4th Grade


language arts
  • Reading

Fluency, comprehension of a wide variety of genres, literary response and analysis and guided reading of trade books to encourage students to read for learning and enjoyment through close reading, shared reading and read-alouds.

  • Writing

Adopting Collins Writing Program

The Collins Writing Program is a writing-across-the-curriculum/writing-to-learn approach instituted by every teacher. It is designed to develop writing skills for all academic areas, for high-stakes testing, for learning and remembering subject-area content, and for refining listening and speaking skills.    

  • Grammar

Parts of speech, subject/verb agreement, verb tenses, word usage, sentence structure, and punctuation

  • Spelling

Correct spelling in daily and weekly assignments; differentiated weekly spelling lists

  • Vocabulary

Building vocabulary through word usage in texts and reading assignments.

  • Research and Inquiry
  • Individualized, differentiated homework and weekly assessments.


  • Number Sense

Understanding place value of whole numbers and how they relate to addition, subtraction, multiplication and division

Fractions (comparing and applying basic operations), relating fractions and decimals

  • Measurement and Geometry

Customary measurement, perimeter and area, plane and solid geometric objects, angles

  • Reasoning 

Problem solving


Social Studies
  • Pennsylvania 

Early inhabitants,

The founding of Pennsylvania

Products, cities, symbols, and water and highway systems

  • Regions of the United States

Longitude and latitude,




States and capitals

  • Maps 

Reading and interpreting maps


  • Understanding the scientific processes and develop language concepts and vocabulary related to science
  • Human Body Systems: Introduction to the human body systems and how they work and interact
  • Earth Materials:  Explore fundamental concepts in Earth science
  • Water:  Explore properties of water and how it interacts with other Earth materials; look at how humans use water
  • Participate in science fair
  • Reading Comprehension and Creative Writing

Identifying main ideas, book reports (Hebrew books)

  • Grammar

Conjunctions, prepositions, punctuation, different verb structures 

  • Oral Language

Build conversation skills by sharing experiences, writing and reading stories to class, practicing storytelling

  • Reading comprehension and
  • Creative focus on the individuality of each student and resolution of learning problems


  • Chumash:  Toldot, Vayetze, Vayishlach with Rashi’s commentary
  • Parashat Hashavuah


  • Modeh Ani with Reishit Chachma
  • Torah Torah
  • Ma Tovu
  • Adon Olam
  • Yigdal
  • Birchot Hashachar
  • Boruch She’amar
  • Ashrei
  • Shema (first, second, and third paragraph)
  • Shemoneh Esrei
  • Aleinu
  • Hallel (when appropriate)


  • Interpersonal and social skills
  • Conflict resolution



The curriculum focuses on the interpersonal aspects of each holiday and conflict resolution

  • Rosh Hashanah/Yom Kippur: Teshuva and forgiveness
  • Sukkot: Laws of Sukkah, symbols of the four species, the Three Regalim
  • Simchat Torah: Happiness
  • Chanuka: Questions/conflicts in the story of Chanuka Maoz Tzur and other songs
  • Tu BeShvat: Importance of trees to our lives and the environment
  • Purim: Laughter and jokes, decision making in the story
  • Pesach: Comparison of Pesach in Egypt and Pesach in our time
  • Israel: Importance of Yom Ha’atzmaut and the history of Jerusalem
  • Shavuot: Reasons and customs