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Welcome t o Fourth Grade. Meet the teachers…. Ms. Beckley. Mrs. Sinatro. Mrs. Kantrowitz. Mr. Tavera. Ms. White. Mrs. Farooque. What are the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)?.

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Welcome t o fourth grade

Welcome toFourth Grade

Meet the teachers

Meet the teachers…

Ms. Beckley

Mrs. Sinatro

Mrs. Kantrowitz

Mr. Tavera

Ms. White

Mrs. Farooque

What are the common core state standards ccss

What are the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)?

K-12 national academic standards in mathematicsand English language arts/literacy adopted by CT State Board of Education in 2010

  • Establish what Connecticut students should know, be able to do and understand as they progress through grades K-12

  • Will be fully implemented in grades K-5 over the next two years

The common core state standards

The Common Core State Standards:

Are clear, consistent, and high-level based on research and evidence

Align with college and career expectations

Include rigorous content and application of knowledge through higher order thinking skills

Build upon strengths and lessons of current state standards

Are informed by other top-performing countries so that all students are prepared to succeed in our global economy and society

How will the common core impact our work at each grade level

How will the Common Core impact our work at each grade level?

How will the common core standards impact what your child is learning this year

How will the Common Core Standards impact what your child is learning this year?

Grades K, 2, 4: English Language Arts/Literacy

Our revised curriculum provides:

  • Balance of literature and literary non-fiction

  • More time reading increasingly complex text

  • Opportunities for discussion/academic discourse

  • Wide range of writing tasks appropriate to purpose and audience

  • Writing to inform or argue using text evidence

  • Literacy as part of science and social studies/history with increased focus on academic vocabulary

Will your child take the connecticut mastery test cmt

Will your child take the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT)?

  • Students in Grades 3-5 will continue to take the CMTs in the spring of 2013 and 2014, with the piloted national test beginning spring of 2015.  

  • National assessments based on Common Core Standards are in design/pilot stage for implementation in 2014-2015

Where can you find out more about the common core state standards

Where can you find out more about the Common Core State Standards?

  • Curriculum in an Nutshell documents at each grade level highlight curriculum revisions

  • Link via West Hartford Public Schools website www.whps.org (right column)

  • www.corestandards.org

Welcome to fourth grade


We understand that math is frustrating (hopefully not all the time!)

Math trailblazers

Math Trailblazers

  • Problem solving

  • New topics: double digit multiplication and long division

  • Math facts –10 minutes of practice each day is expected

  • Communication – students work on expressing how they solved a problem: verbally, in pictures and in written words

Math class

Math Class





Welcome to fourth grade

Moving Readers

P  Q

New Characteristics of Texts at this Level


More complex fantasy

Science Fiction

Memoir, autobiography

Historical Fiction

Books with sequels

Short stories

Diaries and logs


Fiction – settings requiring knowledge of content (history, geography)

Themes and Ideas

Complex ideas on many different topics requiring real or vicarious experiences (through reading)

Language and Literary Features

Explicit and obvious reasons for character change

Settings distant in time and space from students’ typical experiences

Texts with multiple points of view revealed through characters’ behaviors


Many complex content-specific words in nonfiction, mostly defined in text, illustration or glossary


Many Technical words that are difficult to decode

Words that are seldom used in oral language and are difficult to decode

Book and Print Features

* timelines

Book clubs

Book Clubs

High interest novels are chosen according to each student’s own personal reading level




Where to find just right books

Where to find just right books???

  • Go to scholastic.com to find the Book Wizard http://bookwizard.scholastic.com/tbw/homePage.do

  • In the upper right corner under ‘Reading Systems’, click “Guided Reading” button.

  • Directly under “Guided Reading” system, click “Leveled Search” button.

  • Go through and set your personal preferences. (be sure to input correct reading level)

  • Hit “search”.

  • You will now be viewing a list of books selected for your child’s level.

  • Print list or write down a few titles to take to your public library.


  • Note- 80% of your reading should be AT your level

Welcome to fourth grade


  • Fictional narrative – The writer is a character in the story. There is generally a problem to solve.

    • Elaboration

    • Focus throughout the piece

    • Clear logical organization

  • Expository – Focuses on opinion and explanatory writing.

Grade 4 writing prompt

Grade 4 - Writing Prompt

Read the sentence below.

Imagine that a gorilla walked into your classroom and sat down at a desk.

  • Write a story about what happened next.

  • When you write your paper, be sure to

    • tell your story in the order things happened.

    • include who or what your story is about.

    • include when and where your story takes place.

    • include details about the events in your story.

Welcome to fourth grade

Example of a Score of 4 (goal)from: http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/lib/sde/pdf/curriculum/language_arts/languageartshandbook-part5.pdf

Welcome to fourth grade


  • Students will demonstrate command of conventions of standard English.

  • Uses knowledge of language to convey ideas precisely

  • Understands and uses grade appropriate vocabulary





  • Hydrologic Cycle

    How does heating and cooling affect water? What is the relationship between the sun and water on Earth? How does water affect the Earth’s surface?

  • Earth Materials

    Describe the role of water in erosion and river formation. Describe the properties of minerals and relate them to their potential uses. Describe the properties of rocks and relate them to their possible environmental conditions during their formation and to their potential uses.

  • Sound and Light

    Sound and light are forms of energy. What is sound? How does sound travel? How can different sounds be made?

  • Ecosystems

    (3 field trips to Westmoor Park, Hammonassett Beach and MDC/Spice Bush Pond)

Science 5 e instructional model

Science 5-E Instructional Model

  • Engage – generate student interest by having them raise their own questions

  • Explore – Student to student interaction while performing an experiment

  • Explain – Students compare their ideas and provide justifications for their findings

  • Elaborate – Students use what they have learned to explain a new event or idea

  • Evaluate – Students demonstrate their understanding of concepts and performance skills

Social studies

Social Studies

  • Immigration

    • Country Research

    • International Celebration


Continents and major bodies of water

Latitude and longitude

Using a map key to interpret information

Computes distance and scale



  • Scotland is near the Arctic circle. The warm Gulf stream makes the winter mild. The average winter temperatures are 37°F to 41°F. Summers are cool. Temperatures about 59°F. Western Scotland is usually warmer than Eastern Scotland.

Example of a student’s PowerPoint slide.

Social studies1

Social Studies


  • In Spanish and in the classroom we study early explorers

  • Students research an explorer

  • Wax museum in the spring – generally at the end of the school day

Social studies2

Social Studies

  • Citizenship

    • Decision-making, problem-solving, listening, speaking, personal and group interaction skills – Second Step

    • Develops an awareness of current events – Time for Kids


Are those 4th grade teachers serious?!?


This is how homework should be

This is how homework should be:

Read for 20-30 minutes a night.

Find a quiet spot to do your work.

Spend no more than 1 hour on homework. (does not include reading

Be prepared

District Policy

Curriculum in a nutshell

Curriculum in a Nutshell

Please be sure to take a copy of all handouts

Curriculum in a Nutshell is online at: http://www.whps.org/curriculum/elementary%20curriculum%20grade4.pdf

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