Team: Melanie Rottler, Suzanne Ervin and Ali Palladino
Philosophy and Goals:
The fourth grade team shares a vision for promoting achievement, self advocacy, and self esteem among learners.
Our values and beliefs include the following:
Fostering high expectations
Fostering essential skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing
Developing problem-solving skills
Promoting behaviors which encourage respect, responsibility, and caring
Developing decision making skills
Encouraging humor and creativity
Facilitating the development of organization skills
Our 4th grade curriculum is based on the Colorado Academic Standards
Area: English Language Arts
Students are surrounded by a variety of good literature and informational text in a climate
that encourages thoughtful reflection, sharing, and response. Areas of focus are complex literature, complex informational text, writing to inform and explain, narrative and opinion writing.
Math is a language which helps provide clarity, objectivity, and
understanding to our world. Students apply mathematic skills, problem solve real world situations, and demonstrate understanding through multiple modes.
Numbers/Operations in Base Ten
Measurement and Data
Area: Hands-On Science
Our hands-on FOSS science units are designed to facilitate students' curiosity and further promote their understanding of scientific concepts. Units include Environments; Sun, Moon and Planets; and Magnetism and Electricity
Area: Personal Financial Literacy (Mini-Society)
Students learn the basics of starting and running a small business. Concepts studied include supply and demand, balancing a checkbook, and producing and selling a product.
Area: Social Studies
Students study history, geography, economics, and civics as it relates to Colorado.