Fourth Grade

Fourth Grade

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Language Arts

The Boise District's Elementary Language Arts program focuses on providing skills training in phonics, word identification, comprehension, study skills, and writing skills in a course of study which exposes students to quality literature from a variety of authors.


Mathematics

The elementary mathematics curriculum of the Boise School District will be vibrant, challenging, and child centered. With consideration for children's needs and their development, the followings NCTM strands, will comprise the elementary mathematics curriculum: (1) Numbers and Numeration, (2) Organizing and Interpreting Data, (3) Problem Solving, (4) Measurement, (5) Geometry, (6) Technology, and (7) Algebra - the language of mathematics. Instruction will be structured as a spiral of strands to ensure that children will experience mathematics as a unified whole rather than as a set of disjointed, unrelated parts. In particular, problem-solving and technology should serve to integrate the curriculum across the strands and among other disciplines.

Meaning and understanding of mathematics rests upon the foundation of mathematical concepts developed through experience with concrete manipulatives. Concepts and skills should not be taught in isolation. Both are built on students' past knowledge through meaningful examples and experiences, and students should be provided ample opportunities to apply them to practical, real-life situations.


Focusing Calendar: Fourth Grade


Music

The Music Department's philosophy is based on the belief that experiences with music are fundamental to the education of children. The elementary music curriculum gives children instruction in, and opportunities for, singing, dancing, playing many types of instruments, reading music notation, performing drama pieces, creating their own music, and learning from the performances of professional and other musicians. It is the District's philosophy that General Music should be offered to every elementary student, K-6, for a minimum of 60 minutes per week.


Physical Education

The goal of the Physical Education curriculum it to develop individuals who are proficient at movement and who can use physical activity to:

  • Maintain or develop fitness

  • Develop skills for sport and recreation

  • Use movement for self-expression, enjoyment, challenge, and social interaction

  • Pursue lifelong physical activity


Scope and Sequence Grades K-6

Curriculum K-6


Science


Social Studies

The fourth grade social studies curriculum is an introduction to Idaho history. As such, the course will concentrate on certain benchmarks in the Idaho experience. During the first semester, students will study Idaho State symbols, geography, Native Americans, the Lewis and Clark explorations, fur trappers and traders, and the influence of missionaries, the Oregon Trail, and gold mining in the settlement of Idaho. Second semester studies include conflicts with Native Americans, statehood, industry, and famous Idaho personalities.



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