Fourth Grade - LeConte Elementary BUSD
 

Fourth Grade

Language Arts: Students are introduced to more narrative and expository texts with guidance to increase reading comprehension. Fourth graders learn to compare, contrast, identify cause and effect, sequential or chronological order, proposition and support, and other critical-thinking tools to analyze written text. Students learn to recognize the speaker and to differentiate between the factual and inferred. In writing, students learn the components and characteristics of various genres including narrative, expository, descriptive, and persuasive. They learn to select a focus and point of view in their writing and to organize multiple paragraph compositions.

Mathematics: Fourth graders build on their math skills in the strands of: number sense, algebra and functions, measurement, geometry, statistics, data analysis and probability, and mathematical reasoning. Students hone their understanding of large numbers, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and the division of whole numbers. They describe and compare simple fractions and decimals, while understanding  the properties of and the relationships between plane geometric figures. Students collect, represent, and analyze data to answer questions.

Science: The science curriculum continues the study of the Physical, Life and Earth sciences. Students learn how electricity and magnetism are related effects and how these properties have many useful applications. They learn that all organisms need energy and matter to live and grow, and that living organisms depend on one another and their environment for survival. Students study the properties of rocks and minerals, and how waves, wind, water and ice shape and reshape the Earth’s land surface. They learn to ask meaningful questions, test ideas, and to differentiate observation from inference.

Social Studies: Fourth graders learn the story of their home state, unique in American history in terms of its vast and varied geography, waves of immigration, continuous diversity, economic energy, and rapid growth. In addition to the specific treatment of milestones in California history, students examine the state in the context of the rest of the nation, with an emphasis on the U.S. constitution and the relationship between state and the federal government.

 


Meet Andrew Henderson ...

Fourth grade teacher,Two-Way-Immersion, Room 204