Grade 4

Grade four students have an exciting year ahead! They are now INTERMEDIATE students, and for the first time, earning letter grades on their report cards. I challenge Grade four students to strive to be “SUPER STUDENTS” to consistently do their best work, to take ownership of their own learning, to come prepared with their school supplies and their homework completed, and to use positive words to motivate and encourage their fellow classmates. A co operative classroom community enhances everyone's learning, in all areas of the curriculum. In Language Arts, Grade four students are mastering many skills, using primarily the Reading Mastery Program. Students are placed in small groups, at their appropriate reading level, and they learn to listen and view for specific purposes. Fluency, decoding skills, and higher level thinking skills are used when reading and recounting key ideas. Locating information using headings, glossaries, and table of contents, and guide words are important skills to learn, as well as honing internet research skills in the computer lab. Grade four students begin the Excellence for Writing program, which encourages students to communicate more effectively. Students are given weekly writing assignments on various topics. Through increased practice, students learn to write effective topic sentences with interesting, supporting details. The grade four Math curriculum encompasses patterns, fractions, decimals, ordering decimals to the tenths and the hundredths, symmetry, prisms, pyramids, area and perimeter, and of course mastering multiplication and division facts. In Science, we learn about weather conditions, and students make simple weather instruments, and then go on to learn about light, sound, and the animals of British Columbia and their habitats. Food chains, predator/prey/scavenger relationships, and conservation of habitats, are interesting topics that grade four students discover. Students write research projects on an animal and its habitat, to demonstrate their learning. First Nations, Map reading, and Explorers are important themes that thread throughout the Grade Four Social Studies curriculum. Field trips to the Heron Reserve, Cheam Lake, Fort Langley, Burnaby Heritage Village, the Sto:Lo Longhouse, and the Just Say No Drug and Alcohol Prevention presentation, are some of the programs that Grade Fours have attended in the past, and that tie in well with the Grade Four curriculum. As you can see, grade four is a challenging year of discovery.