Upcoming Academic Topics

Upcoming Academic Topics Through November

Literacy -

Literacy will focus on the theme of "Living in Washington: Its Geography, Resources and Economy"

Our first read aloud will be Number the Stars by Lois Lowry.

Reading: We will be learning most to all of the reading standards this trimester. Some of these include the following:

  • Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining
  • Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in a text
  • Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text
  • Compare point of view
  • Compare and contrast the treatment of similar themes and topics and patterns of events

Writing: We will be taking a spiral approach to writing this year in writing. This means each trimester we will be teaching all three genres of writing for fourth grade. These include informational, opinion and narrative. Each trimester the learning will go deeper to create a solid understand of each genre by the end of the year. The current schedule (although this is subject to change) is to teach informational writing between September 17th-October 5th, opinion writing between October 8th and October 26th, and narrative writing between October 29th-November 14th. Again, this very well may change as we get into the material and assess student needs. 

The main focuses in writing will that all three genres for a 4th grader should include facts and evidence (from a given text on a similar topic), elaborative technique (student's own wording and style) and some clear purposeful structure. 


Our first unit this year is "Place Value, Rounding, and Algorithms for Addition and Subtraction." Rounding is an exceptionally difficult concept for students to understand. Please feel free to work on this concept with your child at home!

Our second unit this year will be "Geometry." This unit is filled with a lot of memorization! A main focus will be the properties of quadrilaterals. Here are some example questions your child may see:

  • What is the difference between a parallelogram, trapezoid, rectangle, rhombus and square?
  • Can one quadrilateral have more than one name?
  • Are all squares rectangles? Are all rectangles squares?
  • What are all the names possible for a triangle based on side length?
  • What are all the names possible for a triangle based on angle measure?
  • What is the difference between lines that are perpendicular and lines that are parallel?
  • How many degrees are around the center point in a circle? (Answer: 360 degrees!)


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Unit 3 - Earth's Changing Surface