4th Grade Curriculum

Art

  • continuation of 3rd grade curriculum
  • introduction to perspective in drawing, one point, two point and sighting methods to be explored
  • papier mache masks
  • woodworking -- emphasis on space and form; introduction to advanced skills
  • pottery -- continued practice with hand-building techniques, emphasis on independent problem-solving and employment of appropriate techniques when making creative decisions
  • emphasis on finishing techniques

Language Arts

  • vocabulary, spelling
  • grammar -- nouns, verbs, adverbs, adjectives
  • capitalization, punctuation
  • sentences, paragraphs, stories
  • creative and expository writing
  • reports, journals, poetry
  • dictionary and reference skills

Library

  • review of Dewey and classification schemes in general
  • emphasis on self-service: finding materials both in the Meadowbrook library and public libraries throughout the state via their Online Public Access Catalogs (OPACs)
  • reading as a group to share ideas about literature
  • enjoy the ideas of visiting authors and illustrators
  • augment classroom studies, such as Book Bingo by participating in extended activities in the library; concepts introduced in class are reinforced in the library where students get a chance to apply their newly-acquired knowledge

Math

  • Digi-Block program
  • properties and numeration
  • place value with powers of ten
  • computation
    • all operations with whole number
    • add/subtract fractions and decimals
  • number theory -- divisibility, factors, multiples, primes, and composites
  • measurement -- standard/metric, area, perimeter, volume, probability, statistics, and graphing
  • geometry -- points, rays, lines, polygons; coordinate graphing, transformations, problem-solving and logic

Music

  • explore the concept of ostinato using sound patterns, creating rhythms to accompany a rhyme, and listening to classical compositions
  • expand upon rhythmic notation by creating a 16-measure piece played on kitchen instruments
  • write a parody to a song incorporating book characters the class has chosen for the Mask Assembly
  • sing and rap songs about the states and their capitals and the presidents correlating with the social studies curriculum
  • explore nutrition through a mini-musical “Feelin’ Your Oats” correlating with the science curriculum
  • involvement in the Lower School chorus which explores the foundations of good choral singing; the Lower School chorus sings at the Veterans’ Day, Thanksgiving/Grandfriends’, Holiday and Fine Arts Night assemblies
  • encouraged to participate in the Artist-in-Residence program

Physical Education

  • physical domain (organic development) -- strength endurance, cardiovascular fitness, flexibility
  • neuromuscular development -- integration of nervous and muscular systems to produce desired movements
  • team sports -- cognitive, rules, strategy, terminology, sportsmanship
  • fall -- soccer (boys and girls)
  • winter -- basketball (boys and girls)
  • spring -- softball (girls), baseball (boys)
  • volleyball
  • team problem-solving

Reading

  • novels as main component
  • examination of structure of literary styles
  • metacognitive reading skills, including visualization and self-questioning
  • individualized reading comprehension
  • increasing emphasis on inferential thinking
  • biography, poetry, short stories, drama, and non-fiction
  • reading for pleasure
  • reading integrated with social studies
  • writing responses to assigned independent reading

Science

  • earth science -- geology, rocks and minerals, plate tectonics
  • physical science -- electricity, circuits, electromagnetism, semiconductors
  • health -- human growth and development, nutrition, digestive system
  • motorized machines, constructing with Legos and motors

Social Studies / History

  • American History -- explorers and early settlements in Colonial America
  • map skills -- 50 states and capitals
  • study skills -- fact-finding, outlining, note-taking, discussion techniques, research
  • integrated unit -- life in 17th century North America
  • coordinated field trips
  • current events
  • Understanding Differences program
  • social-emotional learning curriculum

Spanish

  • through gestures, acting in mini-skits, and retelling and writing stories, students practice producing language in a natural way
  • while the emphasis is primarily on listening and speaking, students begin more formal instruction in grammatical structures and gain more practice in reading and writing in Spanish
  • vocabulary is non-thematic and revolves around the stories told in class
  • cross-curricular ties include songs, products of the rainforest, Hispanics in American and a literature unit about Don Quixote

Technology

  • academic technology skills
    • file and folder management, both in the cloud and locally
    • understand and recognize file extensions
    • build on digital portfolio to showcase learning
    • use spreadsheets to record, organize and graph data
    • evaluate websites for authenticity and value
    • citing sources when creating content
    • create eBooks that include multimedia
  • programming/robotics
    • LEGO WeDO Robotics
    • basic programming
  • engineering/CAD skills
    • computer-aided design and digital fabrication (vinyl cutter and 3D printing)
    • sketchUP
    • design challenges
    • reverse engineering
    • game-based simulations (MinecraftEDU)
  • digital citizenship
    • connected culture: Responsible Use
    • security: Powerful Passwords
    • digital life: Rings of Responsibility
    • connected culture: Writing Good Emails
    • research/evaluation: Finding Good Websites/Searching
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