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Spring 2012

Link to Common Core Standards

Common Core

As of August 2, 2010, the California Department of Education approved the adoption of national, Common Core standards for California. These nationally developed standards will begin to serve as the guide for instruction at each grade level after a two year implementation period. While not significantly different from the California standards, there will be some changes.


Technology and Your Child

The below website offers information and advice on your child's interaction with technology and media.

It offers anything from movie, book, and App recommendations to advice on big issues concerning your child and the media.


Fourth Grade

Welcome to Fourth Grade!

What an exciting year we have ahead of us.

We are looking forward to getting to know our new classes!

4th Grade Curriculum


  • Reader's Workshop
  • Comprehension and analysis of text
  • Fluency and expression


  • Writer's Workshop
  • Narrative, Opinion/Persuasive, and Informative Writing


  • Math Workshop
  • Teaching multiple strategies
  • Place Value, Rounding and Estimating, Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division, Fractions, Decimals, Geometry
  • Problem Solving
  • Please make sure you read the PDF on Frequently Asked Questions about Math


  • Structure and function
  • Earth Systems
  • Waves
  • Energy

Social Studies:

  • California History

Physical Education:

  • Skill Building, Team Sports, and Sportsmanship
  • Physical Fitness Training


  • LPIE Art
  • LPIE Gold Rush Day
  • Library 
  • Green Team
  • Band, Strings, and Chorus

Here's a link to our report card:


What does Math Workshop look like?


Number Talks

You might hear your child say they had a number talk today. Click below to see a brief video on what a math talk might look like and why teachers are incorporating them into their lessons.


Differentiated Learning

Below are some possible ways you might see the curriculum differentiated:

  • Depth and rigor over acceleration
  • Choice in assignments 
  • Teach using a variety of strategies to reach all types of learners
  • Assess student readiness
  • Opportunity to challenge oneself every day

Character Education

The Character Counts program is embedded in our lessons and is discussed daily.

We also use 123 Magic to provide each student with the opportunity to self monitor their actions.


Frequently Asked Questions about Math

Why is math being taught differently?  

math questions

How can I help my child with their homework?