Thalia Fasarakis
4th Grade Teacher
A. Fantis Parochial School
tfasarakis@afantis.org

Fourth grade students are encouraged to take an active role in their education, as they enjoy new concepts and ideas in academic areas. They will strengthen and expand their skills as readers, writers and mathematical problem solvers. As their analytical skills and strategies are strengthened, students will read and analyze a variety of genres across the curriculum. Students write multi-paragraph texts as they make a variety of connections; text to text, text to self and text to world. Students are encouraged to build on their fellow peers ideas to express their own ideas clearly. Independent reading is emphasized in order for students to comprehend grade level text, and use a variety of strategies, such as cause and effect, identifying problems and solutions and context clues. With the use of context clues, they increase their vocabulary.Fourth graders work with multi digit numbers and develop fluency in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Once they have been mastered, fractions are introduced and students work on adding and subtracting fractions with like and unlike denominators and on multiplying fractions. Towards the end of the fourth grade, students build their knowledge on geometric shapes and learn to classify the geometric shapes based on a variety of properties. In addition to the above mentioned, students in the fourth grade develop their problem solving skills and work on solving multi-step word problems.

While studying the different regions of the United States, students will develop their map and globe skills that are imperative in interpreting charts and graphs. In addition, students will strengthen their critical thinking skills as they analyze the text they are reading; cause and effect, problem and solution, identifying main idea and details, and comparing and contrasting. While studying geography, they will discover the history, government, economics, and culture of the United States and better understand how geography affects people.

Fourth grade students become energized when it is time for Science. Students interpret and analyze information that is presented to them visually, orally, and through interactive sources. Our science curriculum includes the engineering process, plants and animals, energy and ecosystems, weather, earth and space, properties and changes of matter, energy, electricity and motion and is enhanced with print and digital lessons. Within each unit of study, students take part in hands on experiences and with the use of technology take part in virtual labs.

Our students are fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to utilize technology to enhance their educational experience. Chromebooks are provided to incoming fourth graders to access a variety of educational programs. Think Central and Achieve 3000, are programs that have been carefully selected to strengthen their skills through non traditional methods. Students are guided during classroom instruction on how to properly use their Chromebooks and programs. With patience and practice, students become confident in their abilities to utilize technology.