4th Grade

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 HELLO 4th GRADE PIONEERS!!

We had fun as Chapel Assistants on November 4th, singing at RLC on November 6th and celebrating Thanksgiving Feast with our Preschool friends on Thursday, November 10th!

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Spirit Week and Harvest Festival were a fun time!

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CURRICULUM SUMMARY

LITERATURE - MOSDOS PRESS LITERATURE RUBY

Ruby integrates language arts and literature with a section of the text called “Lessons in Literature.” These lessons teach language arts skills that build on one another. Ruby includes works by Elizabeth Friedrich, Myron Uhlberg, Laura Ingalls Wilder and Carol Fisher Saller.  The book includes short stories, drama, poetry and nonfiction.  It also has a section called Jill’s Journal which is a first-person narrative written at the time of the prose selection. It allows the student to enter the setting of the literary work as if they were there at that time and place. We cover vocabulary in the accompanying workbook. Comprehension questions, writing activities and graphic organizers are used to help the student to develop analytical skills.

ENGLISH - HOUGHTON MIFFLIN  ENGLISH

Our curriculum teaches students the processes, strategies and skills they need to write, speak and listen for effective communication.  The Grammar, Usage and Mechanics unit covers the parts of speech as well as capitalization and punctuation. The Writing, Listening , Speaking and Viewing lessons introduce published models for the students to read and respond to as writers. The writing units incorporate grammar as well as spelling. The 6 + 1 Traits of Writing are emphasized. The students write personal narratives, stories, instructions, research reports, express opinions and write to persuade. They write regular journal entries.  Listening, speaking and viewing skills are practiced as well.

SPELLING - HOUGHTON MIFFLIN  SPELLING AND VOCABULARY

This curriculum covers much more than spelling words.  The students are introduced to strategies they may use to decode and sort groups of words. Vocabulary development is encouraged by making the meaning connection with prefixes, suffixes and other word parts. They return to context and read around the word to see how it is used. Thinking and writing strategies are practiced as well as proofreading skills. Standardized test format is practiced in each unit, and the children have weekly spelling tests which include dictation sentences.

SOCIAL STUDIES - HOUGHTON MIFFLIN CALIFORNIA STUDIES; CALIFORNIA

 STUDIES WEEKLY

The main focus of the curriculum is the study of California history, industry, natural resources and culture. An emphasis is placed on the geographic regions and the life and interactions of people who settled in California. We discuss the colonization of California and the impact of the missions on the Native Americans. Mexican California and California’s independence from Mexico are covered as well as the Gold Rush and the effect on the growth of California. The statehood of California is analyzed as well as the focus on immigration and changes in economic opportunities during World War II and the Great Depression. The section on modern California covers education, high-tech industries, art, culture, government and current challenges.

MATHEMATICS - SADLIER-OXFORD  PROGRESS IN MATHEMATICS

This program covers whole number, decimal, fraction, integer and real number concepts. Students study the operations involving whole numbers, money, fractions and decimals. Problem solving strategies, ratio, proportion, percent, place value, algebra, measurement, and geometry are covered. There is an emphasis on estimation strategies in this curriculum.

SCIENCE - HOUGHTON MIFFLIN  SCIENCE

The life science portion of this curriculum covers ecosystems in terms of living and nonliving components.  The properties of rocks, minerals, waves, wind, water and ice are covered in the earth science section. Electricity and magnetism and their applications in everyday life are covered in the physical science portion of the text. An emphasis is placed on investigation and experimentation.  The monthly Scholastic News Science is used in addition to the regular textbook.

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