In Grade 4, students build upon their love of learning and are eager for more responsibility. The Grade 4 team nurtures their skills in academics, athletics, and the arts as they guide them toward becoming organized and independent learners. We coach and encourage our students to engage fully, to have the confidence to take risks, to express themselves creatively throughout our rich and diverse curriculum, and to be both leaders and good citizens.
Grade 4 units of study include U.S. Geographyand Immigration.
In Grade 4, we highlight the following skills:
Working as part of a group
Developing character and citizenship
Click on an item below to see a summary of Grade 4 work in that subject area. Please note: Each subject includes a guiding question or questions, some of the topics we address in that area, and an overview of some of the skills we work to build through this subject.
How can we get the most out of what we read? How can we organize, revise, and edit our writing to communicate most effectively? What makes the geography of the United States unique and different? How can we use a variety of maps to better understand place? How does a region’s geography, climate, and natural resources affect the way people live and work? Why do people move from one place to another?
Topics of study: U.S. Geography and Immigration.
Skills We Teach:
In Reading: Reading for main ideas • Finding textual evidence to support ideas • Taking notes • Summarizing • Applying critical thinking skills as we read • Comprehension strategies • Decoding multi-syllabic words • Spelling patterns and concepts • Building vocabulary
In Language Arts: Grammar • Parts of speech • Sentence structure • Writing mechanics
What do mathematicians do to solve problems successfully?
Topics of Study: Place value of whole numbers • Estimation and Number Theory • Whole number multiplication & division • Tables and line Graphs • Data and probability • Fractions and mixed numbers • Decimals • Geometry
Skills We Teach: Solidifying automaticity with math facts • Estimation • Analyzing story problems and developing strategies to solve them • Creating and analyzing graphs • Finding measures of central tendency • Mastering long division and interpreting remainders • Adding, subtracting and comparing fractions • Identifying, measuring and drawing angles and lines
How do we, as scientists, investigate cycles and patterns in the world around us?
Topics of Study: Clouds • Water cycle • Phases of matter • Molecules • Erosion and topographic features • Earth/Sun/Moon relationship • Astronomy • Tides and phases of the Moon • Producers and consumers • Decomposers • Plants • Simple machines • Coding
Skills We Teach:
Solving design challenges and creating experimental procedures • Collecting data accurately • Graphing data • Using technology to communicate knowledge • Working together
How can we combine what we know and what we are learning to create our own Spanish-speaking community?
Topics of Study: Greetings and introductions • Spanish immersion communication strategies • Spanish as a phonetic language (rules for spelling and pronunciation) • Simple descriptions • Classroom objects • Basic idiomatic expressions • School and free time activities • Calendar • Parts of the body • Pronunciation through tongue-twisters, poetry, and song
Skills We Teach: Asking and responding to questions • Taking positive risks in communication amongst peers • Forming complete sentences from phrases and prior knowledge • Listening, reading, writing, and presenting in Spanish • Comparing likes and dislikes • Use of technology to introduce typing with Spanish keyboard
How can we best use technology to demonstrate/illustrate what we have learned?
Skills We Teach: Building skills around independently managing a personal device • Expanding on problem solving skills • Using technology-related vocabulary • Using Google Apps for Education across content areas • Exploring the basic functions of spreadsheets, such as creating graphs and formulas • Expanding upon general computer skills and troubleshooting • Keyboarding • Creating multimedia presentations • Creating animations • Using drawing and painting tools • Increasing independence and complexity with block-based coding • Using digital resources for research with increased independence
How does drama help us with self-esteem, confidence, and communication?
Topics of Study: Mime • Pantomime • Video acting and production • Play production
Skills We Teach: Using face, body and voice to communicate characters, actions and ideas • Note taking from dictation • Rehearsing • Memorizing • Performing for the camera and a live audience • Developing audience etiquette • Working cooperatively in small and large groups • Taking direction • Serving in the role of camera director
How can we use health information to practice a healthy lifestyle? How can our Core Values guide us through a successful middle school experience? How can we interact with our peers and those in our community in a healthy and constructive way?
Topics of Study: Introduction to Nashoba Brooks Core Values (Collaboration, Empathy, Inclusivity, Resilience, Empathy, Integrity) • Transition to Middle School • Mindfulness • Nutrition • Emotions • Fitness • Conflict resolution and bullying • Puberty and human sexuality
Use of the library in Grade 4 is incorporated into subject area classes. Library and Information Literacy skills in the fourth grade focus on finding books and other resources • How to ask questions in order to find answers • How to use keywords to sift through information • How to use different tools within text to find information • How to take notes • How to identify important information in a biography • How to present information orally in a clear and engaging story
Topics of Study: Musical forms • Melodic composition and improvisation • Note and rhythm reading • Playing recorders • Folk music • Folk dancing • Tap dancing • The Science of Musical Sound • Winter and Spring Concerts
Skills We Teach: Counting beats and measures • Reading and writing notes on the treble staff • Performing music vocally and on recorders and percussion instruments • Critical listening • Working as an ensemble/team • Developing appropriate vocal techniques
Topics of Study: Field Hockey • Badminton • Basketball • Lacrosse • Track and Field • Character education • Hydration • Cooperative activities • Field Hockey • Fitness • Invasion games • Basketball • Badminton • Futsal • Jump roping • Heart health • Character education • Lacrosse • Softball • Track & Field
Skills We Teach: Basic stick and racket skills • Dribbling, shooting,catching, passing, rallying and scooping • Maintaining possession of the ball, creating passing lanes, and attacking the goal • Recognizing and correcting offensive tactical problems • Sprinting, distance running hurdling, long jump, and relay • Acknowledging power groups in team sports • Learning rhythmic dance steps to perform a synchronized routine • Recognizing key components of teamwork • Understanding differences, and a sense of fair play • Recognizing the role of hydration in exercise • Social skills (cooperation, communication, listening, respect, teamwork, sportsmanship, fair play, honesty) • Reinforcement of gross motor skills • Sport specific skills • Exercising • Flexibility • Heart health • Manipulative skills with and without a long handled implement • Sports concepts and strategies (moving to open spaces, give & go’s, defensive strategies) • Running hurdles • Long jump • Jumping rope • Character education