Wit & Wisdom is composed of four modules, which are each made up of 30 lessons. Each module incorporates literature and informational texts with activities to apply skills that meet the Common Core English Language Arts Standards. Wit & Wisdom lessons integrate reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language instruction.
Eureka Math is a Common Core aligned curriculum that encourages students to use a variety of strategies to solve problems to promote deeper understanding. The curriculum is broken down into the seven modules in the chart below. To meet the diverse needs of learners, Eureka Math will be supplemented with adaptive math practice on Freckle by Renaissance.
Place Value, Rounding, and Algorithms for Addition and Subtraction
Unit Conversions and Problem Solving with Metric Measurement
Multi-Digit Multiplication and Division
Angle Measure and Plane Figures
Fraction Equivalence, Ordering, and Operations
Exploring Measurement with Multiplication
The textbook used for religion is Christ Our Life by Loyola Press. We will use the textbook as a launchpad throughout the year, however we will also be incorporating outside resources to cover concepts found in the Diocese of Oakland’s fourth grade religion rubric. This includes reading stories from the Bible to find relevance to our lives today, learning the Hail, Holy Queen, and delving into Church doctrine and history.
Fourth grade social studies focuses on the geography and history of California. Students will learn about Native Americans, the Mission Period, and the Gold Rush. In the winter, students will conduct a research project on one of California’s twenty-one missions. They will write a research report on their mission and choose a project idea, such.
Science covers the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). This incorporates a wide array of scientific fields including life science, Earth science, energy, and the engineering design process. Students will complete a science fair project individually or in pairs for the St. Elizabeth science fair.
Social Emotional Learning
According to CASEL, “Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions”. To expose students to this process, Sanford Harmony lessons and activities will be implemented throughout the school year. Fourth graders will participate in class meetings and partner sharing on a weekly basis to build community. Students will also participate in lessons on diversity, empathy, communication, and problem solving.