Fourth Grade

4th Grade Trailblazers at Capital Prep will be exposed to higher levels of thinking in math and science and display their skills as insightful readers and writers. We follow Connecticut’s Common Core Curriculum as we weave in our Social Justice themes each quint.

Our Humanities program continues to foster the use of literacy skills to develop independent learning. Foundational skills instruction centers on using all known strategies and rules to figure out unknown multisyllabic words and to read aloud grade level appropriate text with purpose. Self-reliant fourth grade readers explore literature by making inferences and referring to text-specific evidence to support their conclusions, and are able to explain differences between fictional genres. Our studious fourth grade scholars interpret informational text by explaining how and why scientific and social phenomena happen while supporting their assertions with evidence from the text and synthesizing information from more than one text to create their own response. Word play is central to vocabulary development as students use common idioms, study Greek and Latin root words, and explore figurative language to increase their word knowledge. The writing concepts of opinion, informative, and narrative continue to develop as students create pieces that show clear organization, develop writing with peers and teachers to publish work, and conduct short research projects. Scholars present their work, pose questions specific to a topic and paraphrase information orally stated to them to hone their listening and speaking skills.

Math instruction in Grade 4 focuses on three critical objectives: developing fluency with multi-digit multiplication and division; comparing fractions and performing addition and subtraction with fractions; and understanding that geometric shapes are analyzed and classified based on properties, such as, having parallel or perpendicular sides, specific types of angles and symmetry. Students are now describing and understanding the size of numbers using place value knowledge to the millions. Having knowledge of: place value; patterns and sequence in counting; and properties of operations enables students to fluently multiply, divide and explain their procedures. This study extends into working with fractions where students will develop the ability to discuss equivalent fractions and extend their place value practice to include decimal notation as an alternate fraction form. Pulling everything together, students can now solve problems involving converting measurements from larger to smaller units. They are also able to understand angle concepts and angle measurements which allow them to now not only compare and discuss shapes, but to accurately draw and identify them based on their properties.

With problem-based learning, your child will have the opportunity to make sense of mathematical problems and construct effective arguments with sound reasoning to identify what is needed to solve the problem using the language of “find, know, strategy, and show.”

Science is taught mainly through small-group instruction for the purpose of conducting inquiry-based learning. Our science labs are designed to promote learning through inquiry and give your child the opportunity to question and explore science at their own pace. Our young scientists learn about Lab Safety and Scientific Inquiry which then enables them to conduct labs dealing with forces and motion, living and non-living organisms, water and earth’s surface, and electricity and magnetism. With the CMT’s on the horizon, your child will consistently build skills to prepare them for standardized testing that will carry with them through college. Students have an opportunity to learn about Native Americans and their role in developing the United States. Using the resources unique onto Connecticut, students access primary source documents and analyze different map types (political, physical, population) to understand how the state government influenced Native American positions throughout various time periods. In addition, they will compare the state and federal constitutions to learn how the government makes laws to improve the economy, attract new businesses, create jobs, and use tax revenue.

To finalize each quint, the students participate in an integrated project that helps them answer their grade level social justice question: “What are the external factors affecting the way groups define themselves?” It is a valuable learning experience to continue to lay the foundation for the quest to be Trailblazers!