English/Language Arts

In fourth grade, we study four units in our reading curriculum. The first unit teaches about qualities of strong readers and we learn skills such as envisioning the story, strategies for problem solving unknown words, retelling, and making inferences while reading. The second unit teaches skills for character analysis. For example, we learn how to empathize with characters, make predictions based on what we know about characters, pay attention to key details of the characters, and understand underlying themes in stories. The third unit is about adventure/survival stories. Students read "The Hatchet" by Gary Paulsen in order to become more complex thinkers while reading. The fourth unit is about nonfiction reading. Students learn the different nonfiction text structures and the skill of summarizing. 

We use a program called Write Steps Writing. Students learn the six traits of quality writing including organization, word choice, sentence fluency, voice, conventions, and ideas. Throughout the year, fourth grade students write a real narrative piece, an informational piece, an opinion piece, an imagined narrative legend piece, and a research piece. The writing process is modeled and practiced in each unit.

We use the Everyday Mathematics program created by the University of Chicago School Mathematics project. In fourth grade we cover the following topics: naming and constructing geometric figures, using numbers and organizing data, decimals, multi-step multiplication, long division, fractions, perimeter and area, percents, reflections and symmetry, and 3-dimensional shapes. 

Social Studies

We study the foundations of social studies, the United States in special terms, human geography in the United States, exploring economics, our federal government, and right/responsibilities of citizenship. We also cover Michigan connections to this content in our Michigan Studies Weekly magazine.


We study four units of science in fourth grade using our science textbook by Pearson. The four units include: relationships and requirements of living things; the sun, moon, and earth; properties and changes of matter; and heat, electricity, and magnetism.

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