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)?.
Welcome toFourth Grade
K-12 national academic standards in mathematicsand English language arts/literacy adopted by CT State Board of Education in 2010
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
Grades K, 2, 4: English Language Arts/Literacy
Our revised curriculum provides:
We understand that math is frustrating (hopefully not all the time!)
New Characteristics of Texts at this Level
More complex fantasy
Books with sequels
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
High interest novels are chosen according to each student’s own personal reading level
Read the sentence below.
Imagine that a gorilla walked into your classroom and sat down at a desk.
• 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.
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?
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 are forms of energy. What is sound? How does sound travel? How can different sounds be made?
(3 field trips to Westmoor Park, Hammonassett Beach and MDC/Spice Bush Pond)
Continents and major bodies of water
Latitude and longitude
Using a map key to interpret information
Computes distance and scale
Example of a student’s PowerPoint slide.
Are those 4th grade teachers serious?!?
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
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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