Fourth Grade Handbook
Wayne Elementary School
Welcome to fourth grade. Please take the time to read their assignment notebook. If there is not a note, they will
through this handbook. You will find information on be given time to complete their assignment at recess.
classroom procedures and our fourth grade curriculum.
Please contact me whenever you have a question.
Contact Information If your child is celebrating a birthday and wants to bring a
5760 Mohawk Drive treat, please send along one for each child. We have 20
Campbellsport, WI 53010 students. Please do not have your child hand out birthday
262-626-8427 x5114 invitations at school as this leads to hurt feelings among the
firstname.lastname@example.org children not invited. If your child has a birthday over the
summer, we will celebrate their half birthday during the
Class Web Page winter. For example, if their birthday were July 2, we would
Follow these steps to get to our class web page celebrate in class on January 2.
Homework Links Book Orders
Wayne Elementary Your child will have an opportunity to order books each
Mrs. Ebert month. If you choose to order books, please send a CHECK
with the completed order form to school by the due date.
We will fill out assignment notebooks each night. This must Field Trips
be signed each night by a parent. Please make sure the work Our class will be going on fieldtrips throughout the year.
is completed before you sign the notebook. There will be a letter sent home to let you know when we
are going. You will also be able to sign up as a chaperone if
Homework you wish to. Our class will go to Madison for one of the
Your child should not have more than 40 minutes of field trips. All students will be able to bring along a
homework each night. Fifteen minutes should be spent chaperone for this field trip.
reading. I will send home a sheet each week for your child
to record their reading. The other time will be spent on a Volunteers
math study link or studying for a test when necessary. If If you wish to volunteer in the classroom, please send a
you find your child spending more than 40 minutes on letter to school letting me know what times and/or days
homework at night, please let me know. If your child is work best for you. Parents are always welcome and
unable to complete their assignment, please write a note in appreciated for their help.
During the first day, the class will review acceptable September - Respect
classroom behavior. We will create a chart with our October - Responsibility
classroom rules. This will become our classroom November – Self -Discipline
constitution that all students will sign and agree to follow. If December - Caring
a student chooses not to follow the rules, they may receive a January - Integrity
consequence equal to the action. Some examples of February - Leadership
consequences are a warning, loss of recess, parent contact,
March - Cooperation
and an Intervention for severe behavior.
April - Citizenship
May – Reflection
Students will be asked to attend conferences this year with
the parents. This will give the students an opportunity to
share their work with their parents. There will be more
information on student-led conferences coming home soon.
If you haven’t done so already, please sign up for fall
We will have a class meeting once a week. The class
meeting usually lasts about 45 minutes. Class meetings
provide students opportunities to share concerns with the
classroom and work together to come up with solutions.
There are slips the students can fill out to list a problem or a
suggestion for the class. The students can mark if they want
their name to remain private or not. There is a box in the
room to collect the slips. Once a week we will read through
the slips. If it is a problem, we will work together as a class
to come up with possible solutions. If it is a suggestion for
the class, we will talk about it and possibly take a class vote.
We also take time each week to discuss the district character
virtues. The virtues are as follows.
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9:00 – 10:15 9:00 – 10:00 9:00 – 9:55 9:00 – 10:00 9:00 – 10:15
Math Math Math Math Math
10:15 -10:25 10:00 – 10:15 10:00 – 10:15 10:15-10:25
Break Break 9:55-10:55 Break Break
10:25-10:50 10:15-10:45 Art 10:15-10:45 10:25-10:50
Spelling Phy. Ed Phy. Ed Spelling
10:50-11:20 10:50-11:20 11:00-11:10 10:50-11:20 10:50-11:20
Library/SSR Music Break Music Class Gym
11:20-12:00 11:20-12:00 11:20-12:00 11:20-12:00 11:20-12:00
Writing Writing Writing Writing Writing
Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
12:00-12:50 12:00-12:50 12:00-12:50 12:00-12:50 12:00-12:50
12:55-2:00 12:55-2:00 12:55-2:00 12:55-2:00 12:55-2:00
Guided Reading/ Guided Reading/ Guided Reading/ Guided Reading/ Guided Reading/
Literacy Stations Literacy Stations Literacy Stations Literacy Stations Literacy Stations
SSR SSR SSR SSR SSR
2:00-2:15 2:00-2:15 2:00-2:15 2:00-2:15 2:00-2:15
Recess Recess Recess Recess
2:15-2:30 2:15-2:30 2:15-2:30 2:15-2:30
Spanish 2:30-3:05 Spanish Spanish
2:40-3:05 Class Meeting Early Release 2:40-3:05 2:40-3:05
Science/Soc. St. Science/Soc. St. 2:20 Science/Soc. St. Science/Soc. St.
