Fourth Grade

Language Arts includes reading, writing, and a focus on narrative and expository compositions.   Students read novels for classroom study using a Reader's Workshop approach.  The student reads a wide variety of subjects and genres.  The student will adjust his/her reading rate and strategies to meet the demands of the text and purpose for reading.  Students follow the Writer's Workshop approach and learn to elaborate, proofread, revise and publish their compositions.  The fourth grade student is a proficient speller and edits based on current knowledge of grammar and usage.

 

A fourth grade student is transitioning from the concrete level to a more abstract level in applying mathematical concepts.  A variety of problem-solving strategies are utilized and real-world math examples are discussed.  Mathematics focuses on six strands of thinking:  developing algebraic thinking, measurement, probability and statistics, fractions and decimals, geometry and operations and computations.

 

The mission in elementary science is to nurture curiosity and lifelong learning, promote learning through questioning and investigation and develop understanding of concepts through problem solving, decision making, and application of knowledge.  Strands of fourth grade science study include

scientific investigation & reasoning skills, Earth and space, matter and energy, force and motion, and organisms and environments. Students learn through inquiry activities, investigation and analyses.  Fourth graders will also continue to be involved in the Hands-On Science program on a regular basis.

 

A fourth grade student will work on projects, research and multimedia projects.  Students will be learning about Texas Regions, Texas History, and Government.  The climate, resources, major cities, and region characteristics are part of the social studies program.  History will be from the first battle to the last battle of Texas Independence.  This will cover Native Americans, historical figures, and historical places.