Grade 4

We believe each and every child has the potential to bring something unique and special to the world. We will help children to develop their potential by believing in them as capable individuals. We will assist children in discovering who they are, so they can express their own opinions and nurture their own ideas. The partnership between teacher, child, and parent is an integral part of the success of each individual student.

Expectations

Fourth Graders are expected to be independent learners and problem solvers who take responsibility for their own learning. Students will be expected to:

  • Respect themselves and others
  • Follow school and classroom rules/procedures
  • Accept RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEIR ACTIONS
  • Be prepared for learning
  • Use class time wisely

Grade Four's Updated Homework Policy

Language Arts

Reading

We will focus on the following reading comprehension strands

  • Understanding of the text’s general content
  • Interpret and/or explain the text
  • Making connections with text i.e. text to self, text to world, and text to text
  • Elaborate on the text and make judgments about the text quality and themes
  • Vocabulary enrichment as related to text

The following are reading activities used to strengthen comprehension skills and encourage students to be life long readers:

  • Anthology: Imagine Reading Series
  • Variety of trade books (focusing on different genres)
  • Read aloud
  • Silent Sustained Reading
  • Literature Circles
  • Guided Reading Group

Writing

Empowering Writers - Focus on narrative with an introduction into expository writing

  • Poetry
  • Grammar and Mechanics
  • Capitalization
  • Punctuation
  • Usage
  • Parts of speech
  • Spelling

Eureka Math Parent Resources

Social Studies

Fourth grade students will practice and build upon research skills while increasing knowledge of cultures past and present. Units of study will include:

  • Study of Connecticut – Students are introduced to events relating to past, present, and future characteristics that define Connecticut as a state.
  • Current Events – Students are exposed to world events through our study and discussion of articles presented in the Time for Kids

Science

Fourth grade science curriculum will emphasize scientific inquiry, literacy, and numeracy. We will focus on the following four units of study:

  • Forces in Motion – The more massive an object is, the less effect a given force will have on its motion
  • Matter and Energy in Ecosystems – When the environment changes, some organisms survive and reproduce and others die or move to new locations
  • Energy in the Earth’s Systems – Water circulates through the Earth’s crust, oceans and atmosphere
  • Energy Transfer and Transformations – Electricity in circuits can be transformed into light, heat, sound, and magnetic effects

Technology

Fourth grade students visit our state of the art computer lab once a week. Here they develop computer skills related to keyboarding and learn how to safely navigate the World Wide Web. Students also enhance learning through publishing written work, researching relevant topics related to content areas, and engaging in virtual learning opportunities.

Important Events

  • Days to Remember Holiday Extravaganza – December
  • Special Theme Days
  • Math Bee – June
  • Field Day

Field Trips

  • Connecticut State Capitol & Museum of Connecticut History
  • Mystic Seaport
  • Lake Compounce

Guest Speakers

  • Children's Museum of Connecticut
  • Clint Chartier - Native America

Community Outreach

  • UNICEF - 4th Grade Walk-A-Thon
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