Fourth Grade Curriculum
Room 202 - Mrs. Ellen McNichols
The theme for fourth grade religion is that Jesus is with us in everything we do. The students learn about the teachings and traditions of the Catholic Church as they grow as part of our community. Emphasis is placed on the Ten Commandments, the Beatitudes and the lives of the saints, as well as learning new prayers and the Rosary.
LANGUAGE ARTS / READING
Literature is used for oral reading, comprehension, inferencing, vocabulary, and character analysis. Both basal textbooks and novels are used. Through journaling, the writing process is developed in all subjects. Daily Oral Language (D.O.L.) is presented 3-4 times a week as early morning “warm-ups” for language usage, punctuation, capitalization and sentence structure.
The children review and practice cursive handwriting skills that they have learned in previous grades. Children are encouraged to use this in their everyday work.
New concepts are introduced in small increments and are continually practiced. Number sense, computation in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, geometry, algebra, measurement, and fractions are a major focus at this grade level.
Words are taken from both the Houghton Mifflin Practice Book and various subject areas to teach the use of spelling strategies. Once a word has been presented, the students are expected to spell it correctly in all subjects.
We begin the school year discussing the history of Illinois from exploration to settlement. Then for the remainder of the year we divide the United States into four regions. In each region we study its history, geography, economics, people, occupations, citizenship, map skills, and how each region is connected with the rest of the United States and the world. Students will memorize all fifty states and their capitals by the end of the year.
Science curriculum is divided into two main categories. The study of Earth science encompasses landform changes, the ocean, the solar system, weather, earthquakes, volcanoes, minerals, rocks, and fossils. The study of physical science encompasses electricity, magnetism, sound, heat and matter.
SPELLING WORDS FOR LESSON 29
***Lesson 29 Test for April 3-6
idea lion usual radio liar rodeo
poem India piano January quiet
fuel science diary violin period
February cereal video meteor
variety gradual geography
FRIDAY MARCH 24
THERE IS NO HOMEWORK IN ANY SUBJECT FOR THE WEEK OF SPRING BREAK. THE ASSIGNMENT BOOK DOES NOT HAVE TO BE SIGNED. ENJOY YOUR TIME OFF AND BE SAFE.
THURSDAY MARCH 23
Reading: 10 questions on Handout over Chapters 14-15.
Math: Lesson 95 written practice pages 604-606 #1-30.
Social Studies: None
WEDNESDAY MARCH 22
Reading: 10 vocabulary over Chapters 14-15.
Spelling: Handout page 185. ***Test Thurs.
Math: Lesson 94 written practice pages 598-601 #1-30.
Social Studies: Study for Test over Chapter 10.
Vocabulary: Pages 124-129.
Please sign and return the yellow folder for Thursday. Please sign and return the report card envelope.
TUESDAY MARCH 21
English: None***Open book test on Wednesday over verbs.
Spelling: Handout pages 182-183.
Math: Lesson 93 written practice pages 593-594 #1-30.
Social Studies: None***Test Thursday over Chapter 10.
MONDAY MARCH 20
Reading: 10 questions over Chapters 12-13 on Handout.
English: Pages 323-326 Exercises 3-1-2 #1-10 each - just the answers.
Spelling: Handout pages 180-181 in cursive. ***Pretest on Tuesday.
Math: Lesson 92 written practice pages 588-590 #1-30.
Social Studies; The Chapter Review on pages 296-297 #1-15 due Tuesday. ***Test Thursday.