The curriculum for 4th grade is rich in content and meaningful to students. The projects in each subject area are related across the curriculum so that students make connections within all areas of learning. Multiple field trips and special assemblies complement the units of study.
By the time students leave the 4th grade, they will have developed the skills to assess mathematical problems using exploration, reasoning, drawing inferences, and employing a variety of mathematical methods. Students will understand the importance of heritage, community, and the diversity around them. A trip to Ellis Island provides the students with an opportunity to experience the immigration movement and the development of our “Melting Pot” culture. Students will also develop strong research skills through a variety of engaging projects in the classroom and at home.
The 4th language arts program continues to develop and nurture a positive attitude towards reading while improving students’ reading skills. We want students to read for enjoyment and discovery as well as literary experience and to gain information. In addition, we want to expand and extend their understanding and use of the English language so that students will be able to speak and write with confidence and accuracy.
Students learn strategies to improve their comprehension through reading and discussing a variety of themed novels. A variety of activities enables students to improve their ability to predict, evaluate, and infer, as well as to understand figurative language and character development. Through student-created activities, such as posters, skits, and projects, the children express their understanding of the different authors’ intent as well as compare and contrast novels.
The writing curriculum for 4th grade focuses on poetry, expository, persuasive, narrative, and imaginative writing. As the year progresses, each student moves from writing simple paragraphs to more complex creative stories. They learn to express thoughts clearly and precisely using appropriate vocabulary, metaphors, and similes. The students learn each stage of the writing process from brainstorming and development of rough drafts through editing the final copy of their stories. The students will also demonstrate their understanding of poetry by writing poems about their own life, including haikus, triplets, and rhymed riddles.
Instruction in the 4th grade is based on the why and how of mathematics. Students will not only learn to grasp the key concepts, they will learn how words and symbols are used in the context of mathematics. A variety of problem-solving and reasoning exercises provide opportunities for students to explain their thinking, justify a solution, or identify a more efficient strategy for solving the problem. Children are encouraged to explore, reason logically, draw inferences, and apply the mathematical methods they learn to everyday life.
The focus of the social studies curriculum in the 4th grade is the United States geography and awareness of the culture and economy of the different regions of the country. Through the study of heritage and immigration, students will develop an understanding of their own multicultural heritage and how heritage shapes the communities they live in. Throughout the year, students discover and discuss the importance of current events in their everyday lives and learn the characteristics of good citizenship in the school and their communities.