Fourth Grade

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Language Arts

During LA instruction, students read, write, spell and develop oral communication.  Students will read novels for classroom study.. Students will follow the writer's workshop approach and learn to elaborate, proofread, revise and publish their compositions. They learn the four major writing modes: sequential (how-to), classificatory (compare/contrast and advantage/disadvantage), persuasive and narrative (story). Fourth graders also refine their grammar skills through daily oral language mini-lessons. Computers will be used to compose, revise, store add graphics, change fonts and spell-check compositions. Basic proofreading and grammar skills will be stressed.

Mathematics
Mathematics focuses on five strands of thinking: numerical operations, algebraic thinking, geometric reasoning, measurement and probability and statistics. They focus on learning to value the process of mathematics as well as the product. Through the use of manipulatives, math concepts are introduced at a concrete level. From the concrete, they are taught to make the transition to abstract representation and thinking. Students will be taught strategies for problem solving. Thinking steps and logical reasoning will be emphasized. Students are given the opportunity to explore and enrich what has been taught through math workshops.

Social Studies and Science
Social studies and science are taught in a learner-centered, thematic environment. Students will complete performance tasks, group projects and write research papers. They will apply their language arts skills when using reference materials, taking notes, conducting oral presentations and writing their reflections.