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 Saxon math this year as the foundation of the math instruction. We will also be using Accelerated Math and IXL to insure that students are mastering the taught concepts. This program allows the teacher and student to get quick feedback on the level of understanding on a particular concept. AM (Accelerated Math) will also be excellent for students who need a little push to extend their learning independently or for students who need some more practice with challenging skills. 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 Social Studies in a Day for two days at the end of the year after ISTEP. Students will rotate through the six teacher's classrooms 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.