Term Outlines

FIRST TERM CURRICULUM OUTLINE 2018-2019

GRADE 4

READING

(Ms. Khilnani)

Students will work through the first unit of the Open Court Reading Program: From Dreams to Jobs. This unit will provide students with a chance to take a more in depth look at how youth like themselves have been able to overcome the odds, and those who didn’t believe in them to succeed. Students will also have the opportunity to design a business proposal and to create advertisements for their business.

 

The stories that we will read in this unit include: expository text: Food from the Hood, realistic fiction: Business is Looking Up, and the folktale: Salt.

 

Comprehension lessons include: the main idea and supporting details, sequencing, comparing and contrasting, as well as making inferences.

 

Literary Elements include: story elements, author’s point of view, folktales, expository text and realistic fiction.

 

Mindfulness: In one Language period per week, students will be introduced to the MindUp curriculum. These are brain-focused strategies for learning, and more importantly, living. Unit 1 focuses on how our brains work. We will explore mindful awareness and focused awareness (practicing core). Unit 2 will be about sharpening the senses and will focus on mindful listening, mindful seeing, and mindful smelling. Mindful tasting is a class favourite, followed by mindful movement.  This program involves cross curricular connections that will be emphasized in various activities and tasks throughout the term.

WRITING

(Ms. Khilnani)

Students will be exposed to several forms of writing this term. We will start by looking at different kinds of sentences. Students will learn and practice steps in paragraph writing by adding detail to support the main idea. Students will practice writing paragraphs using the writing process (pre-writing, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing and presenting).

 

We will examine story elements (plot, characters, and setting) in order to help students be more effective in their writing. Students will also proofread and correct their writing using guidelines developed with peers and the teacher.

 

Over the course of this year, students will write short texts using a variety of forms: comprehension questions, paragraphs, letters, short stories, poetry, graphic organizers, a graphic story and a newspaper article. They will be engaged in a PBL unit that will incorporate a persuasive writing focus. Details of this unit are found under the Social Studies term outline (below).

SPELLING AND GRAMMAR

(Ms. Khilnani)

In addition to the spelling and grammar integrated into the open court reading program and other language arts activities, students will have explicit lessons on spelling and grammar. Spelling instruction will be linked to writing activities. Students will complete a spelling unit each week from the SRA grade 4 spelling book.

 

For the first term in grammar, students will focus on skills such as: nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, types of sentences, and end punctuation.

 

Students will also work out of a Language Power Now book over the course of the year. This resource will help students to consolidate learning of grammar skills as well as to improve their editing skills.

NOVEL STUDY

(Ms. Khilnani)

The novel study this term will be the book, Fortunately, The Milk by Neil Gaiman. The novel study will be an integrated unit that includes comprehension questions, chapter activities, and new vocabulary.

MATHEMATICS

(Ms. Khilnani)

This year in math class we will be using a combination of the Saxon Math Program as well as the Jump Math program. Lessons, homework and assessments may come from either program.

 

Lessons:

Both of these programs focus on mental math as a priority and as a result, time will be spent working on mental math each math period. Students will also spend time working on facts practice (learning times tables). To start our year in math class, we will complete some review of last year’s concepts. In each lesson a new concept will be introduced and students are provided with some time to practice their new skill before moving on to a mixed practice session. This section provides students with review of other lessons as well as preparation for future lessons.

 

Assessments:

Assessment includes both formal and informal checks. A formal assessment occurs after every 4 Saxon math lessons. After every 10 lessons there will be a teacher-directed whole class investigation activity. Informal assessment will occur during homework checks and classroom discussions.

 

Some of the lessons that will be covered this term include: a review of addition, and subtraction, temperature, rounding, perimeter, money, an introduction to fractions, and multiplication.

SOCIAL STUDIES

(Ms. Khilnani)

Unit 1: Canadian Regions (Chapter 6)

In this unit students will identify the effects that ecotourism has on the environment. They will analyze maps and become familiar with Northern Native communities in Canada. Students will also identify the characteristics of the Hudson Bay Lowlands and the human activities that take place there.  This will lead us into our first PBL unit in which we will find solutions on how to improve the standards of living in Northern, remote Native communities. It will tie into reading, writing, media, social studies, and math. This type of learning offers students an opportunity to engage in authentic learning and be real-life problem solvers and become stewards of society.

SCIENCE

(Ms. Khilnani)

Unit 1: Habitats and Communities

In this unit, students will become familiar with the basic needs of plants and animals. They will explore and compare ways in which communities of plants and animals meet their needs in specific habitats.

 

Throughout this unit, students will investigate the concepts of habitat and community, and identify the factors that could affect habitats and communities of plants and animals. They will also investigate the dependence of plants and animals on their habitat and the interrelationships of the plants and animals living in a specific habitat. Students will also describe ways in which humans can change habitats and the effects of these changes on the plants and animals within the habitats.

