Students in fourth grade read a variety of texts including biographies, fiction, informational texts, myths, legends, short stories, and poems. The program includes reading from across the curriculum, with an emphasis on California history. Students take their analytic skills to a higher level in fourth grade through research of informational books, articles, and websites, and using literature to explore the theme and character analysis. Fourth graders will assess first-hand and second-hand accounts of real events and analyze the information to draw conclusions in collaboration with other students.
Written work in fourth grade focuses on developing skills to create multi-paragraph compositions using supporting facts, research, reflection, collaboration, and revision. Compositions will include comparing and contrasting, creative writing, persuasive, and opinion essays. Students will also compose poetry and develop their understanding and use of figurative language.
Students will build vocabulary through exploration of the reading texts and additional vocabulary activities. I emphasize technical writing, including grammar usage, capitalization, punctuation, and spelling. Students will also learn basic typing skills.
I integrate discussions, group work, and oral presentations into all curricular activities. I also emphasize collaboration and exploration of ideas.