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Fourth Grade

Welcome Fourth Graders to Syracuse Academy of Science! At our school, we provide a safe, healthy, and enjoyable learning experience for all students. Fourth grade students will be challenged academically in all core subject areas, where they will begin to develop individual organization skills. They will be held accountable for completing all assignments as to prepare for their transition to middle school. Students will also be held accountable behaviorally and socially, developing their skills as citizens within their classrooms and communities, and focusing on making positive decisions with themselves and their peers.

Language & Literacy: The fourth grade literacy program focuses closely on reading and listening to primary and secondary sources to gather specific details and determine central ideas. Using listening and writing skills, students will reinforce their reading fluency using paragraph and essay writing. Students will read fiction and nonfiction literature to develop an understanding of setting, characterization, theme, and informational writing. With an emphasis on making inferences, summarizing informational text, and basic research (note-taking and pulling together information from a variety of texts), the literacy program will foster students’ abilities to synthesize information from multiple sources and integrate research into their writing. 

Math: The fourth grade math program provides an in depth coverage of a variety of topics. Students will begin the year studying number sense (place value, math fluency, and basic computation skills, including word problems). Then, students will explore measurement, and multiplying and dividing multi-digit numbers. Students will also explore geometry in classifying shapes, finding the perimeter and area of geometric shapes, and identifying different types of angles. Fractions will be a very in-depth unit, as students will focus closely on finding equivalent fractions, adding and subtracting fractions, as well as multiplying fractions and looking at line plots. Students will end the year looking at decimals as fractions, as well as using multiplication through measurement.

Writing: During our writing block we will be focusing on the six plus one traits of writing: ideas, organization, word choice, sentence fluency, conventions, voice and presentation. We will work through the writing process to write pieces from each mode of writing: Narrative, Persuasive, and Explanatory. Student will be assessed according to the leveled New York State Writing Evaluation Rubric. Students will critique their work during the revision process, as well as focus on peer development in their writing within their classrooms.

Science: Fourth grade science includes a more in depth study of living things through observation and investigation of plants and animals. Students investigate earth science, the solar system, and physical science. Students explore ways in which energy can be created and used. Throughout each unit of study, students explore scientific methods and experimental design. Students will work independently, in small groups, and engage in classroom discussions on these topics.

Social Studies: This year in Social Studies students will learn all about New York. They will start the year learning about the geography of the United States and New York. Students will explore the history and culture of the Iroquois Nation and study about the encounters between the Europeans and the native people of this area. Next, we will delve into the history of colonial New York and investigate the events of the American Revolution and its effects on New York. Students will also learn about New York State’s capital, Albany, and examine how our state government works. Apart from the fascinating facts the students will study throughout the year, they will also develop skills in reading primary sources and interpreting the information. Students will also participate in a fun learning centered project where social studies will come to life!


Specials:

Physical Education: Physical education is an essential part of any K-4 curriculum. Our students are exposed to a wide variety of activities and games that will help promote lifelong physical activity. They are also taught how to display good sportsmanship. In our K-4 physical education program, there is an emphasis placed on effort and attitude rather than winning and losing. K-2 students are exposed to basic motor skills as well as the basic skills needed to play different activities. 3rd and 4th graders are taught more complex skills with an emphasis on teamwork, cooperation, and communication. 

Art: The Syracuse Academy of Science Elementary visual arts curriculum helps students understand how media, technique, and process are used to create works of art, and how artworks are structured. The goal of each project is to introduce students to the basic elements of art. Each project discovers: how to identify, analyze, and select subject matter, how symbols are used for personal and cultural expression, and how historical and cultural contexts provide meaning for works of art.


Support Services:

Special Education: Special Education is not a place, it is a service. The goal is to provide all students with a disability the services necessary for success in the least restrictive classroom environment. Special Education teachers provide accommodations and modifications to the grade level curriculum to help all students be successful. Special Education Teachers push-into classrooms to provide services. They also pull students out for resource groups that target specific skills and behaviors. 

ENL - English as a New Language Program: The goal of the English as a New Language Program is to ensure English Language Learners acquire and develop English proficiency through rigorous curriculum, research-based teaching strategies, and social/emotional support. Languages and cultures of ELLs are respected and valued while learning about and becoming part of American culture.

Title 1 Reading and Math Intervention: The reading and math intervention team consists of specialized teachers in literacy and mathematics. They provide academic support for all classrooms in the school. This may include both small group instruction and additional integrated instruction. Syracuse Academy of Science Elementary uses Accelerated Math, Leveled Literacy Intervention Program, and STAR assessments to help fill in any gaps students may have.  Our goal is to challenge students to overcome their learning obstacles and help each student feel empowered and capable in their education.


Fourth Grade Supply List

  • 1 Accordion folder (see sample link)
  • 1 pack of glue sticks
  • Markers
  • Crayons
  • Large erasers
  • 1 pack of pencils
  • 1 pack black whiteboard markers
  • 1 package of loose leaf paper
  • 2 bottles of hand sanitizer
  • 1 pack Clorox Wipes
  • 2 boxes of tissues

Please be advised:

  • Please do not write your child’s name on any school supplies. Once we begin school, most supplies will become classroom supplies to share with all students. We ask that students only bring the required school supplies as we have limited space in the desks and cubbies. 
  • Students do not bring in pencil sharpeners, pens, individual pencil boxes/bag or big binders.**
  • If school supplies get low throughout the year they will need to be replenished. 

Home school supplies for a successful homework station:

  • Crayons 
  • Scissors
  • Pencils
  • Ruler
  • Glue
  • Paper (lined & unlined) 

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