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4th Grade Team Page


Fourth grade students visit the Vermont State House.

Curriculum

English Language Arts

Listening

  • Listen respectfully to classmates, teachers, guest speakers, and other adults
  • Expand attention span for listening
  • Listen to and follow directions
  • Listen to and enjoy various forms of literature
  • Listen to facts and main ideas in discussions and stories

Speaking

  • Expand verbal vocabulary
  • Speak in a respectful manner
  • Use appropriate gestures and body language in story telling, poetry recitation, and report giving
  • Share creative writing and respond to audience feedback
  • Express appreciation for others' ideas
  • Give tactful, constructive criticism

Writing

Writing Process:

  • Brainstorm, organize, write, confer, revise, rewrite, share

Genres:

  • Procedure, reports, narratives, response to literature, poetry
  • Letter writing, creative writing

Spelling:

  • Learn about plurals, contractions, possessives
  • Learn content area vocabulary words
  • Review rules for suffixes and prefixes
  • Learn 200 most frequently used words
  • Learn ending patterns

Grammar, Usage and Mechanics

  • Learn parts of speech - nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs
  • Review capitalization rules
  • Learn punctuation rules for commas, quotation marks, apostrophes, end punctuation

Handwriting:
  • Practice cursive writing to mastery
  • Write final drafts in cursive
  • Practice reading cursive writing

Reading

Reading Skills:
  • Review phonological awareness
  • Learn about syllable division, syllable types, less common prefixes and suffixes
  • Improve reading fluency
  • 300 most frequently used words

Reading Comprehension

  • Read and respond to various forms of literature
  • Use comprehension strategies
  • Begin to identify literal and figurative language
  • Identify cause and effect
  • Recognize fact and opinion
  • Identify elements of a story (plot, main idea, supporting details, sequence)
  • Read and follow multi-step directions
  • Expand vocabulary by using context
  • Compare and contrast books

Core Literature Studies

Teacher Read-Aloud Books:
Secret of Platform 13 (Fantasy); The 13 Clocks (Fantasy); Small Steps (Biography); Cave of the Falling Waters (VT)

Genre Studies:
Biography, realistic animal stories, fantasy, Japanese and Egyptian folklore, poetry

Math

Numbers and Numeration

  • Define and use: +, -, x, / , =, <, >
  • Introduce sum, difference, product, quotient, fraction
  • Read and write numbers to 1,000,000
  • Know place value to 1,000,000
  • Compare place values and decide the relation symbol (<,>,=) between numerals
  • Round to nearest 10, 100, 1000
  • Use expanded notation to show regrouping of tens, hundreds, etc.
  • Understand the inverse relationship of addition and subtraction, multiplication and division
  • Recognize odd, even and prime numbers

Computation and Estimation

  • Know addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts (up to 10's)
  • Add and subtract with regrouping
  • Subtract with regrouping with zeros
  • Multiply with regrouping, 2-digit by 2-digit numbers
  • Divide 4-digit numbers by 2-digit numbers, with remainders
  • Use the commutative, associative, distributive and identity properties
  • Write, order, add, and subtract fractions with like and unlike denominators
  • Find the least common factor and the least common multiple of numbers
  • Find a common denominator of fractions
  • Add money and decimals up to the thousandths
  • Use strategies for mental math

Measurement

  • Use standard and metric measurement for length, mass and temperature
  • Apply knowledge of seconds, minutes, hours, weeks, months and years in solving problems
  • Understand coin values, make change and solve money problems
  • Calculate area, perimeter, and volume

Geometry

  • Review point, line, line segment, ray, angle, parallel, perpendicular, circle, square, rectangle, triangle
  • Classify angles
  • Identify and construct polygons
  • Identify three-dimensional shapes
  • Explore congruency and symmetry of shapes
  • Use protractor and compass

Data Collection and Analysis

  • Collect, organize, represent, and interpret data using lists, tables, bar graphs and line graphs
  • Interpret data using the mean, median, mode and range
  • Predict, perform, and record simple probability experiments

Problem Solving, Reasoning and Communication

  • Translate word problems into number sentences
  • Learn to recognize key words and phrases
  • Write word problems
  • Estimate answers
  • Understand and apply appropriate strategies to solving problems

Patterns, Functions and Algebra

  • Identify, describe and extend patterns
  • Classify and sort objects using attributes
  • Identify and graph points in the coordinate plane
  • Use order of operations to solve equations

Science

Process Skills

  • Reinforce all of the K-3 skills plus:
  • Investigating, classifying (time, space, patterns, common characteristics), collecting and organizing (information and materials), recognizing patterns, predicting, formulating questions

Content

Physical Science: Properties of Fluids

  • Explore and observe characteristics of fluids
  • Explore and learn about surface tension

Life Science: Wetlands and Pond Habitat

  • Understand concepts of habitat and interdependence
  • Observe diversity of species of plants and animals in wetlands/ponds
  • Understand the concept of a wetland as a system
  • Collect or draw and classify wetland plants and animals

Earth Science: Solar System

  • Learn about the members of our solar system: size, distance from earth, characteristics
  • Use models to demonstrate understanding of the organization of the solar system
  • Learn about the motion of the sun, planets, and moons

Health: Circulatory/Respiratory Systems

  • Learn the components of the circulatory and respiratory systems
  • Learn what promotes healthy circulatory and respiratory systems
  • Learn how those systems function

Social Studies

Vermont History & Culture

  • History
  • Government
  • Geography

World History & Culture

  • Asia (Japan), Ancient Egypt
  • Cultural Universals
  • History
  • Geography

Geography

  • Learn place names in conjunction with studies, e.g., Green Mountains
  • Learn geographic terms in conjunction with studies, e.g., Monadnock
  • Read maps to gain information
  • Make maps to display information
  • Use scale, symbols & grid (number/letter system)

Social Skills

Civic and Social Responsibility

  • Be prepared for class
  • Be of service to home and school

Communication

  • Give compliments
  • Express appreciation

Personal Development

  • Accept differences in others
  • Recognize own strengths
  • Recognize strengths of others

Art

Fourth graders, like all students at the Marion Cross School, begin the year by working on an all-school collaborative art project that celebrates our time together as a school community. Many of the activities that they work on throughout the rest of the year relate to topics within the fourth grade curriculum. Among the projects are: clay figures (lanterns from Vt. history, animal figures from their China study, Egyptian tomb figures), Kente cloth, African masks, Ukrainian Eggs, sumi-e painting, paper lanterns and fans, LEEEP habitat artbooks (ponds), “stained glass” windows, printmaking, apple drawings, and ArtStart.

