Fourth Grade Curriculum

Language Arts
The student will:

• Read and/or listen to gain meaning using a variety of strategies.
• Understand story structure including plot, setting, problem, resolution, main characters and main events.
• Analyze character development within text.
• Use comparison and contrast in a variety of settings.
• Predict, draw conclusions, sequence and summarize within various contexts.
• Identify main ideas and supporting details.
• Use a variety of resource materials both in and out of the classroom to support a topic.

The student will:
• Write to convey meaning and to develop a sense of voice.
• Use the writing process (prewriting, drafting, revision, proofreading).
• Edit for correct spelling, punctuation, grammar, and capitalization.
• Select and develop a focused topic.
• Create stories from their imagination.
• Organize their ideas into a series of paragraphs.
• Read, write, and listen to poetry in various forms.
• Apply these skills to a variety of genres.

The student will:
• Communicate clearly in complex sentences.
• Be an active listener.

The student will:

• Use math reasoning strategies to understand and solve realistic word problems.
• Select the appropriate unit of measurement in standard or metric form and determine the appropriate tools to use in a given situation.
• Review addition and subtraction facts to 18
• Reinforce the process of addition and subtraction with regrouping.
• Practice and review multiplication and division facts through 100.
• Multiply a 3 digit number by a 2 digit number.
• Divide a 3 digit number by a one-digit number with and without remainders.
• Know the characteristics and interpret the various uses of graphs, charts and tables, and apply to any original project.
• Recognize, read and write fractions, improper fractions and mixed numbers.
• Understand the relationship between decimals and fractions and decimal and money.
• Utilize a basic math vocabulary.
• Explore and develop relationships between plane and solid geometric shapes.
• Find measure such as length, perimeter, volume and area using standard and non-standard units.
• Express probability as a fraction, percent, or ratio and analyze the results.
• Practice place value concepts to hundred thousands and hundredths.
• Measure elapsed time.

Social Studies
The student will:

  • Read, interpret and create maps, charts and graphs.
  • Understand time lines and sequence of events.
  • Be familiar with Native American lifestyles and cultures in New York State
  • Trace the early development of New York State through the explorations of the first Europeans.
  • Examine the way of life in colonial New York.
  • Recognize the major causes and events leading to the American Revolution in New York.
  • Explore the growth of state and national government systems.
  • Discuss the impact of the Industrial Revolution.
  • Introduce the causes and effects of the Civil War.
  • Identify the roots of immigration and the impact of immigration.
  • Read and respond to document-based questions.

The student will:

  • Be familiar with the life cycle of plants and animals.
  • Recognize the basic needs of plants and animals.
  • Observe adaptations within a species.
  • Examine the parts of the digestive and respiratory systems and understand their functions.
  • Identify the components of the solar system.
  • Compare and contrast the characteristics of the planets.
  • Participate in discussion of the basic scientific instruments used for observation.
  • Understand how different land features affect weather.
  • Realize that different forms of energy exist.
  • Use scientific process skills.