 

Within this unit, we will explore our second PBL unit which will relate to animals and their habitat and our new class pet. The students will research what type of habitat will ensure our class pet, Sebastian, will flourish in and be the best to meet his needs in the most natural way.

 

Unit 2: Light and Sound

In this unit, students will examine the unique characteristics of light and sound energy. Through hands-on investigations, students will learn how light travels, and will use this knowledge to construct simple optical devices. Similarly, students will learn how sound is created by vibrations, how it travels, and how a variety of sounds can be produced and controlled.

ART

(Ms. James)

The focus of visual arts in grade 4 is teaching students about the elements of design to communicate for a variety of purposes. Through art, students will deepen their understanding of relationships and personal experience in their own world. This term will focus on:

 

Pop Art - Andy Warhol. Focus on contour lines, variations of colour and use of mixed media.

 

Pointillism - George Seurat. Students will be assessed  on technique and proper use of media.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

(Mr. Fretz)





 

In term one physical education, students will focus on activities and games to promote and develop movement skills and concepts as well as encourage independence and group teamwork.

 

The fundamental movement skills will relate to stability, locomotion, and manipulation.  Students will take part in organized games and sports to develop and increase their body awareness, spatial awareness, movement direction(e.g., forward, backwards, sideways, diagonal, up, down, left, right), level (e.g., high, medium, low), pathway (e.g., zigzag, straight, curved, wavy), plane (e.g., frontal, horizontal, vertical, sagittal) and extensions (e.g., near, far).  

 

In term one, students will be participating in many kinds of group organized games including unique games played around the world. Students will also develop soccer, cross country, ultimate frisbee and european handball skills.  

MUSIC

(Mr. Kudera)


 

Term I

  • fundamental rudiments

  • reading scores with repeat signs including del segno, da capo, fine and coda

  • reading and performing multi-part choral scores

  • rudimentary instrumental music

HEALTH AND PEOPLE SKILLS

(Mr. Fretz)

Students will take part in the Healthy Eating and Personal Safety/Injury Prevention units in term one.

In the Healthy Eating unit, students will learn the role of healthy eating goals, nutrients, physical activity and healthy food choices.

The second unit in term one is the Personal Safety and Injury Prevention unit.  Students will learn about the safe use of technology as well as bullying.  Students will also explore decision making and risk assessment.

FRENCH

(Mme Israil)

The French program in grade 4 will continue to build upon previous skills while introducing new age appropriate skills.  Students will review the conjugations of regular and irregular verbs in the present tense. The near future will be introduced this term as well.  Reading, writing and oral skills will be reinforced with thematic vocabulary including holidays & celebrations, expressions of health “avoir mal” and school.  These skills will be reinforced throughout the school year.

COMPUTERS AND RESEARCH

(Mr. Kudera)

Unit 1:  Internet Safety and Computer Lab Procedures

  • navigating safely on the internet

  • keyboarding skills (this will continue throughout the entire year)

           Unit 2: Google Suites

  • composing, opening and saving documents

  • creating presentations using Slides

DRAMA

(Ms. Massaro)

This term students will examine the element of role in a play. They will work on presenting stories based in ancient and medieval times. Students will also brainstorm audio and visual aids that can enhance a performance and use a select few in the performance of their pieces.

 

 

SECOND TERM CURRICULUM OUTLINE 2018-2019

GRADE 4

READING

(Ms. Khilnani)

Students will participate in a unit on folktales. This unit will expose students to the concept of folktales and to folktales from many different countries. Folktales often contain a lesson to be learned, and can take many forms including fables, tall tales, and even ghost stories.

 

The stories that we will read in this unit include: The Golden Fish, The Monkey and the Crocodile, The Boy Who Went to the North Wind, The Four Musicians, The Crow and the Peacock, and How the Princess Learned to Laugh.

 

Comprehension lessons include: recalling details, comparing and contrasting, characterization, making inferences, main idea and details, as well as drawing conclusions.

 

Students will explore literary elements including story components and quality characteristics.

 

Mindfulness: We will continue to be practicing Mindfulness for one designated period a week. Unit 3 will focus on Attitude. We will examine perspective talking, choosing optimism, and appreciating happy experiences.  Unit 4 will focus on Taking Action Mindfully. We will look at expressing gratitude, performing acts of kindness, and taking mindful action in the world. This program involves cross curricular connections that will be emphasized in various activities and tasks throughout the term.

WRITING

(Ms. Khilnani)

This term students will continue to be exposed to different forms of writing. We will continue to employ the writing process (pre-writing, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing and presenting) in our creative writing. We will also continue to engage in writing activities in our morning routine. We will continue with paragraph of the week, journal writing, and reflective writing.

 

Students will continue to create many different products in their writing with more of a focus this term on using what we have learned in grammar this year to improve writing and proofreading skills, including review and revision strategies.

 

Students will write texts using a variety of forms: comprehension questions, short stories, poetry, graphic organizers, cereal boxes, print ads, a folktale and an adventure story.

