Students in fourth grade language arts apply reading strategies and skills automatically, strategically, and flexibly to comprehend fiction, nonfiction, drama, and poetry. They read for literary experience, to gain information, and to perform a task. They use various strategies and writing process elements to compose fiction, nonfiction, drama, and poetry. As they expand vocabulary through wide reading, word study, exposure to content area words, and discussion; and use advanced knowledge of grammar and language conventions, students become increasingly proficient in active listening, speaking, working collaboratively, and using media and technology.
In Fourth Grade Mathematics, instruction is focused on the following concepts: Number Operations in Base 10 (generalize place value understanding for multi-digit whole numbers, and use place value understanding and properties of operations to perform multi-digit arithmetic), Number and Operations--Fractions (extend understanding of fraction equivalence and ordering, add, subtract, and multiply fractions by applying and extending previous understandings of operations on whole numbers, understand decimal notation for fractions, and compare decimals and fractions), Operations and Algebraic Thinking (use the four operations with whole numbers to solve problems, gain familiarity with factors and multiples, and generate and analyze patterns), Measurement and Data (solve problems involving measurement and conversion of measurements from a larger unit to a smaller unit, represent and interpret data, and understand concepts of angles and measuring angles), Geometry (draw and identify lines and angles, and classify shapes by properties of their lines and angles).
The three fourth grade FOSS units are: Soils, Rocks and Landforms; Energy; and Environments. The FOSS program will provide students with rich content, hands-on experiences, and practice reading non-fiction science texts. We will be working in science journals where the students will practice being real scientists as we investigate the world around us, noting differences and changes and discovering the scientific explanation for those phenomena. Some questions we will be asking during these units may include: How do changes in the environment affect living things? How do the different types of energy affect the way that we live? How has the earth changed over time? How do we know this?
Keeping all relevant notes in our science journals, we will test these questions and others like them as we hold investigations to make new discoveries. Through these investigations, students will continue to deepen their understanding of the scientific process by learning how to ask testable questions, design fair tests, and make predictions and observations.
Fourth grade social studies begins with the five themes of geography: location, theme, human and environment interaction, movement, and region. Students begin to understand the rich history of Texas. They learn about the first Texans, our Native Americans. This leads into study of the European explorers who touched the land of Texas and their influence on Texas culture with the building of the Spanish mission life. This study leads into the Americans settling in Texas and the conflicts and resolutions that developed between these settlers and the Mexican government. After independence and statehood, the students study Texas into the twenty first century. The students are involved in reading, note taking, outlining, research projects, independent projects, and using technology in their studies. In addition to these lessons, there is a yearlong study in building citizenship skills.
In fourth grade Spanish, students begin to read, write, and speak complex sentences while responding orally to phrases and questions in the target language. At this level, students use more descriptive and detailed language to describe themselves and their environment with appropriate detail. Through answering warm-up questions, listening to stories, playing games, singing songs, responding to listening activities, following commands, completing written work, performing skits, and working on projects, students will interact with the instructor as well as each other by using the target language to communicate. Students also begin to put sentences together to form basic, simple paragraphs in Spanish. Conversations between students, their peers, and their teacher become more interactive, lengthy, and involved.