4th Grade Curriculum

    ArtCourse Title: Art - Grade 4  Department: Art

    Grade Level: 4  Time Per Day/Week: 45 minutes  Length of Course: Year

    Primary Resources: PDE Art Standards

    Units of Study: Organic v. Geometric, Overlapping in Drawing, Alternative Media, Clay-Slab Work, Styrofoam Printing, Color & Value-Cool/Warm and Light/Dark
    Curriculum Based Assessments: Formative Sketches and Discussions, Unit Project Assessments

    Standardized Assessments: N/A

    Description of Course: Grade 4 art is aligned to the PDE art standards. Students attend scheduled art classes taught by highly qualified teachers. The art program offers a planned curriculum in design, drawing, painting, printmaking, clay, crafts, and sculpture. Grade 4 focuses on differentiating between organic and geometric shape, creating depth on a 2D plane, experimenting with hand-building techniques, and exploring the significance of color. They will develop vocabulary and craftsmanship through project-based learning. Students have opportunities for visual self-expression using a wide variety of tools, materials, and techniques. Students rotate between multiple unique art classrooms through the school year to provide diverse opportunities. The goal of the Art program is to enable students to explore different types of Art media and spark a lifelong interest in Art.

    Business Ed & TechnologyCourse Title: Keyboarding I - Grade 4  Department: Business & Technical Education

    Grade Level: Time Per Day/Week: Meeting once per 5-day rotation for 45 minutes each for a total of only 36 class meetings per year

    Length of Course: Academic Year

    Primary Resources: 
    Microtype Software, iSafe curriculum provided by the guidance department

    Units of Study: Keyboarding 1 & Internet Safety

    Curriculum-Based Assessments: Build skill assessments 
    Standardized Assessments: N/A

    Description of Course: This course focuses on touch typing of alphabetic reaches. Students learn it is essential for inputting words and sentences fluently across all curriculum content areas. Students also learn that the ability to key effectively without looking at the keyboard is a lifelong skill. The students demonstrate keying mastery using the correct fingers to type each alpha key. In addition, the students will display proper keyboarding technique, such as; sitting upright with feet placed correctly underneath the computer, having flat wrist and elbows tucked by side, and eyes on the copy (screen or text to be typed). In discussions of online safety, students learn becoming aware of online imposters is an imperative part of being a safe, online citizen. They learn to recognize the dangers and danger signs in online communications, respond assertively to a variety of dangerous situations, and be encouraged to refuse to be drawn into potentially harmful situations. In addition, they learn to identify situations where a trusted adult needs to be notified.

    English Language ArtsCourse Title: English Language Arts - Grade 4  Department: ELA

    Grade Level: Time Per Day/Week:70 minutes/Day; 5 days/week Length of Course: Year

    Units of Study: Word Study, Writing & Grammar, Reading, Listening & Speaking

    Curriculum-Based Assessments: Vocabulary and Comprehension Tests, Grammar Tests, Spelling Tests, Writing Assessments

    Standardized Assessments: STAR 360, Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA)

    Description: Grade 4 English Language Arts courses are aligned to PA Core Standards which encompass reading and analyzing a variety of genres in fiction and nonfiction texts. Students are taught to be strategic readers and use appropriate strategies to construct and analyze the meaning of text. Students learn to respond analytically to text, using evidence to support their understanding. Student comprehension is emphasized and taught through both explicit and implicit understanding of text. Additionally, students practice writing in a variety of genres such as narrative, informative, and opinion. Students also receive grammar and word study instruction embedded in their reading and writing. Speaking and listening skills are practiced through collaboration, discussion, class participation, and oral presentations. Active listeners make meaning from what they hear by questioning, reflecting, responding, and evaluating. Differentiated instruction is provided through a variety of online and printed resources to meet the needs of students.