3:05-3:45 3:05-3:45 3:05-3:45 3:05-3:45
Dismissal 3:50 Dismissal 3:50 Dismissal 3:50 Dismissal 3:50
Class Schedule –
This may change a little bit as the year goes on.
If changes are made, I will send home an updated schedule.
Please have gym shoes here on physical education days.
4th Grade Math Curriculum
Unit 1 – Naming and Constructing Geometric Figures Unit 7 – Fractions and Their Uses; Chance and Probability
Identify properties of polygons Rename fractions with denominators of 10 and 100 as decimals
Classify quadrangles according to side and angle properties Apply basic vocabulary and concepts associated with chance events
Name, draw, and label line segments, lines and rays Compare and order fractions
Name, draw, and label angles, triangles, and quadrangles Find equivalent fractions for given fractions
Identify and describe right angles, parallel lines, and line segments Identify the whole for fractions and fractional parts of collections
Unit 2 – Using Numbers and Organizing Data Unit 8 – Perimeter and Area
Display date with a line plot, bar graph, or tally chart Use formulas to find areas of rectangles, parallelograms, and triangles
Use statistical landmarks median, mode, range, maximum, and minimum Find perimeter of a polygon
Add and subtract multi digit numbers Find the area of a figure by counting unit squares and fractions of unit
Read and write numerals to hundred-millions; give the value of the digits in squares inside the figure
numerals to hundred-millions Unit 9 – Percents
Find equivalent names for numbers Use and estimation strategy to multiply decimals by whole numbers
Unit 3 – Multiplication and Division; Number Sentences and Algebra Find a percent of a fraction or a number
Solve open sentences/number stories Convert between “easy” and hundredths fractions, decimals, and percents
Understand the function and placement of parentheses in number sentences Use a calculator to rename any fraction as a decimal or percent
Determine whether number sentences are true or false Unit 10- Reflections and Symmetry
Use a map scale to estimate distances Translate figures
Know division and multiplication facts; realize relationship between them Use a transparent mirror to draw the reflection of a figure
Unit 4 – Decimals and Their Uses Identify lines of symmetry, lines of reflection, reflected figures, and figures
Express metric measures with decimals with line symmetry
Convert between metric measures Unit 11 – 3D Shapes, Weight, Volume, and Capacity
Read and write decimals to thousandths Add and subtract positive and negative integers
Compare and order decimals Estimate and weigh objects in ounces or grams
Draw/measure line segments to the nearest millimeter and centimeter Solve cube stacking problems
Use dollar and cents notation Describe properties of geometric solids
Use personal references to estimate lengths in metric units Unit 12 – Rates
Solve 1 - 2 place decimal addition and subtraction problems/number stories Find unit rates and use rate tables to solve rate problems
Unit 5 – Big Numbers, Estimation, and Computation Calculate unit prices to determine which product is the “better buy”
Know extended multiplication facts Collect and compare rate data
Solve multi digit multiplication problems
Read whole numbers to a given place Common Assessments
Read and write numbers to billions Basic Fact Tests – Given at the beginning of the year, end of first, second,
Compare large numbers third, and fourth quarter
Estimate sums Pre Test – given during the first two weeks of school
Unit 6 – Division; Map References Frames; Measures of Angles Unit Tests – given after each unit
Solve whole-number division problems Post Test – given the last two weeks of school
Express the remainder of whole numbers as fractions & the answer as a
By the end of the 4th grade year, students should be secure with their
Name & locate points by ordered number pairs on a coordinate grid
basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts.
