We have a fun journey ahead of us. It is an exciting year and one where new growth and learning will take place. There are many new perks to being a 4th grader. For example, they go to 4-8th grade chapels, share recess with 5th grade, and get to practice math on whiteboards (that’s big!).
What will they learn
School changes quite dramatically for students in fourth grade. Your child will be applying reading skills in content area subjects such as social studies, science and math. Study skills will become very important as kids will now be asked to write reports and handle long-term assignments.
Other things they will be doing in fourth grade:
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Handwriting – Cursive is still in the standards! So your child will be getting cursive practice pages in September and October. Required cursive in all subject areas will begin in November.
Language – Language A by Beka;
Reading – Houghton Mifflin Reading; Reading consists of reading a story weekly from our Reading Anthologies. I also supplement by reading from mentor texts during mini-lessons. We also read three novels as a class – Time Machine by H.G. Wells, Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell and By the Great Horn Spoon by Sid Fleischman. Accelerated Reader/STAR Testing: Students will take a STAR Assessment to determine their reading level.
Math – Saxon Math; Each day a lesson/concept will be taught and a worksheet reinforcing that concept as well as past concepts will be assigned most days. There is no textbook in fourth grade so side A is the best way to help your student with side B. Math assessments are every 5 lessons and need a parent signature and to be returned to school the following day.
Science – Systems by ACSI; Science HW is sent home 1-2 times a week. Tests are given each chapter (about once a month) and need a parent signature.
Social Studies – Mc-Graw Hill; This year the focus is on California itself, its history and its development into the state. Starting with the geography, the students will get a detailed picture of what life was like coming across the Overland trails with the goal of finding gold. In the spring, they will study the missions and build one (with you!). The historical trip in May supports and reinforces everything we talk about in 4th grade socials studies. Tests are also given every chapter.
Spelling – Students will complete activities with their weekly words that are given on Mondays. A spelling test is given on Fridays. Various activities are done in the classroom to support spelling study.
Bible – Purposeful Design by ACSI; Bible consists of a weekly lesson and Bible verse. A short quiz on the lesson and verse is given on Fridays.
If you would like to track your kids progress, grades, and assignments, please visit gradelink.com. They also have a convenient phone app that may be useful in tracking your child's progress.