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Fourth Grade

Welcome to Fourth Grade at Brandon Academy.  This class continues to enhance the skills covered in the areas of reading, math, writing/spelling, science, and social studies.  In addition to these core subjects, students take music, art, computer and physical education. Please see below for more information about each core subject.  

Reading - The overall goal for reading in fourth grade is for students to comprehend what they are reading and to learn how to critically examine the material. This is accomplished through the study of chapter books, vocabulary builders, and poetry. Students also have access to a wide variety of literature in the classroom library. 

Skills
At the start of fourth grade, students begin to develop:
  • Reading fluency
  • Basic comprehension skills
  • Middle of the YearBy the middle of fourth grade, students are able to
  • Read independently
  • Take notes
  • Comprehend and evaluate age-appropriate content independently
  • Summarize information
  • Create illustrations, poetry, essays, and short answers based on read material
  • Expand vocabulary through root word and word lessons
By the end of fourth grade students are able to:
  • Read, evaluate, and examine age-appropriate reading materials with assistance
  • Continue to develop skills to respond to literature
  • Begin to use technology (such as google drive) to type and share written work
  • Look up, write, and differentiate word meanings, synonyms, and antonyms

Language Arts - The overall goal for language arts in fourth grade is for students to gain experience in narrative, descriptive, persuasive, and expository writing. The focus during the second half of fourth grade is on expanding and organizing different styles of writing. Students should be able to write legibly in print and cursive. Fourth graders begin during the second half of fourth grade to make increased use of typing skills and writing conventions such as indents or spacing after punctuation. Students demonstrate their writing abilities through various informal and formal writing activities, culminating in a group research paper. Students also participate annually in the Scripps Spelling Bee.

Skills
At the start of fourth grade, students are:
  • Exposed to various forms of writing
  • Able to expand on complete sentences
  • Able to write paragraphs and to make revisions with assistance for proper grammar, punctuation, spelling, indentation, and organization
By the middle of fourth grade, students are able to
  • Write a minimum of four paragraphs with five or more sentences including proper grammar, punctuation, spelling, indentation, and organization
  • Avoid repetition in word usage and expand use of specific vocabulary
  • Integrate writing with other subjects
  • Practice persuasive writing and evaluate debates for strength and accuracy of arguments
By the end of fourth grade students are able to:
  • Write introduction, middle, and conclusion paragraphs with proper grammar, punctuation, spelling, indentation, and organization
  • Become comfortable to write in all four styles of writing
  • Research with assistance to create expository or persuasive writing
  • Respond to questions in various subjects with fully thought out sentences with descriptive detail
  • Become familiar with google docs and google slides

Math - The overall goal for math in fourth grade is for students to build on and expand their basic knowledge of addition and subtraction to new areas such as fractions and decimals. Fourth graders expand on their basic understanding of geometry and are able to identify, compare, and describe two and three dimensional figures. Students are also introduced to algebra and gain a basic understanding of exponents, writing expressions, and solving equations. Students also expand on their problem solving and logic skills with a class taught weekly focusing on these skills throughout the year.

Skills
At the start of fourth grade, students:
  • Should have a basic understanding of multiplication and division
  • Divide with one and two digit divisors
  • Add/Subtract fractions with like and unlike denominators, use mixed numbers and write fractions in simplest form
By the middle of fourth grade, students are able to:
  • Add/Subtract decimals through thousandths
  • Learn appropriate tools and units of measurement; convert customary length, capacity, & weight
  • Identify and compare two dimensional polygons
  • Find the perimeter of polygons and the area of two dimensional quadrilaterals
  • Describe and construct three dimensional solids including identify the number of faces, edges, and vertices on each
By the end of fourth grade students are able to:
  • Identify, write, and find the value of exponents
  • Learn and evaluate expressions using the correct order of operations (PEMDAS)
  • Write & solve equations
  • Add/Subtract/Multiply/Divide equations
  • Graph points on a coordinate plane

Social Studies - The overall goal for social studies in fourth grade is for students to discuss, evaluate, and respond critically to historical Florida content. Students also expand on their basic geographical skills. Students demonstrate their knowledge and practice their skills through projects, tests, discussions, field trips, and writing activities. Students also participate in the annual Geography Bee.

Skills
At the start of fourth grade, students should be able to:
  • Identify and name the US states and capitals, continents, and oceans
  • Locate Florida on a map/globe and identify features of Florida
  • Compare/contrast the first Floridians (tribes)
  • Research explorers and reasons they came to Florida
  • Identify how Europeans affected Florida during colonial times
By the middle of fourth grade, students are able to:
  • Summarize main events that lead to America’s independence
  • Understand important events that happened leading up to Florida becoming a state (slavery, Seminole Wars)
  • Summarize the impact the Civil War had on Floridians and what it was like rebuilding Florida after the war
By the end of fourth grade students are able to:
  • Analyze what lead to the development of Florida (railroads, tourism, agriculture, other industries, immigration)
  • Describe how the urbanization of Florida lead to growth of cities in the 20thcentury
  • Summarize how Florida was affected by World War I, The Great Depression, World War II
  • Identify branches of the United States government

Science - The overall goal for science in fourth grade is for students to discuss, evaluate, and respond to scientific concepts, methods and discoveries. Students expand on scientific concepts through theoretical knowledge and practical application in monthly lab activities. Students demonstrate their knowledge and practice their skills through projects, tests, discussions, field trips, and lab reports.

Skills
At the start of fourth grade, students should be able to:
  • Become familiar with plants, animals, parts of the body, and cells
  • Distinguish living and non-living things
  • Observe and participated in scientific experiments
  • Understand the three states of matter and the concept of energy as a wave
By the middle of fourth grade, students are able to:
  • Write observational and how-to lab reports
  • Explore photosynthesis and chemical reactions
  • Learn the digestive, circulatory, respiratory, skeletal, and muscular systems
  • Gain a basic concept of Earth’s changes and weather phenomena
  • Create a model of the solar system that correctly reflects distance, size, and composition of planets and other astronomical bodies
  • Learn about and experiment with physical and chemical properties and changes
By the end of fourth grade students are able to:
  • Name, identify, and describe various forms of energy and matter
  • Know how to describe and identify simply machines and the laws of motion
  • Research and to conduct scientific experiments
  • Become familiar with google docs and google slides
  • Be knowledgeable about and differentiates between diverse ecosystems
  • Have basic understanding of plant systems, animal kingdoms, body systems, layers of the Earth, the Solar System and weather