Fourth Grade Curriculum

THE FOURTH GRADE EXPERIENCE:

  • Awakens the student to the pleasures of learning
  • Promotes positive social interactions
  • Develops self-reliance and stamina
  • Fosters good study and work habits
  • Encourages the child achieve independent thinking
  • Requires increased ownership of responsibility
  • Provides security in learning
  • Supports individual development and learning style
  • Nurtures and develops the whole child

LITERATURE:

  • The Story of Doctor Dolittle
  • From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
  • Bambi—A Life in the Woods
  • Poetry

READING:

  • Native American culture: Comprehension Techniques                  
  • Phonics using the Carden advanced vowel chart
  • Comprehension development and reading fluency
  • Acquisition and use of vocabulary
  • Locate information within text
  • Reading Comprehension: in literature groups, science and social studies
  • Reading comprehension in independent reading
  • Identify introductions, episodes, and conclusions
  • Evaluate, analyze and paraphrase material
  • Author’s theme and purpose for writing
  • Book Reports- four per year

LANGUAGE ARTS:

  • Parts of Speech: noun (singular, plural, proper, pronoun, compound), verb, adjective, adverb, preposition, adverbial phrase, adjectival clause, predicate adjectives, predicate nominative, adverbs of degree
  • Punctuation: period, question mark, exclamation mark, comma, semi colon, colon, quotation mark, abbreviations, apostrophe, contractions
  • Sentence Patterns and Structure: who, doing, what, where, when, why, how.
  • Sentence Diagramming: subject and predicate, verb agreement
  • Verb Conjugation: present and past, regular and irregular verbs, progressive form, present and  past perfect using the past participle, future tense, negative statement, interrogative statement
  • Vocabulary: taken from all curriculum areas
  • Dictionary Marks and Syllabication
  • Synonym, Antonym, Homophone, Homograph
  • Simile and Metaphor
  • Advanced Carden Vowel Chart
  • Dictionary and Glossary Use

WRITING:

  • Sentences, Paragraphs, and Essays:  topic and detail sentences, organizing writing
  • The Writing Process—Prewrite, Write, Revise, Edit, Publish
  • Writing Traits—Ideas, Organization, Voice, Word Choice, Sentence Fluency, Conventions, Presentation
  • Forms of Writing—Descriptive, Narrative, Expository, Persuasive, Response to Literature, Creative, Research

SPELLING and DICTATION:

  • Phonics Based Using Carden Vowel Chart and Spelling Rules
  • Study of: explorers, colonies, American Revolution
  • Punctuation: period, capitals, question marks, exclamation point, commas
  • Sentence Analysis
  • Vocabulary building with keywords and titles
  • Multi-paragraph writing

MATHEMATICS:

  • Place Value to Millions
  • Estimation, rounding and comparing numbers
  • Computation Properties and Strategies
  • Expressions and Variables
  •  Order of operations
  • Addition and subtraction with multiple regroupings
  • Multiplication with multiple digits
  • Division with 4 digit quotients
  • Long division with 4 digit dividends
  • Divisibility
  •  Measurement: Customary and Metric units of length, capacity, weight, and mass; temperature
  • Time and elapsed time
  • Statistics and Probability: pictographs, bar/line/circle graphs, combinations, probability, events and outcomes
  • Fractions: estimating, equivalent, factors, lowest terms, mixed numbers, comparing, ordering, add and subtract with like and unlike denominators
  • Decimals: to thousandths, compare, order, round, estimate, add, subtract, multiply, divide
  • Geometry: points, lines, line segments, rays, angles, parallel and perpendicular line, circles, polygons, quadrilaterals, triangles, similar figures, transformations, coordinates
  • Perimeter, Area and Volume: formulas, spatial relationships, volume
  • Algebra: equations, functions, symbols, parentheses
  • Problem Solving Strategies: make a table or list, write an equation, more than one solution, use a diagram or graph, work backward, use logical reasoning, more than one step, find a pattern, use a drawing or model, simplify numbers, combine strategies, interpret a remainder

