Grade 4


In fourth grade, students continue to reinforce the lessons they learned from the previous grade levels while taking on more academic challenges. They are given more opportunities to work collaboratively with their peers and be challenged to build on their organizational and time management skills. Students are asked to be responsible decision makers who know the consequences of their actions, both positive and negative. In language arts, students continue the development of their writing skills using more complex sentence structures and read grade level appropriate chapter books. Using technology and library research, students organize information, display their findings, and present their results to the class. In math, students refine their arithmetic skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Furthermore, students work on fractions, geometry, and probability. Life science is the thrust of the science curriculum; topics include insects, plants, and sea animals. Students learn to understand the vital role all creatures play in their habitats and the necessity to care for them. For history, the students learn about the rich past of our state, from the natural resources to the Native Californians, to the Mission era, to the American era. To develop a firmer relationship with God, in Bible Study, students study Israel's first three kings with a focus on learning from their mistakes as well as what they did right.

Topics covered in grade 4 include:

Language Arts

Reading and Literature

Oral reading.

Reading comprehension.

Vocabulary building.

Sentence structure, kinds of sentences.

Punctuation, capitalization facts.

Abbreviations.

Possessive words.

Letters – friendly, thank you notes.

Gathering information, researching.

Writing with details.

Writing reports.

Writing book reports.

Creative writing.

Dictionary and thesaurus skills.

Penmanship

Spelling and Poetry

Weekly word lists based on phonics and spelling rules, challenging words, and vocabulary.

Reinforcement activities.

Language – Grammar

Recognizing and using all eight parts of speech.

Oral

Presentation

 

Mathematics

Number sense.

Simple equations.

Multi-digit addition and subtraction.

Multiplication and division.

Graphing.

Multiplying with multi-digit numbers.

Fractions, decimals, percentages.

Probability and measurement.

Geometry.

Organizing and interpreting data.

 

Science

Plants

Provision for man and beast.

Rainforest.

Redwoods.

Animals

Insects.

Birds.

Oceanography

Wonders of the sea.

Coral reefs.

 

Chinese

Topics

Telephone numbers

I speak Chinese

What time is it?

I get up at 7:00.

I eat chow mein for lunch.

I go to school by school bus.

I am hungry.

It's raining.

I am wearing the sweater.

My room

I am watching TV.

Our School

I like to learn Chinese

I am running in the park.

Objectives

Recognize and name basic word strokes and order of strokes.

Understand lesson contents and recognize the shape, sound, and meaning of vocabulary words.

Know Chinese culture.

Be able to listen, speak, read and write what they have been taught.

Be able to use words in a sentence and short paragraphs.

Be able to use Pinyin to spell Chinese characters. 

Be able to use Pinyin to type Chinese characters on the computer.

 

History and Geography

California history and geography.

 

Bible

Memorization of Romans 12.

Study of the Kings (Saul, David, Solomon).

Birth and death of Christ.

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