Fourth graders begin to learn how to work in collaborative groups, gaining the important skill of teamwork. Writing is also a key component of the fourth grade curriculum, and students learn, through Writers' Workshop and a structured writing program, to develop multi-paragraph compositions that include an introduction, supporting paragraphs, and a conclusion.
They also discover the various types of writing including: expository, narrative, and research reports. In addition, they enhance their computer skills - conducting Internet research, keyboarding, making PowerPoint presentations, and exploring all that the iPad has to offer.
- Singapore Math
- Social Studies
- Global Education
- Character Education/Service Learning
Refining their understanding of analogies, verbal reasoning, and mechanics, fourth grade students participate in the National WordMasters Challenge, a national analogy competition, entered by approximately 220,000 students annually. They also study spelling, with an emphasis on dictation, commonly misused words, and subject-specific vocabulary.
Writing is integrated throughout the curriculum. Through the use of a structured writing program, children learn the art and science behind composing a detailed, organized, multi-paragraph essay. Additional types of writing explored include: the persuasive essay, report writing, poetry writing, including imitation poetry, and personal narrative writing.
In the fourth grade, increasing emphasis is placed upon using voice and personality through written expression as a means to explore and communicate a variety of experiences. Students practice writing about a range of subjects, including the California missions, their best day ever, which animal is superior—cats or dogs—and more. Teachers serve as models for students by sharing their own narratives and written compositions. Organization and study skills are further emphasized to prepare students for their transition to the upper elementary grades, and graphic organizers are used to scaffold more complex written pieces.
New this year, fourth grade students also participated in the Writers' Workshop program at least three times a week. The goal of the program is for children to write what they know by selecting topics that are personally meaningful and relevant to them. Through focused mini-lessons and individual conferences with the teacher, students will enhance their craft as writers and become independent authors of a variety of literary pieces. At the conclusion of each instructional unit, students will publish a piece of their work and share it in celebration with the rest of the class.
“A Child’s Place in the Environment,” an interactive curriculum, connects the fourth grade children’s science studies with literature and art. Hands-on experiences include: weekly lab work, monthly gardening, a school-wide Planting Day, enrichment assemblies, and service learning, such as the recycling program that they spearhead, that promotes environmental stewardship.
Caring for the science lab animals is the highly-envied last piece of the fourth grade curriculum. Each day at recess or lunch, the children are responsible for coming to the Science Center to feed and nurture their furry friends. Students then train the incoming fourth graders on the feeding procedures at the year’s end.