Fourth Grade Mission Statement
Through problem solving, collaboration, encouragement and nurturing, we will provide high quality instruction that meets the needs of all of our students and promote life-long learning.
- Respect for All Individuals
Utilizing the math workshop method, we incorporate a variety of activities through independent practice and centers. We begin math with Mountain Math and Lone Star Problem Solving, programs which enrich and review mathematical relationships central to the curriculum. This is followed by a mini-lesson that is either an introduction of a new concept or an extension of previously introduced skills. Independent practice is completed in class. Many centers involve hands-on math activities, as well as a station to meet with the teacher for small group instruction.
Math Journal writing is completed by all students after each group activity. The journal may include objectives and/or conclusions each student has drawn from the activity. Students are encouraged to use math vocabulary in their journal writing.
In 4th grade, we will be working every day on various skills to increase fluency and comprehension, as well as to encourage the joy of reading. We will be exploring many novels throughout the year and will also read various forms of expository text. We will have class discussions, journal, complete independent activities, and implement literature circles to get the most out of what we read. We also make time for independent reading and a class read aloud on a daily basis.
The students in 4th grade will be completing numerous writing activities throughout the year. Utilizing the Writer's Workshop, we will be journaling, conferencing, editing, revising, and publishing. We will be using our creativity and imaginations to write for a specific purpose and to grow and flourish as writers.
The 4th graders will be learning their spelling words through Words Their Way. This word study program focuses on word patterns and letter sounds based on the students' developmental level. The students will learn their words through hand-on activities; compare and contract categories of word features and discovering similarities and differences with and between categories. During word study, words are sorted in routines that require the students to examine, discriminate, and make critical judgments about speech sounds, word structures, spelling patterns, and meanings.
We will be covering some exciting topics in fourth grade! Some of the concepts are science safety rules and tools, landforms, clouds and the water cycle, weather patterns (such as reading and predicting from a weather map), weathering, erosion and deposition, soil layers, natural resources/fossil fuels, ecosystems, food chains/webs, plant and animal life cycles, animal adaptations, matter (states of/buoyancy/chemical and physical changes/conductors and insulators related to heat), mixtures and solutions, electricity and magnetism (conductors and insulators/circuits and electromagnets). We will be using our textbook as well as performing many experiments in the classroom and in the science lab.
Social studies involves an in depth study of Texas. We will be learning about regions, Native Americans, the 6 flags over Texas, the Alamo, Texas independence, statehood, the Civil War, farming, oil, equality, culture, government, etc.
Routines and Procedures
F.A.R. is our Fourth graders Are Reading program. Students should be reading 100 minutes per week. Students are also responsible for 20 minutes of math fact practice per week. These facts need to include addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts. Parents need to initial the F.A.R. and Math Facts forms every night and it is due on Monday morning.
Students are expected to write their homework and important information in their agendas every day. Parents need to initial the agendas Monday – Thursday and teachers will check them each day.
In addition, students will bring home a conduct card every Friday. The chart is divided into nine week sections and will document behavior in areas such as listening skills, organizational skills, social skills, and class/homework completion. Parents need to review the conduct card with their child, sign it in the appropriate box and return it to school on Monday.