    Health and Physical EducationCourse Title: Physical Education - grade 4  Department: Health & Physical Education

    Grade Level: Time Per Day/Week: 1 time per week for 45 minutes Length of Course: Year-total of 36 class meetings

    Primary Resources: N/A

    Units of Study: N/A

    Curriculum-Based Assessments: Fitness, Team Sports & Cooperative Games & Activities

    Standardized Assessments: N/A

    Description of Course:

    The focus of this course will be to cultivate knowledge, passion, and skill to empower students to pursue healthy habits and a physically active lifestyle. Students will engage in various physical activities that support health, physical fitness, motor skill development and improvement, group interactions and enjoyment. This course is in alignment with PA Academic Health and Physical Education Standards. The focuses are on Fitness, Team Sports, and Cooperative Games/Activities. Fitness concepts include experimenting with a variety of activities to improve and promote personal fitness. (eg. Cardiovascular Endurance, Muscular Endurance, Muscular Strength, Body Composition and Flexibility). Students will discover concepts of exercise and nutrition for establishing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Team Sports will also help with the understanding and demonstration of proper teamwork and sportsmanship. Team Sports allow students to apply and improve movement skills (eg. dribbling, passing, trapping, catching, juggling, running, shooting, ball control, kicking, throwing, setting). Gameplay will be used to demonstrate the benefits of practice through drills, stations, partner work and the importance of fair play. (eg. positions, rules, leadership, and safety) Cooperative games are used to apply a variety of Motor skills, Creative Movement Patterns, Strategy, and fitness to participate in large and small group activities. Group Activities help to identify the benefits of communication and positive social interaction for success in a variety of physical activity environments.

    LibraryCourse Title: Library- Grade 04  Department: Library

    Grade Level: 4  Time Per Day/Week: About one (40-45 minute) class every two weeks (varies)  Length of Course: 1
    Primary Resources: N/A

    Units of Study: Library Navigation, Book Selection, Expanding the Use of the Online Catalog, Almanacs, Atlases/Maps, Research Process: Planning, Investigating, Sharing

    Curriculum-Based Assessments: N/A

    Standardized Assessments: N/A

    Description of Course: The fourth-grade library curriculum focuses on developing the students’ understanding of the library processes, library organization, and print materials. The goals for fourth-grade students are to use the library with guidance, choose “just right books” with guidance, use the online catalog, and use reference sources, including atlases, and almanacs. Research instruction focuses on planning research, investigating using library resources, sharing new knowledge and citing borrowed media.

    MathCourse Title: Math-Grade 4  Department: Math

    Grade Level: 4  Time Per Day/Week: 70 minutes per day/5 days per week Length of Course: Year

    Primary Resources: My Math-McGraw Hill

    Units of Study:
    Numeration: Generalize place-value and understanding for multi-digit whole numbers. Apply place-value and numeration concepts to compare, find equivalencies, and round.
    Adding and Subtracting Whole Numbers: Use place-value understanding to perform multi-digit arithmetic. Estimate sums and differences and problem solve.
    Multiplication: Use place-value patterns and basic facts to find products. Perform multi-digit multiplication. Estimate products. Problem solve.
    Algebra: Generate and analyze patterns, and identify a number that follows a given rule.
    Division: Use place-value patterns and basic facts to find quotients. Perform multi-digit division. Estimate quotients. Problem solve. Identify factors and multiples, and prime and composite numbers.
    Geometry: Draw and identify lines and angles, and classify shapes. Measure and create angles. Determine area, perimeter, and volume of an object. Find line(s) of symmetry and determine congruency.
    Fractions: Find fraction equivalencies (i.e.simplest form) and order and compare fractions. Add, subtract, and multiply fractions. Problem solve.
    Measurement: Estimate and measure length, weight/mass, capacity in both customary and metric units. Convert units of time, customary measurement, and metric measurement. Calculate elapsed time. Problem solve.
    Decimals: Read and write decimals, compare and order decimals, and relate to fractions. Problem solve.
    Data and Graphs: Organize, display, and answer questions based on data. Find the mean, median, mode, and range of identified data.
    Probability: Find the number of possible outcomes, using pictures, numbers, diagrams, etc.

