd ball” words that need extra study to spell correctly.

Daily Drill

As in previous grades, the Daily Drill is continued. It starts with penmanship which is reinforced each year. The teacher dictates from the Carden Sound Chart the sounds that are in relationship with the spelling lesson. The language lesson is next with the writing of a verb in the present, past, future, present perfect, past perfect, and future perfect tense. On other days, the verb is presented for conjugation in first, second, and third person, singular or plural. This process starts off small and then builds as the children become familiar with the terminology. Work in their language workbook strengthens this activity.

Spelling

The spelling story is dictated with words. The children repeat the story and remember the words. The second day that they have spelling they recall the words of the previous day. This activity has been done in the same manner since Second Grade. It is a familiar activity for the student. No pressure is involved in this work. It is merely a method of study that may be substituted in other subjects.

Book Reports

There are four book reports due during the year. The children will be given a time schedule as to when they are due. The children can acquire the books from the Fourth Grade Reading List, which can be obtained from the school office. The students will be taught how to write book reports in class and there will be revisions done during the class time after the first drafts are graded. The purpose of this is to show the student how to follow through on a paper in order to improve it. This process hones their writing skills. The students become adept at writing summaries and are taught how to write an outline in Fourth Grade. These lessons provide a solid basis for meaningful book reports and literature reviews.

Social studies

History

California history textbook: Reflections- California: A Changing State

Geography

The Fourth Grade works in the National Geographic Map Essential book, studying different maps (climate, topography, product, population) and their applications to modern life. The class also studies California, the state, its history and its economy. Map skills are studied in addition to the workbook.

Field Trip

In the spring the students in Fourth Grade participate in a two-day trip to Sacramento and gold rush country. The group pans for gold and camps overnight near the American River, where gold was first discovered. The students learn about life during the time of the California Gold Rush. The students also visit the state Capitol building, tour Old Sacramento, and visit the historic railroad museum.

Computer

In the Fourth Grade, students apply their knowledge in ten technology areas: applied technology, databases, desktop publishing, graphics, multimedia, operating environments, programming, spreadsheets, and word-processing. Students continue to type by touch and learn basic Internet research.

French

This age group is ready for more advanced French. They are able to read paragraphs in French and translate. Vocabulary continues to be developed. The Grammar is stressed with the plural form of the verb in the present and past tense. Irregular verbs are also taught.

Physical education

Each day our thirty-minute session begins with a warm-up consisting of stretching and running, followed by one skill, and then a game to use what the students have learned. We play baseball, basketball, soccer, football, volleyball, and many other games.

In the second semester we participate in National Presidential Physical Fitness Award Testing, which includes Sit and Reach, Sit Ups, Pull Ups, Shuttle Run, and Mile Run.

By participating in these activities every day, we feel a proper athletic foundation will be achieved so that our young athletes can enjoy sports on many different levels and lead an active healthy life.

Music

The Fourth Grade enjoys two music classes per week. Fourth Graders learn to play the Recorder and will perform during Friday Assembly. Theory is taught at this level. The students learn how to create music by composing music for a set of poems.

The lives of famous composers are studied and their music is played for the students to familiarize themselves with beautiful music.

Art and Art appreciation

Advanced pastel drawing, watercolors, crayon resist, paper maché and cartography are taught to Fourth Grade students. Students of this age are ready for perspective, shading, negative space, and 3D art. In Art Appreciation the students study the Dutch golden age of painting from the 17th century.