4th Grade Open Court

Students learn the story of California, unique in American history in terms of its vast and varied geography, immigration beginning with pre-Columbian societies, its continuous diversity, economic energy, and rapid growth. In addition to the specific treatment of milestones in California history, students examine the state in the context of the rest of the nation, with an emphasis on the U.S. Constitution and the relationship between state and federal government.

Students learn that electricity and magnetism are related and effects many useful applications in everyday life.  They also learn about organisms needing energy and matter to live and grow, food chains and webs, and depending on others to survive.  Along with these, they will also learn about rocks, minerals, and how waves, wind, water, and ice shape and reshape Earth’s land surface.

By the end of fifth grade, students will apply knowledge  of phonics, syllabication, and word parts to achieve fluent oral and silent reading. They will use comprehension strategies and distinguish between the structural features of the text and the literary terms or elements.  Student’s will show progress through the stages of the writing process and write compositions that describe and explain familiar objects, events, and experiences.

By the end of grade four, students understand large numbers and addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers. They describe and compare simple fractions and decimals. They understand the properties of, and the relationships between, plane geometric figures. They collect, represent, and analyze data to answer questions.

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