    Curriculum-Based Assessments: STAR360

    Standardized Assessments: Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA)

    Description: Grade 4 math is aligned with the PA Academic and Core Standards. Unit 1 focuses on place-value, writing numbers in a variety of forms, including expanded, word, and standard format. Numbers are compared and ordered. Unit 2 focuses on the operations of addition and subtraction. Students will estimate and problem solve. Unit 3 focuses on using basic multiplication facts to multiply larger numbers and to estimate products. Students will problem solve. Unit 4 allows students to apply the four operations to finding rules and analyzing patterns. Unit 5 focuses on using basic division facts to divide larger numbers and to estimate quotients. Students will apply this skill to solve problems. Unit 6 gives the students the opportunity to identify shapes and their attributes. Students will determine congruency and symmetry of figures. They will work with the formulas to find the area, perimeter, and volume. In unit 7, students will interact with fractions, including using a variety of operations. In unit 8, the students will measure and estimate in both customary and metric units. Students will also calculate elapsed time. Unit 9 includes reading, writing, and ordering decimals. Fraction and decimal relationships will be discovered. Students will answer questions, based on data, displayed in graphs and charts. In unit 11, students will find the possible number of outcomes using a variety of activities and objects.

    MusicCourse Title: General Music Grade 4  Department: Music
    Grade Level: 4  Time Per Day/Week: 1 time per 5-day cycle  Length of Course: Year
    Primary Resources: Spotlight on Music. New York, NY, Macmillian/McGraw-Hill
    Resources developed by teachers and aligned to PA Academic Standards/National Music Standards

    Units of Study: Areas of focus in the units of study include  music literacy around rhythm/sixteenth notes; rhythm /dotted quarter/eighth notes;  time signature; score reading; pitch lines/spaces;  listening analysis including form/vocabulary/evaluation; and performance skills, styles of music, history, composers; technology and creativity around improvisation, composition and arrangement.
    Curriculum-Based Assessments: N/A
    Standardized Assessments: N/A

    Description of Course: Fourth-grade general music students will continue to develop their literacy with reading treble clef note names. Students are introduced to eighth note and sixteenth note rhythmic patterns. Dotted note values are also introduced in fourth grade.
    Fourth-grade students are introduced to musical form through listening and written examples. The composition is introduced and students perform basic musical improvisation and various  Orff arrangements. Orff is a developmental approach used in music education. Students continue to develop their performance skills on the recorder and mallet instruments.

    Course Title: Chorus - Grade 4                                                                             Department: Music

    Grade Level: 4th grade Time Per Day/Week:  30 minutes / once a week            Length of Course: Full year

    Primary Resources: Unison/Two-part repertoire, Elementary Choral method resources & Resources designed by the teacher
    Units of Study:
    • Beginning Vocal Tone production
    • Vocal Warm-ups & Rounds 
    • Music Literacy and Sightreading
    • Unison & Two-part Choral Literature
    • Vocal Performance
    Curriculum-Based Assessments: Performances (annual winter & spring)

    Standardized Assessments: None

    Description of Course: 4th-grade Chorus is an introductory explore ensemble that is offered to all students in 4th grade. This ensembles focus on beginning vocal & breathing techniques, utilizing various warm-ups, ear-training, and explore unison and two-part repertoire.
    4th-grade Chorus performs annual winter and spring concerts.

    MusicCourse Title:
     Orchestra - Grade 4                                                    Department: Music

    Grade Level: 4  Time Per Day/Week: 30 minutes small group / 30 minutes full ensemble
    Length of Course: Year

    Primary Resources: Resources developed by teachers and aligned to PA Academic Standards/Standards/National Music Standards, Essential Elements Book 1 Hal Leonard

    Units of Study: Instrument Parts and Beginning Playing Positions, Left Hand Skills, Music Reading, Right Hand (Bow) Skills, Music Understand and Ensemble Skills

    Curriculum-Based Assessments:

    Standardized Assessments: N/A

    Description of Course: Orchestra students in grade 4 receive one 30-minute small group pull-out lesson per 5-day rotation and one 30-minute full ensemble rehearsal per 5-day rotation. Lessons are scheduled on a rotating basis and are taught by one of the string teachers.  In small group lessons, students learn essentials for playing a string instrument, such as posture, playing posture, parts of their instrument and different instruments of the orchestra. By the end of the first year of playing, students will be able to perform simple melodies on their instrument both by ear and by reading music.


