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 ("ar" and "or")-- spelling test Nov 2


Possessive Nouns-- test Nov 2

Comprehension and Vocab

We are reading Number the Stars 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.

We will be using Lit Circles.  We are reading different novels in small groups.  

Lit Circle Final Projects (in class group assignment) are due on: Thursday, November 1

Students are in groups reading novels at their reading level.  The novels we are currently reading are: 

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 1 writing focus is narrative writing.


Chapter 4 & 5 Mini Math Project is due: TBA

Chapter 4 & 5 in math is Multiply Whole Numbers

Students will be working with:

  • Multiples of 10, 100, and 1,000
  • Using place value and models to multiply
  • Multiply by a two-digit number
  • Model Regrouping
  • The distributive property
  • Multiply with regrouping
  • Multiply by a multi-digit number 
  • Multiply across zeros
  • Multiply by tens
  • Estimate products
  • Multiply by a two-digit number
  • Solve Multi-Step word problems 

Key Vocabulary in this chapter:
  • distributive property
  • operation
  • partial products
  • regroup

Social Studies


We will be learning about:

  • The 7 continents and 5 oceans
  • Landforms
  • California Regions


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.  

Our first science unit on The Scientific Method will be a whole class unit.  

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

  • Engineeing

  • Energy

  • Waves and Sounds

  • Rocks and Geosphere


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