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4th Grade Curriculum

Literature

The Fourth Grade Literacy Program provides students with balanced instruction that enhances each child’s individual skills and experiences. Balanced literacy instruction is characterized by meaningful activities that provide children with the skills, strategies, and motivation to become proficient readers and writers. Literature and informational texts are used with individuals, small groups, or for whole class instruction utilizing a range of resources including leveled books, a literature anthology, and online resources. The Literacy Program develops children’s skills and strategies for reading and interacting with text, as well as word study, grammar, spelling, listening and speaking skills. In Fourth Grade, students read fluently and with meaning and purpose while utilizing appropriate comprehension and vocabulary strategies. Students read, discuss, reflect, respond, use annotation, and evidence from a text within a wide variety of literary genres and informational text to support their thinking and to form conclusions about a text. Students read for pleasure and choose books based on reading level, personal preference, topic, theme, or author. In Fourth Grade, students study three different types of writing: opinion, information, and narrative writing. A writer’s workshop approach is utilized. Students write for different purposes and specific audiences, revising and editing their writing as appropriate. Mentor texts are used to provide students with exemplars of the types of writing that they are studying. The course is aligned to the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts.


Math

The Fourth Grade Math Program is intended to develop students’ understanding of mathematical concepts and skills through concrete real world applications. A spiraling curriculum is used that introduces key concepts to students at a young age and covers these concepts repeatedly, with increasing degrees of complexity. The mathematics program in Fourth Grade provides a variety of developmentally appropriate learning opportunities to assist students in becoming mathematically literate. Within the content of the program, an emphasis is placed on problem-solving strategies, which develop critical thinking. Students use the language of math to draw, write, and talk about their learning. Mathematical topics covered in Fourth Grade include:

  • Naming and constructing geometric figures

  • Using numbers and organizing data

  • Multiplication and division; number sentences and Algebra

  • Decimals and their uses

  • Big numbers, estimation, and computation

  • Division; Map reference frames; Measures of angles

  • Fractions and their uses; Chance and probability

  • Perimeter and area

  • Fractions, decimals, and percent

  • Reflections and symmetry

  • 3-D shapes, weight, volume and capacity

  • Rates

The course is aligned to the Common Core State Standards. This course will prepare students to employ mathematical practices and content for Fourth Grade.


Science

The Fourth Grade Science Program engages students in scientific inquiry and investigation. In Fourth Grade, students learn about the world around them through the study of earth, life, and physical science concepts and engineering design. During the year, students learn about waves; energy; earth’s systems; and, structure function and information. Students are engaged in inquiry lessons, as well as researching and reporting. The course is aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).


Social Studies

The Fourth Grade Social Studies Program engages students in the study of Southeast Asia (Myanmar). In this context, students will develop content and skills related to civics, economics, history, and geography using an inquiry approach to learning. Students will explore countries in the region and specifically Myanmar by examining events that have shaped the country. The course is aligned to the American Education Reaches Out (AERO) Standards.


Myanmar Studies

Elementary Myanmar Studies Program is to help students for Myanmar language competency and traditions of Myanmar as well. In Elementary Myanmar Studies students will practice writing, reading and speak skillfully. The students will learn about reading passages and using more vocabularies, grammar, and knowledge about Myanmar custom and culture and the festival in Myanmar. The students will demonstrate skills on effort and show respect toward Myanmar language and Myanmar tradition. Students will work on playing collaboratively. Students will take responsibility for their works. Students will demonstrate and understand what has been read. Students will listen attentively and follow directions. Students will participate appropriately in discussions.


Myanmar Music and Dance

The purpose of teaching Myanmar Music and Dance is to understand the basic concepts of Myanmar Culture, to love Myanmar traditions and customs and to keep the essence and beauty of Myanmar. We will start from basic theory and practice. Myanmar traditions include singing, dancing and playing the instruments. In Third Grade to Fifth Grade we do traditional songs with the play (see and warr), Myanmar traditional dance, opera, and Myanmar festival dances. Students will learn basic skills of dancing Myanmar dance. The students will be tested to see how much they have achieved. Students will receive an explanation of the Myanmar day homage paying ceremony, special activities, and performances. Each student will understand the importance of the musical dances and instruments of Myanmar to follow up next level of learning.


Art

At YIS we follow the NCAS Standards for Art Education under the umbrellas of Creating, Presenting, Responding and Connecting.

In Fourth Grade, our focus is to explore artwork from varying times and cultures that represent different styles, such as realistic, narrative, abstract and spiritual.

Further development of artistic processes and techniques to explore visual conventions are achieved through the art elements: shape, form, color, line, space, texture and value.

By further using a variety of media and technologies we will develop artistic skill with Shape (open, closed, abstract, view from the top, view from the bottom, positive, negative), Color (monochromatic, intensity, complementary, analogous and creating a center of interest), Line (showing emotion, direction and various weights), Space (diminishing perspective, balance, radial, symmetrical, size relationships, placement in a picture plane ie low to high) and texture (piercing, folding, pinching, curling pressing, embossing, scoring), Value (mixing tints and shades).

Students will use additional techniques and art processes in mono-printing, plate-printing, sculpture, bas relief to create art for presentation with consideration of visual appeal and aesthetics.

Students will show appreciation and respect for a range of artwork from different social, cultural and historical contexts and respond to their own art and the art of others by reflecting on meaning and intent by using visual art terminology and vocabulary.


Music

In the Fourth Grade Music classroom, students will participate in the Orff approach to world music. Elementary students will sing, play instruments, and use creative movement to focus on the following skills: Rhythm and form, instrument technique, composition, and improvisation. Fourth Grade students learn to create new musical ideas, analyze beat and quarter-, eighth-, half-, and sixteenth-note rhythms, sing and play pentatonic, hexatonic, and diatonic melodies, develop musical preferences and interests, and explain their thinking behind performances.


Physical Education

Fourth Grade Physical Education continues to focus on development and refinement of large and fine motor skills. Students are continuing to apply skills in team based sports settings and are developing their understanding of tactics for gameplay. Students are learning how to manage their own behavior and self assess their own development and also offer relevant feedback for their classmates. Students are learning about taking leadership roles during games. Units for this course include Team Building, Fitness, Ultimate sports, Swimming, Invasion Games, Striking / Kicking & Fielding Games, Rhythm & Dance and Gymnastics.


Technology

The Fourth Grade Technology course focuses on cloud computing within the school’s Google domain and Google Suite applications. Emphasis is primarily focused on further developing an understanding of Gmail, Google Drive, and Google Classroom; students work individually and also collaborate to complete assigned tasks within word processing, presentation, and spreadsheet applications. Assignments and projects are often integrated to help reinforce and expand understanding of core subject matter while meeting information technology standards designated by the International Society for Technology in Education.

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