Fourth grade students continue to fine-tune their study habits while attaining higher levels in reading, writing, and math. California history is highlighted through research, reenactment and fieldtrips. Reading & Language Arts
We offer an excellent phonics-based reading program. Ongoing assessments ensure that the students are continually improving their reading fluency and comprehension. Students have many opportunities to read, analyze and respond to literature from a variety of genre. Each student:
- Is given the opportunity to acquire and develop the skills of writing, reading, listening, speaking and critical thinking through diverse, multi-sensory experiences.Creates multiple-paragraph compositions and research papers. Students demonstrate a command of standard English by writing narratives, responses to literature, information reports, and summaries. In doing so, they also illustrate a range of skills, such as using concrete sensory details, supporting judgments, drawing from multiple sources of information, and framing a central question about an issue or situation.
- Continues to learn about fundamental elements of literature that allow them to appreciate the rich quality and complexity of materials they read. The elements include:
- Describing the structural differences between fables, myths, fantasies, legends, and fairy tales, and
- Defining and identifying simile, metaphor, hyperbole, and personification in literary works.
- Organizes and delivers oral presentations (Speaking), and enhances presentations through the use of appropriate props (e.g. objects, pictures, charts, and technology). They present effective introductions and conclusions that guide and inform the listener's understanding of important ideas and evidence.
- Evaluates Media Communication (Listening) by comparing ideas and points of view expressed in broadcast and print media. They also evaluate the role of the media in focusing attention on events and in forming opinions on issues.
Students work at their own rate of comprehension and math groups are fluid. Math instruction stresses:
- Stresses the fundamentals of number sense and gives students opportunities to use this knowledge to solve real world problems.
- Deepens students' understanding of large numbers and addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers; students describe and compare simple fractions and decimals, and understand the properties of, and the relationships between, plane geometric figures
- Teaches analysis of problems by identifying relationships, distinguishing relevant from irrelevant information, sequencing and prioritizing information, and observing patterns. Student gain the ability to determine when and how to break a problem into simpler parts.
Scientific concepts are taught through the use of state-adopted textbooks and discovery in our science laboratory. Students use the scientific method of discovery to conduct hands-on experiments and report data.
- Physical Science — Students explore the subjects of electricity and magnetism, gaining simple understanding and some applications in everyday life.
- Life Science — Students explore the world's biomes and gain simple understanding of the plants and animals and how they adapt to their environment, refining students' understanding of ecological principles.
- Earth Science — Materials are divided into three areas of study: rocks, minerals, and the processes of erosion. Students learn the processes of weathering and erosion understand the continual forming of sediments that form new rocks as a part of the constant recycling of Earth's crust.
- Investigation & Experimentation — Students improve their ability to recognize the difference between evidence and opinion. They learn the difference between observation and the inference of some underlying cause or unseen action. An important milestone achieved here is that students learn to formulate cause-and-effect relationships and to connect predictions and results.
Supplemental materials are used to enhance learning and bring the students to a better understanding of the world around them. Students will:
- Students demonstrate an understanding of the physical and human geographic features that define places and regions in California.
- Students describe the social, political, cultural, and economic life and interactions among people of California from the pre-Columbian societies to the Spanish mission and Mexican rancho periods.
- Students explain the economic, social, and political life in California from the establishment of the Bear Flag Republic through the Mexican-American War, the Gold Rush, and the granting of statehood.
- Students explain how California became an agricultural and industrial power, tracing the transformation of the California economy and its political and cultural development since the 1850s.
- Students understand the structures, functions, and powers of the local, state, and federal governments as described in the U.S. Constitution.