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Fourth Grade Syllabus



Fourth Grade Objectives

Provide students curriculum concepts through studies in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and reasoning in preparation for continued educational success.  The content will include, but is not be limited to, the following:

Language Arts

  • Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
  • Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
  • Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.
  • Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 4 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
  • Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
  • Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, including those that signal precise actions, emotions, or states of being and that are basic to a particular topic.


•     Use the four operations with whole numbers to solve problems.

•     Gain familiarity with factors and multiples.

•     Generate and analyze patterns.

•     Generalize place value understanding for multi-digit whole numbers.

•     Use place value understanding and properties of operations to perform multi-digit arithmetic.

•     Extend understanding of fraction equivalence and ordering.

•     Build fractions from unit fractions by applying and extending previous understandings of operations on whole numbers.

•     Understand decimal notation for fractions, and compare decimal fractions.

•     Solve problems involving measurement and conversion of measurements from a larger unit to a smaller unit.

•     Represent and interpret data.

•     Understand concepts of angle and measure angles.

•     Draw and identify lines and angles, and classify shapes by properties of their lines and angles.


  • Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.
  • Write information/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information   clearly.
  • Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
  • Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
  • With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing.
  • With some guidance and support from adults, use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command keyboarding skills to type a minimum of one page in a single sitting.
  • Conduct short research projects that build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.
  • Recall relevant information from experience or gather relevant information from print and digital sources; take notes and categorize information, and provide a list of source.
  • Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
  • Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.


Social Studies

  • The student will develop and demonstrate Common Core informational text reading literacy skills.
  • The student will develop and demonstrate Common Core writing skills.
  • The student will develop and demonstrate Common Core speaking and listening skills.
  • The student will analyze the physical, cultural, political, economic, and the historic features of the United States.
  • The student will examine the physical and cultural features of the regions of the United States.
  • The students will examine Native American groups and European explorations and settlements impacting the development of the major regions of the United States.


Fort Gibson Schools has been a state leader in transitioning to a more relevant and rigorous form of instruction.  In this course the following will be expected:

  • Reading:  Students will use active reading strategies to read various materials and text. 
  • Speaking:  Students will express his/her original thought verbally in a clear and concise manner.
  • Reasoning:  Students will analyze charts, graphs, or diagrams and make inferences about the data.
  • Writing:   Students will express their original thoughts in writing through quick writes and/or formal writing.

Students will be taught using the following category of techniques

  • Quadrant A-Students will memorize and recall basic principles and concepts.
  • Quadrant B-Students will apply their knowledge of the basic principles and concepts to solve problems.
  • Quadrant C-Students will prove the basic skills and elements of concepts taught across curriculum.
  • Quadrant D-Student will evaluate the thought process they go through to work out “selected” problems.


District/Class Expectations:

To be a successful school takes the cooperation of all involved.  A handbook will be provided to each student that explains the most pertinent information and rules that each student should know.  A more detailed policy book is available for view in our library.  Specific expectations for our classroom include:


  •   Bring pencil, books, and all needed material to class every day.
  •   Be in your seat when the tardy bell rings.
  •   Keep hands, feet, books and objects (HFBO) to yourself.
  •   No profanity, rude gestures, cruel teasing or put-downs.
  •   Follow directions.


Grading Policy:

  • Test/Quizzes      60%
  • Daily Work          40%


Make-Up Work

  • Late work will result in a zero for that assignment.
  • Students who are absent are given one (1) day for each day they are absent to turn in their work.
  • For school related absences, students must coordinate with their teacher to get their work in advance.
  • Progress Reports will be sent out the sixth week of each trimester.
  • There are two parent/teacher conferences per year (spring/fall).
  • However, if you have questions or concerns or need to bring something about your child to my attention, please don’t hesitate to contact me at (918) 478-2465 www.ftgibson.k12.ok.us .


Looking forward to a great year!