Fourth Grade

Welcome to the Fourth Grade!

The heart of the fourth grade reading program is literature. The students will be reading from the Harcourt Trophies anthology. The students will read stories from various genres and learn different reading strategies. We will have spelling pretests at the beginning of each week and a final test at the end of the week. There will be spelling homework throughout the week.

The reading themes we will be covering are:

  • You can do it!
  • Side by Side
  • Make Yourself at Home
  • Creative Minds
  • Community Ties
  • New Lands

To broaden your child’s knowledge in the content areas, students will be spending time each quarter in Science and Social Studies. Projects and reports will play a great role in student learning for these roles. They will be started in class and students will have time for research in our media center. Some projects may need to be finished at home. One big project the students will be doing is a State Report. The students will be doing research on a state of their choice and then turning it into a power point presentation.

The topics in Sciene are:

  • Water
  • Magnetism & Electricity
  • Human Body
  • Ideas and Inventions

The topics in Social Studies are:

  • Living in the United States
  • The Northeast
  • The Southeast
  • The Midwest
  • The Southwest
  • The West

Math is another subject that will be taught in fourth grade. Students are expected to know their basic multiplication facts for fourth grade. Please spend time reviewing these with your child nightly. The students will be taking times multiplication tests and documenting their progress on their own graph.

The topics in Math are:

  • Addition and Subtraction
  • Multiplication and Division
  • Algebra Readiness and Geometry
  • Multi-digit Multiplication
  • Division

Writing also plays an important part of fourth grade. We will be writing in our journals daily and focusing on writing descriptive, expressive writing, expository, and personal narrative essays. Students will also learn the parts of speech, different kinds of sentences, sentence structure and other components of grammar.

By fourth grade, your child should be spending about a half hour to one hour each night on homework. Homework may include class work that needs to be finished, math practice, and preparation for tests.

In addition, your child will be assigned to read for enjoyment for at least 20 minutes, five times a week. Students may choose their reading days Monday through Sunday. When their reading time is complete, they will ask you to sign a reading calendar for documentation. Reading calendars will be turned in at the beginning of the following month. The signed completed calendar will be counted towards your child’s reading grade.

Fourth graders are also taught how to play the recorder in music. Mr. Molinets will assign home practice time.

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