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4th Grade Curriculum Guide


SGCS utilizes The Math Learning Center’s Bridges in Mathematics and Number Corner as the instructional resource for mathematics.

  • Aligns with the mission, vision, and core values while providing K-5 students with authentic, rigorous, hands-on mathematical experiences.
  • Developing students’ deep understandings of mathematical concepts, proficiency with key skills, and ability to solve complex and novel problems.
  • Blends direct instruction, structured investigation, and open exploration.
  • Taps into the intelligence and strengths of all students by presenting material that is as linguistically, visually, and kinesthetically rich as it is mathematically powerful.

The Bridges in Mathematics and Number Corner programs address the PDE State Standards for Mathematics.

In 4th Grade, students study the following concepts:

  • Developing understanding and fluency with multi-digit multiplication, and developing understanding of dividing to find quotients involving multi-digit dividends
  • Developing an understanding of fraction equivalence, addition and subtraction of fractions with like denominators, and multiplication of fractions by whole numbers
  • Understanding that geometric figures can be analyzed and classified based on their properties, such as having parallel sides, perpendicular sides, particular angle measures, and symmetry

Language Arts

SGCS utilizes Calkins & TCRWP Units of Study for Reading and Writing as an instructional resource for ELA.

  • Through writer’s and reader’s workshops, students receive whole and small group instruction through a differentiated, engaging approach

In 4th Grade, students study the following units:

  • Writing Units:
    • The Arc of Story: Writing Realistic Fiction
    • Boxes and Bullets: Personal and Persuasive Essays
    • Bringing History to Life
    • The Literacy Essay: Writing About Fiction
  • Reading Units:
    • Interpreting Characters: The Heart of the Story
    • Reading the Weather, Reading the World
    • Reading History: The American Revolution
    • Historical Fiction Clubs

The Calkins & TCRWP Units of Study for Reading and Writing resources are used to meet the PDE State Standards for English Language Arts.

EIC Units of Study

The fourth grade curriculum revolves around the EIC curricular framework. Two project-based units use the local environment and community as an integrating context for learning.  These hands-on, integrated community investigations engage us in real-world explorations of natural and social systems. Fourth grade students study the relationship between a community’s resources and its waste stream, types of energy,  alternative energy sources, renewable and non renewable resources, pest management practices, and the overall connectedness of natural and social systems.

Fantastic Forests

Follow the Waste Stream

Students study how humans use both natural and manmade resources, and these resources create different waste. There are various methods/practices of waste disposal in the Lehigh Valley, all of which require energy-both inputs and outputs. Students explore and identify the various methods of waste disposal, and the different types of waste streams and the best method to dispose or reuse various types of waste. The students will identify a community need to explore and problem-solve, which will present itself in the form of an environmental service learning project of sustainable waste practices.

Wild Weather


The focus of this investigation is for students to realize that everyone must use energy.  Students will define potential and kinetic energy, as well as mechanical, heat and light energy. Students will define electricity and create a variety of working circuits. Students explore energy producers and alternative energy forms, renewable and nonrenewable resources, and energy conservation for long term impact. Laws, responsibilities, and norms of appropriate energy consumption affect our school, town, region, and natural environment.

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