We will be using Reading Street by Pearson as our anchor text. This text will be kept at school. Students in the reading other text outside the textbook to stretch and grow them as readers. We will be using Junior Great Books and the State Wide High Ability Reading curriculum. These will be weaved into the year. It is critical that students master the grade level standards before covering content outside of these.
We will be using Ready math this year as the foundation of the math instruction. We will also begin the year using the grant that I received from Reflex. This is a math app that your child started using last year if they were in Mrs. Anderson's class. This program works on math fact mastery at the individual student's pace. The students work on the fact families of multiplication and division. With these facts, all the other skills at fourth grade before easier. At this point it is VERY important that students MEMORIZE their multiplication facts.
We will be using the National Geographic Explorer Science textbook this year. Students will keep a science notebook in which they will be responsible for chapter vocabulary, chapter notes, labs, and observations. There will be investigations and hands-on activities to help students understand science concepts. Students will record results of experiments and write ideas learned during our science activities. The scientific process will also be reinforced throughout the school year. The 4th grade students will also participate in a Science Fair that will be held during our Open House in February. You will receive more information regarding Science Fair in December and January.
In fourth grade, students study Indiana History. In the fall, we will be attending, "Feast of the Hunter's Moon" in Lafayette. We will have a more focused Social Studies time at the end of the year after ISTEP. Students will be learning about various topics in a hands on approach. We will wrap up our year with a Pioneer Day, in which students will be encouraged to dress in time period clothing.