El- Massria Integrated Schools
 
 
 

Grade 4

Grades 1 to 5 are an exciting and busy time for the students of EIS. They are actively engaged in activities and projects that help them to further develop the skills learned in Kindergarten I and II.

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.

As in Kindergarten I and II, 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 EIS we strive to ensure that our students' middle 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 recognize  works 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 Grade 4 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
  • understand and enhance vocabulary development through word analysis and context

Speaking and Listening
By the end of Grade 4 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
  • recognize and correct run-on and fragmented sentences

Handwriting
By the end of Grade 4 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
  • 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 to and including 2 digit numbers
  • be familiar with long division
  • have an understanding of basic two dimensional shapes and three dimensional geographic figures
  • understand fractions in relation to whole numbers
  • 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 Grade 4 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
  • 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 scientific principles 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
  • demonstrate an increasing awareness of the interdependence between all living things and the environment

Art
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 a wide range of art materials, tools, equipment and techniques
  • study the history of art making and artistic achievement

Music
Fourth grade music students begin to learn the essential concepts needed to be proficient in music.  Quizzes, class performance and participation are used to measure a student's competence in music objectives.

By the end of Grade 4, students are expected to understand the following :

Rhythms

  • the review of a quarter note, an eighth note, a quarter rest, a half note, a whole note, a half rest, a whole rest, a dotted half note and time signatures

Sight Singing

  • the continuation of do, re, mi, fa, so and la

Staff Reading

  • learning the letter names of lines and spaces

Instruments

  • the continuation of performance skills
  • learning the basic playing techniques of the recorder

Singing

  • review of correct singing techniques
  • two part singing with a performance two to three times per year

Miscellaneous Concepts

  • extension of the musical experience

Physical Education
Physical Education is an integral part of a student's total education experience. Every elementary student will have one or two classes per week. The PE program emphasizes fitness, the ability to work with others in small and large groups, sportsmanship, respect for people, property and rules.

Students are introduced to a large variety of individual and team sports and given the opportunity to increase their skill level specific to each activity. Their level of participation, proper dress, positive leadership and attitude, understanding of key game concepts and skill development are all equally important. Although there are no extracurricular sports offered to this age group, tournament play often takes place during recess time.

The PE program for Grade 4 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
  • develop an appreciation of individual differences

Computer
The focus of the computer education program is to introduce and develop the skills necessary to use the computer system as a tool to meet the objectives related to the various curriculum areas.

In the teaching of basic computer skills, activities are tied into the core curriculum objectives as much as possible.

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

  • identify the components of a computer
  • understand and explain the basic parts of a computer system
  • type using correct keyboarding techniques
  • recognize the placement of letter keys, including A to Z, return, backspace, the space bar and simple shortcut keys
  • recognize the placement of fingers for the correct keyboard techniques
  • create, print and save a document in various software Programs
  • design projects using multimedia software
  • define and use appropriate computer terms
  • utilize appropriate software in the classroom to enhance the grade level curriculum
 
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