Literacy skills are taught and reinforced throughout the entire fourth grade curriculum, as well as during a designated reading and literacy block. The reading program focuses on teaching students the skills they need in order to read to learn. The year begins with a review of comprehension skill strategies (predicting, summarizing, making inferences, and drawing conclusions) and then transitions to whole class reading instruction using the novel Sign of the Beaver. The students also participate in small literature circles while reading Snow Treasure or Number the Stars. An engaging novel study of Tuck Everlasting completes the year. Throughout fourth grade, students learn to recognize literary devices within text (simile, metaphor, idiom, hyperbole, personification, alliteration, and onomatopoeia) in a range of genres, such as realistic fiction, biography, autobiography, poetry, historical fiction, myths, fairy tales, and fables.
Phonics and Spelling-
During the first half of the fourth grade school year, students focus on reviewing high frequency words and spelling patterns. Spelling rules regarding the addition of suffixes are also continuously reviewed. After Christmas break, students are expected to spell high frequency words and words with taught spelling patterns correctly in their written work.