4th Grade Curriculum Facts

Math- Fourth graders study numbers and operations by understanding numbers up to 1,000,000. They are able to add and subtract whole numbers, multiply up to 3 digit numbers by a one digit number, divide 4 digit numbers by a 1 digit number or multiple of 10's, understand fractions, adding and subtracting fractions, and understand decimals.  In the area of measurement they are able to measure using appropriate units and understand perimeter and area.  In the area of Geometry they understand lines, basic geometric shapes and their components.  Fourth graders study tables and bar graphs and know how to use the data to answer questions.  All mathematical concepts are applied to problem solve real-life mathematical situations.

ELA- In Reading, fourth graders focus on strategies that improve comprehension such as, questioning, word attack skills, making inferences, predicting, summarizing, cause and effect, and drawing conclusions, while studying literature and grade specific genres required by the state of Michigan (poetry, autobiographies/biographies, fantasy, legends and myths, newspapers and almanacs). In Writing, focus is on improving their written communication skills using the writing process and 6+1 Traits of Writing, which focuses on ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency and conventions (grade specific grammar and mechanics).  Writing projects follow the specific genres required by the state of Michigan (adventure, fantasy, comparative essay and research.  Fourth graders study grade level appropriate Spelling words.  Cursive handwriting is also practiced in this grade.
Science- The curriculum consists of Life Science (animal and plant), Physical Science (electricity and magnets) and Earth Science (rocks and minerals).  The "hands on" approach will be used as much as possible. 
Social Studies-The focus of the Fourth grade instruction in Social Studies is geography, civics, government, and economics of the regions of the United States.

World Language: Japanese-Students will continue their study of Japanese through major Japanese holidays and celebrations. Students will be able to talk about themselves regarding topics such as name, age, birthday, phone number, and family. Students will become proficient with counting, colors, calendar, and weather. Students will compare their own culture with that of the Japanese. Other cultural topics include house, money, and food.

Art-In fourth grade, students continue to develop their understanding of the elements of art.  Students develop their understanding of visual art concepts such as spacial relations, positive and negative space, line form, and repetition. The style and history of famous artists, such as Piet Mondrian, Faith Ringgold, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Vincent van Gogh, are studied as they inspire the classroom projects of the students.  Color theory is explored deeper, including ideas about tertiary colors, color blending, and the gradation of color value.

Music-The emphasis for 4th grade music students is on note recognition and transferring this to the fingering and playing of the recorder. We use the program entitled “Recorder Karate.” Songs that represent certain facets of music are learned and studied. Students compose a short piece of music with 3 measures. The solfege scale continues to be a part of their singing. Students present a concert in the spring.

Technology-Fourth grade students continue to develop essential skills needed to operate a computer as a tool of learning, to be able to publish work and to solve problems. Internet safety continues to be a focus. Learning how to word process, apply basic keyboarding skills, use the internet, create spreadsheets and, and digital citizenship are among the many topics covered in technology class.

 Physical Education-In fourth grade, students explore a variety of lessons that are based on the four areas of health: 1. emotional health 2. physical health 3. mental health 4. social health.  When we match these health areas up with each lesson, children have a well-rounded understanding of how to behave, react, engage, know, and make connections through each lesson. Children are involved throughout the school year in a variety of skills, activities, games, sports, and essential health lessons. The emphasis is on movement, fitness, and conditioning to help them to understand, early in their life, how important it is that fitness and good health become a part of their daily habit in their life away from school. Experiencing these various lessons throughout the year will develop, for our children, a solid foundation of lifelong disciplines that lead to a healthier lifestyle. 

Math Trimester 1

Math Trimester 2

Math Trimester 3

ELA Trimester 1

ELA Trimester 2

ELA Trimester 3