In 4th grade we use Everyday Mathematics paired with district learning targets. Mathematics is organized into 4 strands that cover number sense, data & probablilty, geometry, and algebra. This provides an enriched curriculum which meets the individual needs of our students. Within the curriculum, emphasis is placed on the use of task boards to enhance personalized learning and differentiated instruction.
Reading and Language Arts
Our reading instruction provides success in reading through high interest, multilevel, and culturally relevant literature. Students become established independent readers by developing strategies with vocabulary, fluency and comprehension. Children are expected to meet a monthly independent reading goal by reading a variety of fiction and nonfiction genres.
Our balanced literacy approach provides the use of multiple class sets at students "just right level" to enhance guided reading. It is our goal to introduce a variety of literature.
Our writing program is based on the balanced literacy approach. Students will be introduced to a variety of genres to collect styles of writing in their writer's notebook. Examples of student work will include: responses to literature, personal narratives, letter writing, reflections, procedures, nonfiction publications, and personal experiences. The writing seeds planted in the notebooks are to inspire ideas for a final published product. In addition to the entries that focus on content, great emphasis is also placed on writing mechanics.
Core Knowledge/Social Studies
Core Knowledge was an adopted curriculum in our school a few years ago. It is a very exciting program which is enjoyed by teachers and students alike. The program is a building process beginning in kindergarten and continuing through grade six. As part of the core knowledge curriculum, children will be studying the following throughout the year: American Revolution, French and Indian War, Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Minnesota History, Medieval Africa, Middle Ages, China, Feudalism, and Islam.