Guidance


The school counselor, Katie Cormier, visits each Fourth Grade classroom bi-weekly. During classroom lessons, she works to help students learn about themselves as well as how to develop positive relationships with others. The classes focus on self-esteem, diversity, mindfulness, communication skills, social skills, kindness and being an upstander (anti-bullying). Students use class discussions, role-playing, stories and writing to express themselves and practice their skills. In addition to the social emotional lessons, our amazing local resource, WISE, comes to conduct We Care Elementary lessons, which focus on different topics related to healthy relationships. Mr. Minelli, MCS’s technology teacher, also comes in to co-teach for two lessons with Katie on internet safety based on common sense media’s digital citizenship program.

Information Technology


Best practices in education show that technology is best incorporated into a student’s education as an embedded “tool” used to support learning in the major curricular fields. This means that tech isn’t something just to “do” for students; rather it is used where appropriate to help students succeed in their other subject areas.

Accordingly, 4th grade students use word processing skills (using the programs, MS Word and Google Docs) to write, edit, format, save and publish a variety of written assignments. They learn basic word processing formatting skills such as double spacing, alignment, and tabbing, bulleted lists, Inspector Properties. These skills are facilitated through our Google accounts and students log onto hanovernorwichschools.org accounts and access Google Drive for creating and storing their documents. All students also learn the basics of keyboarding through using the ISTE Typing Program.

MCS uses the assessment software, Track My Progress, and 4th grade students are testing 4 times per year in Math and ELA using a computer adaptive test that can help teachers and parents understand the student’s strengths in various areas of these subjects. 4th grade students also are using Symphony Math to help improve their math concepts and understanding and are also given subscriptions to iXL mathematics to improve their math skills. These programs can be used both at school and at home to improve math skills.

Along with Katie Cormier, our school counselor, we also teach a select group of lessons with 4th grade students about the topic of safe computer use. These include such areas as computer safety, privacy, and the prevention of Cyberbullying. The lessons come from the highly regarded I.S. site, Common Sense Media.

4th grade students learn the basics of computer graphing using the Microsoft Office program, Excel. This included adding data to worksheets and then graphing using Bar, Pie, Line, and other graph types. Finally, MCS is strongly committed to the Hour of Code and in school and at home, students work through a 20 hr. class on beginner computer programming.

Library Skills

Organization and Location of Library Materials
  • Know how books in the fiction and non-fiction collections with assistance
  • Locate the arts and biography collections.

Use of Library Browser Online Catalog

  • Know how to access and use the online catalog and how to locate fiction and non-fiction books

Use of the Dewey Decimal System

  • Understand the purpose of the Dewey Decimal System
  • Locate materials using call numbers

Use of Reference Collection

  • Use encyclopedias to find information
  • Know that an atlas is a book of maps


Recognition and Use of Periodicals

  • Use periodicals for pleasure reading

Research and Reporting Techniques

  • Research a topic using more than one source
  • Know what a bibliography is and compile one with author and title

Use of the Biography Collection

  • Define biography
  • Locate a volume about a particular individual

Selection and Evaluation Techniques

  • Be acquainted with the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award and the books on the current list
  • Distinguish between authentic and fictionalized biography
  • Recognize that a well-written biography presents positive and negative traits

Use of Indexes

  • Locate specific information on a subject using an index

Parts of a Book

  • Identify the bibliography, glossary, verso, publisher, place of publication, and copyright date.

Music

The music program at the Marion Cross School is designed to help students develop the skills needed to realize a rewarding and joyful lifetime musical experience and to realize their own and other’s innate ability and need to create.

In fourth grade there is a large emphasis on the study of musical instruments. In the fall, the students bring in “found” instruments and then proceed to design and create their own. In the spring, tied into their African unit, the students study the drum and its many meanings and uses in African and other cultures. Listening to musical styles of many cultures is a component of this year. The students begin to create their own music for recorder and perform it for the class and in concerts. Through this means they continue to learn the symbols and language of music. They have an opportunity to join the 3/4 chorus and we also sing in class with an emphasis on learning ensemble skills and good vocal technique. Students perform in our Holiday and May Festival programs, choral concerts and in “rep.”

PE

The main objective of the physical education program for grade four is to encourage all children to enjoy and participate in physical activities. Fourth graders continue to build on skills learned in the primary grades and begin to work more on game-related skills and rules of basketball, soccer, kickball, volleyball, tennis, baseball/softball, badminton, frisbee, lacrosse and track and field activities. They continue to work on social skills (sportsmanship, respecting others, recognizing other’s skills, sharing their skills, working cooperatively), and knowing and following safety rules (stopping on the whistle, proper dress, working in own space, safe use of equipment). Wellness and fitness information and activities promote and teach healthy lifestyles. Snowshoeing and orienteering are introduced in conjunction with classroom work involving the LEEEP program. Games using locomotor and non-locomotor skills and manipulatives also make up a good part of the third and fourth grade curriculum.

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