Identify acute, right, obtuse, straight, and reflex angles
Make turns and fractions of turns; relate turns and angles
Use a circular protractor & half circle protractor to measure and draw angles
4th Grade Reading Curriculum
Reading Content/Genres: Reading Skills:
Mystery Genre Text Structure
Generate questions before, during, and after reading to clarify confusion and Distinguish fiction from nonfiction texts
develop a deeper understanding of text Identify cause and effect relationships
Predicting outcomes, events and actions that can be confirmed or Differentiate between plot and theme and infer big ideas and themes
contradicted by the end of the text
Draw conclusions based on background knowledge and clues in text. Reading Strategies
Self-monitor reading comprehension by rereading text and using text and
Historical Fiction picture clues
Compare and contrast lifestyles of the past to the present Make connections between text, other reading, and the world to further
Sequence story events in chronological order understand ideas in text.
Visualize clear pictures of text in the reader’s mind to understand the text
Analyze story structure – character, setting, problem, events, and solution Vocabulary Development
Synthesize big ideas from text to interpret author’s purpose Identify and define crucial vocabulary to the meaning of a text
Use roots, prefixes and suffixes to read and understand word meaning
Nonfiction Infer meaning of unfamiliar words by using context and picture clues
Determine importance in informational reading by picking out main ideas
and details. Literary Devices
Recognize nonfiction text features such as titles, headings, graphics, Introduce the use of symbolism within texts
illustrations, captions, and specials fonts to sort information Analyze voice and tone of text to convey meaning
Summarize important ideas into own words to pull meaning together Use similes and metaphors to make comparisons
Guided Reading Activities Use a variety of strategies such as rereading, finding context clues,
Book Clubs knowledge of spelling patterns and word structures to identify words
Graphic Organizers Common Assessments:
Whole Class Reads Rigby levels 26-28 – Assess reading comprehension, word identification,
4 District Reading Comprehension Assessments – Making Connections,
Determining Importance, Synthesizing, Questioning, Visualizing, Inferring,
and Monitoring Comprehension
*We read the following chapter books in fourth grade: Tales of a Fourth
Grade Nothing, Because of Winn Dixie, Sarah Plain and Tall, and Frindle.
Grade Language Arts:
Writing Topics/Genres Writing Skills
Descriptive Writing Control of Language
Use adjectives to create a vivid mental picture in the mind of the reader Incorporate expressive language into writing to show feeling (Voice)
Compose sentences with varied length and structure Choose words to create a colorful picture and strong verbs in writing (Word
Use descriptive language such as similes and metaphors Choice)
Vary sentence lengths and structure in writing (Sentence Fluency)
Research using multiple sources, including books and the internet Content
Organize information into paragraph format Organize writing with transitions, paragraphs, and sequencing
Use topic sentences in paragraph writing (Organization)
Organize writing into beginning, middle, and end (Organization)
Narrative Writing Compose writing that is interesting and focused, with a clear topic (Ideas)
Describe events in a logical sequence Use correct grammar, punctuation, spelling and indent paragraphs in writing
Use first person language in their writing (Conventions)
Business Letter/Friendly Letter Composition
Use proper format for a business/friendly letter Use the writing process (prewrite, draft, edit, revise, and publish) when
Create a functional business/friendly letter with a purpose writing
Identify topic sentences in paragraphs and create strong topic sentences in
Persuasive Writing writing that convey the meaning of the paragraph
Persuade an reader using supportive details Organize paragraphs with transitions to create fluency
Convince and influence the reader to take action Indent paragraphs appropriately
Word Wall Words
Apply correct spelling and usage of Word Wall Words in daily writing
Use spelling patterns to spell other words correctly
Parts of Speech
Identify and correctly use pronouns and nouns, including proper v.
common, plurals, and possessives
Identify and use verbs in their correct tense
Identify and correctly use adverbs and adjectives
Identify and compose different kinds of sentences
Use proper punctuation in sentences, including end punctuation, commas,
Distinguish between run-on and/or fragment sentences and correct
Punctuate dialogue in sentences
*During our writing time, we write to pen pals we have from the fourth grade
class at KES.
4th Grade Social Studies - Wisconsin
Map Skills/Geography/Wisconsin Land Formations U.S./Wisconsin State Government
Name and locate the 7 Continents and 4 Oceans. Identify the main documents of the U.S. federal government.
Label the 5 Land Regions in Wisconsin. Compare the U.S. branches of government with Wisconsin state branches of
Describe the 5 themes of Geography. government and name the current head of each branch.
Order the levels of government from local through national.
Glaciers/Ice Age Demonstrate understanding of “good citizenship”.
Define the terms Glacier and Ice Age. Madison Field Trip
Describe the effects of Glaciers on Wisconsin.
