Fourth Grade

Fourth grade responds to students’ increasing sense of intellectual curiosity and budding social independence.

 

Fourth graders have made the critical transition from learning to read to reading to learn, so assigned texts weave together social studies, science, and math. Learning experiences require students to practice personal integrity, classroom responsibility, and community participation.

Curriculum

Social Emotional Learning (SEL)  highlights independence and conflict resolution. Responsive Classroom and the Meridian CARES framework support respectful interactions, develop trust, and lead students to be contributing members of the community. Regular experience with good citizenship comes from serving as role models for first grade “buddy classes” as well as engagement in service learning and community service projects.

Literacy instruction asks students to draw upon their life experiences to create, edit, and publish poetry, narratives, persuasive essays, and descriptive writing. Students also focus on research based expository writing. Reading centers on comprehension, by having students summarize, infer, and make connections with the text.  Students consider point of view and the author’s purpose in reading and writing. The Six Traits of Writing guide students through drafting, editing, and revising their work.  Spelling words highlight patterns, vocabulary, and etymology.

Math emphasizes building fluency and accuracy in computation. Arrays help students solidify multiplication fluency and build comprehension of other number concepts. Students collect and investigate data, conduct probability experiments, calculate area, perimeter, and volume, and determine fraction and decimal equivalencies.  Lessons challenge students to solve problems, apply their knowledge to real-world situations, and explain their problem-solving strategies in writing.  Fourth graders work with the Bridges in Mathematics curricula.

Social Studies focuses on Washington state history, politics, geography, geology, and Native peoples. By considering how environment shapes a way of life, students interpret regional culture as well as more distant communities. The school-wide Global Studies program encourages students to appreciate diversity by comparing and contrasting their lives with cultures and countries across the globe.

Life Science: During this unit, students take ownership of one of the Pacific Northwest’s most valuable resources, salmon.  Students also learn about pollution, and what can be done to reduce it and conserve natural resources. Visit the Science Lab to learn more>

Physical Science: Students explore the fundamentals of flight by assembling and experimenting with a hangar full of flying machines. Visit the Science Lab to learn more>

Earth & Environmental Science: Students explore the massive movements that are constantly shaping Earth, volcanoes erupting, trenches creeping open, continental plates colliding and sending mountain ranges skyward.  Visit the Science Lab to learn more>

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