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4th Grade Language Arts

What we do:

  • Apply knowledge of word origins, derivations, synonyms, antonyms, and idioms to determine the meaning of words and phrases
  • Draw from more than one source of information and evaluate newly-discovered information
  • Distinguish between cause and effect and between fact and opinion in expository text
  • Understand figurative language (e.g., simile, metaphor, hyperbole, personification) and how each is used
  • Create multi-paragraph compositions

How we do it:

  • Reading Workshop:
    • Students are guided to self-select reading materials that are at their independent reading level and are supported with a balance of whole-group, small-group, and individualized instruction to progress to the next level. Students are exposed to a variety of genres, comprehension strategies, and decoding skills, and are immersed in a culture of reading and talking about books that fosters the habits of a lifelong reader.
  • Writing Workshop:
    • Students self-select writing topics and engage in the writing process. They are supported with a balance of whole-group, small-group, and one-to-one instruction that allows each individual student to become a more competent writer. Specific genres, skills, and strategies are taught in accordance with grade level benchmarks. Students learn to use writing as a meaningful and powerful tool to communicate and express their ideas and opinions.  
  • Phonics, Spelling, & Word Study:
    • Spelling Connections is a comprehensive spelling curriculum that provides complete, explicit, differentiated instruction that allows students to retain, internalize, and transfer valuable spelling knowledge for improved results in all areas of literacy.
  • Handwriting:
    • Cursive letter formation is reviewed and practiced using the Handwriting Without Tears curriculum.