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4th Grade



Fourth grade teachers provide classroom structure which helps students develop a sense of personal and social responsibility, refine their social skills, polish their work and study habits, and support their innate thirst for knowledge.  Our students are able to use these skills with PRIDE at Enon Elementary School and as they continue their future studies.

 

Language Arts

Language Arts comprises of much more than basic reading comprehension, writing and correct grammar usage. Fourth grade students will be taught specific reading strategies to learn how to read beyond the words printed on the page, to make inferences using the clues in the text and their schema (background knowledge). This process involves students building vocabulary within text and in isolation using context or schematic clues to: formulate opinions about a character’s traits (whether they are positive or negative), determine a character’s motive(s), reasonable outcomes and solutions to a dilemma, the setting of a passage, and significant events within a text. Students will further use synonyms, antonyms, and homophones as comparison words when developing vocabulary to analyze questions when determining the best answer choice in multiple choice questions. Students will demonstrate the use of imaginative and analytic writing to produce writing samples on a topic that exhibits correct grammar usage, word choice and mechanics. Students will be given an end of the year Standards of Learning (SOL) test in reading during the fourth grade year.

 Math

In mathematics students are grouped in a regular grade level class or an accelerated math class. The standard level class is taught 4th grade skills. The accelerated class is taught all of the 4th grade curriculum and half of the 5th grade curriculum, with the goal being to take the sixth grade math SOL in 5th grade. Instruction includes whole group, small group, games, activities using manipulatives, technology integrated/enhanced instruction and problem solving.

Topics of instruction include:
  • Number sense (place value with whole numbers and decimals)
  • Rounding
  • Estimate/add/subtract whole numbers and decimals
  • Patterns
  • Line and Bar graphs
  • Estimate and multiply whole numbers
  • Geometry
  • Elapsed time
  • Estimate/divide with 1 and 2 digit divisors
  • Fractions and mixed numbers concepts
  • Probability
  • Measurement (length, liquid volume, mass/weight, temperature)
  • Estimate/add/subtract fractions and mixed numbers
  • Mean, Median, and Mode (accelerated math only)


Science 

In science, the fourth graders explore topics such as weather, plants and animals, electricity, force and motion, as well as the solar system. Scientific processing skills are built in throughout with hands-on exploration and experiments.


Social Studies
Our focus for the year is Virginia Studies, where we teach our students about the history, geography, and economics of our state. Students develop the skills needed to analyze, interpret and demonstrate their knowledge of important events in our history. They learn of the contributions made by many people of diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Students will take a cumulative SOL test at the end of the year. 


Curriculum Overview