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4th Grade

Welcome to 4th Grade at Noah Webster Schools!

We have a spectacular journey ahead of us! In addition to the core subjects of reading, writing, and math, your child will have the opportunity to learn about the early development and colonization of the regions and cultures of the Americas and many intriguing topics in our science curriculum. Students will be encouraged to ask questions and participate in fun, yet challenging coursework in his or her classroom. 4th grade students will be more involved than ever when learning about various subjects. From conducting physical experiments to solving problems through constructive group work, your child will experience it all!

Each school year, 4th graders encounter exciting endeavors outside of the classroom by attending scheduled field trips. Field trips are a time for our students to recognize the connection between the curriculum, subjects and topics learned in the classroom and the real word. While field trips have varied over the past few years, 4th grade field trips have previously included taking students to the Arizona Museum of Natural History, ASU-School of Earth and Space Exploration, Goldfield Ghosttown, Arizona Capital, and Pueblo Grand Museum.

4th Grade Curriculum

In 4th grade math, your child will start learning more complex ways to solve math equations. They will develop a comprehensive understanding when using the four math operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. During instructional time with the teacher, students will add, subtract, multiply and divide numbers 0-20 and solve equations with missing numbers by multiplying and dividing. Students will also learn how to multiply multi-digit numbers by two-digit numbers and divide multi-digit numbers by a single-digit number. Additionally, students will become familiar with identifying and solving equations containing fractions and their equivalencies. Students will also work with geometric vocabulary and be given strategies to solve for the various components of given shapes including area, perimeter, side lengths, and angles, etc. Major standards covered in fourth grade include:

  • Multi-digit Multiplication
  • Long division of multi-digit numbers by one-digit
  • Geometry including vocabulary and formulas
  • Fraction identification, equivalence, and solving equations
  • Multi-step word problems

Our 4th grade language arts curriculum teaches students a range of skills through all aspects of the English literature. Language arts involves the development of comprehensive skills covering reading, writing, grammar, spelling and vocabulary. Your child will study and develop the fundamentals of language arts by learning the strategies needed to comprehend literary and expository text, formulate paragraphs by focusing on a specific reason for writing and increase their level of fluency and expression.

Reading

Teachers will use different works of literature to enhance your child’s reading ability and meet the required 4th grade reading standards. Utilizing McGraw-Hill reading, your child will begin learning all the elements that make up literary and expository text. Based on the stories students read, they will make predictions, draw conclusions, identify the main idea, identify theme, make inferences, and form generalizations. Our 4th grade students will also learn different methods of summarizing a story, such as conducting judgments and decisions, determining the cause and effect, and comparing and contrasting different parts of the story. Your child will participate in class activities and a weekly story reading to help enhance their comprehension skills in both reading quietly to themselves and aloud to others. Emphasized reading skills in the fourth grade include:

  • Summarizing a text by identifying the main idea and supporting details
  • Identify underlying themes in a story
  • Make inferences and predictions based on what a text explicitly says
  • Provide text-evidence support in determining an author’s claim
  • Identifying the organization of how a text is structured

Writing

Our 4th graders will expand upon their previous learned knowledge of the basics of writing into the various styles of writing. They are taught the foundation of descriptive and detailed five paragraph writing to prepare them for creating their own forms of literature. Your child will utilize thinking maps and color coding activities to help organize parts of the writing process. Once the students learn the basics of forming a proper paragraph and all the components that guarantee fluency, they will learn a variety of writing genres, including:

  • Narrative
  • Letter writing
  • Research
  • Poetry
  • Expository
  • Persuasive
  • Literary response
  • Response to text

As a 4th grader at Noah Webster Schools, your child will learn about The regions and cultures of the Americas (North, Central, and South America along with the Caribbean Islands) Up to 1763.  Our students will begin to explore the world by learning disciplinary skills and processes, civics, economics, geography, history.

The 4th grade science curriculum combines a series of lessons, experiments, and worksheets, along with direct instruction for multiple topics involving Physical, Earth and Space, and Life Sciences. The topics will more specifically cover the general understanding of electricity, weather and climate, environmental changes, magnets, technology, and adaptions.

Your child will learn how to formulate conclusions based on trends, make predictions from a project’s results, and create new questions and predictions using science experiments and fun activities.

During your child’s 4th grade year, they are required to participate in an individual science fair for an opportunity to incorporate what they have learned throughout the year into a specific project that may then be displayed at the school.

Physical Education

All students participate in physical education classes at least once a week. Classes focus on competency of motor skills and performance of physical activities in order to achieve and maintain health-enhancing levels of fitness. Positive social interaction is embedded into instruction while promoting the value of physical activity.

Music

All students participate in music classes at least once a week. Students create meaning and expression through the use of listening, performing and improvisational skills. Students are introduced to the elements and theory of music and musical instruments.

Library

Students will have scheduled library visits.  In addition, Noah Webster offers an online cataloging system. Destiny Quest allows students to browse Noah Webster Schools Library’s entire collection and place a hold on their final selection. The book will then be delivered to the student’s classroom within 3-4 business days. Reference materials are also available.