SCIENCE:

  • Life Science: classify plants and animals, energy from plants, ecosystems, changes in ecosystems, systems of the human body
  • Earth Science: water cycle and weather, hurricanes and tornadoes, minerals and rocks, changes to Earth’s surface, using natural resources
  • Physical Science: properties in matter, heat, electricity and magnetism, sound and light, objects in motion, simple machines
  • Space and Technology: Earth’s cycles, inner and outer planets, effects of technology
  • Group Science Fair Projects

SOCIAL STUDIES:

  • Focus: California, a Changing State
  • The Land and Early People: California’s geography, Native Americans,
  • Early California: Exploration and early settlements, Mexican rule in California
  • The Road to Statehood: westward movement, gold rush, Statehood
  • Growth and Development: transportation and communication, economy
  • Progress as a State: history of the 1900’s, economy, government

GEOGRAPHY:

  • Focus: Regions of the United States: Southeast, Northeast, Middle West, Southwest, the West
  • Land and People of the United States
  • Globes and Hemispheres
  • Maps: political, physical, landform, transportation, historical, elevation, road maps, map scale,latitude and longitude

FRENCH:

  • Students work from textbook Discovering French 1
  • Review of vocabulary and curriculum from previous grades
  • Emphasis on correct pronunciation and phonetics
  • Understand the concept of indefinite/definite articles, how to conjugate the verb ‘etre’ and how to express preferences
  • Recognize and understand numerous cognates
  • Tell time orally and in writing

MANDARIN:

Textbooks and workbooks are from New Concept Chinese (book 3) and Lang Lang Chinese (starter). The curriculum will use simplified Characters and Pinyin (Traditional character and Bo-Po-Mo also available according to the needs of the child).

  • Read and write 50 Chinese characters (direct Chinese character recognition)
  • Use Mandarin in daily conversation, such as greeting with people, numbers (1-100), body parts, date and days, weather, seasons, colors
  • Complete daily exercise or homework
  • Enhance academic, cognitive and communication skills
  • Understand intercultural and global awareness
  • Enrichment activities such as Chinese cultural education, arts, chants, songs, stories,
  • Rhymes and role play will be incorporated.

ART:

Fourth graders will work with drawing the human figure in different forms, including realistic and cartoon. They begin to study the proportions of the human body. Students will work in color, black and white. They learn, describe, and utilize negative and positive space. Their new learned skills in observation will be exercised in landscape drawing as well. Scratchboard will be introduced in this course.

MUSIC:

  • Sight singing
  • Bach
  • Music from around the world
  • Xylophones—playing harmony
  • Music Appreciation
  • Begin playing the song flute

TECHNOLOGY:

  • Continue to practice many of the tools in MS Office, in order to review and learn features of the tool
  • Learn to draw 3-D images in Google Sketch Up and use open-source software for drawing 2-D pictures
  • Build speed and accuracy in keyboarding
  • Work on very simple programming concepts using Scratch
  • Internet safety and proper usage will be reviewed and emphasized.

Fourth graders are issued iPads for use in the classroom. The classroom teacher introduces learning apps, videos, presentations, interactive quizzes and documentation to enhance what is taught in the classroom.  Teachers individualize teaching when necessary. Students also use readily available tools such as the dictionary, calculator, camera and more.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION:

  • Students will continue to perform physical fitness activities developed in previous grades.
  • Movement concepts: explain the difference between offense and defense; creating and maintaining space between an offensive player and a defensive player
  • Demonstrate knowledge of sports rules through game participation
  • Demonstrate good sportsmanship and encouragement of others in all activities
  • Muscular Strength/Endurance: increase aerobic exercise; run the mile; increase muscular endurance by doing various strength training exercises
  • Group Dynamics: using the teams skills and strategy to reach a common goal
  • Participate in team sports and activities
  • Game play and knowledge of rules: soccer, basketball, volleyball, football, hockey, badminton, dodgeball, and handball
  • Perform the Presidential Physical Fitness Test
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