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PROFESSIONAL LEARNING TEAM REPORT 2011-2012 PLT Title Butler Fourth Grade Reading Curriculum Blurb for PLT Conference Brochure The fourth grade teachers worked on documenting their literacy curriculum- by creating a curriculum documents that includes the a) Enduring Understandings b) In-Depth Content Area Studies with a scope and sequence c) Literature and Texts and d) Assessments. As we documented the curriculum, we noted the ways in which the curriculum aligns with the Common Core and the Massachusetts Frameworks. Come by and take a peek at our curriculum! Contact Information (Write * next to facilitator’s name.) Name School Grade Level or Subject Faythe Beauchemin * Daniel Butler Elementary School 4th Grade Justin Chiu Daniel Butler Elementary School 4th Grade Tara Roule Daniel Butler Elementary School 4th Grade Guiding Theme Differentiated Instruction/RTI Integrated, Real-Life Experiences Acquisition of 21st Century Skills Deepening Teacher Content Knowledge Improving School Climate/Culture Teaching the “Whole Student” Other (explain) ____Curriculum Development__________________________________ Inquiry Question How do we make each of our literacy units connect with one another in a meaningful way for students as well as align to the Common Core, while also producing a tangible document which future teachers can follow (curriculum map)? Process The 4th grade literacy curriculum consists of two major in-depth content area studies: Immigration and History of African-Americans from slavery to modern day prejudice. As we taught each study, we documented the literature and texts used for each lesson, strategies practiced and the common assessments used to illuminate our enduring understandings. For each lesson, we found the corresponding strand within the Common Core and Massachusetts Frameworks. Findings When we documented our curriculum, we investigated which standards we met and the ones that do not get covered. We found that we have met all standards except for Grade 4 RL 4 Determine the meaning of words in phrases as they are used in a text including those that allude to significant characters found in mythology (e.g., Herculean). Recommendations / Next Steps We will investigate how to incorporate this standard into our curriculum in the future.
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