Fourth Grade

Here is a quick overview of the 4th grade curriculum:
 
Reading
Novels along with two reading programs, Making Meaning and Toolkit, will be our primary sources of reading instruction. Students will be required to read 25 minutes, five out of seven days each week, and keep a reading log of what they've read.  The reading log will be turned in at the end of every month. Reading strategies we focus on include questioning, inferring, sensory images, determining importance and synthesizing. 
 
Reading Homework
Students are expected to read 25 minutes five out of seven days each week. At the beginning of the month, students will bring home a Home Reading Log. You and your child can decide what times are most convenient. Your child may read to or with an adult or sibling, listen to the book read aloud or read independently. Each night your child reads, write the book information in the log. Try to encourage students to read a variety of genres.           
  
The Home Reading Log is due at the end of each month. Parents must SIGN it before it is returned to school. Look for reminders in your child’s assignment notebook. If your child misplaces his/her log, it is your child’s responsibility to get another form either in the classroom or online BEFORE the due date.
 
Word Study

We use the Words Their Way program for word study.  Based on an initial assessment, students are placed into ability groups and given direct instruction at their levels.  The program includes phonics, vocabulary and spelling instruction. 

Vocabulary
The purpose of the vocabulary instruction is to expand the student’s oral and written vocabularies and develop a love for words. We will focus on enrichment vocabulary and academic vocabulary.
 
Enrichment vocabulary two week cycle
  • 8 new words per cycle introduced through read aloud
  • Parent letter sent home with words, descriptions and activities to do at home
  • Follow-up activities to reinforce word knowledge
  • Written and oral assessment 
Academic vocabulary instruction
  • Words introduced in each content area
  • Children write description and picture of word’s meaning
  • Follow-up activities and games to reinforce
  • Written assessment 
Math
The Everyday Mathematics series is a rich and varied interactive program which includes these main features:
  • A problem-solving approach based on everyday situations.
  • Frequent practice of basic skills.
  • An instructional approach that revisits concepts regularly.
  • A curriculum that explores mathematical content beyond basic arithmetic. 
It is important that your child is fluent in the basic facts – addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. The Everyday Math Program assumes that fourth graders know these facts. It is important for you to spend time (5 minutes) practicing math facts with your child nearly every night.
 
Social Studies 
Social studies focuses on the five regions of the U.S. (Midwest, Southwest, West, Southeast and Northeast) using the textbook Regions. In our study of the U.S., students will learn how geography, climate and natural resources have impacted the development and history of the areas. The regions are also compared to one another. Students extend their skill in geography, problem solving and study skills.
 
Science
Science topics are covered during the guided reading instruction.  We try to cover a wide variety of topics to prepare students for the science portion of the ISAT in the spring.  Pearson science books are used in our instruction along with Scholastic News and other nonfiction sources that apply.   
 
Click below for PDF versions of extra resources.
  1. Websites That Support the Fourth Grade Curriculum
  2. Home Reading Log
  3. Daily Math Fact Practice
  4. Reading Response
  5. Reading Comprehension Strategies