Composition: Fourth graders write a balance of narratives (stories), informative/explanatory pieces, and opinion pieces. Students will be challenged to use factual knowledge and research to make statements to build on their topics. For narrative students will focus on “small moments”. An example of a small moment is…writing about playing tag with your best friend on the playground, rather than, writing about what happened during all of recess. The production of writing is also quite important, students will work with their teacher and peers for writing support. Our Writer’s Workshop is a great aid for students to constantly revise their work. We approach writer’s workshop in steps: gathering ideas, planning, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing. Fourth graders also write research topics, poetry, directions, and summaries.
Literature: Students will learn strategies for attacking new words and for increased comprehension. Book clubs, reader’s theater, Scholastic News, and use of books at our individual reading levels are several of the avenues we use to practice new skills and grow our reading. The genres we focus on are informational books, science fiction, epistolary novels, realistic fiction, and historical fiction. We also read poetry, which is a springboard for writing poetry in all the other content areas. Students are encouraged to dig deeply into their reading and share their unique ideas by asking open-ended questions, finding themes, identifying figurative language, and creating response projects, for example.
Math: Students will develop an understanding of place value from the hundredths through one million, as well as comparing and ordering rational numbers. They will also develop fluency with multiplication of two-digit by two-digit multiplication and division of up to three-digit by two-digit division. Students will develop an understanding of decimals, fraction equivalence, addition and subtraction of fractions with like and unlike denominators, and multiplication of fractions by whole numbers. An understanding that geometric figures can be analyzed and classified based on their properties, such as having parallel sides, perpendicular sides, particular angle measures, and symmetry will also be studied. A familiarity with factors and multiples will be gained. Students will solve problems involving measurement and conversion of measurements from a larger unit to a smaller unit. Patterns will be generated and analyzed.
An emphasis will be on problem solving, reasoning, and communication during math. Students are expected to have the multiplication tables 1-12 memorized.
Science: Rocks and Minerals, Electricity and Magnetism, Food Chemistry, Nutrition and Animal Adaptations are the main units in our science curriculum. Much of the learning takes place with small group lab investigations. Projects, visits from scientists, and field trips offer enriching experiences with hands-on learning.
Social Studies: North Carolina is the focus of our social studies curriculum as we explore our geography, history, culture, people, and economics.
Art: Description coming soon!
Drama: ECS 4th graders are encouraged to use all acting skills to make personal choices in playwriting, directing and displaying character. Students start off the year with partner playwriting. In playwriting students will refine their knowledge of the parts of a script and begin to examine the concept of conflict as they write and perform exciting scripts. Students examine ways in which theatre communicates to an audience and they will practice these methods through many group projects. Major projects and events: learning the entire system of constructive criticism, modernized fairy tales, acting poetry, pantomiming with NC folk tales, partner playwriting, examining performance techniques through watching performances.
Music: Fourth grade music is cumulative and sequential to include learning from the previous grade level. Students increase knowledge of different time signatures, musical forms and terminology. Students use recorders, Boomwhackers, percussion instruments, body percussion and xylophone.
Physical Education: These grade levels will experience an in-depth focus on sport skills and rules. Participation in sport lead up games (ex. 2-on-2 basketball, 2-on-2 hockey, and other modified games) will introduce the student to the sport, once a level of success has been achieved the students will then participate in a game involving all rules and skills.
March is fitness month for grades 4th – 8th
· Various fitness activities, games, and the mile run will be given. A fitness log will be handed out to all students for record