Grace Montessori​​​​
​School
Quality Education and Childcare

Grade 4 Curriculum

Science
​Needs of the plant
Functions and varieties of the leaf, roots, stem, flower, fruit and seed
Seed plants, classification, photosynthesis, plant reproduction 
Animals with backbones: vertebrates vs. invertebrates 
Cold and warm blooded animals 
Botany nomenclature
Classification of the five classes of animals
Animal adaptations: camouflage; mimicry 
Animal behaviors 
Plant and animal classification
Introduction to the nervous system 
Brain and its functions 
Digestive and respiratory systems 
Minerals, rocks 
Volcanoes 
Earthquakes 
Introduction to the ecosystem 
Language
History of written and spoken language
Word study including affixes, compound words and word families
Parts of speech including the noun, article, adjective, verb, preposition, pronoun, adverb, conjunction and interjection
Verb tenses
Sentence analysis
Reading and responding to a variety of literary works (Great Books: Series 4)
Reading informational text 
Developing vocabulary, fluency and speaking skills 
Reading comprehension: (SRA reading program)
Composition including factual writing, imaginative writing and style
Read-aloud and silent reading 
Summarizing information 
Essay writing 
Spelling and vocabulary development 
Geography and History
Creation of the universe 
Key lessons on the concept of the passing of time and the activities on the earth both before and after the appearance of human beings
Layers of the Earth
Force and gravity, deposition
Introduction to plate tectonics / Formation of mountains including volcanic
Three states of matter 
Solutions, matter in suspension, mixtures, chemical reactions 
Separation, saturation and super saturation
The rotation of the Earth and its consequences 
The Earth as a sphere and its consequences 
The Earth tilted on its axis / Seasons / Climate zones of the Earth
Six regions of the US: Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Mountain, Southwest, West 
Interdependence of human beings in society / Economic geography
Fundamental needs of human beings including materials and spiritual needs
Map skills 
50 states and capitals 
Research projects, using library and internet resources, organize information for writing, correct documentation and formatting 
Time and calendars
Mathematics
Decimal System’s hierarchical presentation and symbols
Long multiplication using a variety of materials and approaches progressing to abstraction
Commutative and distributive laws
Decimal fractions including simple operations
Rounding numbers to the nearest thousand 
Rules of divisibility
Addition and subtraction of whole numbers and decimals 
Multiplication of whole numbers and decimals 
Division of whole numbers and decimals 
Introduction to algebra 
Data and graphs 
Introduction to squaring and cubing
Long division using a variety of materials (distributive and group division progressing to abstraction)
Geometry 
Congruence and similarity
Equivalence
Nomenclature of polygons
Angles including the classification of triangles, parts of angles, measuring angles, and the four operations with angles
Relationships between pairs of angles including adjacent angles, linear pairs, adjacent complementary and supplementary angles and vertically opposite angle
Fractions including simple operations with both common and uncommon denominators
Adding and subtracting fractions 
Multiplying fractions 
Area and perimeter 
Measurement including length, weight or mass, time, temperature and money
Area and the formulas that derive area: Quadrilaterals 
Nomenclature of a circle
Introduction to volume
Introduction to polyhedron