What We Are Learning

 This page will be updated regularly to reflect the current units that we are studying in each subject!

 Language Arts


Spelling Focus: r-controlled vowels ("er", "ur", and "ir")


Action Verbs

Comprehension and Vocab

We are reading novels in our Literature Circles.  Students are responsible for reading independently each day.  There is time to work in class, but if reading or jobs are not finished, they need to be done at home.  Please see the reading calendar in "Assignments" for a schedule of what chapters need to be read each day.  Lit Circle jobs are due each Thursday.

Lit Circle Final Projects (in class group assignment) are due on: Thursday, February 14

Students are in groups reading novels at their reading level.  The novels we are currently reading are:  A Single Shard, The Westing Game, Wonder, The One and Only Ivan, and The Chocolate Touch

Students will read chapters decided on by the group each night Monday through Thursday and will choose a new job each week that focuses on a different aspect of comprehension.  Jobs are:

  • Characterizer 
  • Connector
  • Inferencer
  • Predictor
  • Questioner
  • Quoter
  • Summarizer
  • Visualizer

Lit Circle jobs are due each Thursday.  

Vocabulary words will be chosen by the group each Monday, and will focus on words that the group feels they need to know to understand their novel that week.  


The Trimester 2 writing focus is opinion/persuasive writing.


Chapter 6 Mini Math Project is due: TBA

Chapter 6 in math is Divide by a One-Digit Number

Students will be working with:

  • Divide Multiples of 10, 100, and 1,000
  • Estimate Quotients
  • Use Place Value to Divide
  • Divide with Remainders
  • Interpret Remainders
  • Place the First Digit
  • Partial Quotients
  • Divide Greater Numbers
  • Quotients with Zeros
  • Solve Multi-Step word problems 

Key Vocabulary in this chapter:
  • compatible numbers
  • partial quotients
  • remainder

Social Studies

Geography and Map Skills

We will be learning about:

  • Landforms
  • California Regions
  • Cardinal Directions
  • Map Features
  • Longitude and latitude
  • California Features


Science Inquiry Units

We are doing Inquiry Units for Science!  Each student is placed in a science group for the year, and the groups rotate through different inquiry units that focus on an aspect of fourth grade science.  Students will rotate through two units a trimester.  Students will complete tasks and activities given to them, and will demonstrate their knowledge by turning in an individual and group portfolio and a group project at the conclusion of their unit, as well as passing an assessment on what they have learned.  

Science Final Projects, Group Portfolios, and Individual Portfolios are due on ___.  The Unit test will also be on that day.  

Students will be rotating through the following units with their science groups:

  • Senses and Structures of Living Things
    • Sicily
    • Chrisitan
    • Roxy
    • Aidan
    • Z.O.
  • Engineering
    • Michael
    • Chance
    • DJ
    • Theo
    • CJ
  • Energy
    • Maggie
    • Jimmy
    • Mya
    • K.S.
    • Ellie
    • Alexis
  • Waves and Sounds
    • Braeden
    • Mason
    • Sean
    • Sky
    • Kyla
  • Rocks and Geosphere
    • Logan
    • Thomas
    • Olivia
    • Marina
    • Ava
    • Andrew


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