Fourth Grade

Fourth Grade Teachers: 

Valerie Baxter
vbaxter@elmhurst205.org

Kelly McKissack
kmckissack@elmhurst205.org

Christine Rysko
crysko@elmhurst205.org

Fourth Grade Subject Areas

Literacy

Reading

We use a program called School Wide as our main resource for teaching reading using a readers workshop model.  The workshop model provides a mini lesson with the whole class and then an opportunity for students to read books at their level to practice the skills taught during the mini lesson.  While students are reading independently, they will either meet with the teacher individually or in a group.

Trimester 1 -  Launching Readers Workshop & Fiction

Trimester 2- Nonfiction

Trimester 3 - Roles of Plants & Animals in Ecosystems

Writing

Writing is probably one of the most difficult subjects to teach. Students often get stuck with writers block trying to figure out what to write about.  Or you get a student who writes a lot about nothing.   Writing can be frustrating for many children not just because they have difficulty figuring out what to write, but the process is slow in comparison to talking.  There is also more involved with thinking an idea, developing it, and then putting it down on paper (how do I start?  How do I spell this word?  How do I make this letter?).  So many things to think about!!   I won't promise to make the process of writing painless, but we will work on making it an easier.

We use Lucy Calkin's Units of Study for teaching writing.  We use a writer's workshop model of teaching writing.  This means during our writing time (which we will endeavor to do every day), we will have a mini lesson, time to write, and a sharing session.  While students are writing, I  conference with students about their writing.   The conference will look at what they are working on, what strategies they are using, and a goal for them to keep working on.   Instead of doing three "big" pieces of writing, students will be encouraged to write new pieces as inspiration strikes them.  So some students may be writing new pieces every few days and others will be working on one longer.  They will have opportunities to learn openings, closings, word choice, details, editing, etc.   After each unit, students will be given an "on demand" assessment to determine progress in their writing.

Our yearly plan:

Trimester 1 - Narrative 

Trimester 2 - Information 

Trimester 3 - Opinion 

Reading Resources

Words Their Way Spelling City

https://www.spellingcity.com/pearson-words-their-way.html

Math

Parent Information

Parents can find more information about Eureka math at greatminds.org or District 205's Parent Site click here.


What Does a Lesson Look Like?

Fluency Practice - Sprints, Happy Counting, etc..

Application Problem - attempted individually and/or in small groups, brings previously learned concepts into context and connects them with the outside world

Concept Development - daily lesson around the objective, looks different from day to day; homework mirrors concept development

Student Debrief - including an exit ticket to check for student understanding, used by the teacher to identify learning needs for individuals or groups of students

Focus is on concepts, skills, and application until mastery


Eureka Modules

Module 1: PLACE VALUE, ROUNDING, AND ALGORITHMS FOR ADDITION AND SUBTRACTION MODULE

Topic A: Place Value of Multi-Digit Whole Numbers

Topic B: Comparing Multi-Digit Whole Numbers

Topic C: Rounding Multi-Digit Whole Numbers.

Mid-Module Assessment

Topic D: Multi-Digit Whole Number Addition

Topic E: Multi-Digit Whole Number Subtraction 

Topic F: Addition and Subtraction Word Problems

Module 2: UNIT CONVERSIONS AND PROBLEM SOLVING WITH METRIC MEASUREMENT

Topic A: Metric Unit Conversions

Topic B: Application of Metric Unit Conversions

Module 3: MULTI-DIGIT MULTIPLICATION AND DIVISION MODULE OVERVIEW

Topic A: Multiplicative Comparison Word Problems

Topic B: Multiplication by 10, 100, and 1,000

Topic C: Multiplication of up to Four Digits by Single-Digit Numbers

Topic D: Multiplication Word Problems

Mid-Module Assessment

Topic E: Division of Tens and Ones with Successive Remainders

Topic F: Reasoning with Divisibility

Topic G: Division of Thousands, Hundreds, Tens, and Ones

Topic H: Multiplication of Two-Digit by Two-Digit Numbers

Module 4: ANGLE MEASURE AND PLANE FIGURES

Topic A: Lines and Angles

Topic B: Angle Measurement.

Mid-Module Assessment

Topic C: Problem Solving with the Addition of Angle Measures

Topic D: Two-Dimensional Figures and Symmetry

Module 5: FRACTION EQUIVALENCE, ORDERING, AND OPERATIONS

Topic A: Decomposition and Fraction Equivalence

Topic B: Fraction Equivalence Using Multiplication and Division

Topic C: Fraction Comparison

Topic D: Fraction Addition and Subtraction

Mid-Module Assessment

Topic E: Extending Fraction Equivalence to Fractions Greater Than 1

Topic F: Addition and Subtraction of Fractions by Decomposition

Topic G: Repeated Addition of Fractions as Multiplication

Topic H: Exploring a Fraction Pattern

Module 6: DECIMAL FRACTIONS

Topic A: Exploration of Tenths

Topic B: Tenths and Hundredths

Mid-Module Assessment

Topic C: Decimal Comparison

Topic D: Addition with Tenths and Hundredths

Topic E: Money Amounts as Decimal Numbers

Module 7: EXPLORING MEASUREMENT WITH MULTIPLICATION

Topic A: Measurement Conversion Table

Topic B: Problem Solving with Measurement

Topic C: Investigation of Measurements Expressed as Mixed Numbers

Topic D: Year in Review

Social Studies

Science

Units

First Trimester - Earth

Second Trimester - Matter

Third Trimester - Biomes