4th Grade Facts

Dear Families,

Welcome to Fourth Grade. I am excited about the beginning of a new school year. I look forward to working with you and your child this year. Below I listed some of the topics we will be covering this year. Please remember to check and sign your child's homework log each evening for assignments and notes. Feel free to call, send a note or email if you have questions or concerns. I look forward to a wonderful year.

Fourth Grade Curriculum Overview

North Carolina has adopted a new curriculum for Language Arts (Reading and Writing) and Math called the Common Core. The idea is that these standards are more rigorous and are aligned with the other 49 states to push our North Carolina students further and prepare them for life in the 21st century!

Reading
Fourth graders continue to read many types of text—literary, informational, and practical pieces. Through reading, they can make connections with situations beyond their own experience. In narrative texts, they recognize organizational patterns and motives of characters. They can make inferences, draw conclusions, and are learning to support their opinions about what they read. Fourth graders are becoming more skillful at following written directions and in reading for information in a variety of sources.

Writing
Fourth graders write for a variety of reasons and for different audiences They are learning to use more detail, sequence, and description in their narratives. Narratives have a logical, coherent, organized structure. As members of “reading/writing groups,” they give suggestions for revision to others. They edit their written work for basic sentence formation, usage, mechanics, and spelling

Mathematics
The mathematics curriculum is organized into five strands:
(1) number and operations; (2) measurement; (3) geometry; (4) data analysis and probability; and, (5) algebra. Problem-solving strategies are imbedded into each of the 5 strands.

Proficient 4th grade students have expanded their abilities to perform mathematical tasks and to use models to demonstrate their understanding. They are confident in exploring new concepts with concrete materials because they have had repeated opportunities to experiment with manipulatives. The evaluation of student achievement in mathematics should reflect what students can do, explain, and record.

Check out this site for math help: http://buncombemath.weebly.com/4th-grade.html 

Science, Social Studies, and the Arts are changing to the North Carolina Essential Standards

The same is anticipated for these standards – more rigorous curriculum will lead to more well prepared students!


Social Studies
Fourth grade students proceed from studying their community to a study of the state of North Carolina. Students learn about the characteristics of North Carolinians, who we are and where we came from. The geographic regions, landforms, climate, and resources are explored. The social, economic, and political institutions are studied as students develop a broad context of the southeast, the nation, and the world economy.

Science
The focus for fourth grade students is on analyzing systems and learning how they work.

Science Concepts: animal behavior and adaptation, composition and uses of rocks and minerals, electricity and magnetism, food energy for growth and repair of the body, and  the phases of the moon.

Art/Music
Arts Education includes four separate and distinct disciplines; dance, music, theatre arts, and visual arts—each with its own body of knowledge and skills, The intent of the National Standards for Arts Education, along with the standard courses of study in each area, is that a comprehensive understanding of one or more of the arts is accomplished by each student throughout the K-12 Program. 

Health/PE
The Healthful Living Education program promotes behaviors that contribute to a healthful life-style and improved quality of life for all students. The Healthful Living Education portions of the NC Standard Course of Study support and reinforce the goals and objectives of its two major components—health education and physical education.

Homework:

· Please check that your child has completed his/her homework each evening, and sign the homework log.

· Your child should not be spending more than 45-60 minutes on homework. If your child is consistently spending more time, please let me know, so we can figure out a solution.

· Take Home Reading is an important part of our reading program. The parents play an important role in helping the child retell what he/she has read and choosing one or two parts of the reading to discuss. The retell should be a short summary of the main events, not a 10 minute retelling of every detail. The discussion part should be fairly quick and only take 3-5 minutes.

Discipline Policy: Our school has an Estes Expectations matrix with four key areas: Responsibility, Academic Success, Manners, and Safety. Teachers will go over classroom discipline plans at Open House.

Conferences: I would like to try to conference with each of you during the first nine weeks of school. I will send home information regarding scheduling these conferences.

 

shelley.graham@bcsemail.org