4th Graders are super!
We follow the Teacher’s College Reading Workshop model. It is a way of authentically teaching students the skills needed to be a successful reader. The skills are taught using texts that are the “just right” level for each young reader.
Unit 1: Interpreting Characters
Unit 2: Purposeful Reading of Nonfiction
Unit 4: Historical Fiction Clubs
Unit 3: Reading History: The American Revolution
We are currently working on Unit 4: Historical Fiction Clubs (fiction). During this unit, students participate in book clubs. Each club will choose historical fiction novels to read together and discuss. Students are able to practice the habits of good readers of historical fiction. Together with their groups, the boys and girls will learn important skills such as creating character and historical timelines, questioning and reasearching questions, and working together as a group in the pursuit of knowledge and understanding.
We also use Teacher’s College Writing Workshop as part of our program. Students learn to think like authors and write with independence. They write narratives, opinion pieces, and essays. Along the way, they learn organizational skills, practice conventions, and become well rehearsed in the entire writing process.
Unit 1: Realistic Fiction
Unit 2: Personal and Persuasive Essays
Unit 4: The Literary Essay
Unit 3: Bringing History to Life
We are working on Unit 4: Literary Essay. This unit extends the concepts learned in our first persuasive writing unit. Students will take it to the next level by basing their thesis off of ideas and theories they formulate based upon literature. Additionally, students will work on using more complex sentence structure and correct grammar.
Cover many topics:
addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division
fractions and decimals
See you child's Pearson account for current topic assistence and to view grades. They know how to access their account using the launchpad on the Jackson website.
In science, students are immersed in projects and experiments to develop not only content knowledge, but important problem solving skills as well. During each unit, students will build their understanding of the topic through inquiries and research. They will then work cooperatively in a group to solve a real world problem.
We are currently studying structures and functions of the Earth, specifically how the Earth in changed by extreme weather.
Similar to the science program, our social studies curriculum is hands on and project based. The work is interactive and places more responsibility on the student to come up with questions and independently (or in cooperative group) seek the answers.
NJ resources-What makes it a good place to live?
For anyone having trouble with the Pearson online tools, I hope this slideshow will prove to be a good resource. Parent Guide