Math: Math Expressions from Houghton Mifflin Students review and master basic facts. They strengthen their estimation skills. Students study place value to one million. They study multiplication and division of larger numbers. Students explore ways to organize data and graph the results. Students strengthen their problem solving skills. They are introduced to fractions and decimals.
Language Arts: Journeys from Houghton Mifflin Students will focus on comprehension and analyzing what they have read. We will discuss the elements of a story. We expand vocabulary. Students will work on improving their oral fluency and expression. Students will study the correct usage of the parts of speech, punctuation, and capitalization. The six traits of writing will be reviewed and extended. We will write book reports and mini research reports. Students will have the opportunity to write creatively, exploring both poetry and prose. Students will give speeches and oral presentations. Students will explore word parts and effective strategies to become good spellers. This program is phonics based exploring the relationship of letters/patterns to sounds for reading, writing, and spelling.
Handwriting: Handwriting grade 4 from Zaner-Bloser Review and practice letter formation, slat, and spacing
Science: Science a Closer Look from Macmillan McGraw Hill Students have the opportunity to explore in the areas of life science, physical science and earth science. Students have a mix of text book lessons and hands on experiences. Student will base science lessons on the Minnesota S.T.E.M. (science, engineering, technology and mathematics) standards. Students will participate in a Lego robotics challenge based on the First Lego League’s program Food Factor. This challenge combines life science and engineering concepts.
Social Studies: Our Country’s Regions from McGraw Hill Students study the six regions of the United States and our neighbors Mexico and Canada. They explore each region’s: geography, history, economics and people. Students learn the states and capitals. Students create a paper traveler and send it on an adventure. Student discuss current events in our world and our responsibilities as good citizens.
Religion: Blest Are We from RCL Benzinger Students will study the Ten Commandments and the Beatitudes. Students will reflect on Scripture readings. We will attend Mass and prayer services. We will participate in school wide service projects such as Feed My Starving Children. Students also follow the PeaceBuildres curriculum, a school wide behavior and values program.