Grade 4

Grades 4 an exciting and busy time for the students of ASK. They are actively engaged in activities and projects that help them to further develop the skills learned in Grade 3. It is our belief that our students need to be active participants in their own learning. Our teachers’ role is to assist their students by observing their interests and strengths and providing the materials and time for them to explore and develop further in a positive and supportive learning environment. Social integration and the development of positive social skills is an integral part of our academic program. Our students learn to share and be supportive of each other while working together collaboratively on projects and classroom activities. Strong friendships are further developed as are the skills required to be confident independent learners. At ASK we strive to ensure that our students’ years in elementary education further promote a positive basis for the remainder of their academic lives.

Language Arts

The Language Arts program provides students with instruction in reading, writing, speaking, listening, spelling, phonics, communication, vocabulary, handwriting and the structure of language. Instruction occurs in a whole class setting, in small groups and on an individual basis as appropriate. A variety of methods and materials are used to teach basic skills, extend thinking and promote and refine the language development of our students. Students learn and refine their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. A literature based approach exposes students to recognizeworks of children’s literature, promoting critical reading, thinking and discussion skills as a love of reading is fostered. The students will demonstrate a growing proficiency in a number of reading applications. Specific reading instruction continues at these levels while students employ independent reading skills to all areas of learning.

Reading

By the end of Grade4 students are expected to :

  • read a variety of age appropropriate reading selections with fluency and comprehension;
  • enhance familiarity and appreciation for various forms of literature including fiction, nonfiction, biography, poetry, fantasy and mystery;
  • identify and understand story elements including setting, characters and plot; and
  • understand and enhance vocabulary development through word analysis and context.

Speaking and Listening

By the end of Grade4 students will be expected to:

  • listen actively and attentively
  • understand and follow directions
  • express ideas clearly, comfortably and concisely in a variety of situations
  • make relevant contributions to discussions
  • understand and evaluate spoken and audiovisual Messages

Writing

In writing, students will demonstrate skills that allow them to apply writing to all areas of learning. Students will now be writing for a variety of purposes and need to show evidence of independent editing and revision. Their writing should show an increased clarity of thought and an ability to develop and support central ideas. By the end of Grade 4 students are expected to:

  • write effectively for a variety of purposes and audiences, to inform, persuade and entertain;
  • utilize summary writing, note taking, narrative, creative and informational writing;
  • incorporate paragraphing in story writing;
  • use the writing process to plan, write, revise, edit and finalize a piece of writing;
  • apply the rules of grammar and parts of speech;
  • demonstrate mastery in capitalization and punctuation; and
  • recognize and correct run-on and fragmented sentences.

Handwriting

By the end of Grade4 students are expected to :

  • use legible cursive writing in all written work

Math

During Grade 4 students will be exposed to:

  • exploring, justifying, discussing and solving math problems and
  • actions that require both the physical and mental involvement of students.

By the end of Grade 4 students will be expected to :

  • understand the numerical system including whole numbers, decimals and their place value;
  • master addition and subtraction;
  • understand data and graphs;
  • master multiplication up toand including2 digit numbers;
  • be familiar with long division;
  • have an understanding of basic two dimensional shapes and three dimensional geographic figures;
  • understand fractions in relation towhole numbers; and
  • use standard units of measure.

Social Studies

Social Studies concepts and skills are developed throughout the elementary school years in an ever broadening perspective. Grade 4 focuses on Egypt and the world as students study geography,history, culture societies and government and develop map skills. By the end of Grade4 students are expected to:

  • identify basic government principles as they apply to the student and identify and exhibit the skills of a good citizen based on an understanding of justice and democratic principles;
  • understand the need, structure and meaning of communities and societies;
  • develop an appreciation of the study of history;
  • define and apply basic geographical concepts and terminology;
  • identify, compare and contrast traits in the lives of people in another culture with their own; and
  • appreciate Egyptian culture and understand Egypt’s history and its place in the modern world.

Science

Science is an active process used to experience and understand the world and beyond. Students in Grade 4 should acquire specific fundamental scientific knowledge and apply elementary scientific processes to their studies. They should recognize cycles and people’s ability to impact upon systems as well as their personal responsibilities in the world. Students will be expected to build knowledge and an understanding of the natural and manmade world through the application of scientific processes. By the end of Grade 4 students will be expected to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of scientificprinciples and practice the basic processes which scientists use to obtain knowledge about the natural world;
  • recognize and understand the wide variety of similarities and differences that exist among objects in the natural world;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the impact of science and technology on society
  • display a sense of curiosity and wonder about the natural world; and
  • demonstrate an increasing awareness of the interdependence between all living things and the environment.

 

 

Art

The intent of the Art Education program in ASK is to develop visual thinkers and to encourage creative problem solving on all levels of instruction. This program promotes visual literacy through studies in art history, aesthetics, art appreciation and criticism as well as through the process of creating original art. Art encourages inquiry and discovery and wonder.

Structured learning situations are an essential part of the intellectual, social, and emotional growth of every child, and the art curriculum is designed to develop the unique mental capabilities which foster flexible, divergent, original, fluent, and imaginative thinking. While art enhances learning in all subject areas by providing visual, auditory, and sensory experiences, it has intrinsic value and is worth learning for its own sake.

By the end of Grade 4, students will be expected to :

  • learn about the elements and principles of art, line, color, shape, texture, value, pattern, balance and emphasis;
  • develop the personal qualities required for successful artistry such as persistence, patience and self-criticism;
  • learn to express ideas and feelings in visual form;
  • become familiar with awide range of art materials, tools, equipment and techniques; and
  • study the history of art making and artistic achievement.

Theatre

Theater arts are an important part of the lives of all students and the community. Our program is designed to promote the development of the individual’s need for dramatic self-expression. The program strives to develop the ability to appreciate the role theater arts plays in the improvement of the quality of our lives. Exposure to and appreciation of theater traditions from western and non-western regions and cultures is fundamental to our philosophy. Our department recognizes and benefits from the great variety of cultures represented at ASK.

Physical Education

Physical Education is an integral part of a student’s total education experience. Every elementary student will have PE daily. The PE program emphasizes fitness, the ability to work with others in small and large groups, sportsmanship, respect for people, property and rules. The PE program for Grade4 aims to enable students to :

  • develop an awareness of methods to improve individual fitness levels;
  • develop skills through lead up games, drills and practice;
  • learn the rules and strategies unique to many activities;
  • develop the social skills necessary to work in a group setting;
  • gain self confidence in performing many different physical activities; and
  • develop an appreciation of individual differences.