Fourth Grade Curriculum Overview


Specials


Mrs. Daley Mrs. Katz Ms. Walker
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Please be sure your child dresses appropriately and wears sneakers on the days s/he has P.E.


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Celebrations

Halloween Party, Winter Celebration, Cookies and Conversation, End-of-Year party, others to be determined



Trips and Assemblies
Curriculum Overview



Social Studies


History and government are taught from a NJ perspective.  Topics covered include the Lenape Indians, Colonial America, the American Revolution, sources of democracy and state government.  We will utilize the textbook New Jersey USA published by Silver Burdett Gin and other supplemental materials.



Reading

Students may read from Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, War With Grandpa, Stone Fox, and other core novels.  The books are studied and examined in guided reading groups or literature circles.  Book selection and groupings are determined by reading level.  Additionally, students will utilize the periodical Weekly Reader as well as the classroom and the school libraries.  Each student is required to read every night for 20 minutes (or the equivalent 2 hours a week) and keep a record of his or her reading in an independent reading log.  Parents should initial this log nightly.



Math

Most students will be learning math through a differentiated approach in their homerooms.  We implement the seven strands of the South Brunswick math curriculum using Harcourt-Brace’s Math Advantage as an anchor textbook.  Many supplemental materials are utilized in math instruction.  Topics covered include: Large Numbers and Place Value, Measurement, Geometry, Probability, Algebra, Multiplication, Data Analysis, Fractions, Decimals, and Division.  Math manipulatives, calculators, games and journal writing are some of the approaches used to teach concepts. 

Students are expected to memorize their basic facts.  These facts should be practiced at home as much as possible.  Students are given a “Mad Minute” each week to track their progress.  The expectation is students will complete 30 subtraction facts in one minute by the end of October.  Multiplication facts are expected to be memorized by January.



Language

The writing process is taught to students with brainstorming, prewriting, rough draft, revising, editing and publication.  Specific skills include word choice, story structure and proofreading.  In addition, writing is integrated throughout all subject areas.

The word study program is Words Their Way published by Pearson Prentice Hall.  It encompasses phonics, vocabulary and spelling instruction individualized to each child’s spelling level.   Groups of words are studied to reveal consistencies within the written language system.  A secondary purpose of the program is to expand vocabulary and word usage by learning word meanings and origins.



Science and Health

Hands-on science is utilized whenever possible.  The science units are Ecosystems and Magnetism and Electricity.  The health unit is the Skeletal System.



Homework

Homework is given daily.  Students are expected to work about 40 minutes a night on homework plus 20 minutes of independent reading, totaling an hour of work a night.  Please contact your child’s teacher if s/he is spending an inordinate amount of time every evening with homework.  Missing assignments will be brought to your attention as necessary, usually with a written notice or phone call.