Lower School at TASIS

Our Lower School program is committed to focusing on the whole child and the active exploration of the world around us.

Grade 4 at TASIS England

TASIS Lower School is committed to educating the whole child, and the program focuses not only on the academic, but also on the creative, moral, and physical development of children.

The curriculum is both traditional and innovative, and is supplemented by a variety of social and cultural activities. TASIS endorses, through all its programs, an enthusiasm for life, for learning and for individual growth within a purposeful community.

Language Arts

In Fourth Grade, students continue to build important reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills.

Reading
Students identify and explain plot-based relationships and begin to analyze narrative elements of text. They continue to explore and understand the implied meaning of text as well as the impact a character has on a story.  Fourth grade students also focus on how to read nonfiction text to gather information, making the shift from learning to read to reading to learn.

Writing and Spelling
Students learn to create organized pieces of writing that support the topics with reasons, facts, details, and other relevant information. Paragraphs are well formed and sequential, and students are able to complete the writing process through to a publishable piece. Students also learn to develop informative and explanatory writing that contains facts, definitions, quotations, and other important information related to the topic. They also learn to cite their information appropriately. While spelling work continues to focus on irregularly spelled words, fourth grade students also learn common suffixes and prefixes and begin to shift their focus to vocabulary acquisition.

 

Social Studies

The World

  • World Geography (Spatial Sense; Mountains)
  • Europe in Middle Ages
  • The Spread of Islam and the Holy Wars
  • Early and Medieval
  • African Kingdoms
  • China: Dynasties and Conquerors

The Americas

  • The American Revolution
  • Making a Constitutional Government
  • Early Presidents and Politics Reformers
  • Symbols and Figures

Research Process

Students will independently

  • Demonstrate the use of topic-based guiding questions
  • Recognize a variety of research resources
  • Identify keywords and synonyms as effective search criteria
  • Practice note-taking methods
  • Practice paraphrasing and summarizing skills
  • Keep track of sources
  • Define plagiarism
  • Understand that giving credit to the source is a way to avoid plagiarism
  • Use graphic organizers to create a draft

With assistance students will

  • Locate relevant information through basic searches
  • Recognize source reliability
  • Utilize graphic note-taking organizers
  • List sources
  • Explore the elements of a research project
  • Revise for grammar and mechanics
  • Follow teacher-set research goals and deadlines
  • Maintain proper use of time and focus during the research process
  • Reflect on the research process and product
  • Differentiate between useful and non-useful information

Mathematics

In Fourth Grade, students use all four operations to solve multi-step word problems. Students are able to generalize multiplication and division strategies to multi-digit numbers.

They develop an understanding of operations with fractions and extend previous understanding about how fractions are built from unit fractions. They add and subtract fractions with like denominators and multiply fractions by whole numbers. Students learn about plane figures, deepening their understanding the shape’s properties of lines and angles, focusing on symmetry, area, perimeter, and angle measures

Science

Concepts & Topics

  • The Human Body – Circulatory and Respiratory Systems
  • Chemistry – Atoms, Properties of Matter, Elements, Solutions
  • Electricity
  • Geology
  • Meteorology
  • Science Biographies

Inquiry Skills

  • Describing
  • Observing action/change over time

  • Recording
  • Communicating observations

  • Questioning
  • Making predictions 

  • Using science tools
  • Comparing 

  • Suggesting further investigations
  • Sorting and classifying

  • Conducting teacher guided scientific investigations
and research

  • Using results of investigations to design
subsequent investigations

  • Creating graphs
  • Focusing on experimental design
  • Building toward designing investigations independently
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