Fourth Grade Spanish

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Cultural Goals: To begin developing an appreciation for the Spanish language. To learn the significance of some traditions and celebrations from Spanish-speaking countries. Communication, Reading, & Writing Goals: Students will learn basic vocabulary and expressions; they will be able to apply them in context, in oral and written form. Students will know how to introduce […]

Fourth Grade Physical Education

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Skills: Using sequence of movements, balancing on objects, warm-up and cool down exercises, sport-specific skills, sport-specific strategies; participation in cooperative activities and instilling a positive group mentality; developing fitness goals and plans to achieve them. Concepts: Role of stretching, warm-up and cool down for physical health; internal and external motivation for success and fitness. Learning […]

Fourth Grade Music

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CONCEPTS: Two-part harmony, up to five-part instrumental ensemble pieces; history of music in American culture. SKILLS: Singing and performing longer and more complex music; ensemble playing; reading and writing on the staff; participating in song-writing activities to create original music.

Fourth Grade Art

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Support for classroom curriculum with an emphasis on fabric arts. Concepts: contrast in color, human proportion, cultural identities, contextual observation, human facial proportion, two-point perspective. Example Projects: Biomorphic sculpture, recycled material collagraph prints, paper sculpture, Digital transfers, cyanotype printing, Chuck Close inspired portraits.

Fourth Grade Science

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Focus: Weather and climate; electricity; models and design. Concepts: Energy sources and conversions; the relationship between geographical location and climate; factors that characterize weather; design and construct conceptual and physical models. Skills: Asking questions, investigating, observing, predicting, recording, classifying, drawing conclusions from results, using and creating tools to collect scientific information, using technology to gather […]

Fourth Grade Social Studies

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Focus: Geography of California, Native Americans in California, European expansion into California and the Americas, social change in the the 1960s and 1970s. Concepts & Skills: Causes of migration into and within California; social, political, economic and cultural forces that shaped the lives and interactions among people from the pre-Colombian societies through the 1970s; creating […]

Fourth Grade Mathematics

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Focus: Problem solving, algebraic and logical reasoning, data collection and interpretation, geometry, measurement, fractions, decimals, multi-digit multiplication, place value to the millions. Concepts and Skills: Developing and using thinking routines, estimating, making generalizations, measuring area and perimeter, representing and comparing fractions and decimals, communicating mathematical thinking, developing automaticity with multiplication and division math facts, recognizing […]

Fourth Grade Language Arts

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Reading Focus: Reader’s Workshop framework, literature circles, class read aloud books, independent reading, social studies research. Reading Skills: Reading grade-level narrative and expository text independently and fluently, understanding and learning from texts, discussing texts by making connections with experience and other texts; recognizing and identifying story components and making inferences; expanding ideas, knowledge, and vocabulary […]