Curriculum

Art

Students in fourth grade attend art classes once each week. In these classes they explore line, shape, form value, color, texture, balance, pattern, and emphasis. They try out a variety of media and techniques. Students begin to explore what makes a piece of art effective, recognize connections between the visual arts and other disciplines in the curriculum, and discuss specific works of art from several time periods. They discuss different responses to artworks and assess their own work. They discuss different responses to artworks and assess their own work.

Health

Safety:  Students identify potentially dangerous situations and practice responses.
Social/Emotional: Students develop strategies for setting high standards without becoming a perfectionist and learn to respect individual differences.
Substance Use/Abuse: Students develop impulse control to consider the consequences when making decisions. They discuss with their families what the family values are about alcohol and tobacco use.
Healthy Body: Students learn to use exercise as stress management, and learn about nutrients in foods.
Disease Prevention: Students learn the difference between communicable and noncommunicable disease and describe ways to prevent communicable diseases.

Information Literacy

Gather Information for a Specific Purpose: Students follow structure plans for research and use teacher-selected resources.
Analyze and Evaluate Information: Students distinguish between fact and opinion and put new information into their own words to write summaries and reports. They document their sources giving author, title, city of publication, publisher, copyright date, and/or web address.
Evaluate both the Process and the Product: Students use teacher checklists and/or rubrics to determine if all requirements are included and analyze their products for quality, identifying

Mathematics

Algebraic Reasoning: Patterns and Functions: Students recognize, extend, and use understanding of patterns to make and test generalizations. They develop deep understanding of equivalence of whole numbers and they use a variable as an unknown quantity in simple equations.
Numerical and Proportional Reasoning: Students use place value patterns and commutative and associative property to estimate, do mental computation as well as pencil and paper computation. They continue to work with multiplication and division using models and arrays, beginning to identify prime and composite numbers. They use models and pictures to develop deep understanding of fractions and equivalent fractions and ratios.
Geometry and Measurement: Students identify congruence, line symmetry, and rotational symmetry. They describe properties of polygons and solids using the language acute, parallel, perpendicular, right, and obtuse. They convert customary units of length in both standard and metric, using estimation to predict reasonable answers to measurement problems.
Working with Data:  Students collect, organize, record, and analyze data. They construct and interpret a variety of types of graphs. They use the terms range, mode, median, and mean to describe a data set and conduct probability experiments to identify fair situations and good choices.

Music

Students learn to read and play music notation and create and improvise melodies using the recorder. They sing partner songs, rounds, and simple harmony, keep a steady beat, and perform on a variety of instruments. They listen to music of various styles and cultures, learning some music terminology. They learn to evaluate their own performance and those of their peers.

Physical Education

Children take the Connecticut Fitness Assessment and set personal goals for improvement. The learn to play a variety of games, learning to work cooperatively and productively with peers of varying skill levels, resolving conflicts, and displaying good sportsmanship.

Reading

Read for Information and Understanding: Students learn to connect what they are reading to their own knowledge, select and use relevant information to write a summary, and identify the main idea or theme.
Read for Critical Analysis and Evaluation: Students recognize that an author’s bias may influence the reader’s opinion, to share their own reactions with others. They also learn to make inferences and support what they think with relevant references.
Read for Aesthetic and Personal Response: Students study techniques used by authors including powerful language (imagery, rhythm, sentence structure, word choice) and literary devices (alliteration, flashback, humor, onomatopoeia, personification, and simile). They look at some text in the historical context.
Read Strategically: Student practice surveying text to identify what it is about, making predictions, and asking questions as they read, adjusting their speed by slowing down when they don’t understand. They apply knowledge of root words, prefixes, suffixes, antonyms, idioms, and words with multiple meanings to make sense of what they read.

Science

Students study matter and energy in ecosystems and the water cycle. They explore pushes, pulls, and the effect of mass of forces and motion. They build electric circuits, study the transfer of energy and the properties of magnets.

Social Studies

Students study world cultures, comparing what they learn to cultures in the United States. They learn to read and use maps and globes.

Technology

Students use keyboarding skills, cut, copy, and past text and/or images in a document, and switch back and forth among more than one open application. They find and organize information to create a project and a multimedia presentation. Students create simple spreadsheets and use technology to show the data as a graph. They use technology to communicate with experts about topics they are studying.

Writing

Technical Practical Writing: Students polish their skills for writing narration and begin to focus on expository writing, providing support for main ideas with accurate details.
Range and Versatility of Writing
:  Students write in journals, compose a variety of expository pieces including essays and reports, write narrative pieces and poetry. Reflective Writing Students learn to evaluate their own work and set goals for future written works.
Writing Strategically: Student use a variety of strategies to organize their writing and revise their work for topic sentences, supporting details, extraneous material and tone. They also revise for syntax and word choice (redundancy, transition words, and generality/specificity).
Mechanics/Conventions of Print: Students are expected to write in cursive, capitalize correctly, use commas, quotation marks, and apostrophes correctly, and correctly spell most of what they write. They learn to use proper subject/verb agreement, verb tense, and pronoun references
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