4th Grade

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Students continue to connect historical events and scientific concepts to their everyday lives. Common Core Language Arts skills are taught through science and history-social science topics, such as infrastructure, energy, migration, and government. They expand their understanding of genres, points of view, academic language, and standard writing conventions.

  • 8 separate units (Common Core integrated through science & history-social science)
  • Covers 36 weeks of curriculumPsychologically based social skills
  • Psychologically based social skills
  • Guided reading and writing
  • Multiple read-alouds matched to content in each unit: poetry, nonfiction, and fiction
  • Common Core Standards (Reading: Informational Text, Reading: Literature, Reading: Foundational, Language, Speaking/Listening)
  • Next Generation Science Standards (experiments, engineering, and design)
  • History-social science standards
  • STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, & math) connections
  • History-Social Science & Next Generation Science

    California Regions & Resources

    We explore how science, history, and language merge by exploring diverse geographical regions. Common Core Language Arts skills such as modal auxiliary, similes, metaphors, and adages are applied directly to Next Generation Science and history-social science content.

    Lesson Topics
    • Geographic features
    • Essay writing
    • Collaboration with diverse partners
    • Helping a changing planet
  • Next Generation Science

    Internal Systems

    Developmentally, fourth graders are becoming more aware of sensory input that has a profound impact on perspective. An exploration of the connection between external senses and perceptions helps students be more mindful and self-aware.

    Lesson Topics
    • Organic systems
    • Opinion & research
    • Common themes
    • Character analysis
  • Next Generation Science

    Energy Sources

    Students explore the many sources of energy. While they analyze environmental impact, they account for the feasibility for everyday use. Common Core Language Arts skills such as supporting evidence and drawing inferences are applied directly to Next Generation Science content.

    Lesson Topics
    • Renewable & nonrenewable resources
    • Drawing inferences
    • Motivations, quotes, & dialogue
    • Energy conservation
  • History-Social Science

    California Native Americans

    An exploration of regional resources drives the study of Native American nations history. Students learn regional differences by reading local legends and myths. Common Core Language Arts skills such as figurative language are applied directly to history-social science content.

    Lesson Topics
    • Native American nations
    • Graphic novel writing
    • Formal and informal language
    • Preserving history
  • History-Social Science

    Early California

    Students learn about Spanish, Russian, and British exploration of the “New World” and colonization, discovering how these forces impacted indigenous populations. Geography, economics, and politics are viewed through diverse cultural perspectives.

    Lesson Topics
    • Exploration, missions, & wars
    • Effects of perception & motivation
    • Resilience during conflict
    • Culture in practice
  • History-Social Science

    Gold Rush

    Students explore the diverse people who searched for gold. Social, economic, and political influences are examined with an emphasis on the Transcontinental Railroad, Pony Express, and the telegraph.

    Lesson Topics
    • Autobiography writing
    • Transportation history
    • Adages in context
    • Community diversity
  • History-Social Science

    California Industry

    Students analyze the impact of technological advances on our social interactions and political structures. They examine conflicts that arose and the influence on settlements, while comparing the many contributions diverse populations made to various regions.

    Lesson Topics
    • Industrial history
    • Population diversity & growth
    • Greek and Latin affixes, verb tenses
    • Problem solving in communities
  • History-Social Science


    Students examine the structures, functions, and rules at different levels of government from federal, to state, to city, including our Constitution. We dive further into the concepts of civic participation and public service from earlier grade levels.

    Lesson Topics
    • Structure in government
    • Distributing & balancing power
    • Argumentative text
    • Developing & modifying rules

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