Grade Four Curriculum

Time management, organization, responsibility, and community building are keys to success for Milton’s fourth grade students. Students are assigned a homeroom, from which they move to various classes. Homework and calendar information are distributed online, as students take more ownership of their learning. Weekly affective education classes address problem-solving skills and character development, and encourage Milton’s fourth graders to be “upstanders” who advocate for what is right. An overnight trip to Milton’s Mountain School in Vershire, Vermont, is an opportunity for the class to come together as a cohesive group.

How did the world begin? How is the world interconnected? These essential questions focus learning in Grade 4. In social studies, students explore and understand prehistoric and ancient civilizations, and study the history of Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism and Islam. In math, students work toward a strong grasp of multiplication, and in science, they focus on physics, human anatomy and engineering. A “Living Arts” project requires them to research a particular artist and create artwork inspired by their subject. Fourth graders hone public-speaking skills during presentations to the class. They learn about digital citizenry as they use iPads on a one-to-one basis.

Studies and Skills

Language Arts

Understanding writing traits and process

Mechanics

Grammar

Writing for an audience

Publishing

Book clubs

Comprehension of strategies, spelling patterns and exceptions to rules

Spanish

Developing listening and speaking skills in Spanish

Appreciating Spanish culture

Developing oral language skills through hands-on activities, games and songs

Building vocabulary

Learning to offer and respond to greetings, questions and commands

Social Studies

Archaeology

Observation vs. interpretation

Prehistoric humanity

Early civilizations of Sumer and Mesopotamia

Ancient Egypt

Ancient Spain’s La Convivencia

Drama

Focus on oral interpretation

Understanding and portraying multiple perspectives

Depth and breadth of emotion

Stage presence

Communication

Collaboration

Mathematics

Multiplication

Division

Fractions

Decimals

Volume

Problem solving

Reflecting and communicating about mathematical problems and solutions

Learn more about the Investigations mathematics program

Science

Engineering

Physics of motion, buoyancy, inertia

Studying the human body

Studying the miniature and microscopic world

Observing

Classifying

Predicting

Collecting data

Technology/Computer Science

Digital literacy and citizenship

Coding and robotics

3-D design and printing

Learning classroom iPad applications

Physical Education

Building endurance and stamina

Developing sport-specific skills

Understanding the balance between competitiveness, sportsmanship and fair play

Music and Chorus

Music of the Harlem Renaissance

Influence of jazz and blues

Singing in harmony

Playing instruments

Note reading

Performing

Breathing

Diction

Stage presence

Art

Living Arts unit: making connections to artists past and present

Creating Egyptian masks

Making tessellations in coordination with math

Connecting art with studies of Islam, Christianity and Judaism

Affective Education

Community building

Self-esteem

Understanding self care

Feelings

Stress management

Caring for your body

Nonverbal communication

Problem solving

Bullying and the brain