FOURTH GRADE CURRICULUM OVERVIEW

• Language Arts - encompasses reading, writing, spelling, and grammar.

• Students read a book of varying genre independently each month and are required to complete a book report and creative project on each book.

• Books are also read together in class; “Walk Two Moons”, “Bud Not Buddy”, “My Side of the Mountain, are just a few examples.”

• “Scholastic Storyworks” enrich our program with current events, and allows students to compare and contrast points of view.

• “Write Source” and Grammar are used to guide composition skills.

• Students use the writing process and are required to write four essays during the course of the year. They are expository, narrative, persuasive, and descriptive styles of writing.

• Spelling tests are given on a weekly basis. “Everyday Spelling” by Scott Foresman is used as a textbook.

• Students are required to learn to spell our fifty states and their capitals!

• Fourth grade Math follows the scope and sequence of the Houghton Mifflin Math Program.

• Children learn skills to solve word problems using Singapore Math, which encourages them to find solutions through model drawing.

• As the year progresses, students learn how to multiply two-digit numbers by three-digit numbers, long division, factoring, and averaging, geometry, fractions, and decimals.

• The Social Studies curriculum revolves around the theme of Maryland, using the textbook The Maryland Adventure.

• “Daily Geography” is used to teach geography skills.

• Guest speakers and field trips are an important part of the social studies curriculum. Speakers such as Marc Castelli and Chris Cerino speak to students about colonial times and Native Americans who lived in Maryland.

• Visits to Mount Harmon and the Baltimore Museum of Industry, provide hands-on experiences.

• The mayor of Chestertown or other local politicians are invited to come into the classroom. They speak to the students about the problems and challenges in today’s world.

• The Science program is very much a part of the fourth grade math. Students learn to measure, record and graph data.

• Chesapeake Bay Studies Program, see the science curriculum page for more details.

• Physical sciences - presented as engaging, essentially open-ended, student-centered, hands-on activities.

• Exploration of the Periodic Table of Elements, atoms, and molecules, including weekly labs provide an opportunity to explore chemical and physical reactions through experimentation with a variety of materials such as polymers.

•The study of energy, electricity and magnetism • Interact with the kindergarten students weekly as reading partners.

• Interact with the third graders for recess and lunch twice a week.