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4th Grade General Studies Overview

Reading

  • SJCS 4th grade students will be able to read independently for both academic and personal purposes
  • SJCS 4th grade students will be able to make world, text, and self connections to what is read
  • SJCS 4th grade students will be able to ask and answer higher level comprehension questions about what is read
  • SJCS 4th grade students will be able to read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to promote comprehension

Methods:

  • Novel studies
  • Drama/ play
  • Book groups
  • Book reports / projects (biography, mystery, science fiction)
  • Poetry
  • Reading logs

Curriculum:

  • Wired for Reading
  • Reader’s Workshop
  • Reading in the Wild

Writer’s Workshop:

Students will be able to:

  • Follow the steps of the writing process to publication
  • Use writing to persuade
  • Use writing to tell a story
  • Write a personal and professional letter
  • Write and analyze the parts of a novel
  • Use expository writing for Social Studies and Science

Methods:

  • Individual conferences
  • Mini lessons
  • Group work
  • Practice and writing exercises

Curriculum:

  • Writers’ Workshop
  • 6 Trait model

Wired for Reading

Students will be able to:

  • Dissect Latin based words for prefix, root and suffix meaning

Math

Mathematics in 4th grade is designed to provide a rich variety of cognitively appropriate strategies and resources so that all students have opportunities to experience both success and challenge. we  will vary the level and pace of instruction to meet the students’ needs. Across grade flexible grouping, forming classrooms so that students of similar ability are together, will be used throughout the year.
This year, we are continuing our use of the school-wide mathematics curriculum, Everyday Mathematics.  The Everyday Mathematics program sets high standards, offers innovative and engaging instructional activities, and seeks to help students “appreciate the beauty and usefulness of mathematics” in their daily activities. For some 4th-grade students with a passion for mathematical problem-solving, we will also offer math enrichment.

Students will be able to:

  • Learn to solve problems, reason logically, communicate ideas, make connections, and understand concepts and procedures.
  • Become proficient in basic computational skills and procedures, develop conceptual understandings, and become adept at problem solving.
  • Able to use variety of strategies, estimation, and mental (without calculator)  math.
  • Encourage and assist students to develop into mathematical thinkers, collaborative participants, effective communicators, innovative problem solvers, and self-directed achievers.

Content includes:

  •         Naming and constructing geometric figures
  •         Using numbers and organizing data
  •         Multiplication and division: Number sentences and algebra
  •         Decimals and their uses
  •         Big numbers, estimation and computation
  •         Division, map reference frames, measuring angles
  •         Fractions and their uses; Chance and probability
  •         Perimeter and area
  •         Fractions, decimals, and percentages
  •         Reflections and symmetry
  •         3-D Shapes, weight, volume, and capacity

Social Studies

By the end of the year 4th graders will be able to:

  • Locate continents, countries and states on a map
  • Work cooperatively to problem solve
  • Replicate experiences of the Oregon Trail
  • Identify the parts of the local and state government
  • Interpret and explain global exploration
  • Use a reference book
  • Search on-line

Methods:

  • Group work
  • Research and technology practice
  • Games
  • Story-telling

Curriculum:

  • Washington State History Book
  • Pioneer novel
  • StoryPath

Assessments

Students are assessed by using both formative and summative assessments throughout the year.  Formative assessments, those done during a unit of study as a method to gauge students’ understanding and further inform teaching, include: observations, personal communication, and homework.  Summative assessments include vocabulary tests (including Hebrew and Judaic), math tests, and projects reflect students’ understanding at the end of a unit of study.  Additionally, students will also participate in certain standardized assessments at the beginning and the end of the year to measure progress.  

Reward System  

Rewards for the group as a whole – the class earns stars for the following reasons

  • Exemplary behavior in class or during transition time
  • Exemplary behavior with a Specialists
  • All homework turned in on-time with names on it

When we get 100 stars, we will have a read-in where students will get to wear their pajamas to school and read for as much as 2 hours during a morning.

Individual Rewards

  • Students earn money to spend at a student store (a shuk) by turning in homework on-time, complete, and with their names on it.  Students can also earn money for being on-task in class or being especially productive in class.  We will have a store two times a year: once in December before Hanukkah and once at the end of the year