Academic

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Based on the tenants of ScienceWISE, our fourth grade science curriculum provides an opportunity for chldren to view themselves as scientists in the process of learning.  Children accept an invitatin to learn and readily engage in the exploration process.  Children plan and carry out investigations.  They communicate their findings using a variety of methods.  They propose explanations and solutions to many different concepts.  The children are able to raise questions, observe, and critique their science practices.  Through the use of FERA, Science and Technology for Children, Full Option Science System, Inquiry, Technology, and Constructivism we provide students the opportunity to enhance their knowledge base and build upon connections to their lives.  

 

 Units of Instruction

*Human Body

*Electricity

*Simple Machines

*Insects

*Rocks and Minerals

*Solar System

 

 

 

 

Reading

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Journaling, cooperative learning, problem solving, higher level thinking, art, and inquiry are the key to success in Mrs. Melucci's reading class.  Homework is usually not assigned as most work is done in class.  Students are encouraged to continue to read on their own for pleasure as their "homework" each night.  Two to three days a week AR will be integrated into TAN time to support reading skills.

STORYTOWN READING SERIES INTEGRATES SPELLING, LANGUAGE, AND READING SKILLS IN A MEANINGFUL WAY.

 

 

Theme 1- Facing Challenges
LESSON 1
LESSON 2
LESSON 3
LESSON 4
LESSON 5
Story: The Hot and Cold Summer
Story: Mighty Jackie: The Strike Out Queen
Story: Danrita Brown Leaves Town
Story: Kai's Journey to Gold Mountain
Story: Pedro Puts on a Play
Skill: Character's Traits and Motivations
Skill: Character's Traits and Motivations
Skill: Compare and Contrast
Skill: Compare and Contrast
Review Skills
Vocabulary Words:
annoyed
depriving
foisted
pact
queasy
venture
Vocabulary Words:
flinched
fluke
gaped
glared
legendary
muttered
snickering
stunned
Vocabulary Words:
clusters
particular
sizzles
sparkling
stroll
surrender
Vocabulary Words:
accusing
averted
craned
cringed
fury
interrogation
solemnly
stern
Vocabulary Words:
commenced
consternation
culinary
downcast
extensive
pensive
recruit
reminiscent
serenely
vivid
Theme 2- Getting the Job Done
LESSON 6
LESSON 7
LESSON 8
LESSON 9
LESSON 10
Story: On the Banks of Plum Creek
Story: Justin and the Best Biscuits in the World
Story: Three Little Cyberpigs
Story: Weaving a California Tradition
Story: Emerald's Eggs
Skill: Plot: Conflict and Resolution
Skill: Plot: Conflict and Resolution
Skill: Author's Purpose and Perspective
Skill: Author's Purpose and Perspective
Review Skills
Vocabulary Words:
darted
swerved
responsible
contradicting
jostling
attentive
pounced
Vocabulary Words:
inspecting
taut
untangled
rumpled
lurked
resounded
reluctant
surge
Vocabulary Words:
impressed
slick
nimble
exist
fierce
cease
Vocabulary Words:
unique
delicate
bond
preserve
infest
inspires
intervals
flexible

Vocabulary Words:
comprehend
pliable
solitary
scan
vulnerable
exuberant
mature
lumbers
encircle
nurture
Theme 3- Natural Changes
LESSON 11
LESSON 12
LESSON 13
LESSON 14
LESSON 15
Story: Mimicry and Camouflage
Story: Mountains
Story: Fire Storm
Story: The Stranger
Story: The Adventurers
Skill: Text Structure: Cause and Effect
Skill: Text Structure: Cause and Effect
Skill: Drawing Conclusions
Skill: Drawing Conclusions
Review Skills
Vocabulary Words:
avoid
deceptive
lure
mimic
obvious
predators
resembles
traits
Vocabulary Words:
constant
contract
depths
eruption
gradually
immediate
revealed
Vocabulary Words:
altered
discourage
drudgery
plunge
scoffed
skeptically
smoldering
treacherous
Vocabulary Words:
dashed
drab
fascinated
hermit
occasionally
peculiar
timid
trembling
Vocabulary Words:
cherish
delectable
fragile
guidance
hoist
intrepid
pristine
privilege
seasoned
undoubtedly
Theme 4- Imagination at Work
LESSON 16
LESSON 17
LESSON 18
LESSON 19
LESSON 20
Story: So You Want to Be an Inventor?
Story: Just Like Me
Story: Hewitt Anderson's Great Big Life
Story: Juan Verdades: The Man Who Couldn't Tell a Lie
Story: The Case of the Too- Hot Apple Cider
Skill: Fact and Opinion
Skill: Fact and Opinion
Skill: Theme
Skill: Theme
Review Skills
Vocabulary Words:
barriers
forged
hoaxer
perfect
quest
tinker
trampled
Vocabulary Words:
ancestors
brilliant
exotic
graceful
mischievous
participate
Vocabulary Words:
bountiful
inadvertently
intentions
relentless
resourceful
roused
stature
vast
Vocabulary Words:
anxiously
confidently
declared
distressed
gloated
insisted
magnificent
Vocabulary Words:
beams
confound
exposed
gracious
installed
looming
miserable
monitor
ominous
self-assurance
Theme 5- A New Home
LESSON 21
LESSON 22
LESSON 23
LESSON 24
LESSON 25
Story: Because of Winn Dixie
Story: My Diary from Here to There
Story: The Cricket in Times Square
Story: Mangrove Wilderness
Story: Welcome to Chinatown!
Skill: Character, Setting, and Plot
Skill: Character, Setting, and Plot
Skill: Sequence: Story Events
Skill: Sequence: Story Events
Review Skills
Vocabulary Words:
consisted
intends
prideful
recalls
select
snatched
Vocabulary Words:
burst
comforted
huddle
journey
opportunities
recognizes
Vocabulary Words:
fidget
forlornly
noble
pathetic
resolved
scrounging
stingy
suspicion
Vocabulary Words:
advantage
extract
remarkable
stealthy
suitable
withstand
Vocabulary Words:
aspects
destinations
expectantly
festive
gorgeous
misfortune
ornate
reconstruct
symbolize
vigorously
Theme 6- Exploring Our World
LESSON 26
LESSON 27
LESSON 28
LESSON 29
LESSON 30
Story: Dragons and Dinosaurs
Story: Grand Canyon: A Trail Through Time
Story: The Bunyans
Story: John Muir and Stickeen: An Icy Adventure with a No-Good Dog
Story: Discovering the Atocha
Skill: Main Idea and Details
Skill: Main Idea and Details
Skill: Figurative Language
Skill: Figurative Language
Review Skills
Vocabulary Words:
complicated
contraption
eerie
elegant
massive
obstacles
roamed
submerged




Vocabulary Words:
ancient
cascading
distant
embedded
eroding
glistens
sentries
weary







Vocabulary Words:
behemoth
colossal
cordially
fanciful
hearty
illusion
scenic




Vocabulary Words:
coddled
dainty
dedicated
determined
endured
memorable
pitiful





Vocabulary Words:
abruptly
descend
discern
distinguished
dubious
estimate
frantically
scrutinized
verify
vicinity