SPELLING AND GRAMMAR

(Ms. Khilnani)

In addition to the spelling and grammar integrated into the open court reading program and other language arts activities, students will have explicit lessons on spelling and grammar. Spelling instruction will be linked to writing activities. Students will continue to complete a unit each week based on the grade 4 SRA Spelling Book.

 

This term students will focus more on applying what they have learned to their everyday writing. We will continue to use the Language Power Now resource book in both class and independent spelling and grammar activities.

NOVEL STUDY

(Ms. Khilnani)

This term our novel study will be an individual choice (subject to teacher approval).  As we read through the book, students will complete comprehension questions as well as other creative and investigative activities to increase comprehension and vocabulary. They will produce an engaging culminating project to depict elements of what their book of choice focuses on. This may vary from a Power Point presentation, to a visual book report, or a diorama, etc.

MATHEMATICS

(Ms. Khilnani)

This year in math class we will be using a combination of the Saxon Math Program as well as the Jump Math program. Lessons, homework and assessments may come from either program.

 

Lessons: Both of these programs focus on mental math as a priority and as a result, time will be spent working on mental math each math period. Students will also spend time working on facts practice (learning times tables).

 

Math class will follow the same format as lessons from last term. In each lesson a new concept will be introduced and students are provided with some time to practice their new skill before moving on to a mixed practice session. This section provides students with review of other lessons as well as preparation for future lessons.

 

Assessments: Assessment includes both formal and informal checks. A formal assessment occurs after every 4 Saxon math lessons. After every 10 lessons there will be a teacher-directed whole class investigation activity. Informal assessment will occur during homework checks and classroom discussions.

 

Some of the lessons that will be covered this term include: similar and congruent figures, multiplying by multiples of 10, division with remainders, geometric transformations, etc.

SOCIAL STUDIES

(Ms. Khilnani)

Unit 2: Medieval Times

In this unit students will identify and describe major features of daily life and

social organization in medieval European societies from about 500 to 1500 C.E.

(Common Era). They will use a variety of tools and resources to investigate the

major events and influences of the era and determine how they shaped

medieval society. Students will also relate significant elements of medieval

societies to comparable aspects of contemporary Canadian communities.

SCIENCE

(Ms. Khilnani)

Unit 3: Pulleys and Gears

 

In this unit students will learn all about pulleys and gears. Students will investigate how pulleys and gears can transfer motion, change the type of motion, change the speed and direction of motion, and change the amount of force needed to create motion. Students will learn about how the use of pulleys and gears can help to make our lives easier.

 

Unit 4: Rocks and Minerals

 

In this unit students will learn about the science of geology. They will examine different kinds of rocks and minerals found in the Earth’s crust and talk about how these different rocks and minerals were formed. Students will also relate how rocks are formed to their potential uses. They will also discover how humans can change the landscape around them through the use of rocks and minerals.

ART

(Ms. James)

The focus of visual arts in grade 4 is teaching students about the elements of design to communicate for a variety of purposes. Through art, students will deepen their understanding of relationships and personal experience in their own world. This term will focus on:

 

Cubism -  Pablo Picasso. Students will be assessed on technique and proper use of media.  

 

Artist of Choice - Students will have the opportunity to pick an artist as a whole class to focus on.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

(Mr. Fretz)

In term two physical education, students will further develop movement skills through the participation in a variety of games and sports.  Students will continue to use leadership and teamwork skills developed in first term to complete and take part in term two physical education activities.  

 

Students will continue to use the fundamental movement skills identified in term one to take part in organized games and sports.  Students will develop volleyball, track and field, basketball, ball hockey, badminton and softball skills.

MUSIC

(Mr.Kudera)

  • instrumental music continues

  • understanding the science behind musical instruments

  • constructing musical instruments

  • studying influential Canadian musicians

HEALTH AND PEOPLE SKILLS

(Mr. Fretz)

In term two, students will learn about tobacco and the short and long-term effects of smoking.  Students will also take part in a growth and development unit at the end of the term in which they will learn about the emotional and physical changes that occur at puberty and examine personal hygiene and care associated with the onset of puberty.

French

(Mme. Israil)

The French program in grade 4 will continue to build upon previous skills while introducing new age appropriate skills.  Students will review the conjugations of regular and irregular verbs in the present tense. The near future will be introduced this term as well.  Reading, writing and oral skills will be reinforced with thematic vocabulary including holidays & celebrations, expressions of health “avoir mal” and school.  These skills will be reinforced throughout the school year.

COMPUTERS AND RESEARCH

(Mr. Kudera)

Unit 3:  History of Computers

  • defining the term "computer"

  • exploration of the exponential growth of computers

Unit 4:  Introduction to Computer Coding

  • Hour of Code

  • Turtle Logo

DRAMA

(Ms. Massaro)

This term students will be practising and performing Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. Students will also reflect on the elements of a play and how they target specific audiences.