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    Fourth graders will participate in a variety of classroom experiences to expand their love of learning and to develop their academic and social skills. The following will give you a brief overview of the coming year.


    Language Arts Units of Study incorporates Isabel Beck Vocabulary, as well as reading complex fiction and non-fiction selections using guided and close reading.  The Lucy Calkins writing program is utilized, which focuses on narrative, informational, and persuasive writing Using technology to enhance learning.
    In Fourth grade students will...
    • Continue to work on developing fluency and learning new vocabulary.
    • Read increasingly complex fiction and non-fiction selections using reading strategies: summarizing, predicting, visualizing, monitoring and clarifying, making connections, asking questions, and monitoring and adjusting reading speed.
    • Refine writing skills to communicate knowledge using arguments to analyze topics or texts. Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences.
    • Pursue personal and collaborative inquiry through study and research.   
    • Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.
    • Problem Solving


    Theme 1: Communication ​
    • Exploring Multiples and Factors
    • Using Multiplication and Division Strategies with Larger Numbers
    • Decomposing and Composing Fractions for Addition and Subtraction
    • Applying Place Value Concepts in Whole Number Addition and Subtraction
    Theme 2: Collaboration 
    • Understanding Fraction Equivalence and Comparison 
    • Introducing Measurement Conversions 
    • Solving Problems Using Multiplicative Comparison 
    • Solving Measurement Problems Using the Four Operations
    ​Theme 3: Critical Thinking 
    • Solving Addition and Subtraction Problems Involving Fractions and Mixed Numbers 
    • Angle Measurement 
    • Multiplying Fractions by Whole Numbers 
    • Comparing Decimal Fractions and Understanding Notation 
    Theme 4: Creativity 
    • Recognizing and Analyzing Attributes of 2-Dimensional Shapes
    • Problem Solving with Whole Numbers and Problem-Based Learning 


    Unit 1: 
    • Construct and interpret a variety of maps using map elements
    • Identify and locate natural/physical features and human-made features of Maryland 
    • Compare physical and human characteristics of different places and regions of Maryland and the United States 
    • Identify the development of indigenous societies from the Paleo-Indians to the Woodland Indians 
    • Compare ways Native American societies in Maryland used the natural environment for food, clothing, and shelter. 
    • Evaluate the results of interactions between European explorers and native peoples. (Grade 5: 5.A.1.b)
    • Explain how and why the Maryland colony was established, 
    • Compare the early cultures of the Native Americans with the European settlers and their influences on each other.  
    Unit 2: 
    • Analyze how individuals and groups contributed to the political system in Maryland
    • Trace how the political structure in early Maryland developed and changed over time
    • Analyze the documents, and democratic ideas that developed in the Maryland Colony
    • Analyze the chronology and significance of key historical events leading to early settlement in Maryland
    • Examine the consequences of interactions among groups and cultures in Maryland
    • Analyze how individuals and groups contributed to the political system in Maryland
    Unit 3: 
    • Explain the political, cultural, economic and social changes in Maryland during the early 1800s.
    • Describe the types of economic systems in Maryland.
    • Analyze regional differences in the Civil War and its effects on people in Maryland.
    • Analyze how the institution of slavery impacted individuals and groups in Maryland.
    • Describe and analyze population growth, migration, and settlement patterns in Maryland 
    Unit 4: 
    • Explain how changes in transportation and communication led to the growth and development of towns and cities in Maryland and United States. 
    • Describe ways and reasons people in Maryland and the United States modify the natural environment and the consequences of modifications. 
    • Explain how local and state governments in Maryland provide goods and services and are paid for by taxes. 
    • Identify opportunity cost of economic decisions made by individuals, businesses, and governments.
    • Identify various sources of information that are available to citizens to make political decisions.  
    • Analyze ways people can participate in the political process including voting, petitioning elected officials, and volunteering.  


    Theme 1: Communication 
    • Communicate and practice safety in the science lab
    • Identify structures of plants and investigate how the structures help them survive in their habitats
    • Identify structures of animals and investigate how the structures help them survive in their habitats
    • Determine if humans can learn from plant and animal structures
    • Determine how people use codes to communicate
    Theme 2: Collaboration
    • Investigate how weathering and erosion change the Earth
    • Identify how a landscape has changed over time
     Theme 3: Critical Thinking 
    • Determine what is energy
    • Understand how sound energy is transferred
    • Understand how electrical energy transferred
    • Determine how heat transfers energy
    • Understand how collisions affect the motion of objects
    Theme 4: Creativity 
    • Identify what sources of energy are available on earth
    •  Determine what criteria can be used to select the best energy source


    • Overnight field trip to Arlington Echo 
    • Extended-day visit to Historic Annapolis to include the Capitol and Naval Academy