Trophies Reading Curriculum: Harcourt School Publishers
Spelling; Modern Curriculum Press
Students read narrative and expository text aloud to strengthen their fluency, accuracy, pacing and intonations. They draw upon a variety of comprehension strategies and compare information from several resources. They are able to describe the different genres of reading; fantasies, biographies, fiction, etc. They successfully use the stages of writing and spelling (i.e. drafts, revising, editing, etc.) to the best of their ability.
Language; Harcourt School Publishers
Students demonstrate a command of the English language through oral and written projects. Use of reference materials is taught to aid them in continuing to produce quality work. Students combine short, related sentences with participle phrases, adjectives, adverbs and prepositional phrases.
Mathematics-California Edition, McGraw Hill Publishers
Students solve problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions and decimals. They interpret one and two variable data graphs to answer questions about a problem. Students use and interpret formulas (e.g. Area=length time width, A=lw) and work with measurements; centimeters, meters, kilometers, square yards, etc. They make logical decisions on how to approach a problem with the correct method of operation.
History – Social Science: California Studies; Houghton Mifflin
Students learn the history of their home state, unique in American History. In addition specific milestones in California history are focused on (e.g. pre-Columbian, Spanish and Mexican influences). Students understand the functions and powers of the United States local, state and federal government. They are also able to describe the roles and responsibilities of our local officials.
Science; Macmillan/McGraw Hill Publishers
Students learn how to design and build simple series and parallel circuit boards. They learn that ecosystems can be characterized in terms of living and nonliving components. They understand the properties of rocks and minerals. The Scientific Method is used when completing their Science Fair Project. Health and body changes are discussed through our Health Education Program in the Spring.
- Science – Focus on hands-on activities to promote collaboration and cooperation, incorporating Science, Technology, and Engineering utilizing lab experiments, planting, gardening, and learning about the world around them.
- Technology –Focus on project-based experiences incorporating technology with engineering and science, utilizing Coding, 3D Web Design, Google Docs, Google Apps,
PowerPoint, Excel, and typing programs. Classroom iPads and AppleTV/projector used to enhance curriculum and reinforce skills.
- Engineering – Practical, hands-on design and construction with a variety of materials, such as, but not limited to, Legos, Magnet Tiles, Blocks, K’Nex, Connectors, and Lincoln Logs, in conjunction with Coding and 3D Web Design to link Technology with Engineering.
- Arts – The visual arts curriculum challenges and encourages students to actively participate in the arts. Students develop an appreciation for artistic representation that they create, in addition to the pieces their classmates create. Specific instruction occurs in color, texture, design and spatial relations. Our music curriculum develops a general knowledge of music vocabulary, movement, beat, interpretation and rhythm which allows students to develop sensitivity to musical experiences.
- Mathematics – Focus on hands-on activities to promote collaboration and cooperation, using manipulatives, sorters, counters, and various other classroom materials to supplement the adopted grade level curriculum. Individualized computer math program for each student to assist with students’ working memory of math facts.
- Physical education instruction is used to develop large muscle skills, awareness of one’s own body and cooperative play skills. Children may also participate in additional after school activities.
- The development of skills in Fourth Grade is reflected in the year’s collection of: Progress Reports, Weekly folders and Report Cards provided to parents throughout the Fourth Grade year.