4th Grade readers will be exposed to an exciting curriculum! Students will dive deeper into the genre of Fiction, character traits and relationships, traditional fairy tales and fables, along with the themes/lessons they teach us. The Non-Fiction unit helps students read more technical writing, and use a variety of text features to better comprehend the text. Students also learn to discern facts from opinions. Students read drama/reader’s theater and build on their previous knowledge of poetry, poetic devices, and figurative language. 4th Grade readers will continue to build on their background knowledge of persuasive texts, procedural writing, and biographies. Students will continue to learn how to choose “just right” books of interest for independent reading to help develop a love for life-long reading!
Fourth grade math celebrates the understanding of finite and abstract math concepts that can easily be related to real-world situations. We begin the year with place value of whole numbers and decimals (to the tenths and hundredths), then move into adding and subtracting whole numbers and decimals. Following this, we begin studying multiplication (up to 2-digit by 2-digit factors) and division (up to a 4-digit dividend with a 1-digit divisor), then move into fractions and data representations/analysis (charts & graphs). Finally, we end the year studying measurement conversions (Customary & Metric systems) and geometry (points, lines, angles and shapes). Students participate in whole-class, group, partner, and individual activities throughout the year. Technology, manipulatives, real-world projects, and stations are used often to reinforce the concepts taught during the year. These practices encourage students to think critically, take creative ownership of their learning, and build collaborative relationships with other students.
In Social Studies, students examine the history of Texas from the early beginnings to the present within the context of influences of North America. Historical content focuses on Texas history, including the Texas Revolution, establishment of the Republic of Texas, and subsequent annexation to the United States. Students discuss important issues, events, and individuals of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. Students conduct a thorough study of regions in Texas and North America resulting from human activity and from physical features. The location, distribution, and patterns of economic activities and settlement in Texas further enhance the concept of regions. Students describe how early American Indians in Texas and North America met their basic economic needs. Students identify motivations for European exploration and colonization and reasons for the establishment of Spanish settlements and missions. Students explain how American Indians governed themselves and identify characteristics of Spanish colonial and Mexican governments in Texas. Students identify the contributions of people of various racial, ethnic, and religious groups to Texas and describe the impact of science and technology on life in the state. Students use critical-thinking skills to identify cause-and-effect relationships, compare and contrast, and make generalizations and predictions.