Summer Reading Requirement:
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
Please have this story completed for the first day of school in September.
A variety of interactive lessons are used to satisfy New York State and Common Core Standards, prepare students for standardized tests, and meet fourth grade curriculum requirements.
Summer Reading Challenege
Wondering what to read after you finish Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing? Why not try completing this Summer Reading Challenge!! Bring in your filled-in checklist on the first day of school for a surprise!
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Scholastic Book Club
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All About 4th Grade
Our number one priority in 4th grade is to enable and encourage your children to work to their full potential. We believe in teaching the child as a whole and helping them to learn based on their abilities. We encourage a love of learning that the children foster and take with them as they grow. We provide a safe, secure, and respectful environment that allows students to have a “can do” attitude about learning. We encourage the children to always try their best and believe that they can.
A Day in the Life of a 4th Grader
Each day students are immersed in a wide variety of subjects and topics. Listed below are short descriptions of each aspect of our day.
Reading and Writing
Students read a variety of self-selected and teacher selected texts for extended periods. They work with teachers during this time to develop a love of reading and the comprehension strategies that will help them to succeed while reading both fiction and nonfiction texts. They construct meaning and make personal and textual connections as they learn from and about reading. Students also work on their writing skills by working on choice topics as well as teacher given topics. Mini-lessons are used to provide direct instruction allowing the teacher to act as a model author. Students also use mentor texts to see how other writers use different styles and language. Finally, students develop their vocabulary and grammar skills by using these skills in their writing and text decoding.
Our writing program is designed to meet developmental needs of each student author. Students have a large amount of choice in their topic and style of writing. The teachers act as a mentor author, modeling writing techniques and conferring with students as they move through the writing process. Direct writing instruction takes place in the form of a mini-lesson and is followed by active writing time.
Each day we devote time to enhance our knowledge of language. Students explore the intricacies of language across multiple genres including literature, informational texts, and poetry. They investigate the conventions and forms of written language by completing word sorts and applying various spelling features to their daily writing.
Using the Common Core Curriculum, students will read a variety of fiction and nonfiction texts. They will use Close Reading Strategies to deeply read and understand a text. Students will also develop their listening, speaking, and writing skills. For more information on the 4th Grade ELA Curriculum please visit EngageNY.
Using the Common Core Curriculum, students study topics including multiplication, division, measurement, fractions, solving word problems, and geometry. Each day students work with a teacher to complete the problem set focusing a the specific topic for the day. They will practice their fact fluency through work in centers and Mad Minutes. For more information on the 4th Grade Math Curriculum please visit EngageNY.
In science, we cover a broad spectrum of areas which include earth science, life science, physical science, space, and technology. In social studies the class follows the New York State curriculum which stresses New York state. We work on geography skills, the history of New York state, the Native Americans, the American Revolution, the French and Indian War, and New York State government. To supplement the Science and Social Studies curriculum students read a variety of articles in Studies Weekly. Students can access their accounts to play games and learn more about topics we are studying in class. Science and Social Studies is also addressed using the New York State ELA modules.
This year 4th graders will be teaming up with 5th graders to build their knowledge of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (S.T.E.M.). Each month we will focus on a new topic and students will work in small groups to complete tasks alligned to the state standards. Students will build a sense of community and collaboration while solving problems in a hands-on experience.
The religion curriculum is Walking by Faith which concentrates on the Law of Love. Bishop Dunn encourages the children to follow different virtues such as compassion, caring, respect, cooperation, patience, courtesy, courage, understanding, wisdom, and generosity.
The fourth grade class participates in field trips to enhance their curriculum throughout the school year. Some of our past adventures include Howe Caverns, The Walkway over the Hudson, Radio City Music Hall, The Desmond Estate, Sunnyside at Sleepy Hollow, and The Hudson Highlands Museum. Information regarding field trips will be sent home and posted on the website when available.
Students are required to participate in three New York State standardized tests. The New York State English Language Arts Test is given in April to assess skills in reading, writing and listening. The New York State Mathematics Test will be administered in May to assess a variety of mathematical skills including graphing, fractions, computation, and reasoning. In the month of June, New York State testing assesses the students’ science understanding and problem-solving skills. Students are also required to take an Archdiocese Religion test in the months of January and June.