Ridgeview Elementary School

Fourth Grade PEAK

FOURTH GRADE CURRICULUM

THEME STUDY
During this time, students develop their information processing, communication, creative, and critical thinking skills. Students will investigate problem solving by examining a world problem and creating a public service campaign to generate awareness about the problem.

PERSONAL GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT
The teacher will lead discussions and activities to help students function in groups, effectively interact with others, and strengthen their personal problem solving skills.

 
ACTIVITY AREAS
 
TOPIC STUDY
Topic study time gives each child a chance to explore subjects of interest. Students choose from a wide variety of subjects in the arts, sciences, and literature. After reading about the topic, the student uses the information to complete activities at the different levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy.  
 
MATH
The students apply their problem solving skills through a series of problems called, fittingly enough, Problemoids. The fourth grade book presents a problem and then four follow-up problems using the same strategy. Students may choose whether or not to do the final two problems. Options are available for students who need more support or challenge.
 
SCIENCE
Fourth grade science emphasizes the scientific method as well as technical reading as they work with consumer product testing.

This Semester in 4th GRADE PEAK

Theme Study:  

  • Building Background on Problem Solvers

  • Choosing Problem Solver to investigate

  • Researching Problem Solver & Taking Notes

PGD:

  • Introducing Positive Habits of the Mind (PHOMs)

  • Focused time will be spent learning these PHOMs:  metacognition, engage intensely, make and follow a plan, evaluate the effectiveness of your actions, push the limits of your knowledge and ability and be sensitive to feedback

  • Look at personality traits organized by “color” and use that information to know oneself better

Thinking Skills:  

  • Introducing the concept and importance of applying thinking skills

  • Focused time will be spent learning these thinking skills:  clarity, accuracy, precision, relevance, significance and fairness

Math:

  • Students will apply problem solving skills by working on Problemoids

Science:  

  • Students will learn to use science to determine whether advertising claims are truthful

  • First ad claims to investigate: absorbency and strength of paper towels

SCHEDULE

Mrs. Stirtz

Monday:  Ridgeview/Franklin/Lewis and Clark

Tuesday:  Warren Hills/Lillian Schumacher/Ridgeview
  

DAILY SCHEDULE

9:30 Arrive at Ridgeview
11:30-12:00 Recess
12:25-12:50 Lunch
3:00 Return to Building