    ScienceCourse Title: Science - Grade 4  Department: Science 
    Grade Level: 4th  Time Per Day/Week: 55 minutes/ every other day  Length of Course: Year

    Primary Resources: Asset Kit- Magnetism and Electricity, Asset Kit- Land and Water, 
    Hackett.InspireScience, McGraw-Hill,2017, Columbus, OH

    Units of Study: Magnetism and Electricity, Land and Water, Sun, Moon, and Earth
    Curriculum-Based Assessments: Unit Tests

    Standardized Assessments: Fourth Grade Science PSSA

    Description of Course: Unit one focuses on the forces of electricity and magnetism. The students learn about conductors, insulators, magnetic poles, various circuits and electrical hazards. By the end of the unit, the students will be able to build a series/ parallel circuit and identify its components. Unit two focuses on the natural elements of land and water. The students will learn about the water cycle, deposition, erosion, forces of water on land and soil components. Through hands-on labs, the students will design a community that can withstand nature’s natural events. Unit three provides information about the Sun, Moon, and Earth. The students will learn about the phases of the moon, why we have day/night, the Earth’s orbit around the sun and the how the Earth’s axis impacts our four seasons. Grade 4 science is Aligned to PA Academic and Core standards.

    SOCIAL STUDIESCourse Title: Social Studies - Grade 4  Department: Social Studies

    Grade Level: 4  Time Per Day/Week: 45 minutes every other day  Length of Course: Year

    Units of Study: Land and Region in the United States, Northeast Region, Southeast Region, Midwest Region, Southwest Region, West Region

    Curriculum Based Assessments:  Lesson quizzes, chapter tests, state and capital identification map tests and projects.

    Standardized Assessments: N/A

    Description: The fourth grade Social Studies course is aligned to the Pennsylvania State Standards. It is designed to focus on the geography and diverse cultures of the United States. The students will identify the 5 regions of the United States and the differences in the weather, climate, resources, and the people living in those regions. Within each region, students will develop and understanding of landforms, water, resources, climate, growth and changes from the past to present. Throughout the units of study, the students are required to identify states and the capitals of each region. Students will gain a deeper understanding and awareness of how these differences shape the United States today.

    World Languages

    Course Title: World Language - Grade 4  Department: World Language

    Grade Level: 4  Time Per Day/Week: 45 minutes/once every 5 days Length of Course: Year

    Primary Resources:

    Units of Study:
    (1) English and American Sign Language (2) Classical Languages (3) Romance Languages (4) Slavic Languages

    Curriculum Based Assessments: Projects, Quizzes, Dialogues

    Standardized Assessments: N/A

    Description of Course:  In Unit 1, English and American Sign Language, the students study communication in general, sign language, the history of the English language, regional dialects of English spoken in the United States, and dialects of English spoken in various countries outside of the United States such as England, Australia, Canada, and South Africa.  

    In Unit 2, Classical Languages, students are introduced to the concept of alphabets, as they examine the Greek alphabet and compare/contrast it with the one used by English. Students also study Latin in this unit, beginning by examining Latin’s contribution to English in the form of roots, prefixes, and suffixes. Students will also examine the practical function of this “dead language” in our world today, in fields such as medicine, law, and government. Students will learn Latin vocabulary words for body parts that are used in the medical world, and they will practice reading and writing medical prescriptions using Latin terms.

    In Unit 3, Romance Languages, students are introduced to the concept of language families. Throughout this unit, students will compare words in various Romance languages and discuss similarities shared by members of the same language family. They will look at basic greetings, numbers, and color vocabulary words for the Romance languages of Italian and Portuguese. The Italian unit includes a cultural lesson on the Italian Renaissance artists. The Portuguese unit includes a lesson on Carnaval in Brazil with a culminating activity of a samba parade and float-making contest.

    In Unit 4, the concept of Language Families continues as students are introduced to the Slavic family with a focus on Russian. The students will compare and contrast the English alphabet with the Cyrillic alphabet. They will pronounce and identify Russian greetings words and phrases. Students will also learn Russian vocabulary words for family members and create a set of Russian nesting dolls to represent members of a family.