Fourth Grade

 

3rd/4th Grade

Overview:

This classroom is a special learning community that includes both 3rd and 4th graders! In this class, students will learn from each other and gain both cooperative learning and a sense of independence.

All students (3rd/4th) will be combined during Social Studies, Science, Writing, and Religion instruction. During Math and Reading instruction, students will be instructed separately based on grade level.

Reading:

I hope to foster a love for reading in all students this year! Students should be reading every day, at school and at home. We will start off the year with whole class lessons on reading strategies/skills, such as identifying main idea and details, story elements, characters, etc. As the year progresses, I will divide the class into reading groups for novel studies and more individualized reading instruction.

3rd Grade Math:

By the end of  3rd grade, students should be confident and fluent in their multiplication and division facts from 1-12. We will be practicing these facts daily in class and for homework. The main concepts covered in 3rd grade math this year will be:

  • Place value

  • Addition/subtraction concepts and facts

  • Multiplication/division concepts and facts

  • Statistics/Probability

  • Measurement and time  

  • Geometry

  • Fractions/ Decimals

  • Introduction to Algebra

4th Grade Math:

The main concepts covered in 4th grade math this year will be:

  • Place value

  • Addition/subtraction concepts

  • Multiplication/division concepts

  • Measurement/Geometry

  • Perimeter/area/volume

  • Statistics/Probability

  • Fraction concepts/Decimals

  • Introduction to Algebra

Writing:

Students will be allotted time to work on their cursive handwriting, grammar, and spelling in meaningful contexts.

There will be a wide variety of writing projects throughout the year, including both narrative writing and informational writing. Students will “publish” each of their writing projects and share their work at “Authors’ Celebrations”, which parents are welcome to attend if possible/desired.

Science:

All students will act as scientists to investigate and explore the world around them. The main ideas that will be covered in Science this year are:

  • Energy, motion, and speed; Transfer of energy (electricity and light)

  • Structures and functions of living things (plants and animals)

  • Information transfer and sound waves

  • Earth’s changing features and landforms

  • Natural hazards: volcanoes, earthquakes, floods, etc.

  • Energy from natural resources (nonrenewable vs. renewable)

Social Studies:

The theme of Social Studies this year is Regions of the United States. We will be exploring and discussing each of the regions of the US in detail (the northeast, northwest, southeast, southwest, midwest, and west). For each US region, students will discover the history, the people, and the geography of the region. As a supplement to these lessons, students will complete activities in their Social Studies workbooks to further analyze the history of the United States and its evolution to the country it is today. The system of government in the US and the three branches of US government will also be examined.

Religion:

This classroom will be a prayerful environment that integrates religious teaching and prayer daily. Students will be consistently reminded to reflect on the phrase WWJD--What Would Jesus Do? We will begin the school year with a reflection and art project on how we can follow in Jesus’ footsteps at home and at school. This will be followed up with a unit on growing with Jesus Christ. The remainder of the year will be spent focusing on the following main ideas:

  • Sin/Our conscious/Reconciliation

  • The Ten Commandments: Loving God and loving others

  • Growing in Holiness

  • Discipleship

Community Agreements in 3rd/4th Grade:

  1. Mutual Respect

  2. Attentive Listening

  3. Appreciation and Kindness

  4. Choose Best Effort