4th Grade

Teacher

KELLY KLEMENS
kklemens@olfschool.net

 

RELIGION

  • Be My Disciple, RCL Benziger
  • Family Life, RCL Benziger

Students develop a personal relationship with God through prayer, focus on a deeper understanding of the parts of the Mass, the liturgical year, the Works of Mercy, the Beatitudes, examine the Ten Commandments, and study the lives of many saints. Family Life education is an integral part of the overall religious education program. Using the Application of Christian principles, students explore concepts related to making good choices with the help of conscience, to the stages of human development, to having healthy habits,  conception as the beginning of human life, and, responding to God’s call and our vocation.

 

 LANGUAGE ARTS

  • Junior Great Books, The Great Books Foundation
  • Grammar, Usage, and Writing, Zaner-Bloser
  • Accelerated Reader, Renaissance Learning
  • Everyday Spelling, Pearson
  • Wordly Wise Vocabulary 3000, EPS

Students grow in oral fluency by reading stories and novels to gather information for comprehension, structural analysis of vocabulary, and skill development.  Through inquiry-based reading, critical thinking and writing activities, the students explore texts in-depth as they ask questions, read closely, support ideas with evidence, listen and respond to classmates’ ideas and extend their thinking. The Accelerated Reader Program, based on personalized goals according to each student’s independent reading level that guides them to books that are difficult enough in order to them challenged. The self-paced Wordly Wise Vocabulary online program supports students in the building of their vocabulary skills and basic grammar mechanics for usage in writing. Students learn to write, in-depth, the purpose and structure of narrative, informative/expository, opinion texts.  Students have multiple opportunities to write about what they have read to deepen their understanding of texts, analyze authors’ arguments, and synthesize information from multiple sources.  All students participate in the county-wide “Reading Is the Goal” program sponsored by the Anaheim Ducks hockey team.

 

MATH

  • My Math, McGraw-Hill
  • ST Math, MIND Research Institute

Students add and subtract whole numbers up to seven places, round whole numbers, and multiply and divide large numbers. Students compare, add and subtract fractions, identify geometric figures (up to eight-sided), formulate information into graphs, and solve complex word problems. The ST Math, online interactive program, boosts math comprehension and proficiency through visual, spatial temporal learning that enables students to improve their conceptual understanding and problem solving skills. In addition, Accelerated Math, a concept/standard based program enables teachers to monitor student’s data driven progress to guide instruction. 1:1 iPad integration is utilized daily to reinforce the acquisition of math skills and allow for differentiated opportunities.

 

SCIENCE

  • Science, Scott Foresman
  • Science TechBook, Discovery Education

Students study basic scientific concepts: animals and plants and their differences, ecosystems and habitats, the food chain and food web, properties of rocks, landforms, parts of the earth, how water changes the earth’s crust, electricity , and magnetism.  Bi-weekly, the students participate in the hands-on, active learning Brain Storm, program, a STEM based education course of study. Students conduct scientific investigation based on the Scientific Method in preparation for the school-wide Science Fair. Core science standards are also addressed through the Anaheim Ducks Program.  Students utilize their Science TechBook to investigate research and create projects to further extend their knowledge and mastery of concepts. The STEM infused interactive, NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards) aligned program with an integrated approach to learning via extensive multimedia technology-based content, hands-on activities, and virtual labs to provide rich and engaging grade-level content learning experiences. Students become immersed in the work of scientists and engineers within the realm of earth science, life science, and physical science by:

  • exploring the overarching themes of science asking shared inquiry questions
  • making claims
  • supporting claims with evidence
  • designing solutions to real-world problems
  • develop the practices that scientists and engineers use daily, and
  • identify the cross-cutting connections between science

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

  • Social Studies, Harcourt Brace

Focus is on the study of California history from the time of the early explorers to the present that include: the four geographic regions of California, California Indians, Missions, Spanish influences, pioneers, Gold Rush, statehood, coming of the railroad, agriculture, growth of cities, multicultural influences, and the growth and future of the state. Students participate in the living history experiences of “Walk through California”, and the overnight “By the Great Horned Spoon” Ocean Institute experience.  Literature related to early California includes, Two Years Before the Mast and Island of the Blue Dolphins. The fourth grade annual field trips to Sacramento, California and Mission San Juan Capistrano round out the study of California history. During our school-wide International Day, students visit ten countries to learn key facts and pertinent cultural information.

The weekly Enrichment Curriculum includes Technology, Spanish, Art, Music, Piano, Drama and Physical Education.