The English language arts (E.L.A.) block requirements call for 90-120 minutes of balanced literacy instruction. This will include whole and small group instruction in reading strategies, vocabulary and word study, daily read alouds, supported student-selected independent reading through daily readers’ workshop, and writing mini-lessons and workshops in narrative, informational, and argumentative writing.
Our district uses the American Reading Company’s Research Labs as our core curriculum as well as the 100 Book Challenge leveled library in conjunction with the Independent Reading Level Assessment Framework. These materials allow us to identify the specific reading strengths and needs of each individual student to guide and support students in self-selected reading at their appropriate levels in order to target their most needed reading skills—and most of all, to create a culture that builds and encourages a life-long love of reading! This will translate into a 30-minute Reading Workshop block within the E.L.A. class in which students will receive individual teacher conferencing and accountable independent reading time.
Math: Mrs. Quigley
District 60-minute math block requirements include a daily number routine, classroom activities with student work, and a closing activity. In order to best meet the rigor and demands of the Common Core State Standards, our Investigations program units will be addressed in the following order with appropriate supplementing and adjustments:
Unit 5: "Landmarks and Large Numbers" - Students increase their knowledge of place value and the base ten number system in order to make generalizations about numbers and operations.
Unit 3:"Multiple Towers and Division Stories" - Students study the relationship between multiplication and division of multi-digit numbers.
Unit 6:"Fraction Cards & Decimal Squares"- students compare and compute fractions and decimals.
Unit 4: "Size, Shape, and Symmetry"- students measure, describe, and compare the attributes of two-dimensional shapes.
Unit 7: "Moving Between Solids and Silhouettes" - students study the attributes of three-dimensional shapes and measure volume.
Unit 8: "How Many Packages? How Many Groups?" - Students learn more efficient strategies for complex multiplication and division problem solving.
Science: Mr. Ott
The Structures of Life: We will study the life cycles and physical structures of plants and animals that allow them to survive in their environments.
Magnetism and Electricity: Students explore magnetic properties, circuits, and electromagnets.
Land and Water: Students study land erosion and the way water and soils interact.
Social Studies: Mr. Ott
We follow the Delaware Department of Education's recommended curriculum for social studies. Units of study for 4th grade include:
Developing mental maps (Delaware and U.S. Geography)
Purposes & Structures of Government
Branches of Government
Thinking Chronologically -Settlement and Early Delaware History
Click the image for a link to DOE Social Studies Curriculum