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Toronto Catholic District School Board

 

 
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TEACHERS:  MRS. METE, MS. DOMENEGATO, MR. MAGEAU

 

 

We look forward to a year filled with productive and rewarding activities that will lead to an enriching Grade 4 year for all.  This document is outlined with various routines, expectations, and academic overviews for the 2014 – 2015 year.

 

  

 

CURRICULM OVERVIEW

 
 
RELIGION & FAMILY LIFE
 
Text: God Fulfills His Promise
 
The religion text explores the life of Jesus Christ as revealed to us in the Gospel of the New Testament.  Students will be also be exploring the virtues of the month and how these virtues are present through bible scriptures. Our program will also be enhanced with weekly visits from Father Kachur.
 
Text: Grade 4 - Fully Alive 
 
The family life aspect of the curriculum is guided by the Fully Alive text, which was written, produced and approved by the Ontario Conference of Catholic Bishops for the use in the Catholic schools.  The themes that will be covered this year are:
 
  •  Theme one: Created and Loved by God
  •  Theme two: Living in Relationships
  •  Theme three: Created sexual: Male and Female
  •  Theme four: Growing in Commitment
  •  Theme five: Living in the World
 
LANGUAGE ARTS
 
Literacy In the Middle Grades” is a board-wide literacy instruction framework for Grades 4-8. This literacy framework provides a balance of direct instruction of reading and comprehension strategies for students and is based on exemplary practices.
 
Reading Workshops 
Writing Workshops
Teacher Read– Alouds ​
Writing Traits Mini-Lessons​
Shared Reading​
Use of Graphic Organizers​
Guided Reading​
Teacher/Student Writing Conferences
Self-Selected Reading ​
Participation in writing tasks (ie. graffiti, webs, place-mat, etc)​
Literature Circles​
Booktalks ​
    
 

Reading Workshop Goals

 
  • Read a variety of literary, biographical, informational and graphic texts
  • Develop and deepen reading skills through the following reading strategies: Making Connections, Synthesizing, Asking Questions, Inferring, Visualizing, and Determining Important Ideas
  • Respond to reading in a variety of ways, (ie. reading journals, drama, booktalks, etc.
  • Develop oral language and vocabulary skills across all subject areas
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Writing Workshop Goals
 
  • Learn and appreciate the writing process through teacher modeling and scaffolding
  • Engage in the writing process through various forms of writing
  • Revise, edit, and share published pieces within community of writers
  • Receive direct instruction and teacher modeling of the writing traits: Word Choice, Ideas, Organization, Sentence Fluency, Conventions, & Voice
 
MATHEMATICS
 
Text: Nelson Mathematics 4
 
Students will be assigned a key assessment question on a regular basis in order to monitor their understanding of the math concepts taught. These questions are graded and recorded for assessment purposes. Please take the time to look through your child’s math notebook to see his/her progress. Students will also be assigned questions from the Nelson math workbook to reinforce the various skills taught and learned in class. If you would like extra exercises for your child, you may visit the Nelson website at http://www.mathK8.nelson.com.  There is a “Parent Centre”, as well as, a “Student Centre”. The Nelson chapters will be covered in the following sequence:

  

 
TERM 1 TERM 2
Numeration 3- D Geometry & Measurement
Patterns in Mathematics Fractions & Decimals
Data Management Probability
Measuring Length & Time Multiplying &  Dividing Greater Numbers
2- D Geometry Multiplication & Division
Addition and Subtraction Motion Geometry
Area and Perimeter
 

  

SOCIAL STUDIES  
 
Text: Many Gifts & Other Sources 
 
Students will be studying Canada’s provinces and territories, focusing on Canada’s landform regions. Also, students will be developing their mapping skills.  In the latter term, students will be examining the social and political aspects of the Medieval Times.  
 

SCIENCE AND TECHOLOGY 

Text: Addison Wesley Series & Other Sources

 

The science curriculum is organized into four strands which include:

 
  • Life Systems: Habitats and Communities
  • Earth and Space Systems: Rocks and Minerals
  • Matter and Energy: Light and Sound
  • Structures and Mechanisms: Pulleys and Gears 
 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION & HEALTH 

Students are expected to have appropriate clothing and shoes for the scheduled physical education time period.  The following three strands will be covered throughout the year:  

 
Fundamental Movement Skills Healthy Living
Active Participation
            
 
VISUAL ARTS
 
The Grade 4 visual arts program focuses on self-expression and the ability to communicate through visual images.  The students will be encouraged to develop their reading skills of various works of art.  The students will have the opportunity to develop and explore various mediums of art, with a focus on line, colour, texture, form, shape and space.
 
 
DRAMA AND DANCE
 
Drama and dance will be incorporated into other subject areas of the curriculum like Family Life, Health, and Language Arts.

 

 
HOMEWORK/AGENDA
 
Homework will include research projects/major assignments, studying for tests or quizzes, and completing unfinished classroom work.  Every morning, students will write down the homework assignments of the day.  Most assignments will be completed in class and any unfinished work will have to be taken home and submitted on the assigned due date. If concerns arise because your child is experiencing difficulty in meeting homework demands and/or assignments, please express your written comments through the agenda or you may contact me at the school. If your child has not completed a homework assignment on time, you will be notified via a yellow slip.  Yellow slips must be initialed by parents and the student is expected to complete the unfinished work for the next day.
  
 
CLASSROOM EXPECTATIONS
 
The Grade 4 students have been discussing what is to be expected in our classroom in order to ensure a positive learning environment for everyone.  The following list is an overview of expectations that were discussed:
 
  1. Always show kindness in your words and actions towards others
  2. Show respect towards your teachers, and peers by using polite words
  3. Work quietly and do not disturb others during work periods
  4. Listen attentively to what others have to say
  5. Raise your hand when you would like to share your thoughts and ideas
  6. Mistakes are welcome and we will learn from them
  7. Enter and leave the classroom in a quiet and orderly manner so that other classrooms are not being disturbed
  8. Keep your books neat and organized by always putting forth your best efforts
  9. Always use polite words like: “Please, Thank you, and Excuse Me”
  10. Be proud of your work and be ready to share your ideas with others
 
CLASSROOM TRIPS/SCIENTIST PROGRAMS
 
Hands-on experiences from excursions help to create a better understanding of the world outside the classroom.  The table below is a tentative list of Grade 4 excursions and activities planned for the year. The exact dates and cost of the following activities will be announced to parents in advance through written notifications.
  
October​ The Kortright Centre  --  Habitats & Communities
November​ ​Scientist in School  --  Rocks & Minerals
January​ Centennial Park skiing
February​ Centennial Park  skiing​
March​ Scientist in School  --  Sound is Music to my Ears​
April​ Scientist in School  --  Light Up Your Life​
May​ Scientist in School  --  Pulleys & Gears​
June​ The Medieval Times
Art Workshop – Medieval Brass
Rubbings Workshop​