FOURTH GRADE CURRICULUM

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

The academic goal of the Arts Academy Elementary Charter School is to deliver the PA Core Curriculum while embracing frustrational, instructional, and independent literacy levels, differentiating instruction and materials to meet individual needs.

The Arts Academy Elementary Charter School K-5 ELA Curriculum Continuum will ensure that students will: 

Learn to read independently

Read critically in all content areas

Read, analyze, and interpret literature

Write clearly and effectively in various formats 

Demonstrate speaking and listening skills

Write legibly in manuscript and cursive

“In fourth grade, students read skillfully with meaning and purpose using appropriate comprehension and vocabulary strategies. They examine multiple points of view and the structural elements of text. Emphasis is on drawing evidence from text as they read, discuss, reflect, and respond to informational text and a wide variety of literary genres with an inclusion of texts from other cultures. They explore the theme of texts and begin to move from integrating information from one text to several texts. Students read for pleasure and continue to choose books based on personal preference, topic, theme, or author.

Students write for a range of purposes, including describing, telling a story, and explaining. They produce writing that goes beyond formulaic compositions to more self-directed pieces that include domain-specific vocabulary, precise language, and using transition words to convey meaning. Because they are aware of the interdependence of the topic, audience, purpose, and form, they select and sometimes adapt basic forms to meet specific requirements. Their understanding and use of figurative language introduces imagery to their writing. Informational writing reflects understanding of specific purpose, often requiring gathering, paraphrasing, and synthesizing facts and details from a number of resources to express and justify an opinion. There is an increased use of technology, including the internet. Students are more aware of the conventions of writing as they reflect on their strengths and weaknesses and strive to improve.” (Academic Standards for English Language Arts, PA Department of Education, 2014)

PA Core Standards for ELA: CLICK HERE

MATHEMATICS

The academic goal of the Arts Academy Elementary Charter School is to deliver the PA Core Curriculum while embracing all levels, differentiating instruction and materials to meet individual needs.

The Arts Academy Elementary Charter School’s Mathematics curriculum embraces the PA Core Standards, ensuring that all students will:

Learn procedural skills and conceptual understandings to ensure children are learning and applying the critical information they need to succeed at higher levels.

Provide students with a solid foundation in whole numbers, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, and decimals.

Build the foundation to successfully apply more demanding math concepts and procedures, and move into application.

“The Pennsylvania Core Standards in Mathematics in grades K–5 lay a solid foundation in whole numbers, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, and decimals. Taken together, these elements support a student’s ability to learn and apply more demanding math concepts and procedures. The middle school and high school standards call on students to practice applying mathematical ways of thinking to real world issues and challenges; they prepare students to think and reason mathematically. Additionally, they set a rigorous definition of college and career readiness by demanding that students develop a depth of understanding and ability to apply mathematics to novel situations, as college students and employees regularly do.” (Academic Standards for Mathematics, PA Department of Education, 2014)


PA Core Standards for Mathematics: CLICK HERE

SCIENCE

The academic goal of the Arts Academy Elementary Charter School is to deliver the PA Core Curriculum while embracing all levels, differentiating instruction and materials to meet individual needs.

PA Academic Standards for Science and Technology: 

“In the near future, society will benefit from basic research discoveries that will lead to new tools, materials, and medical treatments. Learning about the world around us, by observing and experimenting, is the core of science and technology and is strongly reflected in Pennsylvania's Academic Standards for Science and Technology.” (Pennsylvania Academic Standards for Science and Technology and Engineering Education, April 2012)

The Arts Academy Elementary Charter School embraces the PA Academic Standards for Science and Technology as well as the Next Generation Standards for Science and Technology. ELA, Mathematics and the Arts are integrated where applicable.

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SOCIAL STUDIES

The Arts Academy Elementary Charter School embraces the PA Academic Standards for Social Studies, integrating reading, writing, listening, speaking and the Arts where applicable, differentiating to meet individual needs.