Curriculum – Fourth Grade

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Reading Workshop

Unit 1 Interpreting Characters: The Heart of the Story
Unit 2 Reading the Weather, Reading the World: Purposeful Reading of Nonfiction
Unit 3 Historical Fiction Clubs
Unit 4 Test Preparation
Unit 5 Learning Through Reading: The American Revolution

As a Teachers College Reading and Writing Project school, readers at PS 199 participate in:

  • Reading Workshop
  • Read Alouds
  • Shared Reading
  • Small Group Instruction
  • Guided Reading
  • Independent Reading
  • Book Clubs

Our goal is to create lifelong, confident readers who display agency and independence.

Our teachers assess student progress through a variety of formal and informal methods and tools, including TCRWP Running Records, which determine each student’s Independent Guided Reading Level. These benchmarks are based on the expectation that students will enter kindergarten as emergent readers and finish eighth grade reading at level Z.


Parent Resources:
http://www.scholastic.com/parents/book-search
http://ps199pta.org/reading-levels-dots-colors/
https://readingandwritingproject.org/clearinghouse/family

Writing Workshop

Unit 1 The Arc of the Story: Writing Realistic Fiction
Unit 2 Boxes and Bullets: Personal and Persuasive Essay
Unit 3 Literary Essay: Writing About Fiction
Unit 4 Test Preparation
Unit 5 Bringing History to Life: Historical Fiction

As a Teachers College Reading and Writing Project school, readers at PS 199 participate in:

  • Reading Workshop
  • Read Alouds
  • Shared Reading
  • Small Group Instruction
  • Guided Reading
  • Independent Reading
  • Book Clubs

Our goal is to create lifelong, confident readers who display agency and independence.

Our teachers assess student progress through a variety of formal and informal methods and tools, including TCRWP Running Records, which determine each student’s Independent Guided Reading Level. These benchmarks are based on the expectation that students will enter kindergarten as emergent readers and finish eighth grade reading at level Z.


Parent Resources:
https://readingandwritingproject.org/clearinghouse/family

Mathematics

Unit 1 Place Value: Multi-digit Addition and Subtraction
Unit 2 Multiplication and Geometry
Unit 3 Fraction and Decimals
Unit 4 Multi-digit Multiplication
Unit 5 Fraction and Mixed-Number Computation: Measurement
Unit 6 Division; Angles; Fraction Operations
Unit 7 Multiplication of a Fraction by a Whole Number; Measurement
Unit 8 Fraction Operations; Applications

Everyday Mathematics is a research-based and field-tested curriculum that focuses on developing our young mathematician’s understandings and skills in ways that produce lifelong mathematical power.

  • Use of concrete, real-life examples that are meaningful and memorable as an introduction to key mathematical concepts.
  • Repeated exposures to mathematical concepts and skills to develop children’s ability to recall knowledge from long-term memory.
  • Frequent practice of basic computation skills to build mastery of procedures and quick recall of facts, often through games and verbal exercises.
  • Use of multiple methods and problem-solving strategies to foster true proficiency and accommodate different learning styles.

Parent Resources:
https://connected.mcgraw-hill.com/school/e3c3
http://everydaymath.uchicago.edu/parents

Social Studies

Unit 1 Geography of New York State
Unit 2 Native Americans: First Inhabitants Of New York State
Unit 3 Colonial and Revolutionary Periods
Unit 4 Freedom and the New National: Federal, State and Local Government

The Passport to Social Studies curriculum was developed by a team of DOE staff and teachers, in collaboration with Social scientists and cultural partners.

The passport curriculum provides students with the tools to build the necessary skills for critical thinking, geographical reasoning and persuasive writing.


Parent Resources:
www.amnh.org

Word Study

Our Wordly Wise 3000 curriculum delivers direct instruction of sophisticated vocabulary to better prepare our young learners to read grade-level texts and enhance their writing.

Wordly Wise 3000 Book 4


Parent Resources:
www.wordlywise3000.com

Science

Unit 1 Energy Conversions
Unit 2 Vision and Light

Welcome to the Next Generation of Science Learning.

New York State adapted a new set of standards in 2017. New York City then created the current Science Scope and Sequence and, using NGSS aligned tools, selected Amplify as the new curriculum.

This curriculum is phenomena based and places the student in the role of scientists and engineers. This curriculum embodies all the tenants of Three-Dimensional Learning which has proven to be the most effective way for students to learn science.

Energy Conversions: Blackout in Ergstown

  • Students take on the role of systems engineers for Ergstown, a fictional town that experiences frequent blackouts, and explore reasons why an electrical system may fail.
  • Students obtain information from science books and system models to learn about types of energy, energy sources, energy transfer, and energy conversion.
  • Students define engineering problems related to the town’s electrical system and design wind turbines using what they have learned about energy and matter.

Vision and Light: Investigating Animal Eyes

  • Students investigate why there is a decline in the number of Tokay geckos living in one area of a rainforest in the Philippines.
  • Students plan and conduct investigations and analyze data related to animal senses to figure out cause-and-effect relationships between environmental changes, the parts of an animal’s vision system, and the animal’s ability to see well.
  • Students make models and write explanations to share what they learn about how animals’ body structures perform functions related to senses and survival.

Enrichment Programs

PS 199 provides a variety of grade-based enrichment programs.

NY PhilharmonicNY Scholastic Chess Club
National Dance Institute

RULER (Social-Emotional Curriculum)


Unit 1 Charter
Unit 2 Mood Meter
Unit 3 Meta-Moments
Unit 4 Blueprint

The RULER Approach to Social and Emotional Learning is a school-wide initiative to teach social and emotional learning to our school community members.

The Anchors of Emotional Intelligence is based on developing our five key RULER skills.

There are four anchor tools that we use: the Charter, Mood Meter, Meta-Moment, and Blueprint. These anchor tools allows a common language and strategies that incorporates learning at school and at home.


Parent Resources:
http://ei.yale.edu/ruler/

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