• FOURTH GRADE SYLLABUS

    (Nelsen, Dudgeon & Lieske)

     

    READING

     

    Students are expected to:

    -recognize, analyze, and decode  words, while expanding their listening and speaking  vocabularies.-understand the meaning of texts by using a variety of strategies demonstrating literal, interpretive, inferential and evaluative comprehension.-actively engage in the reading process by reading, understanding, responding to, analyzing, interpreting, evaluating and appreciating a wide variety of fiction, poetic and nonfiction texts.-compose various pieces of writing with attention to organization, focus and quality of ideas.-apply standard English conventions (spelling, grammar and usage) when writing.-locate and use information in reference materials.-write legibly and use a keyboard.-demonstrate an understanding and communicate effectively through listening and speaking.-critically analyze information found in electronic print and print media, and will use a variety of these sources to learn about a topic and represent ideas.SOCIAL

     

    Students are expected to:

    -identify and locate major physical and cultural features that played an important role in the history of the United States and of Minnesota.-make and use maps to acquire, process, and report on the spatial organization of people  and places on earth.-use basic terminology describing basic physical and cultural features of continents studied.-demonstrate knowledge of the political, geographical, cultural, social, and economic forces shaping the modern United States.-give examples of physical systems and describe their role in shaping of life on Earth.-give examples that demonstrate how people are connected to each other and the environment.-identify examples of the changing relationships between patterns of settlement, land use and topographic features in the United States and in Minnesota.-identify how technology made some parts of Minnesota more valuable at particular times in history.

    SCIENCE

     

    Students are expected to:

    -understand how science is used to investigate interactions between people and the natural world by participating in controlled scientific investigations.

    -understand that heating and cooling may cause changes to the properties of a substance.

    -understand basic electricity and its application in everyday life and that there is a relationship between electricity and magnetism.

    -recognize that water on Earth cycles and exists in many forms.

    -identify patterns and movements of the universe.

    -investigate the impact humans have on the environment.

    -understand that living things can be sorted into groups in many ways.

    HEALTH

    Students are expected to:

    -recognize that cells are very small, and that all living things consist of one or more cells.-describe the basic structure and functions of the human body systems.-will understand that humans have structures that serve functions in growth, survival and reproduction.-will know that germs entering the body can cause disease, and that the body has defenses.-will know that there are many diseases that can be prevented by vaccination.-understand the importance of analyzing food labels and advertising techniques when it comes to nutrition.-realize the importance of communication skills in building  and maintaining healthy relationships.

     

    RESPONSIVE CLASSROOM

    Our day begins with a social curriculum that we feel is as important as our academic curriculum. Social skills are obtained through a variety of techniques and skill builders that make students socially aware and responsible. MATHStudents are expected to:-compute fluently and in correct order, whole numbers, fractions, decimals and making change in an understanding of real-world problems and how they relate to one another. -understand and describe patterns in tables and graphs.-represent and interpret data in real world and mathematical problems.-model probabilities.-understand spatial relationships and describe them using language such as congruent, similar, parallel and perpendicular.-use attributes of two and three dimensional shapes to identify and distinguish between.-measure and calculate length and area using appropriate tools and units of measure.