Art

Noah Webster Schools has implemented Art Masterpiece to introduce artists and styles from diverse cultures and time periods. Students are taught to use classic and modern techniques in order to create artwork to communicate ideas, meanings, and/or purposes.

4th Grade Supply List

Dear Parents,

Welcome back! The fourth-grade teaching team would like to welcome you to fourth grade.   We look forward to meeting you virtually at Open House on Saturday, August 15, 2020.  More information about Open House will be coming soon.

We are doing things a little differently from previous years to ensure the health and safety of all students and staff. First, we are no longer having shared classroom supplies. Each child will have his or her own materials and supplies. Secondly, we are attempting to maximize space in the classroom, therefore we are sending out a minimal list of supplies your child will need. Teachers may request some additional supplies throughout the year as the need arises.

Please, remember to label all of your student’s belongings (jacket, water bottle, backpack, and lunch box) in addition to their supplies, with first and last name.  This will help locate them should items become lost.

If your child will not be attending Noah Webster Schools, please contact the front office at 480.291.6900 (Pima) or 480.986.2335 (Mesa).

2020-2021 SUPPLY LIST

  • Pencil box or 3-hole binder pouch
  • Backpack
  • 4 black & white composition notebook
  • 2 plastic flexible, 2-pocket poly folders
  • 1 pair of earbuds/headphones for laptops/tablets
  • 1 package of #2 wooden pencils
  • 1 package of pencil top erasers
  • 1 box of crayons (24 count) or box of colored pencils
  • 1 package of thick tip dry erase markers
  • 1 package of highlighters
  • 1 package of blue pens
  • 1 pair of scissors
  • 1 package of glue sticks

Parents will be responsible for sending their child to school each day with:

  • 2 clean face coverings
  • A full refillable water bottle.

**OPTIONAL** – 1 travel size bottle of hand sanitizer for personal use to be kept in backpack

Sincerely,

4th Grade Teaching Team
Noah Webster Schools

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Testimonials

I just wanted to take a moment to say how much we appreciate Noah Webster School. Our daughter is in Miss Tice’s Kindergarten class and talk about one amazing teacher! I never could have expected to have such a warm, energetic and compassionate teacher for our daughter. She puts so much energy and time into each day of learning, and my daughter literally cries if she is sick and cannot go to school. We look forward to our school adventure with Noah Webster. You all are a blessing to our family.
Rebecca E.
An excerpt from a 6th grade alumni to his 6th grade teacher: “I just wanted to thank you for pushing me and my classmates as hard as you did. I recently took a math test to determine whether or not I should be placed in an advanced seventh grade class. Just yesterday, the results were received, my work was dubbed exceptional and they wish to place me in a freshman algebra class in high school! Of course I wasn’t the only one to do so, but one of the few. Thank you so much for everything, you will never be forgotten.”
Brady W.
On the first day of school, while I was walking down the hall, I was kind of nervous because it was a new school. But when I walked in the classroom, I recognized some people I already knew, and that made me feel a bit better. I have learned so many things this year, such as integers, Ancient Greece, and oxymorons. I have also learned things that will help me be a better person. I learned that respect is one of the most important qualities to have in life. My teacher is wonderful. She has empathy (most of the time) for us. She knows what it’s like to be in different kinds of situations, she knows how to cheer someone up, or make them feel regretful (when we misbehave). She understands our problems and gives us advice on how to solve them, whether it’s from personal problems to math or reading problems. We went on a lot of field trips this year. My favorite one was the Water Day field trip at the Mesa Campus! We got to go on different water slides. I had so much fun sliding down the 40 foot tall Rhino slide and high-fiving everyone when I reached the bottom! Everyday has been a different day, which I enjoy. I will always remember my experience in 6th grade here at Noah Webster Schools.
Annika T.
I’ve made so many memories this year and I will always remember them. The best memory I have is just coming to Noah Webster Schools; knowing that I really enjoy going to school and not complaining about it in the morning. We had a lot of field trips and they were all amazing! This is the best school I’ve ever been too! I’ve learned so much more than at any other school. The students here are all friends; there isn’t anyone who doesn’t feel welcomed. Everyone is nice to each other and treats each other the same. No one is different. The teachers are amazing and I just have to say “Thank You” to my teacher as she’s helped me out a lot and I know she will keep doing so. This year was amazing and I will never forget it!
Chloe J.
I am very impressed with my daughter’s improvement with all her academics and challenges of different schoolwork. I’ve seen an enormous difference in her and it has inspired her to love school. Thank you!
Grace M.
Our son was in Kindergarten this year and he loved it and loved the teacher & assistant teacher. He learned so much through the school year. I am very pleased to have started him at this school. To end this great school year with such a fun water day he so much enjoyed and talked about the whole day.
Catherine N.
Thank you to the staff at Noah Webster for making my child feel so comfortable. Starting school mid-year is never easy but he has really come out of his shell this year.
Brandon C.
Our daughter absolutely loves that she gets to use a laptop in class. We’re amazed at how quickly she is learning.
Shelly C.
My son attends Noah Webster and loves school. He’s always so excited when he gets home and ready to share what he’s learned each day.
Sara M.