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The performance standards will provide you with clear expectations for assessment, instruction, and student work. They define the level of work that demonstrates achievement of the standards, enabling a teacher to know “how good is good enough.” The performance standards isolate and identify the skills needed to use the knowledge and skills to problem-solve, reason, communicate, and make connections with other information. Performance standards also tell the teacher how to assess the extent to which the student knows the material or can manipulate and apply the information.

In the fourth grade, students expand and deepen their knowledge of reading, writing, and speaking, as well as their understanding of the connections among different types of communication. As they read, students in the fourth grade independently use a variety of metacognitive strategies to deepen and expand their understanding of the material. These strategies include using self-questioning techniques when reading materials seem contradictory or hard to understand. Students use writing as a tool for learning, and they write for a variety of purposes and audiences.  They understand and articulate how authors use a variety of techniques and craft in their writing, and they show evidence of the author’s craft in their own writing.

Mathematics

By the end of grade four, students will add and subtract decimal fractions and common fractions with common denominators. They will also understand how and when it is appropriate to use rounding, estimate with greater numbers, add & subtract larger numbers up to six digits, and multiply & divide larger numbers up to three or four digits. Students will use common measurement units to determine weight and develop their understanding of measuring angles with appropriate units and tools. Students will understand the characteristics of geometric plane and solid figures. They will also use tables, graphs, and charts to record and analyze data. Instruction and assessment should include the use of manipulatives and appropriate technology.  Concepts should be introduced and used in the context of real world phenomena.

Social Studies

UNITED STATES HISTORY TO 1860 In fourth grade, students continue the study of United States history.  The four strands of history, geography, civics, and economics are fully integrated. Students study of United States history starts with the causes of The Revolutionary War and concludes with the Reconstruction era. The geography strand emphasizes the influence of geography on early U. S. history. The civics strand emphasizes concepts and rights developed during the formation of our government. The economics strand uses material from the historical strand to further understanding of economic concepts.

Science

In this grade students are able to construct meaningful models that allow them to gain understanding of the natural world. Fourth grade students are active learners. They do not simply read about science; they "do" science. As a result, fourth grade students are able to differentiate observations from ideas. Students engage in investigations inside and outside the classroom.

Major Concepts/Skills:  Earth Science-Habits of Mind, Stars and star patterns, Solar System, Weather—data and forecasting, Physical Science - Light and Sound, Force, mass, and motion (simple machines), Effects of gravity, Life Science - Ecosystems, Food web/Food chain, Adaptation-survival/extinction

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