Locate Glacial Formations in Wisconsin Wisconsin Entrepreneurs/Businesses/Agriculture
Discuss our economic system and factors of production
Native Americans Define “entrepreneur” and give examples from Wisconsin history
Construct a timeline of the main prehistoric peoples in Wisconsin. Identify important businesses in Wisconsin
Demonstrate knowledge of past and present Woodland Tribes. Classify areas of agriculture in Wisconsin
Construct a project on a Native American Tribe.
State Symbols, Flag, and Seal
Missionaries, Fur Traders, and Explorers Identify important symbols of Wisconsin
Identify the major contributions of the French to Wisconsin’s early years. Understand the significance of the components of the Wisconsin Flag
Compare and contrast possible effects of the French and Indian War. Draw the Great Seal of Wisconsin
Discuss the transportation in this era of Wisconsin.
American Revolution/Pioneer Settlement
Estimate the importance of the American Revolution on the formation of
the Northwest Territory.
Locate and discuss the importance of Lead Mining in Wisconsin.
Describe relocation of Native Americans and Pioneer Settlement in
Immigration/Territory to Statehood
Identify the main immigrant groups that came to the United States and
Research own heritage.
Discuss the “Waves of Immigration.”
Locate and discuss the Territory and State of Wisconsin, their capitals, and
Demonstrate the importance of lumbering in past and present Wisconsin.
Civil War/Old Abe
Interpret the effects of the slave trade, the life of a slave, and the
Identify the reasons for the Civil War and Wisconsin’s part in the Civil
War. *The class uses discovery boxes that we borrow from CESA 6 when we study
Name “Old Abe” and his importance in Wisconsin History. Native Americans, the French Fur Trade, and Prehistoric People. These kits
have hands on activities for the students.
Grade 4 Science:
Human Body Systems Energy Changes
Explain how the organs of the digestive system break down food so the Define kinetic, potential, and thermal energy.
body can use it. Describe how light travels in waves and the three ways light can behave
Discuss how the circulatory and respiratory systems take oxygen from the when it strikes an object.
air, deliver oxygen to the cells in the body, and remove carbon dioxide from Discuss the creation of sound energy, pitch, and volume
Describe how the muscular and skeletal systems support and prot6ect the Electricity and Magnetism
body and allow it to move. Explain how negative and positive electric charges act and what static
Parts of Ecosystems Discuss what an electric circuit is
Describe how living things in an ecosystem depend on nonliving things to Describe what magnets and electromagnets are.
Discuss how different populations of living things meet their needs in Motion and Machines
different environments. Explains how motion can be described in reference to speed and direction.
Explain how living things in an ecosystem depend on each other, and Describe the forces of gravity and friction.
compare the roles of producers and consumers. Discuss six simple machines.
Matter and Energy in Ecosystems Common Assessments:
Describe what a food chain is, and explain how energy flows from the Sun Human Body Systems-Draw a map of the human digestive system. Explain
to living things in an ecosystem. what happens as spaghetti and meatball moves through this system.
Discuss what scavengers and decomposers do to help in the recycling of Ecosystems-Report on an animal and create a diorama which depicts the
once-living things. habit of the animal.
Electricity and Magnetism-Create a circuit board.
Adaptation and Extinction Particle of Matter Story
Describe how physical and behavioral adaptations help animals survive in
their environment. Scientific Method:
Discuss threats to the survival of living things. State the problem, observe to form a question, hypothesize, test the
Explain how scientists use fossils to learn about the past hypothesis/experiment, draw conclusions
Properties of Matter
Explain that everything around us is made of matter, and that matter is
made of atoms, which can be arranged into solids, liquids, and gases.
Describe how all matter has mass and volume, which can be measured in
height, length, and weight using the metric system.
Discuss the physical and chemical properties of matter.
How Matter Changes *When we study adaptations, we get a deer kit from CESA 6. This kit includes
Explain that physical changes change the way matter looks but not what many activities for the students to learn about deer adaptation. It also includes
kind of matter it is, and chemical changes change the type of matter. many parts of the deer for the kids to see and touch.
Discuss how thermal energy causes particles to move. *We create models of the different body systems as we learn about them. We
Explain that mixtures and solutions are physical combinations of two or also right a story about the foods journey through our body.
more kinds of matter that do not change the kinds of matter involved.