Each week or biweekly our fourth graders will be studying spelling words using "Words Their Way". Students will be grouped appropriately and receive spelling words that are at their instructional level.
Along with our spelling program, our students will use Houghton Mifflin Reading to reinforce their decoding, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension skills. Integrated in every reading themed unit are lessons that work on multiple literacy skills (handwriting, spelling, reading comprehension, grammar and sentence structure, as well as different writing styles).
Houghton Mifflin Reading
Using Houghton Mifflin’s “Math Expressions”, our fourth graders will be learning many mathematical skills. We start the year practicing and mastering basic multiplication and division facts. As the year progresses the students will work on geometry, place value, and multi-digit addition and subtraction. We conclude the school year by working on fractions and multi-digit multiplication and division.
In addition to our Houghton Mifflin series, our fourth graders will be expected to master basic addition (fall), subtraction (winter), multiplication (late winter), division (early spring), and a mixed operation test (late spring). The students are given five minutes to complete the one hundred question test. Our district standard is to answer one question every three seconds.
Our 4th grade science curriculum is provided from two sources, Einstein kits and Pearson/Scott Foresman. During the school year our 4th grade students will learn about animal studies, electricity, food chemistry and the food pyramid, and land and water.
4th grade students begin the school year studying the geography of regions in the United States, using the Rand McNally student atlas. We finish the school year learning about Wisconsin history from the Ice Age through the Civil War using the textbook "Wisconsin Journeys".
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