||4th Grade Curriculum
English Language Arts (ELA)
The emphasis of the ELA program is on the continued maximum growth of the student in the areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing. Our ELA program is comprised of six units and incorporates vocabulary, comprehension, listening, grammar, spelling and study skills into each selection. It is an integrated approach to language arts.
The students are writing every day so please keep those pencils and paper coming! They will write using a variety of formats: personal narrative, comparative writing, explanatory writing, persuasive writing, expository writing and writing a story. Students will also have the opportunity to write letters, interviews, research reports, poems, etc.
Spelling lists go home for review over the weekend. Post-tests are given on the following Friday for all students.
The math curriculum emphasizes the students' development of understanding and reasoning, skill in operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) and concept application, and making connections to the real world. Math is taught using a problem solving approach.
The science curriculum emphasizes a hands-on approach to learning aimed at furthering the students’ problem solving skills and developing positive science attitudes while learning new content. The fourth grade units of study are: Properties of Matter; Systems of Living Things; Roles of Living Things; Sun, Earth and Moon; Electricity and Magnetism. Encompassing these units will be the reinforcement of the Scientific Method and Science Inquiry.
The fourth grade Social Studies curriculum engages students in the study of New York State and focuses on the areas of geography, history, economics, resources and culture. Government (federal, state and local) is also part of the basic unit of study.