Fourth Grade

Reading, Language Arts, and Social Studies

The fourth grade literature-based reading program is combined with the social studies curriculum and integrated with language arts. For each unit studied, a variety of genres is used. For example, poetry, drama, a historical fiction novel, and a biographical research report may be used within each theme. Additionally, the elements of literature, plot, setting, character development and foreshadowing are taught.

The children are then introduced to the unit "Our Immigrant Ancestors." They research their family history as well as a country that is part of their heritage. The children learn to use the library for research, and each child completes several research reports during fourth grade.

A wide variety of literature is used and the teacher will often read aloud to the children to help develop strong listening skills. Many of the novels used are Newbery Award winners or Newbery Honor books.

Writing takes place across the curriculum. The children respond to questions about each novel in a reading response journal. Journal and creative writing are ongoing parts of the curriculum.

Our program is sensitive to the developmental needs of children, but has high expectations for each child.


The fourth grade continues to use the "Everyday Math" program to observe, describe, and solve problems using real-life experiences.

The fourth grade takes a year-long "World Tour," linking mathematics to geography. Students realize the usefulness of mathematics while learning facts about countries around the world. They also use a supplemental math series which reinforces basic math skills. Mathematics is part of the ongoing classroom routine and thinking with mathematics becomes as natural as thinking with language. Parents participate in this program through Home Links, short activities that are sent home on a regular basis.

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