Curriculum and Academic Units

Fourth Grade Curriculum

Highlights:

-Oregon Trail Unit

-Narrative Writing Unit

-Fractions, Long Division and Multiplication

-The Beatitudes

-Math Carnival

-The Global Reading Challenge

 

To best support our K-5 students at SMS, our reading program, “Walk to Read” is designed to allow students to move fluidly throughout the year between reading groups taught by various teachers.  This will help teachers reach students best and provide them individually with the skills they need at their level.  We will be using our STAR Assessment Program to help us, as a staff, make decisions regarding reading. In the reading group I will be teaching, we will be reading several novels this year as a group, in addition to the novels that each student chooses on his/her own.  The activities we will do in class are a part of the study of the group novel.  We will also be reading selections from the Houghton Mifflin reading text.  Students are expected to read for 20 min. at home each day and they will be held accountable for their reading. For spelling we will be using a spelling program designed to help students learn to spell using spelling patterns.  This program will include daily activities as well as weekly spelling tests.  Please help your child prepare for the spelling tests at home.  Practicing in the car on the way to school is a great way to get in a little extra “study time”. For vocabulary, we will be using the Wordly Wise book, which teaches students to identify the meaning of a word based on the context of the sentence.  The workbook provides multiple ways for students to practice their new vocabulary.  We will be taking tests at the end of each WW lesson. We will be using Lucy Calkin’s writing program for the intermediate level, which has several units of focus including stories, essays, literary essays, etc.  The program teaches students to look at writing, show them how to generate ideas on their own, and how to choose writing to improve and how to edit and revise.
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Students will study the five themes of geography, learn about maps and the geography of WA, and study the westward movement from the start of the explorers, the development of the U.S. to the expansion of the West and finally to the development of WA state.  We will be using Foundations of Geography  and Discovering Washington as our texts for social studies.
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The Faith First program goes through four major themes beginning with what we believe, studying the parts of the mass/church, a development of morality with special attention to the Beatitudes and the Ten Commandments, and finally a focus on prayer.  There are two prayers that students need to memorize this year: The Memorare and The Prayer for Peace (Prayer of St. Francis).  In religion, we will not only study these things, but we will focus on the seasons of Advent and Christmas and Lent and Easter. In addition, we will use the fourth grade Steps to Respect program, which enables students to find their voice and feel confident in solving conflicts on their own.
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We will be using the Foss Kits for science.  We will begin with the Earth Materials kit and later in the year move to the Environments kit.   Earth Materials: The Earth Materials kit covers the topics of rocks versus minerals, identifying rocks and minerals by their properties, and understanding that there are many tests we can do to find out the ingredients in things and classifying rocks and minerals. Environments: The Environments kit covers the topics of environments having many environmental factors both living and nonliving, how factors and a change in factors affect the environment and its inhabitants, and controlled experiments. Overall, through both Foss kits, students will learn how to record data, observe, make connections, and work on description.
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Math:

We will be using the Math Connects program for 4th grade.  Students will at times work from a hardbound book, but they will also be working from consumable workbooks.  This year we will cover place value, multiplication and division in multi digit numbers, geometric figures, measurement, and fractions and decimals to name a few.
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