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WELCOME TO FOURTH GRADE!

Welcome to fourth grade! We are going to have a fun and challenging year.

On our website, you’ll find information about the fourth-grade curriculum as well as resources that can be used throughout the year.

Fourth graders will develop responsibility and good study habits through daily homework assignments. Students will be responsible for keeping track of assignments through their agenda. Google Classroom is introduced early in the year and used for a variety of assignments to prepare students for middle school.

What we’ll be working on this year:

Writing: We use the Teachers College Writing Project. Fourth-grade writers will continue to enhance their skills while they move through the writing process that published authors follow while crafting their pieces. Through our writing workshop guided lessons, writers will learn the craft in the following genres: personal narratives, realistic fiction, persuasive essay, informational essay, historical fiction, and literary essay.

Mathematics: We use the Everyday Mathematics curriculum. Activities and lessons address the common core standards for grade 4. The spiral curriculum approach develops key ideas over time. Some of the topics we will cover this year include place value, multiplication and geometry, fractions, and decimals, multi-step problem solving, multidigit multiplication, and long division. Students will have the opportunity to use mathematical tools such as fraction circles, protractors, rulers, and geometric pattern blocks. Students will find support for the Everyday Mathematics content on the Everyday Math website.

Reading: Students engage in the Teachers College Reading Workshop model. Students will read books with a focus on characters, social issues, non-fiction topics, historical fiction, characters in a series, and content area information. Students first join book partnerships and then later book clubs, in which they coordinate to plan reading amounts and discuss their thoughts and observations about their reading. Students keep an interactive reading notebook to write about their reading. Reading skills and strategies such as main ideas and details, context clues, inferencing, and determining the author’s purpose and message are taught throughout the year.

Social Studies: Fourth-grade social studies focuses on a year-long study of New Jersey. After investigating the geographical history of our state, students notice how nearby bodies of water, landforms, climate, and cities shape the way we live. Students then focus on the history of people who have lived in our area, from the Lenape tribe long ago, through early settlers such as the Dutch and English, and the role of colonists in the birth of our state and nation in the Revolutionary War. They continue to follow the development of our state through Industrial growth in cities such as Paterson and the arrival of large numbers of immigrants through nearby Ellis Island.

Science: Fourth-grade scientists will be busy this year. We use the FOSS science program. We have three units of study: Energy, (circuits and magnetism), Soils, Rocks, and Landforms, (erosion and weathering, soil composition and topography) and Environments (environmental factors and ecosystems). Students will engage in a variety of hands-on experiments. Students will also keep an interactive science notebook.

HOMEWORK

What role should you as a parent play in your child’s homework assignments? Should a parent

be a taskmaster, a tutor, an onlooker, or a cheerleader?

Parents must find a “middle ground” between doing homework for the child and keeping hands

off. Homework is essentially a contract between teacher and student, but all children work

better if they know their parents are interested in what they are doing.

Please understand that the two basic purposes of homework are to review the material

taught at school and to encourage independence and creativity. While you should not do

your child’s assignments, you can provide a helpful atmosphere at home that encourages your

child to do his/her best. 

Here are some tips:

- Be accessible to your child

- Establish a good work environment

- Help your child use time well

- Watch for signs of problems

- Be positive about school

Please contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions during the school year.